R.C. Cars is an exciting arcade racing game featuring the world of highly realistic toy radio controlled cars. Jump, accelerate, perform acrobatic feats in the air, and bounce on big hummocks, pits and bumps while contending with opponents for victory.
User reviews: Mixed (64 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 11, 2003
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“"It looks damn good for a budget game. You'll get lots of nice textures, detailed car models, mobile obstacles like crabs, dogs, people, and vehicles, and fairly realistic water effects (most of the racing takes place on or near the beach). "”
7,5/10 – IGN

About This Game

R.C. Cars is an exciting arcade racing game featuring the world of highly realistic toy radio controlled cars. Jump, accelerate, perform acrobatic feats in the air, and bounce on big hummocks, pits and bumps while contending with opponents for victory. Win prize money for placing in the race, purchase car upgrades and participate on further tracks!

Introducing magnificent physics engine, three types of unique racing vehicles and ten off-road levels closely reproducing the real world, R.C. Cars is a real challenge! In the world of R.C. Cars participate in championship, quick race or ghost race. From looped tracks in different environments to real-life obstacles and outstanding off-road abilities, maneuverability and boost capacity of the realistic looking vehicles, R.C. Cars is a truly amazing racing/driving experience!

Key features:

  • 12 characters - each one with her own skills and motivations
  • Physics engine outperforming the majority of car simulators currently on the mass market
  • Fully interactive environment
  • Challenging tracks
  • Unique toy racing vehicles
  • Various upgrades and bonuses
  • Multiplayer support via LAN/Internet

    System Requirements

      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP / 7 / 8
      • Processor: Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
      • Memory: 64 MB RAM
      • Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 8.1 - compatible 3D video accelerator
      • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
      • Additional Notes: „Customer may encounter slow input reaction in menus while playing on modern operating systems“
    Helpful customer reviews
    26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
    1.8 hrs on record
    Posted: July 1
    Most of this review can be summed up one way, and that's by saying this is a 1C game.

    1C are Russian game developers characteristically known for how alien their games feel. They've gotten better in recent years, but this is an old school 1C game from 2003, back when you wondered if they were from another planet. If you want to play RC Cars, you're going to have to work for it.

    To get this game to work correctly, you primarily have to do two things:
    - Manually set the game's framerate (otherwise it won't run properly). I suggest 60fps.
    - Manually set your controller's analog senstivity AND the analog deadzone (otherwise, you won't be able to control your vehicle).

    Once you do this, you'll be able to navigate the game's confusing menu system and eventually compete in a race. The game itself is pretty difficult; the cars themselves seem to almost have sort of a simulation feel to them. What this means is that any little bump in the road will often fling you wildly out of control, just like a real RC car. But, with enough finesse, you'll eventually come to grips with it.

    Tracks are laid out in obtuse patterns. Early tracks follow the typical racing game format of circuits, but it's not long until 1C takes the "checkpoint race" concept in more esoteric directions, leading you down narrow dead ends and back out again. Tracks themselves take you across beaches, deserted ghost towns, mines, busy highways and active military bases.

    Vehicles can be customized, but not much. Each of the four or five available vehicles have several different paint jobs, and can be upgraded in three categories: boost, engine, and tires. Upgrades cost money, which can be won by completing championship races. What you might not realize at first is that you also have to pay to enter championship races; on one occasion I spent so much on vehicle upgrades that I had grind for more money just to do the next race.

    Would I recommend the game? Given that it's only $5, sure. It's not going to blow your socks off, and you might actually end up getting annoyed eventually, but it's just different enough from the norm that I think it's probably worth it.
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    7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
    12.1 hrs on record
    Posted: October 19
    AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CRASHES HIS CAR EVERYTIME WHEN THE BIKINI-GIRL IS AROUND?

    One of the best games of my childhood.
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    31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
    0.7 hrs on record
    Posted: April 24
    Haha this game is great. Once I'd figured out how to get my gamepad working and turn down the sensitivity (a lot!) it was superb. The graphics are really good, and there are some amusing things like the people on the beach trying to kick your RC car out of the way, and a nice pumping soundtrack to get the adrenaline pumping. Love it!
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    11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.4 hrs on record
    Posted: June 20
    I find the game fun to play despite the suspension going wild sometimes (always at the same spot in the track) but the menus are just so damn slow. It's so irritating. I think 2/3 of my Steam 'playtime' is just menu time. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

    EDIT : Change your frame rate in the menu to 35 or 40 and the menu will run fine. Great game now!
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    6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.7 hrs on record
    Posted: June 24
    RC Cars is a simple little racer originally released in the PS2 era. Unlike similar games, there are no weapons, it's just pure racing. There are various obstacles around the tracks to hamper your progress, and jumps and bumps to fly over.

    Driving the cars is fairly easy as it's an arcade racer through and through. Most of the vehicles seem to grip well and aren't affected too much by rough terrain as in some other RC racers. The AI isn't too bad either, of course the other drivers will bash and shove you but your car isn't affected that much by this so they don't push you into a spin causing you to lost the race in the last 100 yards.

