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.
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Mixed (117 reviews) - 69% of the 117 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

      • OS: Windows XP / 7 / 8
      • Processor: Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
      • Memory: 64 MB RAM
      • Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 8.1 - compatible 3D video accelerator
      • Storage: 300 MB available space
      • Additional Notes: „Customer may encounter slow input reaction in menus while playing on modern operating systems“
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    46 of 50 people (92%) found this review helpful
    1.8 hrs on record
    Posted: July 1, 2014
    Most of this review can be summed up one way, and that's by saying this is a 1C game.

    1C are Russian game publishers 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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    24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
    24 people found this review funny
    12.1 hrs on record
    Posted: October 19, 2014

    One of the best games of my childhood.
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    33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    0.8 hrs on record
    Posted: April 24, 2014
    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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    17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    4.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 20, 2014
    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, 2014
    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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    5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: June 21, 2015
    Goddam the menu is slow, but the game is realy fun, like the old days,
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    6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
    1.3 hrs on record
    Posted: February 9
    I played it when i was young, so i have to buy it again and it's still good.
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    1.5 hrs on record
    Posted: October 8
    RC Cars:

    I always played this game with my friends online ;)
    It is great fun even in 2016!


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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    4.1 hrs on record
    Posted: April 24, 2014
    The racing feels somewhat like Mario cart. Can be fun if it works right.

    • The menus were slow and unresponsive until I limited the framerate in the advanced options.
    • The game was made for a 4:3 resolution and stretches for 16:9. Choose a 4:3 resolution or everything will look wider than it is.
    • Car reset sets you back to the last check point, which can be quite a stretch back. Avoid that.
    • Skip the intro with the Esc key.
    The game has moving obstacles, a track that allows for nonobvious shortcuts, and local splitscreen as well as TCP/IP multiplayer.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    13.2 hrs on record
    Posted: March 20, 2015
    GO INTO OPTIONS AND LIMET THE FRAMERATE other than that this game is incredible.
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    0.2 hrs
    Posted: July 10
    Decent game pretty much feels like Im Micro Machines which was a great fun game,
    Although it did get pretty tacky and boring becase there just wasnt much to do
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    Alex xDDDDDDDD
    20.0 hrs
    Posted: July 7
    hey, found a fix for the slow menu and gameplay just go into options then advanced video set max framerate to 70 optional turn on the triple buffer :))))))))))
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    Ziller | CSGOspeed.com | CSGO500
    0.7 hrs
    Posted: June 29
    I buyed this game because me and my friend had played RC Cars a lot in childhood, but times changed. We wanted to play via Internet, but we couldn't figur out how to conect to each other. It's sad that Steam says that this game support multiplayer, but it's working only without conection on one keyboard. I refunded the game and I think this game worth 20 cents not 3€. As a child I spent hundreds hours playing this game but now? It's worth ♥♥♥♥...
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    Billy the Kid
    0.2 hrs
    Posted: December 28, 2015
    Not even worth it if its free
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    0.1 hrs
    Posted: December 2, 2015
    Menu is extremely slow, to the point where you don't know if it registered the selection. Also bad resolution but as long that menu is there, I don't even touch this...
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    1.8 hrs
    Posted: August 16, 2015
    I was not able to enjoy the high quality gameplay R.C. Cars had to offer, because DirectPlay wouldn't install on my computer. 0/10
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    0.2 hrs
    Posted: July 19, 2015
    Poor graphics and very choppy!!!
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    0.5 hrs
    Posted: June 22, 2015
    This game is complete trash. It is not the original Smash Cars from PS2 it is made out to be. It is more of a 'best of' Smash Cars without the best tracks from the original, scavenger hunt, or stunt races. This game is a gutted version of the original game. 2/10
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