The Duel: Test Drive II

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

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9959.99[2] ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Video Game Classics)
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][5] ACLD008
Sega Mega Drive
AU

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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 by default. In the Snes version, music may be enabled on options.

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


Magazine articles

Main article: The Duel: Test Drive II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #126: "May 1992" (1992-04-15)
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Print advert in Joypad (FR) #8: "Mai 1992" (1992-04-1x)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
50
[8]
Cool Gamer (RU)
70
[9]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
40
[10]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
43
[11]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
58
[2]
Joypad (FR) PAL
85
[12]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-U
70
[13]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
68
[14]
Mega (UK) PAL
65
[15]
Mega (UK)
65
[16]
Mega Action (UK)
84
[17]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
60
[18]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
67
[19]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
57
[20]
Power Play (DE)
47
[21]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
89
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[23]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[24]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
65
[25]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
71
[4]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
85
[26]
Video Games (DE)
45
[27]
Sega Mega Drive
66
Based on
22 reviews

The Duel: Test Drive II

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Test Drive II MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
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Poster
Mega Drive, US (alt)

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Cart
Mega Drive, US/EU
(Video Game Classics)
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, US/EU
(Accolade?)

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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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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

  1. GamePro, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 GamePro, "June 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 58
  3. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 9
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sega Force, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-14), page 74
  5. Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-28), page 33
  6. Game Informer, "January/February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 41
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 31
  8. Consoles +, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 72
  9. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 222
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 28
  11. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 107
  12. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-05-1x), page 78
  13. Joystick, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 194
  14. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 95
  15. Mega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-18), page 81
  16. Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 65
  17. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 64
  18. MegaTech, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-20), page 45
  19. Mean Machines, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-28), page 56
  20. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  21. Power Play, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-13), page 150
  22. Sega Power, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-02), page 20
  23. Sega Pro, "June 1992" (UK; 1992-05-21), page 56
  24. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  25. Sega Zone, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-10-28), page 32
  26. Supergame, "Julho 1992" (BR; 1992-07-xx), page 21
  27. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 54


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