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Test Drive is a series of racing video games which debuted in 1987 and has since been followed by several sequels and spin-offs. It was originally published by Accolade until its acquisition by Infogrames in 1999, and later by the Atari Inc. label, which was acquired by Infogrames and became a subsidiary of the company.[1]

It was reported in December 2016 that Bigben Interactive acquired the Test Drive intellectual property from Atari, with plans to reboot the franchise. In April 2020, the company filed a trade mark to the Intellectual Property Office for Test Drive Solar Crown.[2]

In Test Drive players typically uses one of several exotic performance cars to race to a finish line against opponents or in a time limit, whilst avoiding traffic and police.

Games

Mainline Entries

Game Release Platforms
Test Drive 1987 Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98
The Duel: Test Drive II 1989 Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIGS, Apple Macintosh, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, SNES/Super Famicom, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, ZX Spectrum
Test Drive III: The Passion 1990 DOS
Test Drive 4 1997 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive 5 1998 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive 6 1999 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Dreamcast
TD Overdrive: The Brotherhood of Speed 2002 Xbox, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive Unlimited 2006 Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
Test Drive Unlimited 2 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends 2012 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown 2022 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows

Off-Road Series

A Test Drive spin-off series focused on off-roading was made available from 1997 to 2001.

Game Release Platforms
Test Drive Off-Road 1997 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive Off-Road 2 1998 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive Off-Road 3 1999 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open 2001 PlayStation 2, Xbox

Others

Some games were renamed for localised releases and absorbed into the Test Drive series.

Game Release Platforms
Test Drive Le Mans (1999) 1999 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Test Drive Le Mans (2000) 2000 Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction 2004 Xbox, PlayStation 2

Handheld Spin-Offs

Handheld exclusive spin-off titles were released, often as loose adaptations of some entries in the series.

Game Release Platforms
Test Drive 6 (GBC) 1999 Game Boy Color
Test Drive Off-Road 3 (GBC) 2000 Game Boy Color
Test Drive Le Mans (GBC) 2000 Game Boy Color
Test Drive Cycles (GBC) 2000 Game Boy Color
Test Drive 2001 2000 Game Boy Color

Cancelled

Game Release Platforms
Test Drive Cycles - PlayStation, Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows

Associated Games

Infogrames planned to publish a rally-based Test Drive game, initially with the now scrapped plan of having Michelin Rally Masters: Race of Champions as part of the series, and subsequently, by associating the Test Drive name with one game in the V-Rally series.

Test Drive Rally

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Michelin Rally Masters: Race of Champions is a 2000 rally racing video game developed by Digital Illusions CE for PlayStation and Windows. Infogrames initially planned to have it absorbed into the Test Drive series by releasing it named as Test Drive Rally for Windows, PlayStation, and Nintendo 64 in North America. However, the Nintendo 64 port as well as its Test Drive name branding were cancelled early in the year 2000.[3][4][5]


Test Drive V-Rally

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Main article: V-Rally 2: Expert Edition

V-Rally 2 is a 1999 rally racing video game developed by Eden Games, the second entry in the V-Rally series, and direct sequel to the first V-Rally game. Its North American console releases were associated with stablished racing brands - Test Drive and Need for Speed - to make up for the lacking interest for rallying at the time within the United States;

  • The PlayStation version was released in October 31, 1999 in North America as Need for Speed: V-Rally 2.
  • The Dreamcast version was released in October 25, 2000 in North America as Test Drive V-Rally.

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