New title artwork by Marco Vale

Step back in time to an era when folk were real folk and racecar steering wheels were real steering wheels. Mot's Grand Prix is a pseudo 3D Formula 1 racer inspired by Grand Prix Circuit, Continental Circus and a bunch of other 80s/90s racers I've forgotten :).

Strap into your single seater and blast around 6 classic race courses. Will you be champion at the end of the racing season?

The game has 4 difficulty levels plus a practice mode to learn the courses without the pressure of racing.

Controls

  • Left/Right = Steer 
  • Z/Up = Accelerate 
  • X/Down = Brake
  • Enter = Pause menu

Mouse control

You can also enable mouse control in the pause menu. It has 3 settings:

  • Off = No mouse control. Keys/gamepad only.
  • Steering = Mouse controls steering (left/right axis). Keys/gamepad controls acceleration/braking.
  • Full = Mouse controls steering (left/right axis) and acceleration/braking (up/down axis).

"Steering" mode can be quite playable if you use a large window size or full-screen mode. Use the keyboard keys to accelerate/brake as usual. "Full" mode is not really playable unless you're some kind of robot, but can be useful for other input devices if they can be configured to output mouse movements (e.g. a Steam controller).

Tips

This is a game where you have to slow down for the corners! Use the colour of the racing line to judge your speed.

  • Green -> You are fine
  • Yellow -> You are close to the limit, but should be able to make the turn
  • Red -> You are likely going too fast for the corner

If you're really having trouble, you can switch on "Auto Brake" in the pause menu. Auto-brake automatically slows you down for corners, but not to avoid crashing into other cars.

Don't be timid about muscling through traffic There is no damage model. Your car is indestructible. Be fearless! :-)

Hope you enjoy this game.

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rating
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(15 total ratings)
AuthorTom Mulgrew
GenreRacing
Made withPICO-8
Tags3D, formula-1, PICO-8, Pixel Art, pseudo-3d, Retro
Code licenseMIT License
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial v4.0 International
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller

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Development log

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This game is really well done! Great work! Are any more updates planned?

can you drift like Mario cart?

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This game is really cool! It reminds me when I was 8 years old, back when I had a FAMIClone, and it runs on my basic laptop at 60 FPS. Very light game for PCs and laptops weaker than my Intel Core i3-7020U with 4GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home and conventional HD. Goodbye Formula 1 games with lag! Will there be more updates?
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Hey thanks.

That's one of the advantages of the Pico-8 platform is that you never have to worry about whether your PC is fast enough.

Yes, I'm working on an update with a few more tracks. So far I've added Spa Francorchamps, old Hockenheim and started building Monza, which will be the 6th. I may add a couple more after that.

And I'd like to add a championship mode, to add a bit of depth to it.

 This game is very much amazing, AND TRIPPY

Wow, this is INSANE! PICO-8 is never disappointing.

Incredible job!

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Wow, this reminds me of playing games like Indianapolis 500 on the PC back when I was a kid. When I look back on those times I would play games before getting a Sound Blaster and used the PC speaker I realise that I (and probably a lot of other kids) were slowly driving our parents completely insane.

And once again, the PICO-8 system never ceases to amaze me. This game here is proof that the limit is the developers' creativity. Congratulations on your work and keep it up!

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AMAZING! Love it! The physics are really well done - great graphics - I'm blown away this is even possible under such limitations. You even managed to get the racing line helper / ground display thingy in there, which I think is really awesome. Nice work!

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not only a technical achievement in it's own right, but really fun. Drifting in curves takes skill and makes me want to try again and again. Best part is being head to head with other cars and pushing them out of the streets.

Hello,

This game is really inetersting and fun to play. The controls of the vehicle are quite good and the overall gameplay is nice. Just because of excess pixelation the game is not that appealing but a really good take on making it.