Following on from Grand Prix Circuit, which put the player in a Formula One racing car, comes The Cycles, which puts you astride a 125, 250, 500c motorcycle.
There are fifteen international tracks to race around (thirteen on a 125) and nine computer-
The number of laps per race can be set by the player (up to 99) but the default setting is three High-score fans will be pleased to learn that the four top times for each circuit and for each bike class are saved to disk.
In the real race you have one qualifying lap to determine grid position and starting. Then it's a case of avoiding the other riders (crash into one and you'll probably go flying across the track and out of the race) and also trying to stay on the higher difficulty levels your bike's handling can be harmed by riding across the grass. Select the bike type, choose the circuit and go!
GRAPHICS AND SOUND
It's all viewed over the handlebars, which works well, and it's faster than Grand Prix Circuit, giving a good impression of speed. The animation is not outstanding but it's more important to have that impression of speed. The rear-
Biggest problem with other riders is crashing into them as you overtake; otherwise they're not difficult to beat even at Pro level. A shame, because you're left to beat your own lap times. Still, there are plenty of circuits to race on and most of them take a lot of practice, which means you'll be at it for a fair while.
A classy racing game, fractionally better than its predecessor. If you're a fan of racing sims (cars or bikes) then you'll find this well worth some shelf space.