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|Release date(s)||July 27, 2010|
|Mode(s)||Single-player with multiplayer interaction|
Car Town was a social network game developed by Cie Games. It allowed users collect and modify virtual vehicles. The object of the game was to win races and build a collection of vehicles. Car Town had many licenses for different brands, including the Indy Racing League, which allowed users to collect select Indy cars, Universal Studios, which gave the game a license to include the DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future series, and fully customized cars from The Fast and the Furious series. Pirelli World Challenge and the National Hot Rod Association gave the game licenses to include their racing cars such as Funny Cars. Top Gear also gave a license to include their shows and videos, as well as a few exclusive vehicles.
Aside from the aforementioned brands, the game also featured cars from famous motorsports around the world including 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Rally Championship, Formula D, Dakar Rally, FIA GT Series as well as one-make races such as Ferrari Challenge.
Cie Games announced on July 29, 2014 that it would close the game on August 29, 2014.
As of August 29, 2014, Car Town was discontinued.
In September 2011, exclusively to Japan, a version named Car Town Japan was released for mobile phones. Its gameplay was similar to the Adventures section of the Facebook version, even though the latter was added one year later.
On July 26, 2012, two years after the original's release, Cie released another version of the game named Car Town EX to appeal to Asian users. It added new features that were not seen in the original release of the game. As of February 28, 2014, Car Town EX has been discontinued.
Also in 2012, a version of Car Town for iOS, called Car Town Streets, was released. The game's graphics are similar to that of Car Town, but its gameplay is much different. In 2014, an Android OS port came out on the Google Play Store released by Miniclip. On December 23rd, 2015, Car Town Streets closed down.
A new version of Car Town is said to be coming back, the name of the game yet to be announced, but it is very likely the game could be solely racing because a promo for the new game said "Racing - EVOLVED!"
Car Town received moderate critical praise. One reviewer from Autoblog said that the game made "non-car people become car people", calling it inviting and accessible to newcomers. Bright Hub gave the game a rating of 3/5. Car Town was likened to the Forza Motorsport series in terms of customizing vehicles and liveries. Both Car and Driver and Motor Trend, well known automotive magazines, were sponsors of the game, often releasing promo codes and running contests.
Although they are similar, they have some differences in certain points. For example, the Volkswagen Gol is exclusively available only in Brazilian Portuguese version, and Honda Prelude is exclusively available only in Car Town EX versions.
- "Back to the Future Blasts Its Way Into Facebook Game ‘Car Town’". Retrieved November 18, 2010.
- Hartman, Michael (August 16, 2010). "Facebook Game Reviews: Car Town". Bright Hub. Retrieved November 27, 2010.