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Description

FlatOut is a driving game where crashing your car can be more fun than racing it. You drive muscle cars around dirt tracks, battle them on destruction derby arenas, and take part in Ragdoll Olympics. That last one may need some explanation. When you crash in FlatOut, your driver (the Ragdoll) is flung through the windscreen, very much like in Rekkaturvat. This feature is used in the Ragdoll sports where the task is to propel the hapless driver as far, as high, or as accurately as possible. On the demolition arena the goal is to wreck other cars before yours is. Simple as that.

The bulk of the game is racing though and it can be performed in typical quick race and time trial modes in addition to the proverbial career mode. There are also two different handling modes for the cars. Normal mode gives arcade type handling, suitable for gamepads. Professional mode seems to be designed for steering wheel owners and provides very challenging simulator-type handling. Not surprisingly since Bugbear's previous racing title Rally Trophy was considered to be very challenging, even demanding, simulation.

Bugbear's experience with simulation dynamics shows in FlatOut. Almost everything on the track can be run into and it behaves as it should in real life. Or at least as in a car-chase movie. Stuff that cars scatter around are there on the next lap too and cars are gradually dismantled when hit to other cars or solid objects around the track.

Multiplayer modes are of course great party hits. Depending on platform, FlatOut has hotseat, split screen, LAN, and/or online multiplay modes.

Screenshots

FlatOut Windows Title screen
FlatOut Windows Instructions for the Long Jump event.
FlatOut Windows Collision with tires makes them bounce
FlatOut Windows This is the Bronze league of races. Earn places 1-3 to advance.

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Racing Game: Chuui!!!!" -- Japanese title
  • "FlatOut: На предельной скорости" -- Russian spelling
  • "Flat-Out" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Aside from the cool mini-games, this was a "FlatOut" waste of my time. Xbox Spartan_234 (422)
FlatOut: A great driving game Windows MaxFreeman (840)

Critic Reviews

Next Level Gaming Xbox Aug 24, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Nov 30, 2004 86 out of 100 86
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Nov 22, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Gamesmania.de Windows Nov 08, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox Jan 11, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 Dec 17, 2004 77.2 out of 100 77
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Nov 04, 2004 15 out of 20 75
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Windows Aug 01, 2005 6.6 out of 10 66
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Aug, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
1UP Xbox Jul 13, 2005 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

German version

In the German version all drivers were replaced with crash dummies.

Japanese version

Similarly to the German version, the Japanese version replaces the drivers with crash test dummies, but unlike that one it's only on the stunt events, as regular races and the demolition derbies still keep the human drivers.

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