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WEC Le Mans 24


WEC Le Mans 24 (c) 11/1986 Konami.


A demanding yet superb sprite-scaling racing game from Konami, based on the annual 'WEC Le Mans 24' race; a grueling event that, as its name suggests, takes place over a twenty-four hour period.


The width of Le Mans' racetrack never varied and remained a constant three lanes wide. The track itself was incredibly demanding and contact with either a rival racer or one of the many track-side objects would send the player's vehicle flying dramatically through the air, costing valuable seconds in time.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : GX602


Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), K007232 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2048


Players : 1

Control : Steering wheel

Buttons : 3 (ACCELERATE, BRAKE, GEAR)


- TRIVIA -


WEC Le Mans was released the same year as Sega's seminal "Out Run" and tends to be unfairly overlooked in the annuls of video game history. The sprite-scaling and use of color is superb with the game-play being tight and responsive - if a little on the difficult side. Le Mans asked rather more of the player than Out Run, adopting more of a 'simulation' approach to its game-play - but patient and skillful players found their efforts suitably rewarded.


Like "Out Run", Le Mans was also available as a 'deluxe' cabinet edition - but instead of offering the usual 'left-right' tilting mechanism of its rival, Le Mans' cabinet rotated on a central spindle. The results were highly effective, if a little disorienting.


Reflecting real-life motor-racing sponsorship, Le Man's racetrack is lined with billboards advertising recognized cigarette brands, such as 'Gitanes' and 'Lucky Strike'.


The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'HHH'.


Apollon Music released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Original Sound of WEC Le Mans 24 Arcade Version - BY12-5027) on 21/08/1987.


- SERIES -


1. WEC Le Mans 24 (1986)

2. Racin' Force (1994)


- PORTS -


* Computers :

Amstrad CPC (1988)

Commodore C64 (1989)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)

Commodore C64 (1990, "100% Dynamite")

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990, "100% Dynamite")