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Circuit Racer

DOS - 1995

Alt name Speed Haste
Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in Spain (1995)
United States (1997)
United Kingdom (1999)
Genre Racing / Driving
Theme Arcade, Automobile, Track Racing
Publisher Friendware, Midas Interactive Entertainment Ltd., WizardWorks Group, Inc.
Developer NoriaWorks Entertainment
Perspectives 1st-Person, 3rd-Person
Dosbox support Supported on current version
4.75 / 5 - 38 votes

Description of Circuit Racer

Speed Haste is a very simple, flawed shareware arcade racing game that allows you to race the F1 or Stock Cars around a variety of circuits.

The usual arcade options are here: select your car from different car models, choose whether to use automatic or manual gears, etc. Although the graphics are much better than average, the driving model is extremely unrealistic. For instance, your car can slide through most corners flat out if the correct line is taken. Joystick controls are awkward and unresponsive, and I've found the keyboard to be the best way to play. The AI is quite stupid, if it exists at all-- computer-controlled cars follow their own route without caring about where you are. This leads to some interesting games of pinball: bouncing of backmarkers as you try to pass.

What saves the game from mediocrity, fortunately, is the excellent network play mode. Four players can link together and race on a standard IPX network, and it's a lot of fun. Since people can pick up the game very quickly, and any slip can lose you seconds, close races are the norm. The appalling AI and exceptionally slow CCs make Speed Haste too easy to beat for most experienced drivers, but if you have friends to play against, it's a blast.

Recommended for multiplayer mode, and anyone who likes easy racing games.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

crunch_dx 2022-10-13 3 points

Someone made a source port for this game, in case you're too lazy to tinker with DOSBox.

Bindbar 2022-08-10 2 points

One of my favourite games ever, still remember playing with friends going trough all the circuits with stock cars. Great visuals and performance for the time.

NHS2008 2019-11-25 3 points

To run the game without crashes:
1. In dosbox.conf, set machine=vesa_oldvbe.
2. Run SETUP.EXE and select Soud Blaster 16, save your settings.
3. Run SPEED.EXE with the -novbl parameter.

hunstrider 2019-06-01 1 point

still works with dosbox. win10

Zero Senki 2017-12-17 -1 point

RE: Keys
Honestly, I don't really know at this point, except to try and find a working computer from 386DX to 486 with somewhere around 246 to 512 MB of RAM.

keys 2017-10-13 1 point

One of my all time favourite games as a child, but I can't get this to work :-(

Tried through DosBox, Boxer, and even within the browser. Installs fine, loads to the splash screen, but then crashes/blacks out.

Am I doing anything wrong? :-(

Carlsgro 2013-01-08 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome

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