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

    Minimum:
    • 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
21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
134.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
This game is an hidden gem. Probably it's aimed to old school gamers and that's why there are many negative reviews of people who doesn't seem to get along with it. Graphic-wise it's not spectacular and it can get insanely hard (that's a plus for me) but this is the first time I see an intelligent and innovative interpretation of the top-down racing genre.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I got this game in a bundle and decided to keep it because I had never tried a top-down racer, and the overhead camera reminded me a lot of the original Grand Theft Auto, which I played extensively as a child.

If you like challenging racing games, then you will enjoy this one.

The aesthetics are very nice - the environment looks lush and fresh, and the car models are decently detailed. There is no visible car damage, however, you do see sparks when you grind againt walls. You cn paint your car from a set of given colors, but there is no customization beyond that (aesthetics or car upgrades). The music and sounds are very good, and help contribute to that intense racing feel.

The controls are straighforward, however, I would advise you to use a controller if possible. While the keyboard controls are good, the action and gameplay feels much more responsive when you use a controller (especially if you decide to try out manual transmission). The career mode offers license tutorial levels, which are essential for getting you familiar with the control scheme. The learning curve is minimal to moderate, depending on your experience with racing games.

Overall, each vehicle operates slightly different - reflected by their stats - making each race feel like you're driving a unique car. To unlock more cars, you need to purchase them, and you earn money by performing well while driving (ex: money bonuses for executing drifts, and even more for performing perfect drifts). Bonus money rates are pretty fair, however, there will be a bit of grinding before you can afford that class S sports car. Once you become comfortable with the game, try playing with the higher class/tier vehicles, as the bonuses are multiplied as you move on to higher-end racers.

The AI is fairly challenging, if you make a big mistake (like being fishtailed into the wall), you may find it extremely difficult to catch up to the competition. With time and practice, this shouldn't be a problem, as you will learn to anticipate the twists and turns and how to compensate with proper drift techniques (influenced by which car you pick, of course). The race track will always have a green arrow trail to show you a decent driving route, and turns (and hazards) will always be indicated by non-intrusive pop ups in the middle of the screen.

If you are into racers, give this game a try. Both the career and arcade mode offer fun racing moments, and the overhead perspective changes things up if you are used to the behind-the-wheel (or third-person)perspective.

Recommend.

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Cool top down racer with cars based on real life models, nice real google map tracks and different citys to race in, no upgrades but you buy cars as you progress. Can and prob will give you a headache after playing for over 20-30 mins because of the speed and focus of whats in front of your car but still trying to focus on your ride. Not bad at all,
Overall 6-10
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Fun racing game, nice arcade feeling. Tho Multiplayer is dead
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
You should definitely pick up Real World Racing if you are into this kind of racing games – the single-player campaign alone is worth the price of admission.
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10 of 10 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.
Pros:-
-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
Cons:-
- 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.7 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Top-down racing with a lot of twists and possibilities. Addictive, intense and fun.


I honestly don't know what's all the complaining about. Wanted to try this game for a long time, but since I'm always on a limited budget and have to prioritize, this game had to wait until it was made available on a bundle. I must admit I've should bought it before since this game is fun and delivers everything that you can expect from it.

Gameplay´s good, the controls respond and the car reacts to them pretty well. Some people say the backgrounds are a little unpolished, ok, but I usually don't have time to check them out while driving like a madman avoiding rivals, drifting long curves and trying not to get stuck between some old tires. Music and sound effects are good enough to round up a really nice product in my opinion.

On top of all this you have a large selection of cars, levels, races, game modes and so on. It's so addictive and fun that I've playing it for two days ignoring literally hundreds of other games in my queue; didn't even tried multiplayer because I had my hands full trying to reach the third tier of competition. Some objectives may be hard to attain but hey... What do you want? Walks in the park? This it's supposed to be Real World Racing, yo!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Google Maps + Micro Machines. Great game if you can get it cheap..got through a bundle. Nice presentation and layout of menus and a great concept for a top down racer. I also like that the cars have some "weight" to add abit of realism vs. straight arcade racing. Give it go if you enjoy old school top racers like Micro Machines, Little Racers Street (another great indie racer), Rock N Roll Racing, etc..
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7 of 7 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
This is a lot of fun, and really well made. It is totally addictive. I am one who personally loves simulator car games, but yet I still come back to this one. Great top-down driving game! 9/10 for me
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Great 2D races

Very nice racing game in 2D. It is challenging and well done. Bravo.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Surprisingly technical for a top down racer. Has that european feel to it, like they actually care about racing. Full career mode too.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
The game is fairly good for what you are buying. Some people are just extremely delusional and expect this to be an AAA racing game when in reality is an top-down racer Indie game that is sold for fairly cheap.

It has a good selection of cars, visually pleasing and yet challenging tracks, a career mode that has some difficulty in it.
Really, I don't know what else you could expect from a game of this tier.

I've been wanting to buy this game for a while but never could because I'm a broke ♥♥♥♥a, but I got it in a bundle and it's better than what I expected.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Really fun for the first playthrough. Made me remember about the old RC Pro AM game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
A good top-down racer that supports Xbox 360 controller. Pretty difficult, too.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Simple but fun. Nice graphics, gameplay is fine. Get it while it's on sale. Pitfall: the first time I tried the game I entered arcade mode and didn't pay attention to anything (just wanted to take a quick look at it). The game seemed really difficult and I thought it was unbalanced (I did pretty good and only reached the 10th place out of 16 competitors). Later on, I realized there are different car classes and you should be careful on which one to pick up, taking into account cpu level (difficulty).
One more thing, I like the autorotating camera the most. It makes it more playable.
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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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Total Score : 57/100 (not bad)
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Cost Performance : 55/100

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

-Bad
*not exhilarating drive (-5)
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