    Graphically it's pretty good for a game of it's age with nicely detailed cars and tracks. It looks a little sparse compared to a modern game and some of the textures seem fairly low quality, but as I said it's and older game, so probably looked OK at the time.

    Sound is decent to with the main engine sounding like a tiny engine should and plenty of ambient sounds such as waves crashing on the beach or the sound of gulls. Music however is not so good. It's not especially bad, just more of a background noise while you race.

    Problems? Well when I first loaded it up I experienced the same annoying slow menus as everyone else, then when I eventually managed to get into the game my car just bounced around uncontrollably. This was the cause of much swearing and I nearly wrote this review based on that, but then I adjusted the graphics and now everything seems fine. The menus are snappy and the cars control well.

    All in all this game is sort of average. Once you sort out the problems it's fun for a while. Having said that I'm not sure I'd want to pay 4.99 for it, but if you get it on sale it's fine.

    BTW. I don't know if this will help anyone, but since it is and old game I ran CPU Killer to limit the speed of my system. The game was jerky, but the menus were more responsive and the when I got into the game the physics seemed OK. Then I just adjusted the graphics to 1920x1080, maxed everything and set frame limited to 60 rather than unlimited. I've ran it a couple of times since (without CPU Killer) and it seems fine with nice snappy menus and cars that stay on the road.
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    3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
    0.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 8
    menus are unresponsive, 360 controller not automaitclly set.
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    1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
    1.0 hrs on record
    Posted: August 3
    Yes i Recomend it because its multiplayer compatible with a usb Controller!
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    100 of 207 people (48%) found this review helpful
    0.4 hrs on record
    Posted: April 23
    so far game is unplayable, all my RC racer does is bounce around the screen... do not recommend... if I find a fix to the problem, I will up date this post... horrible, just horrible...
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    2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: June 25
    I was expecting much more, menus are really bad and ruin everything. Seems to only be 3 unlockable cars and car slows down for no reason during race. It was a game with little or no effort put in from the developers. Don't spend money on this.
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    6 of 19 people (32%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: August 13
    Ok, so, I know I have like no time clocked into this game, but hear me out on this one:

    I loaded up RC Cars and found the worst main menu of all time. It took 10 seconds to go from one option to another as the game slooooooowly transitioned between things. It was so bad I loaded up FRAPS to record it. But then it started working fine, so I closed FRAPS and went back to playing, but it was slowed down again. After some experimenting with it, I figured out the game ACTUALLY RUNS MORE SMOOTHLY when FRAPS is recording video of it.

    This game was obviously made by witches and you should not support the dark arts.
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    20 of 49 people (41%) found this review helpful
    0.6 hrs on record
    Posted: April 24
    Avoid! Shows it's age and not in a good way. Terrible game. Poor man's version of Smash Cars. Should be more quality control of Steam releases.
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    3 of 13 people (23%) found this review helpful
    0.5 hrs on record
    Posted: May 25
    This has to be the worst racing game I have ever played. I thought is was gonna be like a RC racing game I played years ago. The menu system is annoyingly slow, and the controls are just as bad. I wish I could get my money and the last 30 minutes of my life back
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    2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
    0.1 hrs on record
    Posted: August 16
    One of the worst games ive seen in a while. The menu layout takes about 5 seconds to go from button to button, the physics in the game make it absolutly impossible to play the game and the AI's are horrible. Save your money.
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    9 of 26 people (35%) found this review helpful
    0.4 hrs on record
    Posted: April 24
    The menus are slow and feel frustratingly unresponsive on my computer. The racing feels somewhat like Mario cart.
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    1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
    0.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 28
    Horrible, horrible game! Not even worth the $1.25 (ish) I paid for it. Bad controls and buggy. If you do have this game set the refresh rate to 30 - 40 range so that it doesn't take an hour to use the bugged out menus.
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    1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: July 29
    This game has not been modified for a current pc. The menu runs very.... wait for it... VERY slow and after getting it set up for my microsoft controller i was able to navigate the menu but it would not work in game. If you can get it for less than 5 dollars then maybe its a game for you but i am very dissapointed in the game, probbably wont ever play it again.
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    0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
    0.4 hrs on record
    Posted: June 27
    Don't buy it for the PC. I don't know what console it's made for, but it doesn't work properly on the pc. To use the menus you have to mouseover a key and hit enter - clicking doesn't do anything. And the interface is very very slow. Like it'll take you about 15 seconds to go from the championship menu into the main menu. And the game itself feels a bit like a cheap knockoff of revolt.
    In my opinion, if this game looks fun to you, go buy revolt instead. Dunno if it's on steam, but it is on gog.
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    0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: June 30
    This game is dump!! You'll grow a beard by the time menu loads up!! Cars controlls resemble cardboard cutouts being pushed around the floor. Save that £1.24, buy yourself an ice cream or smth, at least it'll make you feel better for a moment and save you the stress of dealing with this diarrhea nugget!
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    0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
    0.1 hrs on record
    Posted: August 28
    Total crap.
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    0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: August 31
    Completly broken. Do not buy.
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