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Racing games, where players have the chance to drive a powerful car, have been a staple in the video game industry since the early days of arcade gaming. Of course, it's not just about cars, it could also be motorcycles, and it can be street racing, track racing, or offroad. What's important is the vehicle should be fast and fun to drive. Pole Position, released in 1982, was the first biggest arcade hit, while the first popular computer game was probably Pitstop II, released in 1984. One year later, Geoff Crammod created the first racing simulation when he developed Revs for BBC Micro.

In 1986, OutRun revolutionized the genre and set the tone for many other street racing games, with 2D pixel-art graphics, music, and a behind view showing the driver and his girlfriend.

Hard Drivin' in 1989 was the first racing game to use 3D graphics, but many games continued to adopt 2D graphics, like the well-known Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge for the Amiga, a game famous for the split-screen 2-player mode. There are also motorcycle games, like Super Hang-On, an arcade ported to many platforms, and Thalion's No Second Prize.

In 1991, the legendary Formula 1 Grand Prix (aka World Circuit) by Geoff Crammod was released. It was a realistic Formula 1 simulator with 3D graphics, a damage system, weather effects, and many other details nobody had seen before.

With the arrival of Windows 95 and more powerful graphics cards, many great racing games were released, like Screamer and, most importantly, The Need for Speed, published in 1995, a game that inspired movies and books.

The famous combat racing game Road Rash was released in 1996, like Death Rally, while the two fantastic driving/racing simulations Midtown Madness and Driver saw the light in 1999.

You can find many other racing games in this list, from Super Mario Kart clones to sci-fi racing sims or post-apocalyptic races. Just browse the list and have fun!

WipEout doswindows

Wipeout is a racing game developed and published by Psygnosis for Playstation and PC in 1995 and for Sega Saturn in 1996. The developers of the native Liverpool company, also known...

Year: 1995 Genre: Racing

3d 3d acceleration cyberpunk first-person racing science fiction track racing

Wacky Wheels dos

Wacky Wheels is an arcade-kart racing game released by Apogee Software in 1994 for MS-DOS only. In this game, you can play any of eight wacky animals. As you can imagine, Super Mario Kart strongly inspired the game.

Year: 1994 Genre: Racing

automobile racing track racing

Supercars International dos

Supercars International is the third game in the Super Cars series and is an arcade racing game developed by Magnetic Fields. It was published by Hit Squad in 1996 for DOS. At it...

Year: 1996 Genre: Racing

automobile racing street racing top-down

Test Drive III: The Passion dos

Test Drive III: The Passion is the third chapter of the street racing sims series created by Accolade. Unlike the previous chapters, it was released for MS-DOS only in 1990. The ga...

Year: 1990 Genre: Racing

3d driving polygons racing street racing

4D Sports Driving dosamiga

Stunts (4D Sports Driving in Europe) is a first-person 3D racing game that was developed by Distinctive Software and published by Brøderbund in 1990. Brøderbund is not someone ne...

Year: 1990 Genre: Racing

3d automobile polygons racing stunts vehicle simulator

Skyroads dos

Skyroads is a remake of the driving game Kosmonaut. Both games were made by Bluemoon, a small studio based in Estonia. The game was released in 1993 for PC MS-DOS only. Compared t...

Year: 1993 Genre: Racing

freeware platformer racing science fiction track racing

Slipstream 5000 dos

Slipstream 5000 is an excellent 3D futuristic racing game developed by The Software Refinery. It was published by Gremlin Interactive for PC MS-DOS in 1995..

Year: 1995 Genre: Racing

racing science fiction

Skunny Kart dos

Skunny Kart is a nice racing game clearly inspired by Super Mario Kart. It was developed by Copysoft and released in 1993 for MS-DOS. The hero of the game is Skunny, a squirrel, t...

Year: 1993 Genre: Racing

2 players cartoon clone racing split-screen track racing

SkyRoads: Xmas Special dos

Skyroads Xmas Special is a spin-off of the sci-fi racer Skyroads created by Bluemoon Interactive. The game is a remake of another racing game called Kosmonaut. This special edi...

Year: 1994 Genre: Racing

arcade christmas holidays platformer racing science fiction track racing

The Need for Speed dos

The Need for Speed is the first racing game in the Need for Speed Series, and it was developed and published by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1994 for 3DO. It was ported to DOS in 1995, and PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1996.

Year: 1995 Genre: Racing

3do automobile racing street racing vehicle simulator

Rally Sport dos

Rally Sport is a freeware 3D driving/racing game that can be played by one or two players. It was released in 1996 for PC MS-DOS .

Year: 1996 Genre: Racing

automobile freeware off-roading racing rally track racing vehicle simulator

Network Q RAC Rally Championship dos

Network Q RAC Rally Championship is the sequel to the rally sim Network Q RAC Rally, developed by Magnetic Fields. It is also known in the US as "International Off-Road Racing". ...

Year: 1996 Genre: Racing

driving off-roading racing rally

Network Q RAC Rally dos

Network Q RAC Rally is the first game in the Rally Championship series. It was developed by Pixelkraft and released by Europress Software in 1993 for MS-DOS. RAC Rally doesn't have...

Year: 1993 Genre: Racing

3d driving off-roading racing rally texture map

NASCAR 2 dos

NASCAR Racing 2 is a racing sim created by Papyrus Design and published by Sierra On-Line for PC in 1996. Now available with the new wrapper of NASCAR 2 with 3Dfx nGlide! It was th...

Year: 1996 Genre: Racing

3d acceleration automobile physics racing track racing vehicle simulator