World Rally – An arcade classic!


World Rally was written by a Spanish team for a Japanese company, and it’s a gripping example of a now mostly dead genre, the isometric racer. However, with games like Super Woden GP 2 still carrying the flag, I thought it was time to go back and have a look at this almost forgotten, yet gripping, style of racing game.

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Betacord
25 days ago

Great game that one and was very widely available on the Greek islands partially as I think it was heavily bootlegged! Usually it was in a cabinet with a joystick, but sometimes with a wheel and pedal (only one pedal as you didn’t get a brake). Apparently it made Gaelco a fortune, so much that they were happy to host the MAME rom on their website in the 2000s or so (I downloaded it there then) as a thanks to the players. One of the few games I got good enough at that I could do a single credit playthrough. Best advice I can give is that if your car spins out (especially on ice) to immediately let go of the throttle and keep it off until the car rights itself. Otherwise you’ll be on the roof!

Lucian
Lucian
28 days ago

Looks very similar to Great 1000 miles rally and I thought it was by the same people but after looking into it possibly not as that was published by Kaneko. Anyway, thanks again for showing a game I’d not heard of and I’ll definitely give this a go!

Stevieboy74
28 days ago

Love racers with this sort of perspective. Reminds me a bit of Ivan Ironman Stewart’s Super Off Road on the amiga, except more zoomed in.

Stevieboy74
28 days ago
Reply to  George

I haven’t mate but just looked it up on youtube and it looks great. Similar style as you say. I’ll have to download the mame rom and have a play 👍🏻

Stevieboy74
28 days ago
Reply to  George

Yes mate, already have it for some other neo games. Can’t remember which now but I remember getting the bios a while ago 👍🏻