REAL WORLD RACING is a top-down racing game using high-quality aerial imagery that lets you race through the world's greatest cities! Speed through London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and many other cities from a new and realistic perspective in a refreshing take on racing simulations.
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Release Date: Dec 6, 2013
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January 20

A word on Real World Racing’s development and future

Dear players,

First and foremost, thank you for being here and reading this. It might not look like much right now, but this very community is what has kept us developers committed to our project, and was a much needed reality check when, after three years in development, Real World Racing landed on Steam.

It’s been 13 more months since then, during which we kept checking back every day, we listened to your concerns, reports and requests, we monitored the leaderboards, we raced with you online, and we went back, fixed, added features, cars and tracks to our game.

Real World Racing went through multiple stages even before that: from the first internal tech demo which spawned the teaser trailer, raising interest within the press, to the open beta, then the DRM-free version and finally the migration to Steam. After that three DLCs and a couple of free content updates were published, the whole online matchmaking was revamped and lots of refinements and features added.

Real World Racing was offered at several price points and was featured in a number of bundles, on several storefronts. We are proud of the game we made, and quite content with the number of players who eventually got to experience it, but this has not been, by large, a commercial success.

We will still be here, reading and listening to all your considerations on Real World Racing, and fixing bugs, should any more come up, but any further effort from this small development team is now directed towards making a completely new and better Real World Racing 2.
We will learn from our mistakes, consider all that you players wanted that this first game lacked, up the ante with technical and graphics production by going full 3D, making an even better and more ambitious game.

Thank you for being part of this, we will update here with any further news on RWR2 as we are ready to share them with you. We definitely want to hear from all of you what you think should be improved, added, and how would you make Real World Racing 2 a better game and one that everybody would want to play.

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December 16, 2014

Real World Racing Version Update 1.3 Released - Stockholm with 5 new tracks, free !

Hello everybody!

We're very happy to announce that Real World Racing Version Update 1.3 has just been released!

With this update comes a completely new city with five tracks: Stockholm.
The update comes completely free with the base version of the game.

The new tracks come already unlocked, just launch and try them out with your favourite cars!

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New Free Content

5 new cars available as free content update, enjoy this Italian-themed selection which includes ageless classics.

About This Game

REAL WORLD RACING is a top-down racing game using high-quality aerial imagery that lets you race through the world's greatest cities!
Speed through London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and many other cities from a new and realistic perspective in a refreshing take on racing simulations.

The use of high resolution aerial photographic images with 3D terrain enhancements, weather conditions and lighting effects guarantees a stunning visual experience.

REAL WORLD RACING delivers faithfully modelled car parameters and physics simulation for the best control experience yet in a top-down racer.

With a full-fledged career mode, online multiplayer up to 16 players and special Online challenges, REAL WORLD RACING really keeps you coming back for more. Compete in a variety of events ranging from Slalom courses to arcade-like Checkpoint races.

Find your favourites among 80 cars, each with its very own driving style and swappable liveries, 50+ tracks running along world-famous landmarks, 80+ career events and 50 collectible challenge cards are only a taste of what awaits you in REAL WORLD RACING.

