Back in the 80’s and 90’s 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. Luckily that meant we got some awesome top down and isometric racing games instead that were tons of fun to play and play we did. With this in mind let’s 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. Do you remember all of these? Super Cars 2 – Amiga Super Cars 2 is great fun to play still. There’s tons of options for tweaking your car and you got weapons too. It also had a brilliant soundtrack that kept pace nicely with the twisting and fun courses you got to hurtle around. Extra mention must go to the loading screen which featured a fantastic pixel version of the Alfa Romeo SZ. Super Off-Road Racer – Various Super Off Road Racer got pretty hectic with its tiny courses full of bumps and jumps and hazards like sand which slowed you down and oil which made you lose control especially when you hit the Nitros which you just brought as an upgrade. Super 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. Thrash Rally – Neo Geo Once upon a time the Neo Geo didn’t just have fighting games on it. The 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. You got to choose from various vehicles, and you had to race against the clock to win each stage of a global rally. The game was fun and had lots of jumps and hazards as neat touches like birds and helicopters flying over you and tons of others cars and trucks to overtake which were there to hamper you on every turn and they did as you tried to reach the checkpoint. Micro Machines – Mega Drive Micro Machines came out on the NES first but it’s the Mega Drive version of Micro Machines that we still adore. This 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. You 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. Power Drive – Various Power Drive came out in 1994 on the Amiga, Mega Drive, SNES and even made it on to the ill fated Atari Jaguar. It 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. It looked pretty decent at the time and lots of people brought it as it went for a more realistic vibe. Is it still fun to play, it’s not too bad but nothing compared to…? Rock and Roll Racing – SNES What’s better than hurtling around a galaxy of isometric tracks in customized cars that you can upgrade and weaponize? How about adding on a load of chiptune versions of classic Rock songs to accompany it? That’s exactly what Rock and Roll Racing did and luckily it was really good fun to boot. Biker Mice from Mars – SNES Biker Mice from Mars was a hugely popular cartoon in the early 90’s and luckily the game was pretty awesome too. It played similarly to Rock and Roll Racing but instead of cars you had bikes to zip around the tracks on which all looked bright and colorful on the SNES. Over Top - Neo Geo CD Over Top came out on the Neo Geo MVS and the Neo Geo CD and was an isometric racing game that had stunning visuals throughout. It played just like the Kameco arcade classic Mille Miglia 1000 Rally in the arcades and featured a Lamborghini Diablo among the choice of cars. It was damned hard to master but was really good fun to play. Grand Theft Auto – PC Hang on GTA isn’t a top down racer. Well, erm, no it’s 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. When not on mission who didn’t 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. That is unless you know about our last game... Rush Rush Rally Racing – Dreamcast Long after the Dreamcast was consigned to the scrapheap, a team of Dutch developers released one of the best top down racing games that you’ve probably never heard of, let alone played. Rush 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. The 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. It 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. The soundtrack was awesome too featuring loads of oldskool Piano rave music as were the tracks with bridges, chicanes and tunnels galore to navigate throughout. Feeling Nostalgic? No doubt we’ve missed some of your favourites on this round up of classic top down racing and Isometric racing games. If 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.