|Developed by:|| Incinerator Studios|
|Platforms:||PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS|
|Release date:|| October 12, 2009 (North America)|
October 30, 2009 (Europe)
Cars: Race-O-Rama is a racing game that was released on October 12, 2009. It is the sequel to Cars: Mater-National, which was released on October 27, 2007. The PSP and DS versions of the game were created by Tantalus Media in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. A toy line for the release was released in early 2009, as the name "Race O Rama" was used for the 3rd series of Mattel Die-Cast Disney Cars. This is the last Disney/Pixar video game published by THQ as well as the last game to be published by any other company except Disney Interactive.
Gameplay and Plot
In the game, players race against new characters through action-packed tracks to win the Race-O-Rama trophy as their own personalized Lightning McQueen. Players can join Lightning McQueen in Radiator Springs as he prepares the Doc Hudson's racing academy of student racers for the Race-O-Rama competition. Lightning finds out that his rival Chick Hicks has his own set of academy student racers who don't always compete fairly (as shown during the crashing of two of Doc's students during the intro race). Lightning decided to customizes himself for the four different races: Off-road racing, street racing, beach racing, and speedway racing.
After McQueen beats Stinger, Candice, and El Machismo, Chick reveals in the final race that he was only using them to learn how to beat Lightning and customize himself. After Chick loses the race, he vows his revenge on McQueen by saying that he'll come after him when he least expects it and drives away in anger. Then, Candice, El Machismo, and Stinger apologize to McQueen for the way they acted. McQueen accepts their apology and tells them that they're welcome to stop by the academy anytime.
From the Film
- Lightning McQueen (Regular, Monster Truck, Beach Racing, Street Racing, Off-Road Racing, & Speedway)
- Mater (Regular & Monster Truck)
- Doc Hudson
- Sheriff (Console Versions Only)
- Chick Hicks (Regular & Upgraded)
- Mia and Tia
- Not Chuck
From Past Games
- Tommy Joe
- The Crippler
- Count Spatula
- Emma (Handheld versions only)
On the Nintendo DS and PSP versions of the game, at one point during the final race, Candice can be seen getting her picture taken and the flash from the camera ends up blinding the player.
After the final race, she decides to apologize to Lightning for her behavior during the races and admits that she prefers his way of racing, "Even though it takes the spotlight off of me." Lightning accepts the apology and invites her to come to the Doc Hudson Racing Academy anytime.
On the handheld versions of the game, during the final race, he will try to ram into Lightning.
Like Candice, he learns the errors of his ways and decides to apologize for his behavior to Lightning, considering his way of racing, "Badder than bad, faster than fast." This gets him invited to join the Doc Hudson Academy too.
Like Candice and El Machismo, Stinger also plays a trick on Lightning during the final race on the handheld versions. He will come onto the track and spill oil, potentially causing Lightning to slip.
He also apologizes to Lightning after the race and gets invited to the Doc Hudson Academy. He still retains his silent attitude, though, as shown when he revs his engine after Candice tries encouraging him to say, "Thank you."
Doc Hudson's Students
|Performer:|| Chris Edgerley|
All four students are painted blue and have the same model, but they each have different modifications and paint jobs. For example, Doc Hudson Student 1 has a white stripe down the middle and a small spoiler on his rear window, while Doc Hudson Student 2 has three stripes on each of his sides; one white, one gray and one black, and a big, black spoiler.
Each of the four students are playable on most consoles, but the PlayStation 2 only allows players to play as the first one. Also, since Student 4 does not appear in any races, he does not appear at all on the PlayStation 2.
Chick Hicks' Students
|Performer:|| Mark Silverman|
Josh Robert Thompson
They are later seen speeding around Radiator Springs after the round in Santa Carburera until Sheriff pulls them over.
Like Doc's Students, they all have the same model, as well as the same modifications and paint jobs as each of their counterparts, except their main color is green instead of blue. Also, all four students are playable except on the PlayStation 2, in which only the first student is playable.
The VINs speak in a robotic way and say a lot of robotic words, like "The numbers compute," which begins to annoy Lightning towards the final round.
