-> ''"The race is on, in '''[[TitleDrop Death Rally]]''', where life is short & hot, fast & deadly. Watch the road, hear the rumble. '''Start out easy''', get the feel of it. But remember: [[{{Munchkin}} by the rules or fry the rules]], '''[[{{Munchkin}} play to win]]'''. 'Nuff said. Now ride your machine, [[WeaponizedCar your motor-war-chariot.]]"'' - [[SpiritAdvisor True Tom Rhymer]]

'''Death Rally''' is a DrivingGame developed by Finnish studio Remedy Entertainment (who later went on to make ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' and ''AlanWake'') and published by Apogee Software in 1996. It was one of the last titles to be published under the Apogee name.

The game's menus are all 640* 480, 256-colour graphics, but the actual races are only at the standard 320* 200, 256-colour resolution.

The actual races use the classic top-down viewpoint, if you've played the ''MicroMachines'' games you'll know what to expect. The cars are sprites but some elements of the track are in 3D. You can drive under street lamps and signs, see parallax on rock formations and buildings and drive through tunnels.

The game can be played with or without weapons (although weapons make things much more interesting) and you can even run over the idiots who are standing by the side of the track to watch the race. You shouldn't do that intentionally though, as it slows you down and damages your car.

The original game supports up to 4 players over an IPX network, along with two-player modem and serial-link multiplayer which was standard at the time of development.

In October 2009, Remedy [[http://www.joystiq.com/game/death-rally/download/death-rally-for-windows-full-game/ released]] the game as [[FreewareGame freeware]], and also ported it to run on Windows, Vista and Windows 7 included. If you want to play multiplayer, you'll have to use the DOS version and make use of DOSBox's IPX over TCP/IP emulation.

''Death Rally'' [[http://www.remedygames.com/games/deathrally returned]] for [[IOSGames iOS]] on March 31st, 2011. New features include an optional behind-the-car chase cam, several new weapons, [[CosmeticAward Achievements]] and "challenge" events, which enforce certain restrictions such as every racer using the same car. A free [[AndroidGames Android OS]] version was released in May of 2012. It lacks the chase cam, but invokes BribingYourWayToVictory by allowing you to purchase new weapons, cars, tracks and special [[PowerUp Power Ups]] for real money.

A PC version of the iOS app was released via {{Steam}} on August 3rd, 2012. It features updated graphics, a new track and paintjobs, and additional features such as the ability to hold nitro powerups in reserve, CoopMultiplayer and the "[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney shadow man]]".
!!Get ready to go!

