DescriptionFlatOut 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.
- "Racing Game: Chuui!!!!" -- Japanese title
- "FlatOut: На предельной скорости" -- Russian spelling
- "Flat-Out" -- Working title
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: DIESEL
- Covermount: Fullgames
- FlatOut series
- Gameplay feature: Demolition Derby
- Gameplay feature: Freely destructible terrain
|FlatOut: A great driving game||MaxFreeman (980)|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Dec, 2004||87 out of 100||87|
|2404.org PC Gaming||May 16, 2005||8.6 out of 10||86|
|Gamesmania.de||Nov 08, 2004||80 out of 100||80|
|JeuxVideoPC.com||Nov 22, 2004||16 out of 20||80|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Sep, 2005||80|
|GameSpot||Jul 18, 2005||7.9 out of 10||79|
|PC Powerplay||Nov, 2004||78 out of 100||78|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Nov 16, 2004||15 out of 20||75|
|OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network||Aug 01, 2005||6.6 out of 10||66|
|1UP||Jul 15, 2005||6 out of 10||60|
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German versionIn the German version all drivers were replaced with crash dummies.
Japanese versionSimilarly 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.
Related Web Sites
- FlatOut (Official website)
- Flatout Joint (Online Community & Information Center for the racers & Modders of Flatout.)
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- Wikipedia: FlatOut (Information about FlatOut at Wikipedia)