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The Duel: Test Drive II

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The Duel: Test Drive II
Publisher: Ballistic
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Racing































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.99[1] ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
US (Classic)
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3] ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



The Duel: Test Drive II is a racing game released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1992. It is the sequel to Test Drive.

Gameplay

Cars

Test Drive II on the Mega Drive features only the three base cars. Accolade released further data disks for home computer versions, collectively adding a further ten vehicles.

Porsche 959
Porsche 959
Ferrari F40
Ferrari F40
Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini Diablo

Versions

Test Drive II was originally released for home computers in 1989, with the Mega Drive and Super NES console conversions arriving three years later in 1992. Both console versions run at a faster frame rate with more colourful graphics, though sound effects are lacking in comparison to the Amiga version, and neither console ports offer all the features obtainable by using the game's many computer expansion disks.

The Mega Drive version is the more accurate of the two 16-bit console ports, with the Super NES deviating from the original design in terms of track layouts and scenery. However, the Super NES version has a noticeable performance advantage over all other versions, although this might be achieved by its decision to render fewer objects on screen at any one time. The Mega Drive version is also the only version to have in-game music.

Production credits

  • Developed by: Distinctive Software Inc. Burnaby,B.C.
  • The Duel - TEST DRIVE II was programmed by: Brad Gour, Chris Taylor, Richard Kiss
  • Artwork: David Gibbs, Jackie Ritchie, Ian Verchere
  • Sound and Music: Alistair Hirst, Russell Shiffer
  • Produced by: Pam Levins, Brad Gour
  • Original Version of The Duel: Test Drive II designed and developed by Distinctive Software Inc.
  • Software Libraries copyright (c) 1992 Distinctive Software Inc.
  • All other software and materials copyright (c) 1992 Accolade, Inc.
Source: In-game credits


Promotional material

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GamePro US 034.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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EGM US 041.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Game Informer (US) #8: "January/February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[5]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[6]
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CVG UK 126.pdfCVG UK 126.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #126: "May 1992" (1992-04-15)
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Joypad FR 008.pdfJoypad FR 008.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Joypad (FR) #8: "Mai 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №9, p72/73[7]
43 №35, p56[1]
85 №9, p78/79[8]
70 №27, p194[9]
68 №5, p95
65 №6, p81[10]
84 №1, p64
60 №5, p45-47
67 №20, p56-58[11]
89 №30, p20-23
90 №8, p56-58[12]
86 №18, p68
65 №1, p32/33
71 №6, p74[3]
85 №12, p21[13]
Sega Mega Drive
72
Based on
15 reviews

Mega Drive, US/EU
TestDriveII MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngTestDriveII MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
TestDriveII MD US-EU Cart Unlicensed.jpg
Cart
Test Drive II MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
TestDriveII MD US-EU Cart White.jpg
Cart (alt)
TestDriveII MD US Cart Classic.jpg
Cart (licensed)
Mega Drive, US/EU
(Video Game Classics)
TestDriveII MD US Box Back Classic.jpgNospine.pngTestDriveII MD US Box Front Classic.jpg
Cover
TestDriveII MD US Cart Classic.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US/EU
(Accolade?)

TestDriveII MD US-EU Cart Accolade.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f9bdf8c5
MD5 6995faa82bbb2ff6a985a1505d1092d8
SHA-1 cb70e5de149521f20723413cd11c5e661ec63c3e
1MB 1992-02 Cartridge (US/EU)

References


Test Drive games, spin-offs and relatives on Sega systems
The Duel: Test Drive II (1992) | Test Drive 6 (1999) | V-Rally 2: Expert Edition (2000) | Le Mans 24 Hours (2001)
Test Drive Off-Road (unreleased) | Test Drive Off-Road 3 (unreleased) | Test Drive Cycles (unreleased)