[[folder:Tropes related with the 1996 PC game]]
* AerithAndBob: You get names such as (Iron) John, (Diesel) Joe, (Nasty) Nick, Clint (West), Liz (Arden, short for Elizabeth) Sam (Speed)... and also Mic (Dair), and Cher (Stone).
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Occasionally, he offers you a mission. Pick up some drugs on the side of the track and then come in first, and get a cash bonus.
* AIBreaker:
** One of the few reasonable ways to beat The Adversary is to place mines in the right place so he crashes trying to avoid it every lap. This also counts for normal races.
** In the normal tracks, you can push your rivals to the outer centric areas. They would go on loops until they find a way to get out of it.
* AKA47: Except with cars instead of guns. The Vagabond (Volkswagen Beetle), Shrieker (Pontiac Trans-Am), and Wraith (Porsche 911) are all recognizable as real cars, and the [[SnowCrash Deliverator]] is based on the [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]].
* AlliterativeName: Bogus Bill, Mad Mac, Matt Miler, Motor Mary, Nasty Nick, Sam Speed and Suzy Stock.
* {{Animesque}}
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Iron John and Dark [[XtremeKoolLetterz Ryder]]
* AWinnerIsYou: Beating the game in the freeware version just takes you to the high score screen. In the original DOS version, beating the Adversary got you a cutscene, at least.
* BadassDriver: ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Flame-Crowned Demon King of the Race]] - [[FinalBoss The Adversary]]''. Or you, if you beat him. The other drivers to an extent, especially VideoGame/DukeNukem.
* BigBad: The Adversary is alternately spoken of as either [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils the demonic ruler]] of the [[{{Hell}} "road-hell purgatory"]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane or just]] [[JerkAss a really,]] [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty really nasty driver.]] [[SpiritAdvisor True Tom]]'s [[UnreliableNarrator usually cryptical speeches about him doesn't help.]] He does tell you straight out, however, that you should be afraid of him.
* CarFu: You burn through your ammo pretty quick, so your other primary weapon is ramming the opposing cars into obstacles, mines, {{innocent bystander}}s, and each other.
* CoolCar:
** The Deliverator, the so-called "Prince of the road", visually inspired by the [[Anime/SpeedRacer Mach 5]]. And, to a lesser extent, it also bears a visual resemblance to the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_33.2 Alfa Romeo 33.2]].
--> "''Cybernetic roadwarrior, your car is your body. And this is not just any body, it is ''[[CoolCar some]]'' body.''"
** The unplayable Adversary's car, a modified Deliverator with a huge jet engine hanging off the back.
* CoolShades: The assassination contractor wears a Cool Visor, and several drivers wear shades such as Diesel Joe, Dark Ryder and of course, Duke Nukem.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: In the main race, cars do not show any damage in the race or suffer reduced performance until damage hits 100%, at which point they become flaming wrecks... which can be restored with a bit of luck at the right time, and an opponent bumping you to touch a nearby item. However, provided that you play with the extended GUI instead of the reduced one, the picture of the car on the left does show increasing amounts of damage, and you can see the [[LifeMeter damage meter]] of other cars.
* {{Determinator}}: [[SpiritAdvisor True Tom]] sees you as one, when he's not patronizing you as the YoungGun.
* DifficultButAwesome: The Utopia/Complex and Holocaust/Toxic Dump tracks are the most intrincate tracks of the game, once you know the valid shortcuts and the quick steers, and know how to manage the Nitro, they become really easy, to the point of even lapping one/some cars.
* DrivingGame
* DudeWheresMyReward: If you end the race in fourth place or being lapped, you receive no bonus money collected from the race. And if you've accepted the offers of TheAggressiveDrugDealer or the ProfessionalKiller... [[TooDumbToLive well...]]
* EasterEgg: It's possible to play as VideoGame/DukeNukem simply by selecting his portrait. But if you then go so far as to type "Duke Nukem" as your player name, you will hear some of his various one-liners throughout the game, and gain his armor.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The cars burst into flames when destroyed. These wrecks remain on the track as obstacles for the duration of the race. Oddly enough, it is possible for a car to come BackFromTheDead if nudged into a repair powerup.
* [[GuestFighter Guest Driver:]] VideoGame/DukeNukem. Hail to the king, baby.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: "Speed Makes Me Dizzy", "I Live To Ride" and "Petrol In My Veins".
* LandMineGoesClick: Available from the Underground Market. There is little that causes more damage, and nothing that knocks someone off course faster.
* LoanShark: Once you get a Dervish or better, you can borrow money from him. If you don't have enough money to pay him back after 3 races, he'll take one of your upgrades. If you don't have any upgrades, he'll damage your car. And if your car is already totaled, [[GameOver well...]] In the end, the alternatives (such as playing a race in Medium or Easy when you have a "Hard" ranked car) often end up much ''cheaper'' than just paying the guy back.