Near the end of the game, the four tow trucks have the race, which Mater wins, much to Bubba's anger. He drives away in frustration, vowing his revenge.
Bubba can be played as in Circuit Races, Relay Races, Auto Crosses and Missions on most consoles, but the PlayStation 2 limits him to Rust Bucket Derby.
Bubba previously appears in Hoodwinked, a story in the book, World of Cars, where he takes Mater's hood and plays around with it after Mater and his cousins fish it out of a lake. Mater tries to get it back, but he does not manage to do so until after Red uses his hose to get it unstuck from a tree which Bubba threw it in. Later, Bubba challenges Mater to a race. Mater decides to have them race backwards since he knew Bubba was not good at that skill, and wins the race after Bubba spins out.
Tater and Tater Jr.
|Performer:|| Stephen Stanton (Tater)|
Andrew Stanton (Tater Jr.)
Like Bubba, they also lose the race for the towing rights, but they were not as bothered. They claim that since their new friend, Mater, won the race and has a name that rhymes with theirs, they feel like winners too.
Like Bubba, they are playable in other event types on most consoles, but can only be played in Rust Bucket Derby races on the PlayStation 2.
Doc Hudson Pitty
Chick Hicks Pitty
He is shown to be incredibly rude, just like Chick and his allies, often shouting insults and trash talk to the other racers.
She, along with another Trophy Girl, make an appearance after the final race when Candice, Stinger and El Machismo apologize to Lightning.
Her design is similar to that of the Dinoco Girls. The main differences are that she is yellow with an orange feathered hat that has the "Race-O-Rama" logo, while the Dinoco Girls are blue with blue feathered hats that have the "Dinoco" logo.
- This is the first game in the Cars franchise of the following:
- The first where Lightning McQueen's body parts can be customized, rathern than just his paint job and tires.
- The first in which the players can explore locations outside of Radiator Springs.
- The first to feature Guido and Not Chuck as playable characters.
- The first game that Not Chuck appears in.
- The first not to be available on the PC or GameBoy Advance.
- The first in which players can explore Sarge's SUV Boot Camp in Story Mode.
- The first to not have Mater appear on the cover.
- The first in which Radiator Springs does not appear in the Night mood.
- The PlayStation 2 version of the game has a lot of differences compared to the game on other consoles:
- The game on most consoles has eight racers in each race (six in Monster Truck Races), while there are only four on the PlayStation 2.
- When players want to go from Radiator Springs to Ornament Valley or Tailfin Pass and back, they normally do not have to wait for each area to load, but they do on the PlayStation 2, like in past games. This results in there being only two Point to Point races instead of five since three of them each cover two of the locations. Also, the tourists and other cars do not travel from one of the three locations to another like on other consoles. The advantage on other consoles, however, allows players to view the Wheel Well Motel from behind the Radiator Cap Mountain.
- Most consoles allow the player to play as any of the eight students, but the PlayStation 2 only allow them to play as the first ones from each academy
- Relay Races usually consist of four teams with three racers, but on the PlayStation 2, it is two teams of two. As a result, players are guaranteed to win regardless of which position they take.
- Some paint jobs, kit parts and pieces of concept art are missing on the PlayStation 2.
- Sarge is playable in Rust Bucket Derby races on the PlayStation 2, but not on other consoles.
- Doc Student 4, Fred, Lewis, Count Spatula and Ginormous are completely absent on the PlayStation 2.
- Race-O-Rama features three mini games which are similar to mini-games from Cars: The Video Game; Luigi's Tire Find, Sheriff's Chase and Tractor Stampede, which are similar to Luigi to the Rescue, Sheriff's Hot Pursuit and Tractor Tipping respectively.
- The game features a Circuit Race called "Street Race 1." However, there is no "Street Race 2," so it is unknown why the number 1 is in the name. The same goes for "Luigi's Tire Find 1," though the PlayStation 2 version leaves the 1 out of the name.
- In the opening scene, the game's title appears on a starting line, which is similar to how the Cars logo appears on the starting line in the film.
- The Nintendo DS and PSP versions of the game have El Machismo and Stinger's boss levels swapped and only fifteen playable characters. Also, Mater's subplot is not included.