He got close a few times, but never won the Trashpit Championship. As skilled behind the wheel as your father was, there was something missing. Maybe it was instinct, maybe ferocity, or the hummingbird beat reaction times that success on the track demands.
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Release Date: Jan 31, 2014
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He got close a few times, but never won the Trashpit Championship. As skilled behind the wheel as your father was, there was something missing. Maybe it was instinct, maybe ferocity, or the hummingbird beat reaction times that success on the track demands. Regardless, his racing days are over; that’s why he gave you the keys to his old truck and a little money to get started. The future is now yours and you have a family legacy to uphold.

Stunning effects, amazing fire and hard racing with bullets - is that what you were craving for so long? Prepare to listen to the burn-in noise of madly spinning tires at the start. Just get in a car and try to survive on the track. Be quick, be smart, be fearless and the Trashpit Cup will be yours! Just don't forget to take a good minigun and couple of mines, the competition is anything but friendly.

- 16 Race tracks.
- 2 Car types, 5 modifications.
- 5 Weapon types, 12 modifications.
- 20 upgradeable systems: Engines, Nitrous, Armors, Ammo Boxes etc.
- 3 AI opponents with unique style of action.
- Additional bonuses on a track.
- Race statistics awards.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1,5 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7 family or higher
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: PhysX driver required.
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, 7, 8
    • Processor: 3 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7 family or higher
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: PhysX driver required.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I really, really, really tried to like this game.

It has some possibly redeeming qualities, however these 'possible' redeeming qualities are exactly what's is missing:

1. It is boring
2. Controls are difficult, unresponsive and confusing
3. It's harder than what it should be
4. Why, why, why no full controller support

There are better top down racers

2/10 - avoid.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
The control scheme was created by a master troll. If you use gamepad you can go forward or back, but can't turn. The tutorial says press "button 7 and 8 to turn". I have a 360 gamepad and pressed every button but couldn't figure it out.
Controller doesn't work at all in the menu. Keyboard controls use WASD but says press Backspace to jump, which doesn't jump. None of these controls can be changed.

Even by bundle racer standards its pretty bad.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Burning Cars is a barely average top-down arcade racing game in the vein of Micro-Machines. The game consists of playing through a 16 race campaign in either easy or hard modes against 3 other a.i controlled racers in order to win championship points and gain money to upgrading your vehicle.

Probably the best element of gameplay is the marketplace where you canupgrade your vehicle, engine, paintjob and install nitro boosters, armor, weapons and defences. As the tournament progresses better versions become available to be fitted in the garage screen.

Unfortunately the actual racing is not great. Gameplay controls are pretty bad and making a mistake is unforgiving especially on the bends and in tunnels. At least with keyboard and mouse. Whats more the vehicles behave wildly when trying to right them to face the correct way. This is compounded by issues with some walls not being completely smooth causing your car to jerk out of position without an apparent reason, causing you to lose places and most likely the race. Even if you have nitro boosters present.

Limited combat takes place during the race with any car being able to equip itself with machineguns, shotguns and mines. Though these only have limited charges unless refils found across the tracks are picked up. Other refils include: health, nitro, ammo, armor and temporary speed boosts can also be found as you drive. If the combat had been gratifying then perhaps the game could have seemed better than it otherwise is.

Game duration is also incredibly short. Both campaigned completed and 100%d achievements in 2 or so hours. Thankfully the game was purchased on a massive discount. Otherwise I would have wondered why I had bothered at all with it. There are much better games of its type out there. I suggest you try those. Ultimiately Burning Cars just provides more agony that ecstacy.

However to be fair to the developers if you can look past the games faults bear in mind that the game took five years to get released you could buy it on a massive discount sale. It does have some nice moments 'when' you manage to keep control of the car and manage to destroy your opponents. I wouldnt recommend this game but... if you want an easy 100% completion, there are not so many games that can be completed in such a short amount of time.

- First Non-recommendation. :( It had to happen!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
At least you get what's on the tin: you will see a few burning cars. But how's the game? Unfortunately, not great.

