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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: PhysX driver required.
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.3 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
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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23 of 40 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28, 2015
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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6.6 hrs
Posted: October 3
I had some degree of fun with it, almost to the tipping point of frustration, still, this is only for the hardcore topdown racer, physics are almost completely broken, this game needs some serious polish.

The control sucks, gamepad support is nonexistant, i had to use xpadder to map keybard control to the gamepad, had to start the game with the gamepad off to avoid problems, on top of that, in hard, the car feels like it has no steering at all, it literally feels like you´re playing a beta or even al alpha stage of this game...

i would have given it a reccommend if this game was on early access... i hate to give it a negative recommendation, this game could have been great, it has great potential, but as a finished product, it sucks.
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Obey the Fist!
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
While the game supports 4K resolution, the developer never tested it, the common "undersampling" of the screen area means you can only move the mouse in the top left hand corner. This makes the game menus impossible to negotiate - basically the game is unplayable.
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[TBN] Fighter5810
7.0 hrs
Posted: March 8
Man the handling is the worst
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4.7 hrs
Posted: September 28, 2015
I really wanted to like Burning Cars, and would love to be able to recommend it, but it's just not really very good.

I love top-down racers, and played rival indie racer, Blaze Rush, to completion as well, but where Blaze Rush is adrenaline-fuelled, manic fun, Burning Cars is just a bit silly, and rather frustrating.

The graphics are good, and the sounds are acceptable. The courses are not too bad either, and the variety of powerups and obstacles is reasonable, if fairly standard fare for this sort of game. But the physics are a bad joke, seeing your vehicle (of which there are really only two: a truck or a buggy) bouncing around ridiculously, hanging in the air, rebounding with seemingly more force than it hit, and being unable to turn (especially in hard mode) at any sort of speed.

Even the upgrades and weapons are disappointing, with the different models of truck only differing from each other in minor ways, and only a very limited number of different weapons available.

It's sad, because from reading the brief credits and messages, it sounds as though the indie developers of Burning Cars really put in a lot of effort over five years to bring this game to completion. It was a really nice idea, and I wish I could recommend it, but the fun and replayability is just not there.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: May 18, 2015
Sorry, but you wasted five years of your lives ;-)
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1.4 hrs
Posted: February 22, 2015
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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