This is the first game in a popular Rally Championship series. Network Q RAC Rally, as well as other titles, gives you an opportunity to participate in a long-running British rally championship.
To do so, you can choose one of the five cars: Toyota Celica, Ford Escort, Lancia HF Integrale, Mitsubishi Evolution and Subaru Impreza. The only customizable thing here is the tire type.
Controlling your vehicle is rather easy and driving model isn't complex, however, you can damage your machine and end your race before reaching the finish line.
This is the first from a long series of similarly-named rally games - all based on the same rally championship.
There is not much to say about a rally racing game. You can drive around various really tracks around the globe. Each rally has 30 drivers, 6 of which can be human (human drivers take turns). You can customize things like their name, age and country, purely for the sake of it. You have 5 cars to choose from: Toyota, Ford, Lancia, Mitsubishi and Subaru. There's more detailed info about each car in-game. You can also set up the tires for the car as weather conditions vary from rain to snow. Not having the appropriate type of tires will make your driving a lot harder.
During the race, just use the arrow keys (or whatever you defined in Options) to drive through the course from start to finish, being faster than the other drivers. You can see everything from the driver's seat. There is a speedometer on the bottom-left, minimap on the bottom-middle and a co-driver on the bottom-right that lets you know of whatever lies ahead. The tracks vary a lot in design, but they look pretty similar, and the scenario is pretty pixelly which doesn't help.
Although the physics are a bit off, the steering is very simplistic and you just bounce around when you hit the edge of the track, you still have to be careful as the car is prone to damage. Constantly driving at top speed, driving through bumps too fast, lots of braking, messing around with the gearbox, etc. will all damage different parts of the car and make it perform worse. You should pay special attention to the windshield though, since it's the only visible form of damage and if you keep hitting stuff and flipping the car over, it'll eventually break and you'll be kicked out of the rally.
If this is too much for you, you can just enable the indestructible mode in game options. You'll still sustain damage, but never lose because of it. You can repair damage after each race, as long as there's enough time to perform the repairs. Finally, so you don't lose your progress when you close the game, you can save the current rally from the main menu, and load it later. This is also useful in case you mess up and want to try again. You can also practice around on 3 different tracks (Easy, Medium and Hard) if you still haven't got the hang of it.
Network Q RAC Rally is a classic racing sim based on the rally championship of the same name, held annually in Britain. Despite somewhat pixellated graphics and awful-looking scenery (especially cardboard-cutout "spectators" who line the roads), the game is a reasonable simulation of rally driving through 35 authentic stages of the 1993 Q RAC rally. Multiple road surfaces and weather conditions add to the realism, and true to the actual rally, you will be truly challenged by tough terrain and weather on your way to the finish line. Although the game has since been superseded by two sequels, 1997's Network Q Rac Rally Championship published by Virgin, and 1999's Rally Championship published by Europress and EA, this original 1993 version still packs enough thrills and spills to please every rally fan. Overall, a solid entry to a "niche" subgenre -- there just aren't enough rally sims around.
People who downloaded Network Q Rac Rally have also downloaded:
International Rally Championship, Nigel Mansell's World Championship, Rally Championship, Rally Challenge, Rally Championship 2000, Power F1, PC Rally, Winter Olympics: Lillehammer '94
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