A retro racing on crazy tracks – completely in the style of 8 and 16-bit classics. Enjoy the reinterpretation of old-school gameplay in combination with perfect controls and the driving beats of unique artist Bit Shifter!
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2016

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About This Game

Experience the thrill of retro racing on crazy tracks in the very first social racer – completely in the style of 8 and 16-bit classics. Enjoy the reinterpretation of old-school gameplay in combination with perfect controls and the driving beats of unique artist Bit Shifter!
Be creative: Race on self-designed tracks and share them with people all over the world! Countless level objects and a user-friendly editor offer you virtually infinite possibilities to let your creativity run free.

Compete against friends and the highest ranking players and beat their times on original tracks and maps created by them! Fight your way to the top of the global leaderboards!

Thanks to pick-up-and-play controls, you can jump right in and you'll soon be drifting through the bends and speeding along the virtual tarmac like a pro!

  • A large selection of tracks and vehicles
  • Powerful level editor with countless objects and functions
  • Various control modes to suit everybody's style
  • Fresh interpretation of the 8-bit/16-bit style racing games
  • Fantastic soundtrack by Bit Shifter

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+ or higher
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz, SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities with 512MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9.0 compatible sound card
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz, SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz, SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Product received for free
Race.a.bit is a very simple indie racing game that is fun at moments, but isn't so good overall.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
You are in control of a racing car and you have to complete the available tracks as fast as possible. There are boosts, there are jumps, there are teleporters, and that's just about it.

  • Music | The soundtrack is not that bad in my opinion. It improves the experience a lot, but it doesn't save the game. There are multiple tracks that follow each other when you play the game. You can also skip the song if you don't like it.
  • Levels | There are quite a few official levels and they are not so bad. There are also a few achievements related to beating the official levels with a good enough time.
  • Level Editor | Race.a.bit also features a level editor, which allows you to create your own racing tracks. The tool is quite powerful and you can do a lot with it. After you complete the track, you can also choose to publish it for other players to use. Your best score at the time of publishing is also set as the gold medal score.
  • Achievements | This game has a lot of achievements. Some can be quite hard to achieve, some of them even cause problems which I will describe in the Cons section. If you are an achievement hunter, most the achievement are doable with some effort.
  • Leaderboards | Every track has its own leaderboards, which allows you to compare yourself to the other players. There are plenty of players listed for official tracks, while the leaderboards for most user-created levels are close to empty, if not completely empty.

  • Repetitiveness | After playing on 10 tracks, I started to feel a little bit bored. As I try to play the game as much as possible before writing a review, I played on much more tracks, leaving me even more bored. The levels are mostly the same, just the turns are a bit different. After you figure the game out, it's all the same. Apart from getting the achievements, there's really not much fun involved. Sadly.
  • Controls | Controls were really not suitable for a racing game. At times, the controls are waaay to sensitive and it may be very hard to drive the way you want to. Some corners are very hard to do and even the official ghost sometimes struggles on some tracks.
  • Official Ghost Imbalance | On the first few official tracks, the gold time ghost is incredibly easy to beat. It drives very slowly around all corners and it feels like it's not even being serious, as much as a bot could even be serious. Then, at one of the tracks, the ghost starts to driving very very good. It knows all the shortcuts, it never makes mistakes, all of the turns are driven perfectly ... and so on. And then every one in so many levels, the ghost is on the "newbie" difficulty again. I don't know what to think about this.
  • Achievement Hunting and Community Levels | One of the achievements requires you to post 20 of your own levels. Can you imagine what this means? This means that the list of community-made tracks is flooded with the shortest possible levels that take a second or two to complete. Every time you look at the newest levels, there is one person who flooded the whole page with such levels. There should be some restrictions when creating levels, such as the length of the track etc., because in the current state, it's not very easy to find a good new level and it's certainly not pleasant to search among those generic levels.
  • Loading Times | For some reason, this game needs a long time to load all the menus. The leaderboards usually take a few seconds to load, same goes for user created tracks. There were a few times where I even needed to wait about 20 seconds to be able to return to the main menu.
  • Cheap Looking Menus | I can't say I'm exactly happy with how the menus look. They could certainly be improved to fit modern standards of good designing.

