Brand New? You’re Retro: Death Rally

Vroom? Why, yes, my friend - Vroom.

This is really quite sweet. Way back in the day, when Max Payne was happily married and didn’t expect everyone he loved to have been killed to give him motivation to shoot dudes (slowly), Remedy made a racing game. It was called Death Rally. They’ve updated it from the DOS to work on modern systems and made it freely available to download. It features both death and rallying, so is adroitly named. My favourite feature is how you can run over the people watching the actual event, which probably explains track-attendance figures slipping in recent Death Rally years. Now, Remedy! Get back to working on Alan Wake. You’ll find some Youtube Death Rally DOSbox footage below…

In other news, someone should make a game called Death Race. Or another one.


  1. Wolfman says:

    Looks a lot like the old Supercars on the Amiga to me??!?


  2. roBurky says:

    I can remember playing that. Not sure if it was the full thing or a demo.

  3. TotalBiscuit says:

    Nice ninja-edit on the article there Keiron ;) Death Rally, not to be confused with arcade classic Deathrace – link to

  4. Jay says:

    Death Rally was made of win!

  5. Baboonanza says:

    Yeah, looks like SuperCars. Only shit.

  6. Baboonanza says:

    Alan Wake is ‘finished’ apparently. Harrah! I hope it’s good.

    Also, the Wake link is forked.

  7. Jon says:

    Did anyone else notice the names of the drivers? At one point you’re racing against Duke Nukem…

  8. Heliocentric says:

    Isn’t alan wake 360 only?

  9. Jim Rossignol says:

    Alan Wake has be semi-de-confirmed for PC, yes. And that means it might still come out on PC, but isn’t coming out on PS3.

  10. pepper says:

    I remember playing this a long long time ago from one of those demo-1000 games CD’s.

  11. pignoli says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    Isn’t alan wake 360 only?

    Yup, the former poster child of DirectX 10 gaming is now restricted to a DX 9 and a bit console in the era of DX11. Funny world eh?

  12. KngShango says:


  13. Monchberter says:

    Micro Machines and Skidmarks? I used to love these top down racers.

    As for automotive mayhem. Noone’s still topped the original Carmageddon.

    Steam update and release please. In the Dunia Engine for true off-track mayhem.

  14. rocketman71 says:

    Alan Wake?. Bah.

    Death Rally 2?. Hell yeah!

  15. DMJ says:

    Hasn’t Alan Wake taken more time to develop than Windows 7? As in, promised before Vista’s release but still undelivered as the Win 7 release draws nigh?

    I’m not sure if that says something bad about Remedy or Microsoft…

    • Sunjumper says:

      As Max Payne also took several millennia to be made I am not in the least surprised that Alan Wake is also taking its sweet time.

  16. Jonas says:


    Death Rally is one of my greatest nostalgia-objects! It was the very first game I got on CD, and I played it for hours and hours and hours. Beating Duke Nukem was EPIC. I haven’t been able to play it since the rise of Windows XP, but now I shall have to go back and play it again because it is AWESOME.

    I can haz remake?

  17. Junior says:

    Oh how I loved Skidmarks, every other litte car game is compared to that wonderful benchmark in my mind.

  18. Lu-Tze says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    As for automotive mayhem. Noone’s still topped the original Carmageddon.

    Nonsense, Carmageddon 2 was amazing. I can't recall anything about TDR2000, except I played it and then decided Carmageddon 2 was the height of the series.

    I just can't imagine it existing as a game today.

    • Monchberter says:

      Carmageddon 2 was good. But it was of the unfortunate early 3D era where everything looked so ugly compared to sprites. I liked the utter sense of lunacy that accompanied the original that the second game did away with in favour of challenges,

  19. mirdza says:

    Very awesome game. Will download.

  20. notlimahc says:

    I’m going to be the pedantic individual who points out Skidmarks wasn’t a top-down racer, it was isometric.

  21. Schmung says:

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Wasn’t the final vehicle some batman alike with spikes on the front bumper? Probably had a ludicrous name like devastator or something. Anyways, getting and indeed playing.

  22. -F. says:

    Oh man, I’m feeling 13 all over again :-)

  23. JW says:


  24. Matosh says:

    Brilliant game, played it a LOT in my younger days.

