Back in the 80\u2019s and 90\u2019s the technological constraints at the time meant that driving and racing games were hard to convey properly on home systems without losing the fun factor.\n\n\n\nLuckily that meant we got some awesome top down and isometric racing games instead that were tons of fun to play and play we did. \n\n\n\nWith this in mind let\u2019s look back at some of the coolest top down racing games including Isometric ones that we all played as kids and are still great fun to play today.\n\n\n\nDo you remember all of these?\n\n\n\nSuper Cars 2 \u2013 Amiga\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSuper Cars 2 is great fun to play still. \n\n\n\nThere\u2019s tons of options for tweaking your\ncar and you got weapons too. \n\n\n\nIt also had a brilliant soundtrack that\nkept pace nicely with the twisting and fun courses you got to hurtle around.\n\n\n\nExtra mention must go to the loading screen which featured a fantastic pixel version of the Alfa Romeo SZ.\n\n\n\nSuper Off-Road Racer \u2013 Various\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSuper Off Road Racer got pretty hectic with\nits tiny courses full of bumps and jumps and hazards like sand which slowed you\ndown and oil which made you lose control especially when you hit the Nitros\nwhich you just brought as an upgrade.\n\n\n\nSuper Off Racer was a huge hit in the arcades so made it on to a lot of systems from the Commodore 64 through to the Mega Drive and SNES.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThrash Rally \u2013 Neo Geo\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOnce upon a time the Neo Geo didn\u2019t just have fighting games on it. \n\n\n\nThe lineup of games coming out on the Neo Geo was quite varied in the early days and Thrash Rally was the only true top down racing game to grace the console. \n\n\n\nYou got to choose from various vehicles,\nand you had to race against the clock to win each stage of a global rally. \n\n\n\nThe game was fun and had lots of jumps and\nhazards as neat touches like birds and helicopters flying over you and tons of\nothers cars and trucks to overtake which were there to hamper you on every turn\nand they did as you tried to reach the checkpoint.\n\n\n\nMicro Machines \u2013 Mega Drive\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMicro Machines came out on the NES first but it\u2019s the Mega Drive version of Micro Machines that we still adore.\n\n\n\nThis top down racing game is so much fun and the settings are unique for the game letting you race around school desks, bathtubs and our favourite the Breakfast table. \n\n\n\nYou even got to use Monster Trucks in the bonus stage and the tank levels were great fun as you got to shoot the other players. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPower Drive \u2013 Various\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPower Drive came out in 1994 on the Amiga, Mega Drive, SNES and even made it on to the ill fated Atari Jaguar.\n\n\n\nIt was an isometric racer where you rallied around tracks and picked up time bonuses and cash to spend on your car to improve its handling and speed. \n\n\n\nIt looked pretty decent at the time and\nlots of people brought it as it went for a more realistic vibe.\n\n\n\nIs it still fun to play, it\u2019s not too bad\nbut nothing compared to\u2026?\n\n\n\nRock and Roll Racing \u2013 SNES\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nWhat\u2019s better than hurtling around a galaxy\nof isometric tracks in customized cars that you can upgrade and weaponize? How about\nadding on a load of chiptune versions of classic Rock songs to accompany it?\n\n\n\nThat\u2019s exactly what Rock and Roll Racing did and luckily it was really good fun to boot.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBiker Mice from Mars \u2013 SNES\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nBiker Mice from Mars was a hugely popular cartoon in the early 90\u2019s and luckily the game was pretty awesome too. \n\n\n\nIt played similarly to Rock and Roll Racing\nbut instead of cars you had bikes to zip around the tracks on which all looked bright\nand colorful on the SNES.\n\n\n\nOver Top - Neo Geo CD\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOver Top came out on the Neo Geo MVS and the Neo Geo CD and was an isometric racing game that had stunning visuals throughout. \n\n\n\nIt played just like the Kameco arcade classic Mille Miglia 1000 Rally in the arcades and featured a Lamborghini Diablo among the choice of cars.\n\n\n\nIt was damned hard to master but was really good fun to play.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nGrand Theft Auto \u2013 PC\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHang on GTA isn\u2019t a top down racer. \n\n\n\nWell, erm, no it\u2019s not but you did get to hoon around and cause chaos on the streets of Liberty City and you did have to do races from time to time.\n\n\n\nWhen not on mission who didn\u2019t spend hours zipping around the city trying not to avoid pedestrians in your Zaibatsu and was probably one of the last true top down driving games to come out that you played last.\n\n\n\nThat is unless you know about our last game...\n\n\n\nRush Rush Rally Racing \u2013 Dreamcast\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nLong after the Dreamcast was consigned to\nthe scrapheap, a team of Dutch developers released one of the best top down\nracing games that you\u2019ve probably never heard of, let alone played. \n\n\n\nRush Rush Rally Racing came out in 2009 and played like similarly to Supercars 2 on the Amiga and included tons of sprite scaling like you would have seen on Thrash Rally and then some.\n\n\n\nThe handling is amazing and sets it apart from all other games in this genre and you could drift your car round corners leaving tyre tracks on the road.\n\n\n\nIt also had loads of neat touches like when you went in a tunnel your headlights came on and also had four player split screen racing meaning you and your mates could all have a blast.\n\n\n\nThe soundtrack was awesome too featuring loads of oldskool Piano rave music as were the tracks with bridges, chicanes and tunnels galore to navigate throughout. \n\n\n\nFeeling Nostalgic?\n\n\n\nNo doubt we\u2019ve missed some of your favourites on this round up of classic top down racing and Isometric racing games.\n\n\n\nIf so what was it and which of these top down racing games do you remember playing the most? Share your memories of these classic games below.