Wreckfest is a new demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics and in-depth vehicle upgrading, featuring both demolition derbies and more traditional track races. It’s all about fun, breakneck racing and over-the-top crashes.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,430 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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“Warning: Early access phase is meant to give you a chance to experience the game as it progresses through its development cycle, and the game is still at an early stage. As such, it does contain missing features and nasty bugs. Developing the game together with the players gives us a lot more creative freedom, and you get to communicate with the development team to make sure we’re making the all-out racing game that you want.”
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About This Game

Wreckfest is a new demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage modeling, sophisticated driving dynamics and in-depth vehicle upgrading, featuring both demolition derbies and more traditional track races. It’s all about fun, breakneck racing and over-the-top crashes.

Expect epic crashes and tight, neck-to-neck fights over the finish line on run-down racing tracks. Expect proper demolition derbies. Expect brand new ways for metal to bend and the signature once-in-the-lifetime moments that can be achieved only with true-to-life physics simulation.

It’s a motorsport, but not just any motorsport. It’s a motorsport with attitude.

Unique Racing Experience

First and foremost, we’re building a FUN racing game with PERSONALITY. It’s all about the stuff that really matters: varied tracks, cool cars, and the defining once-in-the-lifetime moments that can be achieved only with true-to-life physics simulation. If you’re familiar with our previous games, you already know what we’re aiming at: exhilarating racing action with sophisticated physics and damage modeling, only this time we’re upping the ante on almost every front. This is the game we envisioned way back in the early 2000s, only re-imagined for today’s technology and gaming standards.

Awesome Cars

The cars are old, cheap, banged up, patched together, rusty… just awesome! In short, our cars ooze with STYLE. You won’t find anything like them in other racing games. We’ve got variety, as well: everyone loves the old American heavy-hitters from the muscle car era, but we’re not neglecting the fun little European and Asian cars from the long-gone decades either. The best part is that you’ll be taking them apart and building them back up again in your garage; the career is as much about your garage and your project cars as it is about racing.

Exciting Engine

Our in-house ROMU engine is a hell-bent beast that's precision-engineered for high-speed, breakneck racing. We have also already implemented fully deformable soft body car damage, meaning that the cars will react to damage in a very tangible, convincing way. While we're focused on action, motorsport authenticity is not forgotten, either. To that end our engine is simulating vehicle dynamics in a very sophisticated fashion. Rolling resistances, casters and slip angles are definitely not ancient Greek to us, and you as the player will be the one benefiting from our expertise.

EARLY ACCESS FEATURES

The current Early Access release contains four playable cars and a number of tracks, showcasing both white-knuckle track racing and explosive demolition derby action with 24 cars that will give you taste of things to come. During the coming months we’re going to give the game a lot of polish as well as implement many new exciting features, and all Early Access supporters have a unique opportunity to get involved in the development of the title!


We’ve also giving a playable Technology Sneak Peek 2.0 to all our Early Access supporters. The sneak peek features a playground that we use internally to test various features various like car damage and environment destruction. Version 2.0 includes new destructive machinery, more dynamic stuff to blow up, spectacular stunts and an awesome physics cannon that we use to play with our physics engine. With the physics cannon you too will now have a chance to cause mayhem to heart’s content by launching missiles, throwing stuff around and destroying the environment as well as the cars!

  • Online multiplayer.
  • LAN multiplayer.
  • Five cars: American Muscle I & II, European Hatchback, American Sedan and European Coupe, with unique handling traits.
  • A number of different performance and handling upgrades, replicating selected real-world parts.
  • A number of race tracks including Tarmac, Sandpit, Figure 8 and Speedway, featuring both normal and reverse layouts.
  • Three different derby stadiums: a large stadium, small stadium and a mud pit.
  • Various race and derby game modes including Team Deathmatch with up to (!) 24 cars, all with dynamic damage.
  • Soft-body car damage physics system that doesn't need a super computer - even online!
  • Highly configurable support for force-feedback wheels, pedals and H-shifters.
  • Dynamic content that reacts realistically – fences and billboards break down, tires fly around.
  • In-game Photo Mode and Replay with a number of cameras, configurable field-of-view and depth-of-field.
  • BONUS: A playable Technology Sneak Peek 2.0 - Have fun in the physics playground!

UPCOMING FEATURES

Wreckfest is currently in early Pre-Alpha stage, and the Early Access version is going to serve as a basis on which we will continue building the game based on your feedback on what works and what doesn't. Throughout the Early Access phase we're going to gradually add more content and new features to the game, with some of the most important key features planned being:


  • Improved car damage and handling.
  • More cars, each with different stylings and performance.
  • More race tracks and derby stadiums with varying surfaces.
  • More dynamic content on the tracks to drive through and crash into.
  • Highly configurable multiplayer with a variety of modes.
  • Extensive player garage and car upgrading system.
  • In-game classifieds to buy and sell cars and parts.
  • Streamlined and polished user interface.
  • Improved graphics quality and performance.

