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Retro Racing (2012) is a fast-paced retro racing game where learning the circuit is as important as the skill of winning. You drive around twisty tracks and use boosts and shortcuts to gain an advantage over competitors. It stands out for the combination of arcade-style driving and memorisation that makes for fast-paced action where there's always a chance for a comeback.

Play involves racing against computer-controlled opponents in twisting, multi-lap races. You can change direction quickly to cope with the sharp turns and different surfaces like grass and dirt. Oil spills on the tarmac greatly reduce your grip and make it more difficult to turn, but can be used to your advantage if you force the other racers to drive into them.

Throughout the tracks are powerups that offer boosts, such as a jet engine that increases your speed or tyres that increase your grip. There are also many shortcuts which, while often more difficult than the main route, can offer significant time savings and help you get ahead of the pack. Adapting your route on the go to make maximum use of these powers and shortcuts can help you increase your lead, or get back into the competition if you get far behind.

The result is a game that adds an element of strategy to the arcade racing genre. Being ambitious with the shortcuts you take and the boosts you go for can make all the difference between failure and victory, and can help you shave off precious seconds from your lap times.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Retro Racing 2 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Race game with Action elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play competitively against someone else in split-screen competitive races where you vie for the top spot.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round of this game. Races are typically very short, with each lap generally taking less than 1 minute.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The game is very simple, and the short rounds make it simple to pick up and play.


Retro Racing usually costs £3.99 to £7.80. 

Retro Racing

Steam Store PC £7.80
App Store Mac £7.80
App StoreSALE iOS £3.99 £1.99 at the moment
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The game can be purchased on PC and Mac through the developer's website. A sequel, Retro Racing 2, which adds new courses and powers, is in development. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/02/2012

Price: 50% off

Out Now: Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Race and Action

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Mr Qwak (@MrQwak)

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