30
Dec
12

Turbo for DOS

Turbo was created by Doug Ross back in 1987 and is a CGA game written for early IBM PCs. It is much like many old school arcade games such Outrun and Pole position. It is a driving game on a perfectly straight road, where you have to dodge traffic going towards you and in front of you. The game has some very simple CGA graphics which use an often unused colour palette with yellow, green and red. The sprites are quite reasonable for the time being quite large and detailed. There is no sound to speak of. Control is via the keyboard and is pretty simple, but the way your car responds is kinda slow, and often results in crashes that I felt like shouldn’t have happened. Turbo unfortunately hasn’t really stood the test of time very well, it is interesting as a piece of history but not something you’ll spend any time playing.

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