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Final Lap R
Box artwork for Final Lap R.
Japanese title ファイナルラップR
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) Arcade
Players 1-8
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Preceded by Final Lap 3
Series Final Lap
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Final Lap R is a racing arcade game that was released by Namco in 1993 and licensed by FOCA to Fuji Television. It is the fourth and final title in that company's Final Lap series, and was also the last game to run on their System 2 hardware; as with all three previous games, Four Trax, and Suzuka 8 Hours, it allows up to eight players to play simultaneously when four two-player sitdown cabinets are linked together, but this one features four different tracks that are set in Germany, Hungary, Belgium and Brazil (as opposed to Japan, Italy, Monaco and the USA, and England, France, San Marino and Spain). The "R" in the game title literally stands for "Real Spec", "Real Machine", and "Real Course".

For a fourth and final time, the players must take a control of either the Williams, McLaren, March, or Lotus cars (which have been redesigned for a third time) in a Formula One race upon one of the four new tracks. In the single player mode, the player's score will yet again be based upon how far his car travels, until the time runs out, or he completes four laps of the decided circuit - and yet again, hitting another car or a billboard (of which there are seven new types in this game) will not cause your car to explode like it would in the two Pole Position games, but it will still send you or that other car spinning off the track. But in the multiplayer mode, up to eight players can yet again race simultaneously when four two-player sit-down cabinets are linked together; this will, yet again, allow for better lap times, as those plain blue CPU-controlled cars (which have also been redesigned for a third time, and explains their new colour) will appear less frequently. The Brazil track, like the American track from the second game and the Spain track from the third game, is the easiest one of the four, and is recommended for the novice players - and once you have mastered it you will be ready to move on to the Belgium track (which is the equivalent of the Monaco and San Marino tracks), followed by the Hungarian one (which is the equivalent of the France and Italy ones). However, the Germany track is the hardest of the four, and is only recommended for the expert players or all players who had managed to master the Japan track in the first two games (and the England track in the third game, which is the Europe equivalent).

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