Developed by a small and dedicated indie team, REAL WORLD RACING is a live game, constantly updated and shaped by the playerbase, with free additional content planned and added regularly.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3.0 compliant (Intel HD Graphics Core Series)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I don't get the negative reviews for this game. It's highly polished, the campaign will keep you busy for many hours, there's cheap DLC's available, developers keep ironing out bugs and adding features, the game uses Steam Cloud, has achievements, leaderboards, multi-player, full controller support and there's even a demo available so you will know what you're paying for. It is not an unfinished piece of junk, so why the negative reviews ? Yes, the campaign is brutal, but totally doable. It's not developer's fault that you can't drive.
So, do yourself a favor, ignore the "mixed" review (as of December 19, 2014) and buy this game.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I don't normally write reviews, but it is a crying shame that this game has a Mixed review status. After putting in over 22 hours of play, I've attained all of the offline trophies and had an absolute blast doing it. The top negative review complains of "impossible challenges," but that's just not true. They're hard enough where you will need to practice, but that just means the sense of satisfaction when you DO beat them is all the better.
The game looks great. I love the idea of using aerial imagery, and it really makes the game look like nothing else out there. I've also seen the framerate mentioned, and I'm here to say I've experienced no slowdown (unless an anti-virus scan kicks on, or some other program). The game is impressively polished. There are tons of cars and tracks to unlock. The special livery for each car will have you wanting to beat that next challenge to see what it looks like.
Real World Racing reinvigorated my interest in a game genre that isn't well-represented these days, and I can't recommend it enough. Do yourself a favor and don't listen to the cry babies. RWR is an absolute steal when it goes on sale. Pick it up!
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This actually turned out to be a decent top down view racing game , Its not a serious racing game like the ones from EA or codemasters but a well balanced simple racing game. Certainly fits in well with other top down racing games that are on steam like zombie driver.
-Well made tracks , each track has a specific way you can master it to achieve both the main objective and bonus objectives
- The cars have proper characterstics they are not just soapboxes with stats stickers, each one handles differently.
- Simple controls handbrake and the arrow keys is all you need.
- The objectives are reasonable there is a easy objective that lets you move on to the next track and a hard one that unlocks more bonus.
- Good achievements to aim for , you actually find yourself aiming for getting all the objectives.
- simple progression , meet the objective and move on , no nonsense stuff.Tons of event and online multiplayer
- Tons of stuff is in dlc including zombies ,tracks and cars though i have seen them go on frequently good discounts
- No damage model the name is Real world Racing why not have damage
- For such good tracks a story would have been nice specially with the real cities already in.
7/10 worth grabbing when its on sale , it will throw up some fun for a while, if you can master the turning and drifts.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
If you always wanted to drive a car on Google Maps, then here's the perfect game for you.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Well, I was on the fence as far as buying this game goes, but I'm glad I did. It's actually a very fun racing game presented in a somewhat unique fashion.

It basically looks like Google Earth/Maps/what have you, with the street view, and your racing is all top down view. This looks really cool, adds a dose of realism to the game, and is effective in presenting the game in a manner quite unlike anything I have seen previously.

I dont know how authentic the cities really are, but they look perfect in my estimation. I can see myself actually driving through those cities. It's all street racing, and there are points where the roads narrow, split, go under bridges or large trees, etc...that can make the races even more challenging than they already are.

So, what about the races and the cars themselves? The cars are cool. There are a lot of unlockable cars plus an in game dealership to buy more with money earned in races. There isnt a lot of in game detail due to the google Earth approach, but you can go to the garage via the in game options to see what they really look like, what their strengths and weaknesses are, etc...They actually handle a lot like real cars in my estimation. No loose controls or silly features. This game rewards tight, practical control of your vehicle, and everything seems pretty much just like the way real cars handle.You will need to practice to get good at this game. Sloppy play will result in a lot of replays. That said, I didnt find that it took too long to get accustomed to the controls, and once you do, you defintiely feel like you can take down every race. Just know this isnt a casual game as far as the mechanics go. You WILL need to learn how to drive your cars properly.

The races themselves take the form of all the standards....normal lap races, time trials, elimination, and so on. There is also a helicopter cam race type where instead of being the normal top down view, you instead are looking at your vehicle via the helicopters camera. It's a pretty cool type of race that I havent seen before either.

The only real downside to this game that I can see is the distinct lack of an online community. There doesnt ever seem to be anybody online, which kind of sucks since a lot of the features and cheevos are dependant on online play. I thinmk the way to go is to simply play with people you know, or possibly to start a Steam group specifically for this, and then list it on the Community Hub.

Anyway, I give the game itself 8 out of 10. It's actually really good. However, that rating could slide quite a bit if you are hoping for online play, which is virtually non-existent sadly
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Good fun racer that works really well with the xbox controller. The graphics are good and it's pretty fast as well.
I'm no racing driver but I liked the difficulty curve. It starts simple and builds up. I got all the gold achievements to obtain the driving licence in about half an hour. You don't have to get the golds; the basic objectives to progress are not too difficult, but if you want to try for the gold achievements then the extra challenge is there.
I often get frustrated if a game is too hard but I didn't mind having to try a few times to get some of the golds because I find the game so fun to play.
Definitely recommended if you like fast top down racers.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Real World Racing is a perfect example of what indie games bring to the gaming industry - someone had a really clever idea ("Let's make Google Earth: The Racing Game!") and rather than worrying about whether or not top-down racing games are popular enough to sell a million copies or whatever they just went out and made a great game. If you've played a lot of racing games and you're looking for something new and original, or if you love top-down racers and you're looking for a good one, this is the game you're looking for.

