Experience the thrill of becoming a storm chaser in Tornado: Research and Rescue! Capture twisters with a 90's VHS camera, warn towns, customise chases, and get up-close for thrilling photos. Deploy probes, collect data, and upgrade your truck, radar, and probes. Mod vehicles with Steam Workshop!
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (10) - 70% of the 10 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (173) - 82% of the 173 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 29, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The core game mechanics and features for the game have been completed and it is fully playable. However, rather than keeping people waiting, I thought it would be better to involve the community to get feedback and ideas for continually improving the game, that way the features and gameplay can evolve with what the community actually want.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Time estimates are incredibly difficult to give, however based on the development progress over the last year, I anticipate a version 1.0 being released in the summer of 2024.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“For the full version I plan to implement online multiplayer and Steam Workshop integration which would allow players to design custom vehicles, probes and possibly even entire storm chasing scenarios. It is also anticipated that full controller support will be added.

UPDATE: Steam Workshop support added as of 19th July 2023”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The following features are currently implemented:

Single Player Career Mode

You start with a slow truck, slow internet connection, and clunky probe for intercepting tornadoes. You can earn money by deploying probes and warning residents in danger, this money can be used to upgrade your truck, radar and probes.

Procedural Tornadoes, Towns, and Destruction

The tornadoes are rendered volumetrically (i.e., not using particles) and their shape, size, texture, debris cloud, motion and so on are all randomised, so each tornado will look unique.

When the game first loads, towns will be populated with houses, barns, farm buildings and other features procedurally. Each time you visit a town it will be different, and when the town is hit by a tornado the damage is also procedural: there are no pre-broken models used in this game!


The goal from the start has been to make this game run well on as many machines as possible. In order to achieve this it is possible to tweak the game's settings so you can choose to prioritise performance or visuals depending on your hardware.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will increase with each major feature that is implemented and completed, and will likely increase when version 1.0 is released.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I am very active on the official discord server, and I'm constantly looking for feedback to improve the game and also interesting ideas to make the game more fun. When deciding which major feature(s) to work on next, I typically hold a poll on the discord server and let the community influence the direction of the development of the game.”
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About This Game

"Tornado: Research and Rescue" is an action-packed simulation game that takes you back to the glory days of storm chasing in the 1990s, reminiscent of a popular movie from the era. With its retro 90's-era interface and optional VHS camera effects, this game offers a unique and nostalgic experience for fans of classic tornado videos.

As you hunt down tornadoes across a realistic recreation of a real-world location in tornado alley, you'll have access to vintage equipment, including scientific probes and doppler radar, to help you track and intercept these powerful storms. Your mission is to collect valuable scientific data from the tornadoes, but don't let the old-school tech fool you - this game is all about fast-paced action and nonstop excitement. You won't have a moment to spare as you navigate treacherous terrain and engage in rescue missions to warn people caught in the path of the storm.

Selling collected data will earn you money that you can use to upgrade your vehicle, probe, radar and camera. With procedurally generated tornadoes, towns and destruction, no two chases are the same. So rev up your storm-chasing vehicle and get ready for the chase of your life with "Tornado: Research and Rescue."

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel I3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1050
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel I7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1080
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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