Car Town

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Car Town
Car Town.jpg
Developer(s) Cie Games
Platform(s) Facebook Platform, iOS
Release date(s) July 27, 2010
Genre(s) Simulation, Racing
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,[1] 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.

Gameplay[edit]

Players earned gold coins or blue points by performing jobs or taking on challenges. They were able to build their own garages with service bays to do more jobs, hire and interact with friends in the game and buy vehicles. Gameplay included the ability to take part in races, take road trips, or make deliveries. Players also had the ability to customize many of their vehicles.

In-Game Locations[edit]

  • Showroom - The building where players were able to purchase vehicles.
  • Junkyard - A location where players were able to restore classic vehicles. There was also another variant of the Junkyard in the Ferrari Experience called Classiche Restorations, where players were able to restore classic Ferraris.
  • Leaderboard and Tournament - a place where players were able to compete with friends to get to the top of the leaderboard and win prizes.
  • Garage Value Leaderboard - a feature which calculated every player's garage and storage values.
  • Daytona Challenge, Indy Challenge and NHRA Funny Car - a series of challenges where players built vehicles for and participated in NASCAR, Indianapolis 500 and NHRA Funny Car races.
  • Fast Five missions - Based on the movie, the user was able to build vehicles from the Fast and Furious series, as well as race in special Pink Slip events that, if won, awarded the player with the vehicle they were racing against. Other notable features included escaping with the vault and building a police car.
  • Game Show - A place where players were able to win prizes by playing minigames.
  • Docks - A place where players were able to search a ship for cars that were sold out from the Showroom.
  • Top Gear - A feature where players were able to watch selected Top Gear clips and purchase exclusive vehicles.
  • Ghostbusters - A location where players were able to build Ghostbusters vehicles and catch ghosts.

Discontinued prior to closure[edit]

  • High Stakes Track - A location where players were able to bet and race for money (closed in February of 2011)
  • Who Rules - A feature where players were able to vote for their favorite cars.
  • Ferrari Experience - A place where players were able visit the Ferrari headquarters to buy vehicles and viewing their personal Ferrari collection. The aforementioned Classiche Restorations is included in this feature.
  • Adventures - A feature built around a specific theme (such as Europe and Route 66) where players were able to participate in road trips, race against various cars and collect prizes.

Vehicles[edit]

Below is a brief examples of cars, grouped into sections, including:

Many vehicles, such as the Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics, Mitsubishi Lancer WRC, Mazda Furai and the DeLorean time machine, were only able to be performance tuned. Some vehicles were permanently in the showroom, while others were limited-edition. Some licensing expired when the game's end was announced, including licenses for the Mercedes and Ferrari brands. This led to the removal of these vehicles from all showrooms, but some cars of those, whose license had not expired became permanently available in the showroom for the rest of the game's life.

Related versions[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Languages[edit]

Car Town was available in:

Differences[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Back to the Future Blasts Its Way Into Facebook Game ‘Car Town’". Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Paul (October 26, 2010). "IMS Cars Featured In Facebook Game Car Town". Indianapolismotorspeedway.com. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hartman, Michael (August 16, 2010). "Facebook Game Reviews: Car Town". Bright Hub. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 

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