10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

The Internet Archive recently added over 1000 Windows 3.1 games to its online collection. Take a look at our pick of racing games from way back when!
10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

We’ve picked out 10 racing games that’ll get you in the nostalgia feels (especially if you’re older than 30), and will also make you appreciate how much progress has been made over the decades. Before you embark on a never-ending journey to play all these fantastic retro games, here are a few pointers:

  1. All games are free and legal to play through your browser.
  2. Some games run via an emulator, so controls will be different, but playable.
  3. Sometimes a code or password is required to play the game. Check the game info section and the comments for the answer to get you going.
  4. You can search for a specific racing title or browse by console.

Browse all free software here, hit up the Internet Arcade here for a collection of 1970-1990s coin-operated arcade games or check out the Console Living Room for an archive of old school home console games.

1. The Duel: Test Drive II

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

The Duel: Test Drive II, 1992:

This second instalment of The Duel is perfect 1990s car video game porn. Its ‘exotic’ cars were set on road courses complete with bridges, tunnels, other drivers and police who will follow you for speeding.

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World Circuit, 1992:

This throwback was ages ahead of its competitors. With advanced ‘tuning’ options and driver assists, it was the only game like it at the time. Now, only the catchy 90s electronic music is the only thing it has to lure players.

3. Turbo OutRun

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

Turbo OutRun, 1990:

Race from the coast to coast of the US in a series of events, earning upgrades along the way. This sequel to OutRun adds one major thing….dat boost.

4. Micro Machines

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

Micro Machines, 1993:

23 years ago, Codemasters secured a spot in the video game industry with this unique and insanely popular little racer. Players raced tiny toy cars (Micro Machines) along table tops and through living spaces.

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Stunts, 1990:

Despite being released in 1990, Stunts is pretty advanced. A track editor, instant replay with multiple angles and dozens of odd stunt course objects took care of boredom and kept the imagination running wild.

6. Ferrari Formula One

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

Ferrari Formula One, 1989:

Get inside the cockpit and witness pixilated first person racing at its finest. This game was officially branded and supported by Ferrari, giving gamers a legitimate look into the world of F1 racing. Not only did you have to race the events, but you also had to perform tests on the car to get it in prime condition.

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Stunt Driver, 1990:

Like its competitor, Stunts, Stunt Driver has a course editor and replay with different camera angles. The popularity of both games would set the stage for plenty of stunt games to come in the future.

8. 4x4 Team

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

4x4 Team, 1988:

This game is rather simple, but for some reason, it kept people entertained. Try to beat your own high score as you race through obstacle-riddled courses. There is no AI or competitors to worry about, so it’s up to your own own road driving skills to win.

9. Street Racer

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

Street Racer, 1995:

Street Racer was known as the violent Mario Kart. Players in toony carts were able to attack each other, and the explosives on track were a more violent alternative to the banana peel of Mario Kart. Still, the colourful arenas and creative power-ups were all the rage.

10. Crazy Cars

10 Retro Driving Games You'll Love

Crazy Cars, 1987:

Once again, a video game takes us across America in a series of times races. Starting with a Porsche 911 Turbo, you earn new cars along the way. Avoid other cars and damaged roads to stay ahead.

Here’s our list of retro racing games. What would you add to the list?


Juha Arkkukangas

Grand Prix 2. Played it with my dad already when I was just 1 years old :)

02/22/2016 - 11:38 |
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Test Drive II. I had played it and it’s fun!
Tell you something: I even have the game files in my PC!

02/22/2016 - 11:40 |
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GTR2 is the Race Sim to go with

02/22/2016 - 11:45 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I have no clue what the dislikes are for. Your kinda right.

02/22/2016 - 14:00 |
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Get Horizon Chase on your tablets or phones. It’s a lot like these old games

02/22/2016 - 11:51 |
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Well, the office lunch time is going to be covered with some Micro Machines!

02/22/2016 - 12:04 |
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Stunts was my first car game 👍

02/22/2016 - 12:12 |
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Justin Pierce (100% inactive)

Indy 500 the simulator is a great game, has crash physics and everything!

02/22/2016 - 12:16 |
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Adrian Rivero

Street Racer! That thing was fun!

02/22/2016 - 12:37 |
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What about Driver on the PlayStation?! That’s what got me into cars :)

02/22/2016 - 13:31 |
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I ain’t gonna sleep tonight.. .. thanks for the post, brings back a lot of memories tho I am bellow 30(27 atm) :P

02/22/2016 - 14:04 |
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