* MirrorWorld: Half of the game's tracks are simply mirrored from the other half, [[PaletteSwap with alternate color schemes]].
* {{MOD}} Music
* MoneySink: In order to get a new paint job, you have to buy an entirely new car. And seeing how upgrades don't carry over...
* MoreDakka: The first three cars (Vagabond, Dervish and Sentinel) have one machine gun, while the other three (Shrieker, Wraith, Deliverator) and the non-playable Adversary's car have two machine guns. Said guns have no purchasable upgrades, but better car = nastier guns.
* MushroomSamba: [[InterfaceScrew Your screen goes all wavy]] if you pick up a mushroom and [[StonersAreFunny you hear a voice saying "Whoa, man."]] It's worth noting that this InterfaceScrew also affects the AI, and in some cases it's worse against them than it does to human players.
* NoDamageRun: Finishing the race with 2% or less damage with weapons enabled does give you a nice bonus, with the sponsor claiming not a scratch on it. Players can fake out a pristine-quality car by using repair pickups, but as far as the sponsor is concerned, it was untouched.
--> ''"It was a snowball's chance in hell, but through that BulletHell blitzkrieg, and not a shadow of a scratch on your car."''
* NitroBoost: If playing with weapons on, you can buy the Rocket Fuel powerup before a race from the Underground Market. The catch is that it damages your car while you use it, although it does speed you up a fair bit. Your regular boost isn't as powerful but doesn't damage you, regenerates, and is always equipped. In addition, two "Hard" level tracks, Velodrome and its mirror Eidolon, have "speed strips" you can drive on to speed yourself up.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Some of the opponents in single player have names like [[GregoryPeck Greg Peck]], [[Creator/JaneFonda Jane Honda]], {{Cher}} [[Creator/SharonStone Stone]] and [[Creator/ClintEastwood Clint West]].
* OhCrap:
--> ''"Oh this is no good, you've been lapped."''
* PacifistRun: You may choose to disable weapons for the career, making it a normal racing game. There're no bonuses for [[NoDamageRun 2% of damage]] or [[KillEmAll destroying all the cars]], no ProfessionalKiller, no [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer drug dealer]], and no LoanShark; and while you can still ram opponents, it's only useful to slow them down rather than knock them out. The repair bills tend to be high, but you can focus on improving your car instead of thinking which things you can buy in the Underground Market. The good thing is that the bonus for winning streak is still there.
* PimpedOutCar: V8 Engine, super sticky tires, body armor, spiked bumpers, land mines, rocket fuel...
--> ''"Zillions more miles to go. [[TheAllegedCar That junk of yours is no juggernaut.]] She won't take you all the way... [[EvolvingWeapon Evolve, improve, better, best.]] BUY, and [[CoolCar be one shining perfection.]]"''
* PowerUp: Pickups that can be found during races include cash bonuses, [[HealThyself repair kits]], boost fuel, extra ammunition and... mushrooms.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Said by The Adversary to the True Tom Rhymer:
--> ''Racer Boy, now I'm going to mow you dead.''
* ProfessionalKiller: Occasionally, a race sponsor will offer a cash reward if you take out a specific car. However, another race sponsor will give a cash bonus if you take out all three other cars in the race.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: One of the services of the underground market is for-pay sabotage. For the right price your highest-ranked opponent will start the next race with a damaged car (up to 50% worth, but usually somewhere around 35%). Fortunately for you, this is the one service from the underground market the AI will never buy. However, sabotage is unavailable when you go up against the Adversary.
--> ''"[[WhatTheHellPlayer What?]] [[TooDumbToLive You crazy, man?]] [[ThePreciousPreciousCar Nobody touches the]] [[BerserkButton Adversary's automobile and lives]], [[KilledOffForReal nobody.]]"''
* ShoutOut: From VideoGame/DukeNukem (you can select him as your portrait, and there are various one-liners such as "Let's Rock" and "Hail To The King, Baby") to NeedForSpeed.
** There's one to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' after you buy the first tire upgrade:
--> ''"Warp 9, Captain. No problems with traction now. The finish line, she's closing fast."''
** If you take between 50% and 60% of damage during a race, (or, if you took more, fix until reaching this range) the Repair option will invoke VideoGame/DukeNukem's "Uhoh, that's gotta hurt" one-liner.
* SpiritAdvisor: In between races, you can read messages from one True Tom Rhymer, a racer who was slain at the hands of the Adversary after he dared to challenge him to a race. He speaks to you from his car-coffin grave, offering you advice with a religious reverence for cars, racing and the long road that lies before you.
--> ''"Things can get out of hand real speedy like, racer boy. Listen to True Tom. I tell no lies."''
* TopDownView
* VehicularCombat: Any time you play with weapons on. The GrimReaper himself hands you a cash bonus for wiping out all three of your opponents by the end of the race. Don't try to take out VideoGame/DukeNukem though, he's got thicker armor then anybody save The Adversary.
* WeaponizedCar: Every car comes equipped with machine guns, and you can upgrade to mines and spiked bumpers.

