Classic: GeneRally

By: Guest Reviewer

On: June 6th, 2009


[This is a guest review by Duckmeister.]

GeneRally is a top-down, offline multiplayer racing game by Hannu and Jukka Räbinä that would remind one of Micro Machines. You can play with up to 5 other players, either human or AI, and drive until you cannot drive any longer. At the surface, it’s just that simple, a couple of guys sitting around the computer playing a straight-forward racing game. But once you look deeper, you start to see all the work that was put into it.

I’ll show you a glimpse at some of the features in this game. There are changeable difficulty levels for the AI players. Extremely customizable driver profiles, with custom colors, controls, and full statistics. 50+ tracks and 8 cars, plus thousands of community-made tracks and cars. Semi-realistic physics. An extremely detailed track and car editor. Ghost car (for time trials)! Full mod support! Changeable timescales! Completely customizable race conditions, like how much a full tank of fuel weighs, or how fast the tires wear off and the fuel burns up. That’s right, for such a minimalistic racing game, there are pit crews and pit stops! The list goes on and on…

Basically, GeneRally is everything you want in an arcade racing game and more. If you like Micro Machines, or just fun games in general, you’ll like GeneRally. It’s got features you’d never expect in a minimalistic racing game (like pit crews), full statistics, and some of the best and smoothest offline multiplayer I’ve seen. As a bonus, the full mod support, with the very much alive community means the replay value is endless.

Try this game out, you will not be disappointed.

TIGdb: Entry for GeneRally

  • Gesso

    I have played this game for about 3 years now and I love it. It’s my favorite racing game ever, indie or not, period. I have a mod that simulates the Speed Racer movie. It’s awesome.

  • MisterX

    I’ve known this game for years and only rather recently got the pun in its name. I feel so stupid.

    Anyway, quite the polished game, but it I’ve never really had fun with it for an extended period, I find it a little boring.

  • undertech

    This is one great party game. Set up a projector and 6 controllers, and have a blast.

  • Bini

    I remember spending evenings playing this with a friend. We grabbed real F1 tracks, got our formula cars and raced ’til the sunrise.

    Amazing game.

  • hide

    More classic than that, you die.
    And there’s still an active community on RSC Forums, they make new track and new cars every week !

  • Super Anon

    Man, I remember playing this with my buddies like seven years ago. Good times.

  • jonte

    what is the pun?

  • undertech

    Gene rally

    Not really sure what the Gene part is supposed to represent though.

  • hide

    I’d say General-Rally (game)

  • MisterX

    Or it’s just generally a lot more simple than that!

  • Richie

    Generally, puns are more difficult to spot than this one.

  • Richie

    Generally, puns are more difficult to spot than this one.

  • bront

    Generally, puns are more difficult to spot than this one.

  • ElVaquero

    Oh wow, my buddy and I had a blast playing this game for a solid year back 7 or 8 years ago. The most fun I had was with the track editor for sure. Just trading great tracks back and forth, trying out new themes, new routes, new AI paths… out of all the Classics we’ve run through so far, this one hits the closest to home for me.

  • Duckmeister

    I’m glad you all enjoyed this game (nostalgia FTW).

    If you would please also make a comment about the review, as this is only my second for TIGSource, and I’d really appreciate any form of constructive criticism. Thanks.

    Make sure you check out my other classic review, for Ore No Ryomi 2!

  • eobet

    This is a very, very, very well made game. Too bad there’s no OS X port. :(

    They really should have open sourced it!