Burning Cars is a simple racing game: you drive trucks and buggies around a racing course. To spice it up you can equip the cars with machine guns, land mines and nitro boosters. The race course is quite literally littered with caustic waste and trash but also some helpful power-ups.

The game has two difficulty settings for the championship: Easy and Hard. It emerges that the two difficulties are very different from each other because of the very different car physics. Too bad that in effect there's only one championship, unless you count taking the same championship again (after losing it) with fully upgraded opponents.

I delude myself being a hardcore gamer, so I of course chose the Hard setting for my first championship. The first thing I noticed was that the car physics was outrageously, punishingly stiff (because of the difficulty level): the car simply does not want to turn. If you happen to turn the wrong way (fairly common occurrence), it is extremely hard to turn back the right way, and it takes aeons to do so. Combined with the issue that the interfering opponents can easily push you and turn you the wrong way, your race could be doomed early on. Yes, it is hard but not in a satisfying way.

Next thing I noticed that there are no brakes, i.e. you can't brake manually. Nor can you change the controls, so e.g. I was stuck with 'F' for boost, even though for me Shift would have been way more convenient.

Funnily and thankfully enough, the bad physics affects the opponents too. They get stuck and drive the wrong way as much as you do. Often you can still win an apparently losing race because the AI opponents are derping in a difficult corner where they simply can't get out because of the physics.

I mentioned weapons and corrosive wastes: unfortunately, they are rarely that useful or hurtful, because the opponents (and you too) will respawn almost immediately after dying. You will even retain some of your speed and will face the right way, thus making dying often a helpful occurrence. Yet you can't respawn on the map yourself: if you get stuck outside the course (happened to me several times) or fly completely off the map (also several times), you have essentially lost the race. If you happen to die out there, you simply respawn at that spot again, which to me is a huge oversight.

Because of the championship mode (it's the only mode but nevertheless a redeeming factor of the game), between races you get money and can buy upgrades to your car. These include better armor, weapons and paint for that extra touch.

You can also buy more expensive cars, which might be better than your previous one or perhaps not. On Hard mode the buggy was basically unusable for me because its turning was even clunkier than for the truck. It would get stuck driving towards a wall, unable to turn to either direction. Quirky enough, it would turn right more easily than left (maybe the equipment affected physics but I'm uncertain of this), making some turns impossible. While faster than truck, maneuverability was more important anyway with the clunky controls. This also meant that the AI buggies would often get stuck somewhere together and I would then win the race with little effort.

Easy mode was more like what I was expecting. Turning was reasonably easy for both types of cars and for a while it was very easy to win the races. However, on Easy mode the buggies were OP when compared to trucks. They were extremely fast and even trucks with nitros couldn't catch them, so I bought one as well and afterwards everything was easy again, except for the fact that too much speed would (hilariously enough) fly me off the map a few times, losing a couple of races.

Disappointing, Burning Cars is just good for an easy 100%: it only took a couple of hours to grab all achievements. Frankly, the original Micro Machines and Death Rally games are much better breed of the genre. Only get this if it's on an extreme discount or in a bundle. Even then I'd only recommend it if you wanted some easy achievements or really, really like top-down racing games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Burning Cars Engine Initializing failed!

Sound familiar?

I can't speak for the gameplay, but from a software-struggle perspective, I can say this much: Avoid.

I tried everything. Everything. Yes, including updated PhysX drivers. All I get is the "Initializing failed" error + crash. I'm not foreign to getting finicky older games to work on a modern PC, but this is from 2014 and refuses to behave. Maybe it simply doesn't run on 64-bit, but if so there should be a VERY clear warning on the store page.

My entire playtime was spent either in the launcher or setup windows - I never even got to see the intro. The only positive is that cards still dropped with the launcher idling, but it took OVER 3 HOURS for all 4 cards. That's ridiculous. (I'm glad it was only part of a bundle, or I'd be kicking myself.)

