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    Version: 0.90 | Updated: 07/13/07 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    Continental Circus/Circuit Guide 0.90
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    by Matthew Daniels, aka gm_matthew
    
    Version history
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    0.90 (7/13/07) First version. Descriptions of tracks incomplete except for
                   Brazil.
    
    Contents
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    1. Introduction [CC01]
    2. Basics [CC02]
    3. Tips and tricks [CC03]
    4. The tracks [CC04]
    5. Basic scoring [CC05]
    6. The circus problem [CC06]
    7. Legal stuff [CC07]
    
    Introduction [CC01]
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    Continental Circus (or Circuit) is a Formula One racing game made back in 1987,
    20 years ago as of the most recent edition of this guide. While dated by
    today's standards, it has a number of features that are hard to find in other
    racing games today, e.g. a huge grid of 100 cars! The basic idea is that the
    player starts at the back of the grid in the first race at Brazil, and has to
    race up the field to qualify for the next race, in which only 80 can enter.
    Race by race, the grid steadily shrinks until the eighth and final race at
    Japan, where only 10 cars are left. The top 3 drivers are the winners and see
    the ending.
    
    Basics [CC02]
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    Firstly, the controls are similar to a real car, i.e. the steering wheel turns
    the car, there is the accelerator and brake and there is also a shifter with
    two gears, HI and LO. When starting a race or if you slow down drastically for
    any reason, e.g. leaving the pits or have crashed or spun, change to LO. When
    you reach 180 km/h or so, change up to HI.
    
    At the start, there are three ways you can start:
    - Slow start
    - Wheelspin start
    - Fast start
    
    A slow start happens when you are not pressing the accelerator when the lights
    turn green.
    
    A wheelspin start happens when you keep your foot welded to the floor. The car
    will wheelspin on the spot for a second and then start (with slightly more
    speed than the slow start).
    
    The ideal start is the fast start, to do this you must hold the accelerator on,
    then just after the lights turn green, release the accelerator and then press
    it again. If done correctly, your car should immediately jump forward with a
    fair bit of speed. If you release the accelerator too early, you will do a slow
    start, too late and you will do a wheelspin start. Practice makes perfect, and
    you probably won't be able to do it every time (I only manage it half the
    time).
    
    The turns can vary in how tight they are. Fortunately it is possible to predict
    how tight the turn is by the sign indicating it.
    
    If there is no sign, any turns are nice and easy.
    
    If this shows, a medium turn is approaching:
    #    #
     #    #
      #    #
       #    #
      #    #
     #    #
    #    #
    
    If a 90 degree arrow shows, then the turn is tight:
         #
          #
     #######
     #    #
     #   #
     #
     #
     #
    
    Once you have learned the tracks however, you will be able to determine the
    severity of the corners yourself.
    
    If you collide with a sign, another car or something else, your car will begin
    to emit smoke. Left for long enough, the car will catch fire and eventually
    explode. To stop this, head for the next pits in order to fix the car. If you
    collide with something else before you explode or reach the pits (or the
    finish), you will simply spin and explode. If you collide with something at
    over 380 km/h (the indicator turns yellow), you will automatically cartwheel
    out of control and explode. Sorry.
    
    If it starts to rain, you will need to go to the pits to change tires as
    otherwise you will experience loss of grip (supposedly).
    
    If you finish in the required position or better, you will progress to the next
    race. If you fail, you have the chance to insert another coin and try again.
    If you fail the final race, you get no opportunity to try again. If you are
    trying for a high score, then continuing is not a good idea as your score
    remains intact and you can improve it over and over again, limited only by the
    number of coins that you possess. This could be considered cheating.
    
    Tips and tricks [CC03]
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    Don't drive too agressively, you don't want to spend the whole race visiting
    the pits or exploding, you will lose precious time.
    
    Do most of your overtaking on the straights, as in the corners it is dangerous.
    Sometimes, you can edge ahead of a rival just before a corner as they slow
    down. Don't overdo it, as you may crash into them if you're not careful.
    
