Big Red Racing

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Big Red Racing
Big Red Racing PC title.png
Title screen
Developer(s) Big Red Software
Publisher(s) Domark
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release
  • EU: 29 February 1996
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Big Red Racing is a racing game released for MS-DOS in 1996. It was developed by Big Red Software and published by Domark.[1]

Overview[edit]

Big Red Racing is a comical racing game. During races, the commentators make humorous comments, stereotypically themed to the country they are from. When menu items are clicked, humorous phrases are played.

The later Eurogamer writer Keith Stuart was commissioned to write an expansive backstory for the game, which was to be included in the printed manual. But a few months before release the publisher balked at the cost and cut the manual. Looking back in 2016, Stuart wrote: "They were right. It didn't really add anything, it was indulgent (...) No one will ever care that I spent several weeks writing that nonsense or that now it is gone forever."[2]

Customisation[edit]

For the driver, the player can choose from a few different body shapes and change the colour of the clothes. For the vehicle, the player can change the colour and decal.

Courses[edit]

U.S.A. "Excellent Adventure" track

There are 24 courses and 6 cups, encompassing the globe, the moon, Venus, and Mars. Each course has a humorous subtitle, usually a parody of a famous phrase or film.


  • United States (Wet & Wild): Water track
  • U.S.A. (Excellent Adventure): City track
  • Hawaii (Hawaii-5-O): Helicopter track
  • Mexico (Margarita Meander): Dirt track



  • Germany (Sound of Munich): Helicopter track
  • England (The Dirt Circle): Dirt track
  • Scotland (Highland Fling): Snow track
  • Ireland (Lucky Leprechauns): Rig track


  • Norway (Fjord Escort): Helicopter track
  • Russia (Lenin's Leap): Snow track
  • Egypt (The Tomb): Quarry track
  • Kenya (The Coffee Ground): Rig track


  • Japan (Karma Corners): Dirt track
  • China (Under The Bridge): Water track
  • India (Hot Water Wander): Water track
  • Australia (Road Rage): City track


  • Arctic (Frosty's Revenge): Snow track
  • Mars (Red Planet Roller Coaster): Planet track
  • Venus (The Fly Trap): Planet track
  • Moon (Lunar Loops): Planet track

Reception[edit]

GameSpot said for the PC, "A racing sim it's not, but arcade fans should get a real kick out of it." GameSpot also rated the game 7.5 (good).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big Red Racing at MobyGames
  2. ^ Stuart, Keith (23 April 2016). "Why is video game lore so awful?". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Big Red Racing Review