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This is Ramps! A 3D racer inspired by Powerdrift, Stunt Car Racer, Hard Drivin'.

Choose from 8 varied race tracks, and overtake the other drivers in 5 laps to win.
As well as racing you'll need to navigate jumps, roller-coaster like ramps and occasionally even drive upside down.

Includes 3 difficulty levels, plus a practice mode for getting the feel of the tracks.

This all started as an experiment to see how well Pico-8 could render a Powerdrift-like scaled sprite racetrack (pretty well, as it turns out). Then it was about trying to implement a driving model that could handle the ramps, jumps and loops. And finally wrapping it up into a somewhat finished game.

Like with Loose Gravel, I would have liked to add a championship mode, but there just aren't enough tokens :-)

Big thanks to everybody who gave advice and feedback. Particularly @freds72 who even went as far as digging into the code and making some performance optimisations (~20% CPU improvement!).


Z = Accelerate
X = Brake
Left/Right to steer

You don't have to wait to be automatically respawned after you fall of the track, select "Respawn" in the pause menu to get back into the race faster.

The green and red lines on the speedometer are recommended minimum and maximum speeds.
The green line (minimum speed) is particularly important for clearing jumps (and occasionally getting up steep hills), so make sure to keep your speed above it.
The red line (maximum speed) is to prevent you from sliding out on sharp corners or overshooting the jumps. Typically this is just a suggested speed. Depending on your racing line, driving style etc you may be able to go faster.


Update: Other cars' speeds now vary randomly throughout the race
Update 2: Can knock other cars sideways a bit & they don't knock you sideways as much. Round road sprite corners a bit.
Update 3: Fix game crashes in AI code when road is blocked.

P#77443 2020-05-31 05:23 ( Edited 2020-06-22 08:03)


Honestly, I got so into it by the third race I forgot I was just "trying out a new pico cart" and was so frothing mad at the pink car I was racing for my own genuine pride and integrity.

P#77449 2020-05-31 08:57

I remember seeing this a long time ago when it was less finished, it's come a long way, gg dude!

P#77467 2020-05-31 23:59

As a budding developer for Pico8, games like this make my head explode. Such a fun and beautiful game, well done.

P#77489 2020-06-01 14:36

This is just awesome!!!
I love stunt car racer and this looks great.

P#77496 2020-06-01 16:49

hi this game is great
I am doing a school project and I need to redesign a game. Can you be helpful and give me the code.

P#77513 2020-06-02 09:31

beause i tried to look at the tutorials and I was very confused

P#77514 2020-06-02 09:43

Hi @sam_ive,

Sorry, I'm not quite sure what you mean.

If you want to see the code for this game, you can click "code" link underneath the game. It's a lot more complicated than the tutorials though.

If you're asking me to do your homework, then no, sorry, I don't do that.

P#77516 2020-06-02 10:12 ( Edited 2020-06-02 10:12)

@HeyNetters lol :-)

P#77517 2020-06-02 10:16

So cool! :O
Reminds me of "Stunts", I'm sure it's very similar to the games that you have mentioned. Very well done!

P#77523 2020-06-02 11:07

Ummmm this is AWESOME!!
I can imagine it in a "Best Racing Game Award" in an imaginary PICO-8 magazine hahaha

P#77660 2020-06-04 12:01 ( Edited 2020-06-04 12:01)

Can I download the game?

P#77706 2020-06-05 16:27 ( Edited 2020-06-05 16:28)

@elcano I've put up an itch.io page here with binary versions.

P#77717 2020-06-06 00:06

Very good! But controls could be improved IMHO: more inertia (turns left/right too fast!).
If you can also add smoke when falling from the ramps and move down a bit the view when off-road, would be perfect! ;)

P#77766 2020-06-07 16:05

Excellent, Stunt car didn't felt as much fun.

P#77840 2020-06-09 08:47

I'm staggered sometimes at how the Pico 8 can handle stuff like this, as someone who's only ever made a few basic programs in general I don't even know where you'd begin to work things like this out but it honestly feels amazingly fun to play!

P#78748 2020-07-01 10:06

I see, an instant 3d game! Nice Job.

P#80090 2020-07-29 12:55

this game is absolutly amzing I love this so much 10/10

P#87036 2021-01-31 21:43

This is amazing

P#129036 2023-04-26 00:45

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