1993 racing game
Grand Prix Manager was an Amiga game written in AMOS Basic (not very advanced tool) that simulated a Formula One season and allowed us to take control of one of the teams in 1993 season. As most of the similar games from 1990s this one also was inspired by classic Formula One from 1985 Spectrum, a game that set up the standards for race presentation and for management options, but unfortunately this Grand Prix Manager offered very little above what was available in Formula One.
Yes, the graphic side was slightly improved (and top-down view introduced during the race), yes there were few options to set up the car (wings, suspension, engine, although they are not exactly explained), but there was a vital piece of information missing. You could setup the car, you can qualify for the race, you can take part in the race, but still you won’t get any feedback, so you have no idea if your setup was the right one or how did it affect the performance in the race. You get the time results, time difference with other teams, but see no explanation why you car is not performing well. Maybe if you could make some test runs, experiment with the setup it would be a different story, but there are no such options, each time you race on different track, so there is no way to determine why your car is performing the way it does or how much of the result is result of good or bad performance of your driver.
A small game that had potential to improve the classic game, but failed on more than one element of the game - without feedback or test runs the game was more or less a randomly generated list of cars and drivers in no particular order.
In Small Devil Inside we are simulating Formula 1 like racing competition, in which your team will compete with others in divisions and racing classes, each with similar, but not identical rules.
This guarantees to keep you as the racing team manager constantly on your toes - you have to keep up with competitors, but at the same time keep up with the changing racing world. Each season the set of tracks will change, so there won'r be chance to get bored with them.