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Description

Rollcage is a fast, furious 3D racing game from Psygnosis, combining elements from Death Rally with elements from Bullfrog's classic Hi Octane: Race five other drivers in an immersive 3D environment while shooting at your peers and avoiding their retaliation.

You have a wide selection of tracks and cars, along with options for multiplayer gaming and a vast array of configuration options. Cars can drive up walls, flip over, and continue driving. This makes for a very quick and fluid gameplay unlike any other at the time of this game's release.

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Rollcage Windows Shielded
Rollcage Windows i win the race and promptly crash!!
Rollcage Windows racing on the red surface
Rollcage Windows the league points table

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User Reviews

An excellent and fun game! Tomer Gabel (4645) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 9.2 out of 10 92
Gamezilla Mar 29, 1999 91 out of 100 91
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Feb 05, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Score Feb, 1999 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Apr 28, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
Power Play Feb, 1999 79 out of 100 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Feb 27, 1999 74 out of 100 74
Computer Games Magazine Apr 15, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Apr 12, 1999 5.2 out of 10 52

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Making Of

According to David Perryman, then a level designer at the Attention To Detail studio, the game's origins come from one of the studio's regular game pitching evenings. Steve Bennett had invented a new method of pushing polygons through the PlayStation at a ludicrously fast speed. Together with Stuart Tilley they pitched that technology as a racing game with destruction in it. They called it "Wrecked on Speed" and at that point it consisted only fast cars with a ton of downforce able to drive on walls and blow stuff up. After a period of pitching the game to publishers under the name "G-FX" (G-Force Extreme), the team was signed up by Psygnosis and the game was renamed "Rollcage" - a suggestion from Alan Bunker, head producer at Psygnosis Stroud.

During the development process, programmers encountered the problem with some cumbersome and clunky behaviour of the cars' objects when they exited a tunnel while driving on the wall. The solution was to rotate the object and, together with the toy of the Ricochet remote control car that flips over when colliding with wall which was brought to studio by John Meegan (external producer at Psygnosis), the idea of the shape of the cars was born. It was a compromise between the solution to the technical problem, and the lack of any real idea as to how the cars should look like.

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Tomer Gabel (4645) added Rollcage (Windows) on Mar 20, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Grant McLellan (623)