So I give up. Judging from gameplay reviews, it isn't worth the effort anyway.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2014
This game feels like a unpolished mobile game. The first vehicles are kinda slow, and it's difficult at first to make money, or buy any cool gear. Then you get the buggy.. That's when the game goes bad;

You can fly so high, your car will bump into the sky and fall down. Or hit a pylon at the wrong angle, and your flying off.. in the opposite direction you where going. It becomes basically a surfer game.. with a car.

This wouldn't be so bad, but the physics haven't been fixed. So it's easy to accidently fly off the course track. Unlike the AI, you do not get a respawn. Instead. You hit escape to see the menu, and quit the game at last place. My other gripes are the following;
-No Multiplayer
-Not enough tracks (You do 3 different tracks that I know of.. that are inverted, or slightly changed to make the 16 race challenge)
-Not enough vehicles/weapons
-Expensive for a 2 hour game.
-Some aspects of game not balanced (Lv 3 Nitro = Insta Win, Lv 5 Shotgun = Insta Kill, Mines are tough at lower level, but once your in the dune buggy.. completely underpowered.. useless!)

Suggestion to customers;
A game called "RC Cars" is alot more developed, and was kind of what I was expecting when I purchased this game.. Might be better to try that out before playing this game.

Suggestion to devs;
Take a look at the Road Rash series with how they did upgrades, included plot lines, actual characters with weapons midgame. (Reboot Title: "Road Redemption")
Another one is called Skithin, which was similarly pretty awesome game to play. (Had a storyline as well.)
The last one that was pretty cool, was called Renegade Ops. They used voice overs, and comic stills to create the storyline between each mission.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
There's quite a few better top down racers on steam already to bother with this game. It's pretty unpolished and too average even at its best to stand out from the field.

Try it out if you got it the bundle like I did or don't. No need to waste time on this.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
An okay game.
The game is actually fun on easy. However (and this is a BIG however) On hard (as there are only two dificulty levels) The game become pretty much unplayable. The games so-called realistic car physics make the game unplayable. Steering is lousy and unresposive at the best of times and this becomes more of a problem given that your vehicle gets hung up on every sudden change in the course. If you get turned around (and you will be a lot) You'll most likely of lost whatwver lead you had by the time you start to face the right direction.
I actually had to drive backwards for 3/4 of a lap just to come in 3rd. If you get knocked off the track (durring a pile up on a corner most of the time) you wont be able to get back on it. and killing yourself with your own mines won't help either. you can drive until you fall off the map entirly (which wont kill you by the way) the only way to get back to the game is to quit. There is no retry on hard so you'll automatically get 4th for that race. If you are looking for a casual racing game I'm sure you can find a better game elsewere. or at least one that dosen't feel like a like self abuse.
But like I said before. On Easy. The game is sorta fun.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
One of the worst games I've ever played. Short, silly AI, very bad handling, no Multiplayer and so on. The game costs 9€ (!), although it isn't worth even one.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
- Bad copy of Death Rally 96' or 2k12
- physics and handling are horrible, can't steer, glued tires
- weapons are not that exciting to use, you'll prefer to lay mines everywhere
- only one big map reused with barriers and reverse mode to get 16 "different" races
- quiet easy achievements except the final one, still a doable 100%. At least, achievements are all working OK, good job about that
- Steam cards, which is the only thing interesting in the game

This game is probably the worst of the genre, where the first Death Rally, released back in '96 is still a reference.
Even the most recent Death Rally, out in 2012, which was quiet bad, looks good compared to Burning Cars.

First, the story : there is none. Just read the "story" on steam page, that's it. So its a championship taking place in an open-air sewer island, with radioactive waste. You get to drive a trash truck against 3 other drunk bums, shooting and ramming on each other to get first place, get money and points for the 16 rounds of the championship. Now the weird part, the game is called Burning Cars, buts it's not really about cars, only trash trucks and flying buggies.