    You know what the best bit is though? The music. Jonne Valtonen really knows his stuff. It’s that oldskool demoscene-type music that games just don’t use anymore, back from when trackers were still the best way to do it. The main menu theme is brilliant.

  25. Catastrophe says:

    I loved this game. Fond memories.

  26. Pijama says:

    Great game, wasted a good part of my wee years on it! Now let’s see if I can make the old Vagabond roar again as it used to…

  27. jalf says:

    Death Rally was *awesome*. So was SuperCars. Surely, there’s room in the world for both.
    People hating on either of them make me sad :(

  28. Fede says:

    Lovely game, played the demo to death back then :)

  29. nine says:

    oh no! We broke the link!

  30. Rane2k says:

    Sweet, I loved the game back in the day, downloading now!

    Secret tip:
    Skip the 4th car (Wraith), if you have it the opponents with the 5th car will race in the medium races more frequently. Save up to the Deliverator and the first few upgrades.

  31. Theoban says:

    I bought this when it came out and could never get it running. NOW I SHALL HAVE MY REVENGE

  32. Rane2k says:

    Edit: Oops, got the names mixed up, skip the 4th car (Shrieker), and save up to the Wraith.

  33. army of none says:

    Oh my god, this game was AWESOME. Many hours spent playing this as a wee chap with my dad! Time to replay this…

  34. damien says:

    now i have tricky stuck in my head…

  35. Heman says:

    Oh noes!! No LAN-multiplayer?! :(

  36. Grey_Ghost says:

    I’d rather play Death Track from 1989.

  37. Glove says:

    Man I played the *shit* out of that game as an (even) young(er) ‘un. Saw this yesterday; best news in a long, long while. Such a damned great game.

  38. RuySan says:

    Death rally was ok but way low in the grand picture of super-sprint clones. I rate Super Off-Road, Skidmarks and Super Cars 2 higher. And Indy Heat and Badlands as well (yes i’m serious).

    • P7uen says:

      Destroying my brother at Super Off-Road was superb. Also Rally Sport, also to be found for DOSBox, continues to be the best rally game I’ve ever played.

    • terry says:

      Some guy released a Java port of Supercars 2, with some new tracks and whatnot. It still plays great and has the essential “DUNNDUNNN DUNN DUNNN” intro sequence.

      link to

      Just in case someone else was hankering for some Cats against the Bomb action.

  39. Matzerath says:

    I played this way too late into the evening last night.

  40. edosan says:

    I LOVED Death Rally — I’ll have to d/l this when I get home.

  41. phredi_j says:

    With music by purple motion (jonne valtonen) ! FTW ! =D

  42. Carra says:

    Damn, I thought the trailer of the game was in done with the game engine.

    Kind of disapointed to see the 2D flat cars after that :)

  43. Phoenix 2.0 says:

    Oh man, Death Rally. Childhood memories flooding back. So awesome.

  44. Marcin says:

    I still have the original disc for this. It’s one of the few that I keep in a place of honor. ^_^

    There’s a 360 “remake/successor/tribute/whatever” version coming soon to XBLA, Scrap Metal. I think it may even have been brought up on RPS … I’ll hold out for that because well, things like Death Rally don’t age well.

  45. Woop says:

    Ignition was, and will forever be, the greatest top-down racer in my opinion. No guns, no boosts, just insane tracks and that magical glimmer that teleports you from certain death back onto the racing track.

  46. ACESandElGHTS says:

    No honorable mention for Racing Destruction Set (EA, 1985) ? OutRAGEOUS!

  47. AlpineViper says:

    omgomgomgomg I was just thinking about this game the other week! Along with trackmania its the only car racing game I’ve ever given a stuff about, and it was AWESOME

  48. Tony M says:

    I remember this game was actually more fun when you turned off weapons and played it as a straight racer. I think it was better than the “micromachine” racers from the same period because you could see a little further ahead so you weren’t relying so much on memorising the track to do well.

  49. Spacewalk says:

    Death Rally for free? If that doesn’t get the sex wee leaking I don’t know what will.

  50. Popular Energy Drink says:

    Remedy is like the apprentice of Valve when it comes to “it’s done when it’s done.”

    That or he has surpassed the master. I have no idea anymore. Valve Time is a formidable beast still.