The first thing that demands attention in Real World Racing is the visuals. The game features a top-down view with 3D graphics created from satellite imagery, which creates a truly unique aesthetic. While photorealism may be all the rage in modern games, you've never seen this type of photorealism, where all of the eccentricities of the real world are faithfully reproduced to the pixel. Roads meander, split, narrow, and bend in all kinds of illogical ways. Houses and trees are all distinct from each other, and often show signs of real-world wear. There are all kinds of subtle little details, like pools, parks, and back alleys. The tracks in this game simply feel alive in a way that most games don't, probably because they actually are. This in turn makes seeing each new stage exciting because the visuals are just so fresh.

Of course, pretty graphics are one thing, but they don't count for much if the game isn't fun to play. Luckily, it's also very well made from a gameplay perspective. As with many other modern racing games, Real World Racing occupies a kind of middle ground between arcade and simulation mechanics, where you have to control your speed and use brakes to corner effectively, but cars still corner better than in real life and there's no car damage (though spinning out can happen and is very costly). This is a great fit for this type of game, as it gives the game some depth without being off-putting for those who just enjoy the visuals or like the simplicity of top-down racing. There's also a handy racing line indicator that helps you learn the courses and find the best lines, though deviating from it occasionally will be necessary to net those top times. The game also features a lengthy and well fleshed-out campaign mode featuring 5 gradually increasing speed classes of 15 or so races each, each of which has a primary win condition and an optional challenge for completionists, like "take first place on lap 1 and hold it" or "don't ever hit the opponent car". Beyond this there's also a single race mode, time trials, and online multiplayer, as you would expect.

For all of its strengths the game does have a few issues. For one thing, while the aforementioned challenge system does help to extend the life of the game, many of the challenges simply aren't very fun. One of the best things about the racing genre is how simple it is - just get to the finish line first by any means necessary - but the challenges frequently place additional restrictions upon you that muddy this winning formula. Having to restart a race even though you're smoking everyone because you haven't scored enough perfect drifts for the bonus challenge can get tedious, especially on some of the psychotically-hard final challenges. The game also has some issues with crashing, it crashed on me probably 20 times or so in the time it took me to 100% it, which is a fair bit by modern standards. The DLC also isn't integrated into the campaign mode at all, which is regrettable, because the maps are otherwise pretty cool.

Overall, it's definitely a fun and unique experience and it left me wanting more (I want to race the entire world now!) which is always a good sign. Definitely well worth checking out.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I was a bit sceptic at first, due to the low graphics quality. Then I played the demo a while, and kinda fell in love with the gameplay. It feels like total immersion, with the sounds, the details on the tracks, made me somewhat indifferent to the graphics quality. So I bought it and have played the whole career now.

I'm quite astounded on how such a small developer can deliver such great gameplay. It's a bit of a blend between arcade / sim, due to the fact that you will actually lose some time with drifting, or hitting the walls. The game rewards taken a good line into the corner, hitting the apex just right. Reminds me a bit of the manner in which Project Gotham Racing on the old Xbox rewarded neat driving, with kudos. So kudos to you!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This is surprisingly a very good looking Indie game. I mean, it feels like you would be open Google Maps and would see some guys driving in the world in real time. I also like the physics they are realistic and not too arcade. The menu design is awesome and feels very modern. Nice, really nice.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I was rather impressed with this game. It is a neat idea of using aerial photographs rather than creating tracks from scratch. The resolution of the photographs is not ideal but they are fleshed out nicely to give them vertical depth and a bit of life with the inclusion of extra details. The range of cars is good too. They are like the Disney characters painted on ice cream van, they are immediately recognisable but just different enough to not infringe copyright. The cars are nice and varied in terms of performance too. I initially thought the game was too difficult. However for most of the game I was tantalisingly close to the target so it kept me wanting to play on and I gradually improved. It was only very near then end when it got to the point where the races got too frustrating to be fun any more. I would have preferred it if the game was a little easier but I still had a lot of fun with this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Really good top-down driving game! The idea of taking the cities' sattelite images and create racing courses is awesome.
I thought it would be a bit "arcadey" but was happy to be proved wrong. The car handling is really good.

