A new driving game, Art of Rally, has been at the top of the upcoming games chart on Steam for a while now and it looks like loads of fun. Described as a stylized game that lets you progress through the “golden age” of rallying, it features dozens of rally machines based on classic icons from the real world.
The main playthrough of the game appears to be done in a Career Mode, which allows you to advance through 60 stages across Japan and Europe. The cars are unlicensed but based on real world counterparts and feature realistic iconic liveries. Take the car in the image above, for example. In the game it’s simply called “The Original” but it’s clearly a Toyota AE86 in TRD livery.
There are also challenge modes in which you can race against other players and get your name on a leader board. The competitions are updated daily and weekly. You can also capture excellent shots of your car in a graceful four-wheel slides with photo and replay modes.
We are of the mind that any good car game must have realistic cars, and in this vein Art of Rally does not disappoint. JNCs include the Mazda RX-3 and Group B RX-7, the Toyota AE86, ST185 Celica GT-Four, and MR2-based 222D, Subaru Impreza WRC and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. However, there are plenty of other rally legends, like the Lancia Stratos and Delta Integrale, Audi Quattro, Ford Escort and RS200, and even a Volvo 240 affectionately named the Turbo Brick.
According to the developers, the game’s creator Dune Casu was inspired by playing the original Colin McRae Rally series. He also attended Dirtfish Rally School and logged some experience driving actual rally cars in New Zealand. He clearly has a love for the cars, as shown through the rich and colorful graphics.
Art of Rally is out now and available on Steam, Epic, or GOG for $25. For more information, check out the official website or the trailers below.
I’m wondering how far back they consider the “Golden Age” spans. Datsun 240Z? Renault Alpine A110? Renault R8 Gordini? Subaru Leone? Datsun P510? Ford Escort RS – and Twin Cam? even the humble old Hillman Hunter? The list goes on… Ooh! – and Toyota Corolla, Celica….
(I see on the re-read that Ford Escort and Toyotas Celica & Corolla were already covered…. my bad!
Auto Modellista, but rallying in pastel tones…
Hello Kitty meets Assetto Corsa?????
This is my confused font.
The car list in this game is insanity, if you can call it that.
I’ve never seen a rally game with such a great car list, even with the fact that it’s a game that isn’t licensed by the manufacturer, which makes the act possible.
Oh, no way, the Mazda RX-7 Group S! (not Group B!)
I can’t believe they’re releasing a rally game that we can drive this!
As much as I love Mazda, this mysterious rally car was a monster to be reckoned with, right up there with the 787B!
I give the developer of Art of Rally my utmost gratitude and respect for his passion for rallying and the JNC!
PS: My post was potentially misleading, so I’ll add a postscript: the car whose image is used in this article on JNC is definitely an RX-7 Group B.
However, the Group S class in this game does have an RX-7 Group S and a Toyota 222D! It’s awesome!
Just bought and started playing it last night. It’s sooooooo good!
Hopefully they’ll have additional DLC in the future like the A70 and EX Lancers, 240RS, Starion 4WD, Celica Twincam Turbo and Familia GT-R (as well as some obvious Western icons like the Saab 96, Lancia Fulvia HF and Opel Manta 400).
Very clearly made with love.