Those vehicles are armed with various stuff from shotguns to mines dispensers, and nitro, and upgrades. That's for the "Burning" part of the game, you'll often catch on fire driving in those green slimes and from opponents attacks.

About the racing aspect, it's the most tedious and masochist part of the game. Driving those things feels like there is no steering wheel, its a pain to take a turn, like if the tires got glues on the concrete. No handbrake or brake at all to take some drifts in the tight turns. You're lucky if you don't hit a barrier that will throw you into the sky or in reverse direction, especially with those buggies. The walls are also glued, because if you come too close from them, good luck to get off it. Easy tournament let you restart a race, so hopefully you can make it first place, as the opponents are sometimes dumb as hell and got stuck in a wall. Nothing more to add about the gameplay, it's just horrible. Take a careful look at the trailer video on Steam store, it'll show you all the pain you will get about the no-steering and flying on wall thing.

Thankfully, the achievements are quit easy to accomplish, the most frustrating is the hard tournament which will accept no failure, because you can't restart the race when it turns bad, or you go above a barrier or even out of the map, falling in the black void forever... There is steam cards too, but it's only to grab some money they won't make from selling the game itself.

Its a real shame because graphics are ok, of only physics was good, with more environment variety, and a multiplayer mode.
Don't get this game, unless you get it in a bundle, its pure pain and frustration for a masochist price. You've been warned.
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23 of 40 people (58%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2014
The game is very short - took me 1 hour to complete for the first time, on hardest difficulty by the way. Handling is frustrating, especially on faster car which you need to buy anyway, it dosen't turn while pressing gas pedal. On that car gameplay consists of bouncing off invisible walls all the time. Often you fly off the track and have to retire the race. And, most importanly, Burning Cars just isn't fun.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014

Pathetic. Can't control properly, and will only anger you to the point of uninstalling like it did me. Any racing game should have complete gamepad support at the rate of 100% usability.
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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
Burning Cars is an impressive modern take on the genre, with fast paced action, and nice visuals. The area that really stands out for me is the sheer amount of equipment available for purchase: multiple tiers of different weapons, engines, chassis, nitros, armour. I generally don't play racing games unless they have a resource management aspect, so this game really hits the spot for me.

My main quibble so far is that bullets are quite limited (but they are replenished at every lap) so I don't get to do as much shooting as I like. I'm guessing that you can increase ammo capacity as you get access to more equipment, but some more ammo would be nice. I'd also recommend playing in easy, which seems to make the vehicles easier to handle.

Overall, recommended for car-combat fans, especially if you get a kick out of upgrading your vehicle.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Sorry, but you wasted five years of your lives ;-)
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
I didn't enjoy it, at all. my biggest caveats were the fixed camera and unresponsive controls.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
This looks like a russian kid's school project, and plays worse. Very poor controls for a driving game, awful SFX in the menus, and no progression available it seems. Just a crappy truck that you can upgrade, but no other vehicles available afaik. Very poor.
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4 of 16 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
I beat the full game in one hour but then again I'm really good at racing games. The game is basically the spiritual successor to Rock N Roll Racing from the SNES.

TIP: Use the truck only; the buggy is unusable.

Nitro and landmines are the best items in the game.
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10 of 32 people (31%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
love the game

i can only play with keyboard which i don't like to much, please add joypad also,

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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Yea, I only played on easy and I won the cup because the AI is horribly dumb, gets stuck on walls - and it can't use the speed pick-ups. Sometimes the AI would get stuck for the remainder of the race, easy win for me.

The cars are also unbalaced as hell, the buggy is as twice as fast as the truck and if you have armor it doesn't matter that it seems to be more fragile. Do not even try to win games against the buggy with the truck, but it can happen if the AI gets stuck again.

In the last race I was thrown outside the track and drove off and fell into the endless dark void. Yeah, that happened.

Godd things are the cards - but it takes longer for them to drop than to finish the game (at least on 'Easy').

P.S.: If you want to play a top-down racing game, try out Mini Motor Racing EVO.
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