The pure gut wrenching thrills of world class motorsport roar onto your PC screen with International Rally Championship -the latest racing thoroughbred to join the chart topping Rally series from Europress. With a unique track editor, an exciting collection of new features, more cars and superb new game play it takes the world of mud and wheel spins to even greater heights than its hugely successful predecssor, RAC Rally Championship. Experience the true atmosphere of international motorsport from the dizzy mountain passes of Switzerland and the shifting sands of Egypt to the depths of the Indonesian jungle or the arctic conditions of Russia. Strapped into one of the game's nine rally-tuned beasts you cope with anything the elements throw at you as you fight your way to the top in one of the world's most intensely competitive sports. Simulation has never been so realistic!
~ official advertising blurb
In 1997 Magnetic Fields continued their racing franchise without the Network Q licence just a year after Network Q RAC Rally Championship sold well at retail. Developed solely for Windows '95, this new entry looks a lot nicer than their first foray into 3D polygons, and there's a fair amount of modes and tracks to try out, but I found it to be a worse game overall.
Last time, I was suitably impressed with the enemy AI. It seemed random as if an actual driver was behind it. With International Rally Championship, they are mostly locked to a set path. The physics fell very different too, with crashes, spins and flips animated in an unrealistic fashion. A slight clip on the edge of the road will send your vehicle flipping 6 foot in the air only to land on its wheels ready to go again. Spins will end in you magically facing forward with little time lost.
The tracks themselves are decent and still entertaining. There are a lot more landmarks to gawp at as you speed on by - including statues, buildings and now tunnels - but they again feel like generated tracks than pre-designed. The addition of a track editor in which circuits are created by a series of sliding options perhaps confirms this.
That's not to say International Rally Championship is bad. In fact, I'd say it's pretty darn good considering it came out in 1997. I just believe that Network Q RAC Rally Championship is a few notches better.
To download the game, follow the link below. This exclusive installer uses the DOSBox Daum build of DOSBox 0.74 running Windows '95. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.
IMPORTANT - Remember to shut down the emulated version of Windows before exiting DOSBox. This could potentially result in errors, lost saves and corrupt data. Press Ctrl-F9 when it is safe to do so.
File Size: 266 Mb. Install Size: 478 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
International Rally Championship is © Europress Software Limited & Magnetic Fields (Software Design) Ltd
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me