The database will only include games where the main objective is about racing, i.e. contests of speed against human/AI or the timer. Vehicular combat games where the winner is decided by kills (e.g. Interstate'76, most Twisted Metal games) will not be included. But games like Road Rash, Mario Kart, Wipeout and others that have combat elements are still included, because the main objective in them is still to reach the finish line first.
Sports titles that are basically non-car racing games, like SSX, are included. Some games that don't quite fit the racing criteria, like Crazy Taxi, are still included. These are decided on a case-by-case basis.
The database can be searched through six different attributes. Multiple attributes can be used simultaneously to narrow the search results. The search works with wildcards by default, so searching for the name "gran" will find "Gran Turismo", "Motor Toon Grand Prix" and every other game where the text "gran" is included, no matter it's place in the name. Capitalization of characters doesn't matter. You can also sort the list by clicking on the column headers.
The game's title. If a game has multiple titles, like if it was released in another region under a different name, they will all be displayed here. The first one listed will be the name the game was released as first and so on chronologically. If a game was released at the same time under different names, then the order is alphabetical.
All the systems the game was released for. If a system has a different name in another region, then the US name is used and all the games released for it gathered under that name. So Famicom games will be under NES, PC Engine games under TurboGrafx-16 and so on.
Click here to see all the systems that are completely covered in the database:
The database handles games rather than releases which is why something like Hydro Thunder is listed as being playable on Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox, despite there being no game under that name released for those systems. But Hydro Thunder is playable on the Midway Arcade Treasures 3 compilation which was released for them.
The game's developer. If the column has several companies listed, it means one of them handled a port of the game.
The year of the game's initial release.
All the regions the game was released in.
Note that just because a multi-platform game was released for a certain system does not mean it was released for that system in all regions, even if all regions are included in the game's Region column. For example:
Wipeout XL was released for Amiga, Mac, PC, PS1, SAT and it was released in US, EUR and JPN. The Saturn version was never released in US, but the game was released in the US for PS1 and PC, yet the PC version was never released in Japan. So the Region information only means that some release of the game is available in that region.
The simultaneous multiplayer features the game has available, if any.
No MP = no simultaneous multiplayer
Local = split screen or single screen
Link Cable = for systems like Game Boy, PS1 and PS2 where it was possible to connect several systems together with a special cable
LAN = Local Area Network
Online = multiplayer over the Internet
Keywords are like tags, meant to convey information about the game's theme or features. You can search for multiple keywords at once and the search will look for games that match ALL of the selected keywords.
Here are the keywords currently in use and a brief explanation of each:
The game is primarily focused on driving All-Terrain Vehicles aka. quad bikes.
The game is primarily focused on driving bikes, either motorcycles or bicycles.
Most or all of the game's courses are in the style of purpose-built racing circuits, or are recreations of actual real-life circuits.
The game heavily features combat elements between racers.
The game allows the player to customize their vehicle with parts that may or may not affect the vehicle's handling.
- Demolition Derby
The game is about demolition derbies. Notice that the restriction about racing-only games still apply. If the game has both arena-style and race events then it still qualifies.
- Drag Racing
The game is about drag racing.
- Extreme Sports
The game is about racing with snowboards, skateboards, inline skates and in other such non-motorized ways that would fit under the X Games moniker.
The game is about racing in the air.
The game is primarily focused on driving open-wheel cars, like Formula One vehicles.
The game's overall theme is futuristic in nature.
- Highway Racing
Most or all of the game's races take place on highways, often (but not always) with civilian cars present.
The game is primarily focused on driving karts, either realistic ones or Mario Kart-ones. If the game has both Combat and Karts -keywords it's safe to assume it's of the latter type.
The game is mission-based instead of simply choosing competitions or tracks like in traditional racing games.
The game is primarily focused on driving motorcycles in off-road courses.
Many or all of the game's courses are unsurfaced roads, made of materials such as sand, gravel, snow and other natural elements.
- Open Road Racing
Many or all of the game's courses take place on public roads that may or may not have civilian traffic present.
- Open World
The game features an open world that the player can explore at their leisure.
These games have elements that don't quite fit into any other category, and tend to be pretty weird in some ways.
The game is about racing with radio-controlled vehicles.
The game focuses on rally racing.
The game has some, or is all about, gameplay modes where score rather than time is the deciding factor between competitors.
The game is played from a side view.
The game primarily takes place on snow with snowmobiles, snowboards or skis.
- Street Racing
The game takes place on city streets where civilian traffic may or may not be present.
- Stunt Racing
The game's tracks are often unrealistic featuring jumps, loops, gravity-defying paths and so on. The player might be able to do tricks and stunts which may or may not reward them with boost power or something else. The two features can appear independent of each other, a game with this keyword can have either or both of them included.
The game is played from a top-down or isometric view.
Some or all of the game's courses are about driving on narrow, winding mountain passes.
- Track Editor
The game includes a track editor with which the player can create their own courses to race on.
The game is primarily focused on driving trucks, or lorries.
The game allows the player to tweak performance-altering settings of various aspects of their vehicle.
No information about the game could be found. Maybe it doesn't even exist? Please help out in this thread!
The game supports (or requires) VR equipment like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
The game primarily takes place on water with jetskis, boats or other ways of driving on liquid surface.
Assigning keywords isn't an exact science, so please use this thread to submit corrections and suggestions. And if you think of a game that you think should be listed but isn't (or vice versa), let us know that as well. The database is an ongoing project and the more people chip in, the more complete and informative it will be.
Other than simply adding new titles to the database, future plans for it include more information about the games (e.g. wheel compatibility, as suggested by 1up) and a way for users to rate games. If you want to help out in data entry or the technical side of things just send me a message.