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Classic racer by ... Squaresoft ? Bregalad (963) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Warning: Imagination Required! Kevin Scott (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Not the best the NES has to offer. Pixelspeech (1006) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (44 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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PixlBit (Nov 27, 2013)
Overall, Rad Racer is a fine game for any player who may be a bit tired of the current racing games in recent years. Sometimes it's more fun to just pop in that gray cartridge and take a trip down memory lane. The fun and quality of this game is right up there with its contemporaries like Pole Position and Outrun. Rad Racer will prove to be a ride that you'll constantly go back for. Remember to fasten your seatbelts.
An immense round of applause for Square's Rad Racer, a solid first entry in every regard and yet another NES title that bears no excuse not to be purchased. As of now, Square has no intention of updating Rad on a current generation console anytime soon. Perhaps that's all for the best. Some classics are better left untouched.
So, if you're after a fast, exhilarating and challenging race game, look no further than Rad Racer.
83 (Feb 28, 2013)
Rad Racer may have been too influenced by OutRun, but it distinguished itself on the NES by being one of the console’s first arcade racers. While the racing doesn’t contain any real depth – accelerate, turn, brake, repeat – its thrilling sense of speed and excellent play control set it apart.
Graphics throughout Rad Racer are actually quite inventive and well-produced for their day. The 3D effects of the road are actually very impressive, and best noticed when a crashed car is moving back into the centre of the road. The engine almost seems like an early version of the Super Nintendo’s Mode 7. Sound is a mixed bag. The car engine noises are extremely annoying, but one cool feature is being able to change the tune with the up and down buttons on the D-pad. Or you can turn the music off. Overall, I believe that this little game is worth more than it would usually be given credit for. Square did an impressive job in creating a 3D engine for the 8–bit system, and the result is a polished and fun game.
Durch die Qualität der Grafik und den Grad an Realität macht RAD RACER viel Spaß (einzige Einschränkung: bei der Punktegebung hätten sich die Programmierer etwas mehr einfallen lassen sollen), deshalb gibt es nur 10 Punkte. Angesichts der starken Grafik, des guten Sounds und der 3D-Brille hat sich das Spiel 9 Punkte beim Preis/Leistungs-Verhältnis verdient. Mehr gibt es nicht, denn 90 DM für ein einziges Spiel ist ganz schön teuer. Hoffentlich werden die Module bald billiger! Zu all‘ diesen Leistungen kann man den Programmierern von RAD RACER nur gratulieren!
Retro Game Reviews (Jan 24, 2016)
Rad Racer is a top-tier driving game on the NES with great track design, fantastic controls and intense driving action. While it's certainly not a 'looker' it's expertly crafted with the emphasis firmly on fun and I was impressed by how well it manages to hold up today.
Retro Game Age (May 31, 2013)
I’m glad Rad Racer has stood the test of time and is a perfectly worthwhile way to kill an hour or two (or three) for those who love classic gaming. Most 2d racing games used a variety of tricks to accurately portray the sport; Rad Racer does so by sheer grit and is a better game for it.
VideoGame (Apr, 1991)
Escolha entre uma Ferrari protótipo 328 Twin Turbo ou uma máquina de Fórmula 1 para cumprir oito estradas diferentes, nas piores condições: tráfego pesado, noite, neblina e neve, entre outros obstáculos. Atenção: você tem tempo máximo para terminar o percurso.
Power Play (Mar, 1988)
Rad Racer hat mich mit seiner sensationellen perspektivischen 3D-Grafik wirklich überrascht. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, daß irgendein Programmier-Team eine so fließende und vor allem so schnell animierte Berg- und Talfahrt auf dem Nintendo-System hinbekommt. Es fehlt zwar die Farbenpracht, die zum Beispiel Out Run für das Sega Master System auszeichnet, dafür ist Rad Racer technisch wesentlich besser und es spielt sich hervorragend. Der Sound ist tadellos und sehr atmosphärisch. Logischerweise wird jedes Autorennen irgendwann langweilig; zumeist dann, wenn man es geschafft hat. Doch acht grafisch unterschiedliche Strecken, die wiederum in mehrere Etappen unterteilt sind, sollten Anreiz genug sein, sich längere Zeit mit diesem Spiel zu beschäftigen. Rad Racer ist ein Leckerbissen für Autorenn-Freaks. Ich rate allen Nintendo-Besitzern, sich dieses Spiel genau anzusehen. Bislang findet man auf keinem anderen Videospiel oder Computer eine so gelungene 3D-Raserei.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 28, 2002)
Rad Racer looks and plays like a second-generation Pole Position. There are eight tracks, each with a series of invisible "checkpoints" that provide additional time to finish the race. Your car routinely tops 200 MPH, and there's unlimited "turbo". Of course, there's no way you can take corners or weave through traffic at high speeds, so the brake is quite useful. The controls are tight, allowing you to skillfully execute power slides around curves. If you cut your teeth on flashy racers like Outrun, you may be disappointed by Rad Racer's sparse visuals. The background scenery in the Grand Canyon stage looks like crap - literally! The night stages look better thanks to their attractive city skylines, but Rad Racer is more about gameplay than graphics. The game requires plenty of skill and is quite addictive. There's even a "3D" mode in case you have some blue and red cardboard glasses lying around.
NES Center (2001)
Übrigens lag dem Spiel damals interessanterweise eine 3D-Brille bei, weshalb ihr während des Spielgeschehens jeder Zeit per Select-Button in den separaten 3D-Modus wechseln könnt. Mit ein paar TV-Konfigurationen (Kontrast runterschrauben!) lässt sich so ein akzeptabler 3D-Effekt erzielen, der euch zwar nicht gerade vom Hocker hauen wird, aber dennoch ein nettes Feature ist.
It’s a solid, well-done racing game that provides a good challenge, especially in later courses when cars begin to actively target you as you try and pass them. The optional 3D mode with the included cardboard glasses is mostly a subpar gimmick, but it’s a nice bonus at least to have available.
I really do love this game, outside of Victory Run on the PC Engine this is the driving game to play. It is mindbogglingly playable and has many stages to complete, the graphics are a bit on the simple side but the tunes are excellent. There are road dips and very little flicker on the characters, this game will have you coming back for more, it is very exhilarating to play...
HonestGamers (May 26, 2013)
Rad Racer isn't the greatest driving or racing game ever made, but it was a quality piece of work and it remains fun to this day. Diehard fans will also note that the title was one of the few games to be featured alongside Super Mario Bros. and Tetris on the Nintendo World Championships cartridge, which is sufficient to earn it a special place in gaming's history. Similarly, the fact that it represents the work of some of Square's finest team members before they made it big with the Final Fantasy series makes it potentially interesting for fans of that franchise, as well.