If you like racing games, but don't want to go for a AAA full priced title, this is a great choice.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
pretty good game once u figure out how to abuse the handbrake
singleplayer is ok too

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Total Score : 57/100 (not bad)
Cost Performance : 55/100

*various courses & cars (+5)
*play easily on-line match (+2)

*not exhilarating drive (-5)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
cool game, really addicting!

i recommend this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
its ok i guess
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
I found this game very enjoyable, would definately recommend it if you use to enjoy the old school table top racers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This is the best top-down racing game on steam. I don't normally play top-down racers, but when I do, it's Real World Racing.

That's about it, there is not much to it. It's a top-down racing game.

Or is it?


+Very nice graphics
+Real cities
+Actually fun to drive (try that manual gear son)
+Engine sounds
+Day/Night concept in races
+Bonus objectives to complete during races
+Stuff unlocking
+Different race types (knock-out, one-on-one etc.)
+Multiple DLCs to download (including a zombie filled one)


-Handling of cars can sometimes be frustrating - especially on higher tiers (those things fly)
-No car modifications (except colors)

That's about it. There is a career mode where you can climb the tiers up. Higher tier cars are harder to drive. The tracks tend to get harder as well. You will unlock special paint jobs for your vehicles. You will stack up money and buy new cars for higher tiers. I like the whole driving license thingy as well. I always liked that in a racing game. All in all, there is no way for me to not recommend this game.

On a final note, the developers are now working on a confirmed Real World Racing 2!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Fun top-down racer. Physics and handling are tighter and more realistic/less arcadey than your typical top-down racer, but not quite to the extent of a full on racing sim. It looks great, and has plenty of content.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Now anybody that knows me personally knows I like a good racing game. I just do, and since They're aren't any "really good" driving sims on PS4 yet, I've been kinda in a dry spell as far as that goes. I decided to pick this game up on the reviews it's been getting online, and I do like it, but I don't know if I would exactly recommend it.

First of all keep in mind that you can love racing games, without liking racing sims. So, if you're looking for something you can pick up and play, with cars that will control like butter without any effort, look elsewhere. Real World Racing it THRIVES on tight controls, basic and advanced racing mechanics, and a bit of experience in games like these. However, this is not your first rodeo as far as these kinds of games go, you'll be quite surprised with how much skill, and experience is needed to get good at this game, and how rewarding it is to win races in RWR.

However, that's not all. Let's say you are used to games like these (i.e. Raceroom, Race07, and the soon to be coming out Project Cars) you'll know that they're 3D games that give a good perspective on what's coming up next. With this game being a top down racing game, it tends to be trickier to judge corners and upcoming turns. The RWR crew have tried to make this a little easier coming in, but it still takes a bit of getting used to.

There is a multiplayer mode on this game (maybe it's the times I get on, but I never really see anybody on), and the community page on steam for this game seems lively, so if you want to talk to people about the game, or pick up pointers, or play somebody online, it shouldn't be too hard.

There's also a diverse amount of cars here (based off of real life cars too, but with different names for trademark, and copyright safety), so you'll be bound to find a car that you like in each class in this game, however there's really not much in the lines of customization. Maybe they'll fix that when the next game gets released.

All and all, this is honestly a decent racing game for the people that are extremely into racing sims. Not so much for all racing fans though, and even at that, if you're looking for a cheap good racing sim (if you don't care about playing online) Race 07 feels like a better game in all, for less. However, This game runs well on pretty much every computer I've run it on, so I can get my competitive racing fix without worriying about how the game's going to run, and even though it's a 2.5d top down racing game, they put a lot of effort into stylizing, and detailing everything from how it plays, to the look of all the tracks and cars. So if you're looking for a good, cheap, multiplayer, racing sim on Steam right now, this might be what you need.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Really sweet game, and the developers are making a sequel that promises an even better experience. Highly recommend it to the casual racers. This is not a simulator, ok?
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