Krautscape is an action-packed racing game with bird-like flying cars and procedurally built racetracks.
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Mostly Positive (172 reviews) - 77% of the 172 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 24, 2016

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February 24

Krautscape is fully released!

Krautscape is now out of Early Access! We would like to thank the Early Access players for the great feedback and support. For the full release we prepared another update with some great improvements.

Update 4.2.0
  • Gamepad and keyboard controls are now customizable!
  • Added achievements
  • Added controller support for PS4 Controller, PS3 Controller (Mac & Linux) and improved support for other models
  • Fixed wheel animation, car animation glitches
  • Fixed some audio issues (although not the one with pulseaudio)
  • Added game mode descriptions & help text
  • Better ingame player name display
  • Pause screen actually pauses game

Of course this update includes all the other changes since we started Early Access:
  • 3 completely new single player gamemodes with 55 tracks and even more procedural gameplay
  • New track elements
  • Refined driving physics
  • Improved track building, more accurate checks
  • Improved controller support
  • Improved server stability
  • countless bugfixes
  • and much more

We hope you like it, see you in the game!

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February 8

Preparing for release

We're preparing for the final release of Krautscape!

We've been working on the game since a long time. The project started more than 5 years ago as a student project, and we put in a lot of our time to work on it. Sometimes we were working more actively on it, sometimes less, but we always had the goal to release a great, fun and unique game at the end. After almost two years of Early Access, we think very soon it's time to take the game out of Early Access.

Early access helped us improve many parts of the game based on the feedback of the community. It helped us fix some technical issues, and it gave us an impression about how the game is perceived. We also added features that weren't initially planned. For example, we felt it's important that people can play without relying on other players to be online, so we added a complete singleplayer mode. This wasn't planned initially, and took a major part of our working time, but we are sure this was important to extend the lifetime of the game.

We're currently preparing another update that will be released in the coming weeks, when we will move Krautscape out of Early Access. This update will include customizable controls (finally!) and achievements, among other things. It should also tackle a few more points mentioned in the forums. We hope you'll like it, stay tuned!

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Reviews

“While racing is clearly the main point of the game, it’s great fun to have the freedom to build whatever you want.”
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About This Game

Krautscape is an action-packed racing game with bird-like flying cars and procedurally built racetracks. The leading player builds the racetrack while the chasing players can take shortcuts by flying off the track to overcome obstacles. But the track is needed to score and to get speed – the vehicles don't have any thrusters to accelerate while flying.

Krautscape features three unique multiplayer gamemodes that are designed to support nonlinear gameplay and intelligent movement instead of forcing you to drive perfectly. Three singleplayer game modes introduce you to the basic mechanics of driving, flying and track building.

Key Features


  • Flying cars: Glide through the air like a bird
  • Build a racing track while driving – each race creates a new track
  • 3 multiplayer game modes with completely different goals & gameplay: Snake, Ping Pong and Collector
  • 3 singleplayer game modes, focused on driving, flying and track building
  • Multiplayer game modes are playable online, on LAN or in splitscreen mode (up to 8 players)
  • Free play sandbox mode
  • Original adaptive soundtrack
  • Steam leaderboards and achievements
  • Keyboard and gamepad support for XInput compatible devices on Windows, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 gamepads on Mac/Linux

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card comparable to Radeon X1600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported Controllers: XInput compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card comparable to Radeon X1600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported Controllers: XBox 360 Pad, PS3 Controller, PS4 Controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics Card comparable to Radeon X1600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: pulseaudio required
    • Additional Notes: Supported Controllers: XBox 360 Pad, PS3 Controller, PS4 Controller
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Krautscape is a racing game in which you build the track as you drive. Also, your car can fly. It's a neat idea, but it's so terrible in practice. The physics are the worst I've ever seen in a racing game. When you're flying your carplane will veer off in the wrong direction for no apparent reason. I can't tell if it's just buggy or if the game is supposed to be simulating wind, and doing a very poor job of it. Even on land the car controls like a giant icecube with a steering wheel attached. The trailer shows the car flying gracefully into the air like a bird, and doing sweet drifts to send the track exactly where they want it to go. None of this ever happens in the game. Attempting to drive around a corner is a horrible experience. And if you fall off the track (you will) you get sent right to the back. Not behind the last racer, right at the start of the track. The track does disappear when you drive over it, but if you're in the air, this doesn't happen. So if you attempt to skip a section of track by flying over it and you mess it up... you're gonna have to do it all again.

I should explain how the the track building works. It chooses the next piece based on which part of the track the leader is driving on. If they drive on the left, the track curves to the left. But there's absolutely no reason to do this, it only makes your opponents more likely to overtake you. If you curve the track, you're gonna have to slow down to make the turn without falling off, giving your more reckless opponents a chance to zoom past you. Or you can risk falling off and waiting for your car to slowly respawn. Plus, it's probably just going to put your section of track closer to previous sections, making it easier for other racers to fly over and catch up. If you just drive in a straight line without curving at all, there's nothing the other racers can do to overtake you. There are no items or boosts that might help even things out. All you can do is keep driving and hope they somehow ♥♥♥♥ up. But because the leader never has to fly or make unexpected turns, their chance of ♥♥♥♥ing up is much lower than yours. When someone gets in the lead, they tend to stay in the lead.

And then the final nail in the coffin: the multiplayer is dead. I have never seen a multiplayer game this dead. I could only find two people playing it, and they were just repeating the same mode over and over again. And of course there's no map variation to keep things interesting. There's a single player, but no AI racers. All you can do is drive the tracks on your own. Not much fun.

I played for less than 2 hours so I could get a refund, but I could tell my opinion wasn't going to change. Great idea let down by terrible execution.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
A nice game.It has a lot of potential
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Early Access Review
This game is absolutely amazing. I love the mechanics. Its such a cool idea and has a good amount of skill to it. Honestly, this game is absolutely amazing. The only real downfall is that it is almost impossible to find peeps playing it online. BUT, if u get this with friends, WHICH I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU DO, you will have a blast. The implications of the game mechanics create many ways for the people lagging behind to catch up and/or screw up the front player, but the front player has a lot of freedom while creating whatever track they wish.

I LOVE THIS GAME. It is one of the few I've ever actually cared about enough to write a review for.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Here's the deal. This is a game designed for multiplayer. Playing online is incredibly fun (particularly ping-pong mode), each game creates a different track with different ways to reach the goal, and it is fast-paced and requires you to plan ahead your course. I'm typically not a fan of racing games, but this one really appeals to me.

For such a low price, I definitely recommend this game. It's fun to pick up and play a few races. My only problem is that people are rarely online (not the dev's fault); hopefully this will change with time.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Great art style and core gameplay mechanic is brilliant. While the game does have a singleplayer component the meat and potatoes of this game is the competitive multiplayer, in which you will compete with others to bend and curve the track to reach your objective before anyone else.

Unfortunatley you may find it rather difficult to find anyone to play multiplayer with you. The community for this game has become so small since it's initial early access release that it's in your best interest to find one of your friends to play with rather than waiting for randos online. The controls in this game are also very floaty, your "car" has a very wide turning radius and the brakes don't really stop you but rather slow you down, the air controls can be a bit finicky at times but are overall solid.

If you have a couple of friends to play this with I would definitley recommend picking it up, if not you might want to wait on it.
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