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Volvo The Game – Free Racing Simulator

by Johnny Karp 22 June 2009 4 Comments

Overview

Volvo – The Game is a free racing game that gives you the opportunity to drive Volvo cars on nicely designed race tracks. You can also compare your scores and join the international online competitions.

Review

I am already playing some great free racing games, the open source TORCS and the very entertaining TrackMania Nations Forever. But I won’t say no to a new racing game if it’s free 🙂 Volvo – The Game was developed by the Swedish company mainly to advertise their cars but that doesn’t bother me as long as the game is good and entertaining.

First of all you have to create an account and activate it. You will receive an activation email, follow a link in that email and you’re ready to go, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

volvo the game screenshot 1

You can choose your car from various Volvo models, from the newest to the classic models that everybody knows.

volvo the game screenshot 2

There are only two race tracks to chose from, Gothenburg Eco Drive Arena in Sweden and Chayaka in Ukraine. Both tracks are very well designed and realistic, good virtual copies of the real things. Overall the game graphics look nice and tidy. I played a quick race using my standard PC keyboard and I must say that it was pretty darn difficult to control the car, I finished last 🙁

volvo the game screenshot 3

I found a video that demonstrates the gameplay and I guess it would be better to watch it and decide for yourselves if it’s appealing or not. As far as I’m concerned the good looks of the game made me try harder and get used to the very sensitive control of the car.

So far I’ve finished only last but things are improving 🙂 The good thing is that you don’t have to own a top notch computer to play this game. Here are the minimum system requirements:

Processor: 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4

Memory: 1 GB RAM

HDD: 1 GB hard disk free space

Graphics Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 128 MB memory

Version Tested

1.0

Author

SimBin

Operating System

Windows XP, Vista

Download link

Summary

Very well designed.

It’s free and entertaining.

I would have liked to see more tracks, maybe some urban races too.

Rating

Verdict

Overall Volvo – The Game is a good free racing game that can give you some nice moments of harmless fun. However, I don’t see anybody getting addicted to it soon.

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4 Comments »

  • roy said:

    NOT working on 128M 945 chipset vga card.
    got :”error locating video card”

  • Johnny Karp said:

    @Roy
    Try to update the drivers of your graphic card, it might work after that.

  • roy said:

    10X johnny, but i got the latest INTEL drivers-from their website.
    i am running HL2,ALL NFS,far cry 2,and many other games – i can’t image that there is a REAL problem on my PC….

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Roy, that’s really weird. Maybe you should contact the game developers and tell them about it, I’m sure they would be happy to help you.

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