Rush Rally Origins - Top Down 80s/90s Rallying

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Rush Rally Origins hits the Steam store this week (Friday 15/04/2022) and it’s a great top down racing game based on 80s/90s rallying.

This is the fourth game in the Rush Rally series and the first to land on PC. The first 2 games of the series were on Android and iOS, winning bronze and gold pocket gamer awards.

Rush Rally 3 was released with high praise on mobile devices and Nintendo Switch, winning a gold pocket gamer award too. Rush Rally 3 is still available for all three devices and has a reviewer rating of 4.7 on both the App Store and the Play Store.

The series comes from an indie developer - Brownmonster Games. The developer Stephen Brown has worked on various racing games over the years - Colin McRae Dirt2, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing, GTi Club+, F1 2009, Split Second, MotoGP 10/11, and Sonic Racing Transformed. Stephen was also the lead vehicle programmer for Crackdown 3.

Rush Rally Origins, which appeared in our games of 2022 article is already available for Android, iOS, and Switch - however, do not let that put you off. Rush Rally Origins is not a sim, the top down style should have been a give away, but this game has enough going on to be fun, rewarding, and challenging.


We tested the game for a few hours with a Xbox controller and driving felt intuitive, trail-braking, lift off oversteer, and flicking the car one way and then the other to enter corners are all things that you can do. Rumble on the controller was excellent, translating the types of surface very well. There are multiple road surfaces in Rush Rally Origins - snow, gravel, dirt, mud, and tarmac.

There’s a lot going on underneath Rush Rally Origins, the game engine was developed by Brownmonster Games and runs a realistic tyre model based on the PaceJKA and brush models and runs at 360Hz.

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When playing the game, there’s definitely a 90s feel to the way it has been out together. There’s the navigator’s voice that is reminiscent of Sega Rally, the music feels very 90s, and the way the game is structured feels very nostalgic.

A player can complete various stages of a rally, unlocking upgrade credits that can be used to upgrade various aspects of each car. Once upgrades have been made to a certain level, the category of the car is increased - starting from category D and going up to category A. Each upgrade unlocks new challenges and stronger AI.

There are no licensed cars in Rush Rally Origins, though they are all very familiar cars. There’s 13 cars in total and each car has its own characteristics and various ways to be driven.

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There’s plenty of tracks too, with 48 stages across Finland, Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom, Kenya, New Zealand, USA, and Japan. Each country brings new challenges, with characteristics specific to each location - for instance Japan has twisty, narrow mountain roads and Finland offers fast and smooth stages with plenty of jumps.

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Players can play against each other in real-time, either via a LAN connection of peer 2 peer through Steam and there are plans to allow this game to be cross platform!

As well as a cross platform multiplayer, there’s plans for weekly events, career mode, and additional content. Brownmonster Games has a community on Discord and Stephen pays close attention to ideas and comments about his games.

Future Developments​

Stephen hasn’t ruled out the possibility to mod Rush Rally Origins, he would love to do this, but also recognises this opens up a whole can of worms. He states that his community love that the leaderboards are fair and acknowledges that this could potentially be broken if he allows players to be able to tweak physics and make custom cars.

You can find the game on the Steam Store and also check it out on mobile if you’re looking for a racing game to play whilst out and about.
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Damian Reed
PC geek, gamer, content creator, and passionate sim racer.
I live life a 1/4 mile at a time, it takes me ages to get anywhere!


I have a real love for those early 90's 2.5D rally games like World Rally, Drift Out etc. Still play them regularly on my arcade cab so this is right up my street.

Instabuy here too :thumbsup:
Art Of Rally and Super Woden GP thought me that top down racers can be cool and I'm looking forward to give this a go.
You should take a look at Circuit Superstars then, if you haven‘t already.
Art of Rally is amazing,so this definitely has my interest.
For some reason I couldn‘t get on with AOR‘s controls, they were way to sensitive for me regardless of how I set them.
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IMnotsomuchHO, top down view only if centralized on the car, with scenario rotation, as on F1 Grand Prix series for Super Famicom. Anyone knows if this game have this option?

Finally a pure game, not like this overrated ART RALLY, Origins is pure rally. I have played on Android, it's miles miles better than ART RALLY.
art of rally is not overrated i have no idea why you would think that lmao. would you care explaining?:roflmao:
Thanks for the introduction.
I realy like Art of rally so this is maybe the next one "i need" :)


Can you tell which/how many cars are available? So far i see these are original cars with fake names right?
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I played already an half hour. Visuals and sound are cool. I prefer this realistic visuals over the art of rally ones.
But thats it - in terms of "driving" not bad but no chance against art of rally.

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