Please note that all features mentioned here may be altered or removed during the development of the title if deemed necessary.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5, AMD Phenom II X4 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570, AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
59 of 78 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Early Access Review
hasnt had an update in over half a year stay away unless your looking for a demo. would be thumbs up if the devolopers were at least activly involved with the customers. Great game, great potential umm for now ♥♥♥♥ you bugbear.
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71 of 98 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Early Access Review
Please understand that this review is based on my perspective. As much as I'd love to give this game a thumbs up, I can't. Months ago, I would have gave it a thumbs up. Why? Because there use to be updates. Instead, they just stopped updating the game, took their cash, and said "Screw you, fans!" This game has great potential. The sad thing is that they threw that potential away and made this game a cash-grab.

Pros: It has amazing physics and beautiful crashing damage.
A lot of customization options (Type of suspension, engine, etc)

Cons: Very few vehicles
No updates in months
Keeps you entertained for only a few hours
No reward for winning a match

These are what I could think of off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more. Stay away from this game for as long as possible. They don't deserve the money they have. You shouldn't give them any more money until they prove that they will be updating this game (at the most) every month. No developer should ever do this to their fans. This is complete selfishness.
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46 of 62 people (74%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Early Access Review
Where are the updates? Bought this almost a year ago now and it's the same content.

As everyone else is saying, it's fun, and has serious potential. But if this is the final product, mark it down to $5 and call it a complete game. This is a never ending demo we've all paid for it seems.
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44 of 61 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
There seems to be so little progress that Bugbear could probably increase productivity if they watched some stationary objects procrastinate and took notes.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Early Access Review
This game is a great example of how you can get burned by early access.
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Early Access Review
No updates? This was supposed to be a great game.. Don't buy.
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Early Access Review
The devs of this game are the worst i have ever seen they charge alot of money for a demo really ? do you know space engineers it is a great game but what surprises me is thier devs they work so fast they make a new update every week every thrusday with completly new content and they even plan on huge changes so i would advice bugbear to hurry up a bit thier last update was 7 months ago and this games is fun but you get bored because of the lack of content my last note to people reading this dont buy the game until the devs put some work on it they completly left this game...
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39 of 59 people (66%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Early Access Review
0 updates for a 30euro game :)
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32 of 47 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Early Access Review
update? where art thou update?
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39 of 60 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Early Access Review
6 months and no updates.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Early Access Review
Meh, another cash grab with minimal content included. Developers have gone quite, expect it to either be rushed out or never finished.

I bought the "Deluxe Edition". I'd be surprised if I ever have access to the extra car.

Save your money and buy a game that's actually complete, as I don't see much happening on this "Development in progress" game.



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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Early Access Review
Last real update was the addition of multiplayer in October 2014, 2-3 updates afterwards to "fix" that and nothing since. Money in the game means nothing, car upgrades are reset all the time and half of the menu is disabled. Not worth $30, wait for a sale or move on.

Seems to me like they added multiplayer to get a boost in sales and then abandoned the game...
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
Its now been almost 8 months without an update
jori (developer) has left
all the signs are there boys and girls
ABANDONED
STAY WELL CLEAR
I SPENT £20 FOR A DEMO BUT WONT BUY EARLY ACCESS AGAIN
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Early Access Review
7 months without an update yeah go ♥♥♥♥ yourselves Bugbear. The only wreckfest here is your ♥♥♥♥ing minds for charging full price for a halted project like this.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Early Access Review
7 months and the game hasn't changed. This will be my first and last early access game ever. Just wait until the game is done, guys. Always wait until it's done.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Early Access Review
Honestly, I just want my money back. Paid $30 a year ago and the game has added like 1 car and 1 map. Don't waste you money on this. In fact, steam should remove this game and issue refunds to people out of the developers pocket.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Early Access Review
There hasn't been an update in months... Don't waste your money.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Early Access Review
Add another to the pile of abandoned early access "games".

The game COULD have been great. The Developers just don't seem to care. I've yet to see an update for this game since I bought it. A few cars and maybe 5 people playing online. Don't buy this game. Just don't buy this game. Unless you're into a few tracks and a few cars for 30 bucks. Spend the extra 20 bucks and get Project CARS. That game will show you what a real racing game is and won't just show a bunch of pretty screenshots and dev promises. Get what you actually pay for. This game is worth $5 ON A GREAT DAY.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Early Access Review
TL;DR [ENG]: Lots of potential, great fun with friends for a pre-alpha game, and horrible development/communication strategy from BugBear, who clearly doesn't understand what Early Access is about. Review may be changed should they start updating the game regularly again.
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TL;DR [HUN]: Van benne potenciál és a pre-alfa állapothoz képest haverokkal már most elég szórakoztató, de a BugBear jól láthatóan nem érti, miről szól az early access fejlesztési modell. Az értékelés a jövőben változhat, ha újrakezdik a játék frissítését.

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[ENG]: Being a fan of the FlatOut-series, I bought Wreckfest (then just Next Car Game) directly from BugBear's site back in September 2013, partly because the game looked very promising, and because I thought that with several racing games under their belt since 2001, BugBear surely have the experience to build the game in case their Kickstarter campaign hits the mark, or should they hit Steam EA.

