F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (368 reviews) - 79% of the 368 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 13, 2012

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Reviews

"It’s super-slick, charmingly funny and exciting to play. Its appeal is universal in the best sense of the word, never being too dumbed down for the hardcore or too complex for the casual."
8/10 – Gamesradar

“In a year of blockbuster releases, I cannot think of another title that brings as much fun as F1 Race Stars.”
4.5/5 – The Sun

“A wickedly enjoyable family racing game, with a great sense of humor and brilliant graphics.”
80/100 – GamesMaster

About This Game

F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before! Officially licensed to feature all of your favorite FORMULA ONE stars and teams, get ready to sprint for the checkered flag on famous circuits transformed to feature jumps, loop-the-loops and shortcuts and use a cool range of awesome power-ups to overtake your rivals.Travel the world and enter a wide range of different Championships in career mode and set your fastest lap in Time Trials. Then it’s time to share the fun with friends and family - accessible controls make F1 RACE STARS perfect for split-screen racing with up to four players or dive into 12 player online races and take on the world. F1 RACE STARS - get fast to the fun!

Key Features

  • Officially licensed to feature all of your favorite FORMULA ONE cars and teams
  • Features accessible controls for wheel-to-wheel competition
  • Experience FORMULA ONE circuits like never before – speed through loop-the-loops, shortcuts, jumps and more!
  • Collect and use crazy power-ups to overtake your rivals
  • Share the fun with friends and family with four player split-screen, and play in split-screen against other players online
  • Travel the world and enter a range of Championships in career mode
  • Race online with up to twelve players
  • Connect F1 RACE STARS to Codemasters’ free online hub RaceNet to track your races, rewards and rivals and enter community events!
  • Set your fastest lap and climb leaderboards in Time Trials

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5400+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:AMD HD2600 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space space
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Sound: DirectX® compatible sound card

    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

    • Additional:Supported Graphics Cards: AMD Radeon HD2600 or higher, HD3650 or higher, HD4550 or higher, HD5000 Series, HD6000 Series, HD7000 Series. nVidia GeForce 8600 or higher, 9500 or higher, GTX220 or higher, GTX400 Series, GTX500 Series, GTX600 Series. Intel HD Graphics 3000 or higher, AMD Fusion A8 or higher.

    • Note: Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc. Laptops).
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista or Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor:Intel Core i7/AMD Bulldozer
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:AMD HD6000 Series/Nvidia GTX500 Series
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Sound: DirectX® compatible sound card

    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:AMD Radeon HD2600 or higher, HD3650 or higher, HD4550 or higher, HD5000 Series, HD6000 Series, HD7000 Series. nVidia GeForce 8600 or higher, 9500 or higher, GTX220 or higher, GTX400 Series, GTX500 Series, GTX600 Series. Intel HD Graphics 3000 or higher, AMD Fusion A8 or higher.
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
Funny game, but I really miss the option to change the controllkeys. WASD is not the best option here as a right-handed gamer, arrows would be better for me.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
10min of gameplay (i show 1 lap for each of the dlc tracks)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01w8wpPml1M

This is a cart racing game with real f1 drivers.
Since this is linked to f1 there is no drifting so you'll need to use your breaks on turns or pump the gas also hiting the other cars drops your speed.
You get 11+4 dlc tracks, 28 drivers in 14 cars in 1, 2, or 3,000cc.
Each car is shared by 2 drivers and each car has a different ability, stuff like better boosts, more of a item, off road, and many more.
Items come from stares on the track and give power-ups like, speed boosts, bubbles (can be placed behind you to block or shot forward & stops a driver), a shockwave (disrupts cars around you), a teleport (jump ahead a bit), a rocket (become a rocket and fly forward), rain cloud (slows) balloons (if hit will cover your screen with confetti), and a pace car (slows the head cars).
Tracks have hidden paths (i think you need items to use some) and it will sometimes rain.
Cars can get a boost at the start if you hit the gas right, and again sharp turns are hard with no drifting.
Boost pads on the track charge up a battery on the back of the car before you can use it.
Taking damage or hitting a object head on will damage your car and you'll be slower and handle worse until you can drive down a pit lane.

The game is polished, runs without errors, and can be fun though i know some complain about the turning it wasn't a deal breaker for me also the purple car at the end has a off road ability so you won't lose as much speed when your off the track.
The character motions are campy but they also give the feeling of sportsmanship and that they don't hate each other, also the opening race thing is skipable.

The dlc
The 4 tracks are ok, not sure they are worth $5 each and if you want to see them i have all 4 in my video.
As for the accessory packs, these change your skid marks (you wont even notice), what your tailpipe kicks out when you boost (you'll barley notice), & your horn (you'll notice this most and i can see people liking the air horn in the party pack)
Though i didn't feel they give enough for the price (all 9 for $9).
If it was all in 1 cheaper pack maybe but how it is now, i'ed pass.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
The negative reviews didn't shake me on buying this game as i thought it might have been a cute mix between micro machines and mario kart, and i was right

But oh god does it ♥♥♥♥ you off
It is a struggle enough fighting against the controls (which you can't customise, oddly defaulted to left handed play) and the turning offers no powerslide unless i assume you are using a controller, which puts you often at the pack of the pack. The catch up is decent the slipstream is effective and some of the powerups make it easy to recover from mistakes but if you are in front it is one of the most frustrating experiences.
I keep racking my brain trying to figure out why these corners are physically unable to be made unless you "powerslide" (i.e braking until stopped and moving) or turning well before you would be normally instinctive to do so, The catchup powerups make it so the first place suffers the most while everyone else affected very little. The Safety Car powerup makes the first place and anyone catching up slowed to barely anything while the behind catch up and the Rain Cloud powerup is god awful, causing me to come second on the final strip in more than a few races. The damage system is innovative but in the end flawed as you are permanently slowed until you divert to a repair station, often longer than the actual track in it's own sense, just constantly punishing you

The graphics kept me entertained for the time i played and the little animations were pretty cutesy and enchanting but unless you are withering it out with a friend, pick up Toybox Turbos, another game made by the same developer which has the same arcadey charm but not as punishing and when it funnels down to it, it is actually fun to play
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
F1 Race Stars is one of my favorite racing games ever and it is in my opinion the 2nd best kart racing game ever made behind Mario Kart and I've played most games in the genre if not all of them. I own F1 Race Stars for Xbox 360 with all the DLC and love it so much and missed playing it I decided to buy it on Steam. The game its self is worth the full price but it goes on sale often enough that you can buy it cheap. It's a very overlooked game that is very polished with great gameplay. Please try this game if you like fun kart racing games or are a F1 fan, trust me you will enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
If you want a break from the Racing simulators and want a bit of fun then you got to buy this and the DLC's. I really have enjoyed playing this to date. Typical Codemasters high quality game. I recommend it on sale or at full price
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