The final verdict:
I'm not gonna lie, I did have some fun with this game. However, there were a lot of things which prevented me to enjoy further. The controls in this game are not exactly something to be proud of and that certainly doesn't help this game's repetitiveness. Community level browsers are flooded with generic tracks made by achievement hunters.
The official tracks are not that bad, but your gameplay experience may be at degraded at times because of imbalanced prerecorded ghosts you are racing against.
This is one of those games which I would love to rate "meh" if I could, but this is, unfortunately, not possible. I'm sad that I have to do this as mostly I only review games that I genuinely like, but right now, this will have to be the first game to which I am going to give a "Not Recommended" review. I will keep an eye on this game in hopes it will get better, but I doubt it ever will.

With love,

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Great small game, i remember playing race games like this a very long time ago,
I like that u can create maps and race on maps from others, I've beaten a few high scores to

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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
The roar of the engine, the smell of petrol in your nostrils, the blinding sun penetrating the windshield. You sit behind the wheel of your five hundred thousand dollar race car, a pair of worn black sunglasses (The Rowdy ones) rest half-cocked off your nose. You rev the engine, hearing it purr like a kitten, the heat raises inside the beast.. You feel trickles of sweat running down your face... No time to relax, it's only time to win, everyone knows "if you ain't first, you're last" (Ricky Bobby for the win)

Well unfortunately the situation I described above won't be something you'll find in Race.a.bit, what you will find is a pleasant throwback to 80's gaming. Devoid of all the modern trappings graphically overproduced piles of dung 3d racing games that exist to simply look good but have zero substance. The simplistic nature of Race.a.bit will be a nice refreshing change of pace. Kick back, and hit up some crazy tracks with your square or diamond shaped block. Anyone born prior to 1990 will appreciate the game, people who grew up playing games like Super Sprint.

Awesome throwback to 80's racing games
AI that doesn't cheat
Simplistic and familiar controls for retro gamers
Game accomplishes what it sets out to accomplish

The music...
The need to create a separate account to save your high scores
A minor issue with the timer on races,

I'll start off by saying if you were born after 1990, you won't like the game and should probably avoid it. (unless you are a fan of retro gaming) Anyone born in the 80's, when A.l.F from Melmac was attempted to eat the Tanner's cat lucky, or you were fighting for your right to Party, or you still think Cyndi Lauper is a chart topper with perfect pitch, you'll most likely love this game. Playing it really took me back in time, I remembered all those amazing times in the 80's, it was prior to me donning my Hammer Pants and thinking Ice Ice Baby was cool, back when my life was atari and then nintendo, playing old school racing games, trying to beat the high score, trying to show (heck no multiplayer back then, so it was all about topping my brother) my friends who the king of the neighborhood was.

So I totally recommend you get this game, it'll bring you back to a better time, a time when video games weren't all about trying to pack cutting edge graphics and sound into the games with the worst possible gameplay. A time when games weren't released broken and fixed later with patches, and certainly a time when games were released complete and not cut apart and sold back to us in mini pieces..
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Retro Styled 2D Racer
+ Fantastic chiptune soundtrack
+ Map Editor
+ Tons of user-generated tracks / plenty of content
+ Fun short and sweet gameplay
+ Simple controls
+ Leaderboards (this game is great for people who love competiting for times)

- Trailer is VERY MISLEADING, as I could not find the levels shown in the game :(

~ I feel like a game like this could really use some multiplayer, would be great to play with a friend instead of a ghost
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Firstly, ignore the trailer. The game isn't a homage to retro games of old. HOWEVER, that's not to say you shouldn't buy this (after all, it comes with a level designer, go make your own). It's a great top down racer, almost like a 2D Trackmania. The gameplay is solid and the controls responsive. You'll find yourself resetting the track to improve your time and ranking.