    Drive more carefully once you reach the lead, you do not need to overtake any
    more cars but you still need to reach the finish.
    
    So far I have not noticed much difference if you pit when it is raining for new
    tyres as opposed to not pitting (except that you lose time and places).
    However, it might be a good idea to include it as a rule as you would be
    cheating if you bypassed the pits.
    
    The tracks [CC04]
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    Race 1: Brazil
    Qualifying rank: 80
    
    This track shouldn't be a big problem. It's a good idea to try and overtake as
    many cars as possible to help for later on. The cars are generally easy to
    overtake, and there is only one particularly sharp turn. It follows after a
    right-hander and turns sharp to the left. You WILL have to brake for this turn.
    The only other turn that you will have to slow down for is the left turn after
    a very long straight after passing the second pits. It's not that sharp, but
    you will be approaching at such speed that you will have to just lift off the
    accelerator.
    
    Race 2: USA
    Qualifying rank: 60
    
    Race 3: France
    Qualifying rank: 50
    
    Race 4: Monaco
    Qualifying rank: 40
    
    Race 5: Germany
    Qualifying rank: 30
    
    Race 6: Spain
    Qualifying rank: 20
    
    Race 7: Mexico
    Qualifying rank: 10
    
    Race 8: Japan
    Qualifying rank: 3
    
    Basic scoring [CC05]
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    Scoring is quite complex in this game. You earn a certain number of points each
    race, usually just over 500,000. For each extra second left after finishing,
    you earn an extra 10,000 points. For each position above the required
    qualifying position, you also earn an extra 10,000 points. If you finish below
    the required position, no extra points are awarded and the game is over.
    
    Example: you race through 6 races, failing at Spain. Here is a simple table of
    statistics:
    
    1. 70th 20.1 left
    2. 49th 12.4 left
    3. 41st  5.2 left
    4. 36th  0.0 left (you coast past the line after running out of time)
    5. 25th  7.0 left
    6. 23rd  2.9 left (lose)
    
    For each race, you earn roughly 500,000: 500,000 x 6 = 1,500,000
    
    The points you earn for placing high: (10 + 11 + 9 + 4 + 5) x 10,000
                                          = 39 x 10,000
                                          = 390,000
    
    The time left after finishing: (20.1 + 12.4 + 5.2 + 7.0) x 10,000
                                   = 44.7 x 10,000
                                   = 447,000
    
    Total: 1,500,000 + 390,000 + 447,000
           = 2,337,000
    
    Now suppose you placed two positions higher in the first race with two extra
    seconds left. You would earn 20,000 more for the first race for the extra time,
    and 20,000 for each race for being two extra positions higher in each one,
    equalling 100,000. So that's a total of 120,000 more points for doing better in
    the first race, as opposed to 40,000 that you would get for doing better in the
    fifth race. (You still wouldn't qualify for the seventh race, though.)
    
    The circus problem [CC06]
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    There has been a bit of controversy over what this game should be called. Many
    believe that the original name with 'Circus' was an error, possibly in a
    similar way to how some believe that 'Donkey Kong' was also a mistake. The fact
    that the credits are misspelled may support this, e.g. 'Spacial Thanks'.
    American versions of the game spell the name as 'Continental Circuit'.
    
    Others believe that the name was intentional, as the Formula One organisers
    moving around the world to each race is sometimes referred to as the 'F1
    Circus' (there is even another race series with that name). Whether the name
    was mis-translated or not, the gameplay remains the same.
    
    Legal stuff [CC07]
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    The game with which this guide is concerned is copyright Taito Corporation
    1987.
    
    This guide is copyright Matthew Daniels 2007. This guide may not be distributed
    outside GameFAQs.com as of this edition. If the contents of this guide are used
    in another guide, credit MUST be given. This guide is all MY work and I will
    not have people copying this information and calling it theirs. Such a thing is
    called plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Feel free to tell friends
    information in this guide, but when creating your own remember to give credit.
    None of the information in this guide may bre used for commercial purposes.
    
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