Now it's May 2015 when writing this early access review, and while I still think that Wreckfest has a lot potential even in its current pre-alpha state (it's always a blast playing it with my friends), it also became obvious by now that BugBear clearly has no idea what early access is about.

I do understand that nailing the physics model they desire is a tough nut, but come on: it's early access, and in case they haven't already realized from the stream of "thumbs down" reviews, that model means two things: regular communication with your fans/customers, and regular updates, irrespective of their size. We haven't seen any updates since October 2014: no new tracks, no new cars, no bugfixes, no content at all, and now it seems their weekly reports are also getting sparse (their latest blog entry has been written exactly one month ago as I'm writing this). I do understand that they are the perfectionist type, but if you're a small indie developer in early access, then the Rockstar Games-attitude of maintaining complete radio silence until you are done certainly does more harm than good for you and your game.

My advice as a Wreckfest fan? Well, firstly, start updating your community, and keep them interested with regular status updates (take the guys who make the game in my avatar as an example: Zero Point Software, making Interstellar Marines). Secondly, roll out small updates that aren't blocked by the physics model (surely, some in-progress cars, maps, bugfixes, or anything not affected by the new model would be enough). Thirdly, release experimental/WIP stuff on a separate branch like the BeamNG.drive folks do.

And finally, if you really mean your early access quote on the game profile ("we want to develop the game with our community"), then change your development strategy, because the one you follow now simply does not work in the early access framework. I keep rooting for you that you can complete the game eventually.

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[HUN]: A FlatOut-sorozat rajongójaként gondolom nem meglepő, hogy a Wreckfest (akkoriban csak Next Car Game) már 2013 szeptemberében a kosaramban landolt, egyrészt mert a játék nagyon ígéretesnek tűnt, másrészt pedig mert 2001 óta azért a BugBear letett már pár játékot az asztalra, így úgy gondoltam, hogy amennyiben összejön a Kickstarter-kampányuk, vagy Steam EA-ra kerülnek, gond nélkül összerakják a programot.

Ezt az értékelést 2015 májusában írom, és jelenleg két dologra gondolok: egyrészt arra hogy a Wreckfest-ben még a jelenlegi pre-alfa állapotában is van potenciál (remek élmény haverokkal tolni), másrészt pedig arra, hogy a BugBear-nek gőze sincs arról, mit is jelent az early access.

Értem én, hogy a játék magvát adó fizikai modellt nem két hét megírni, de attól a tény tény marad: a játék early access-ben van, és ha esetleg a csapatnak nem tűnt volna még fel a rengeteg leszavazásból, ez két dolgot jelent: rendszeres kommunikációt a közösségükkel, és rendszeres (bármekkora méretű) frissítéseket. Na, ez utóbbi már 2014 októbere óta hiánycikk: nem kaptunk új pályákat, autókat, hibajavításokat, voltaképp semmit az elmúlt hónapokban, de az eddig rendszeres heti jelentések is kezdenek elmaradozni (e sorok írásakor az épp legfrissebb blogbejegyzés pontosan egy hónapja jelent meg). Értem én, hogy a tökéletességre törekszenek, de ismétlem: early access-ben vannak, ők maguk pedig egy kis független stúdió, szóval a Rockstar Games-féle teljes rádiócsendet hanyagolni kéne, az ugyanis több kárt okoz nekik, mint amennyit használ.

Hogy Wreckfest-rajongóként mit ajánlok nekik? Először is, kezdjenek kommunikálni a rajongóikkal, és rendszeresen tájékoztassák őket, hogy min dolgoznak (példaként ott van az Interstellar Marines kis gárdája, a Zero Point Software). Másodszor, hozzanak ki rendszeresen apróbb update-eket, amiket nem blokkol a fizikai réteg fejlesztése (biztos van olyan is - pár autó, pálya, vagy hibajavítás bőven elég lenne). Harmadszor, csináljanak egy külön fejlesztési ágat, mint a BeamNG.drive-os arcok, és frissítsék azt a még erősen fejlesztés alatt álló bugos cuccokkal. És végül, ha tényleg komolyan gondolják, hogy a játékot a rajongóikkal együtt akarják fejleszteni, akkor jöjjenek elő egy új fejlesztési stratégiával, mert a mostani arra biztosan alkalmatlan. Én mindenesetre drukkolok nekik, hogy összehozzák a játékot.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Early Access Review
This has turned into a cash grab. Early Access titles usually are. Write some code, put it on steam for $10, and see how many suckers buy it is what most early access games are all about. This game should be $9.99 as is. Deluxe edition??? Ummm theres barely a standard edition out there. NO UPDATES IN ALMOST 8 months = ABANDONED GAME. A weekly blog update of "working on physics engine" reminds me of a corporate punted answer. DO NOT BUY!!! Its fun until you realize you are playing the same derby over and over with the same car against the same people online (because there is no one online). Bugbear has had internal management changes recently and lack of updates makes this once promising game ....and company....a thumbs down!! No more Early Access games for me. Instead of being part of the alpha/beta, or whatever process that never gets completed, I prefer to be part of the process when consumers buy the game on release date.....when its actually confirmed completed.
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