The name is accurate, you'll race a bit, 5 minutes here and there, but I've found myself coming back to it again and again in short bursts.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Simple and fun game.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Race.a.bit is compareable to visiting McDonalds.

While your meal doesn't even come close to what it looked like in the advertisements and you can't tell if the burger was involved in a terrible accident or left the kitchen in this state purposely, it is still VERY enjoyable and you will come back for more...

...even if it gives you explosive diarrhea the next morning.

*Disclaimer: Race.a.bit won't actually give you explosive diarrhea.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Not worth the cash. Barely more than a Addictinggames flash game. Musics pretty good, though.
- Cute game play
- Some pretty good music
- High score list seems pretty legit

- Extremely repetitive
- Terrible menu layouts
- Very cheap; barely more than a FTP phone game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I really wanted to drive my car into those friggin Space Invaders
then Tokyo drift across Pinky and Blinky stupid faces.

As I watched the car exit the mario pipe and wreck
I knew it was too good to be true.
I longed to die in that odd car crash.

You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one.


Driving up the Donkey Kong stage
racing the evil cars causing the
amphibious holocaust
in Frogger

It is not going to happen here but
you can recreate the scenes and interact with them.
The racing is tight and feels just like an old school racer.

There are lots of cool features to create your own
2D racer without getting your neck all beardy.
Simple and easy to use.

Race.a.bit offers hundreds
soon thousands
maybe millions
of tracks...
all depends on how hard you work.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Do you think this is another indie pixel race? You are wrong!
In this game you can make levels with of their old console games! You imagine?
First I has come and played a little bit. The game, like many other games of the same style. Then I began to read reviews, discussion of the game and looked a trailer.
I have not yet created a map, but I think it will not be so difficult as to enter into turn 90.

Fans of racing from the 90s will rejoice, then you can do anything!
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Recently Posted
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
Loads of fun trying to beat other people's times and making new tracks, will be playing this for a while!
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2.3 hrs
Posted: May 22
The trailer is literally nothing like the game, its a terrible game, things like this shouldn't be allowed on steam.
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Delta 66
16.4 hrs
Posted: May 17
Good little game, doesn't look spectacular at first, but the bameplay is excellent, different play modes add more even more value. A minor hidden gem
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4.8 hrs
Posted: March 27

Ladies and Gentleman, it’s time to rev up your engine! Are you ready to show your driving expertise and rise to the top of the world RACE.A.BIT leader board? Well, what are you waiting for? Jump in your car and go for the gold and the number “ONE” spot!

RACE.A.BIT is a fabulous retro racing game with an excellent and easy level editor. RACE.A.BIT has 20 official tracks to race and the aim is to race around the track (usually 3 laps) as fast as you can to score the prestigious RACE.A.BIT Gold Medal. The first couple of tracks are quite easy but as you progress and unlock the other ones, you will have obstacles to avoid. In addition you will have to deal with different terrains and objects that assist you to go faster or help you to surmount obstacles. If you are extremely competitive (most gamers are), why don’t you try to knock the number one spot-holder on the leader board for each track. That would be a great challenge! Also, you can challenge a friend on a specific track, which is really fun too.

The level editor is actually very easy to use and fun. First you choose how big the map is. Then you design your own track (s). You decide where to put the obstacles (bombs, icy road, etc) and place assisting objects. Then, when you finish your “Grand Prix” track, you can test it and change it if needs be. I must admit that my creations were all over the joint, but I had a lot of fun. This aspect gives the game a huge amount of re-playability for yourself and for the community.
The controls are very responsive, the graphics represent well the 80’s era. Just great!!


- Great retro racing game
- Fabulous and easy level editor
- Online Leaderboard
- Great game for all ages, fun and addictive
- Achievements & trading cards


- Soundtracks can be a bit annoying

This game reminds me of the game I used to play in my youth - I really enjoyed it!


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