[[folder:Tropes related with the 2011 iOS game]]
Bear in mind that tropes of the PC game may apply here as well.
* AKA47: Except with cars instead of guns. The Dervish is a Hummer H3 and the Shrieker is a Mustang.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fan Car]]: The developers held a contest for fans to submit ideas for a new car. The winner was the Interceptor, a fragile hot rod that equals the Deliverator in speed.
* BookEnds: You start the game fleeing from Tex Harris. In a red Shrieker. You finish the game fleeing from Tex Harris. In a red Shrieker.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: On Medium difficulty and higher, even your two fastest cars, the Deliverator and the Interceptor, with max upgraded speed, aren't as fast as the other opponents; your opponents somehow have speed stats that are higher than your two cars' maximum top speed stats. This makes it a good case of both RubberBandAI and SchizophrenicDifficulty.
* ContinuityNod:
** The GDC 2011 trailer uses a remixed version of the music that was played in the original game when you challenge the Adversary.
** The [[http://neufutur.com/wp-content/uploads/drally.jpg promotional artwork]] for the game is a nod to the 1996 version's [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YHnO5uQ-rrQ/TTDv4BQ4Y6I/AAAAAAAAAP4/Oz6i_JzPfb8/s1600/DeathRallyPoster.jpg box art]] and [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_UUh3h2QurU8/TQKc0yd8HdI/AAAAAAAAANg/Wa3p6_1xgTI/s1600/1055-death-rally-dos-screenshot-game-title-screen.gif loading screen]].
** In cutscenes, the player character still drives a Shrieker and the Adversary a Deliverator, albeit the same as a normal Deliverator appearance-wise. In the final cutscene, [[spoiler:the Adversary also crashes at the Start/Finish line just like he did in the original]].
* CoolCar: The Deliverator returns, with a new design reminiscent of the "[[TheNineties New Adventures]]" Mach 5. The Wraith made a return in an update, also sporting a new design.
* CosmeticAward: The Achievements.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], bits and pieces visibly fly off of damaged cars.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The cars outright explode, leaving a blackened, burnt wreck behind. These wrecks remain on the track as obstacles for the duration of the race.
* GatlingGood: In the 2011 version. It essentially functions as an improved machine gun.
* [[GuestFighter Guest Driver:]] VideoGame/DukeNukem, [[{{Minigore}} John Gore]], [[AlanWake Barry Wheeler]], and [[AngryBirds Mighty Eagle]]. There's a guest ''car'', too: [[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever The Mighty Foot!]] In keeping with Duke's past appearance, the Foot has more armor upgrades then even the Deliverator. Duke is absent from the [[AndroidGames Android]] and PC versions, with his "Duke Match" event replaced by "Tex Match" and the Mighty Foot [[PaletteSwap reskinned]] as the "Bravestar".
* HopelessBossFight: You start the game off either getting wasted by Tex Harris and his group of Shrieker cops wielding missiles or with the game inexplicably taking control of your Shrieker after about a minute and bringing it to a stop, allowing Tex and his cops to swarm you.
* JerkAss: Tex, the cop who busted you and forced you to enter the race. He makes it clear from the start that he doesn't like you very much. He even enters the race himself, where he is a big pain to take out and a bigger one to outrace.
* LandMineGoesClick: Available from the main shop. There is little that causes more damage, and nothing that knocks someone off course faster.
* LaserSight: A new addition. It takes up the slot that would otherwise be occupied by spiked bumpers, but makes it easier to aim some sub-weapons.
* LighterAndSofter: The 2011 game lacks the [[ChunkySalsaRule speedbu-]] er, pedestrians, LoanShark, [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer steroid pusher]], and supernatural elements like the GrimReaper, [[SpiritAdvisor True Tom Rhymer]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane and the possibly]] [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils demonic nature]] of [[BigBad The Adversary]]. You're a street racer hauled in on reckless driving charges, but since you managed to elude Tex long enough due to your [[InformedAbility insane driving skills]], he decides to use you to get at the Adversary, who is another street racer.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Striker weapon fires a spread of seeking missiles, with one more missile added to each shot per upgrade level.
* MirrorWorld: Reversed tracks return, as well as [[InterfaceScrew ones where you're locked into a certain view of the map, regardless of whether you use the chase cam.]]
* MoneySink: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] this time around, you can freely swap between a few predefined color-and-symbol schemes for each car.
* MoreDakka: Upgrading weapons gives you a higher ammo capacity. This goes UpToEleven with the Gatling gun.
* NitroBoost: Nitro pickups activate when they are picked up in the iOS and Android versions, while in the PC version they can be held in reserve and activated with a keypress. The "All Nitro" challenge gives every car permanent nitro for the duration of the event.
* PowerUp: Pickups that can be found during races include cash bonuses, [[HealThyself repair kits]], boost fuel, and extra ammunition.
* PhlebotinumOverload: Picking up ammo when your sub-weapon is already full will cause its next shot to be stronger or more accurate. The Gatling, for example, rapid-fires a stream of bullets, and the Flamer aims at and burns nearby opponents for about 5 seconds.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The PC version adds the "Shadow Man", who will occasionally call you before a race begins and offer you a powered-up car or weapon you don't already have, or to sabotage an opposing car. If you accept, he takes a cut of your winnings. Notably, sabotage outright [[OneHitKill destroys]] one of your opponents, as opposed to simply damaging them as in the original game.
* ShortRangeShotgun: The first secondary weapon you unlock, and it is [[DiscOneNuke very]], [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter very]] potent at close range.
* ShoutOut:
** The [[GuestFighter Guest Drivers]].
** In the iOS version, a poster for ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' can be seen in the garage. In the [[AndroidGames Android version]], it's the cover art of [[AlanWake Alan Wake's American Nightmare.]]
** One skin for the Shrieker gives it the gold phoenix on black paintjob made famous by the Trans Am in SmokeyAndTheBandit- a nod, perhaps, to the Shrieker's original appearance.
** A new skin for the Sentinel turns it into Series/TheATeam van.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Eureka, unlocked by collecting parts as one would do to unlock a new car. It is longer than some of the other tracks and you slide around a bit due to the ice.
* TopDownView: Though it's possible to use a chase cam, versus the fixed-map carried over from the original game.
* {{Trailers}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDgSpIavZHA The GDC 2011 trailer]], which concludes with a {{Blipvert}} of gameplay footage, as well as images of not only Duke Nukem, but the Mighty Eagle too.
* VehicularCombat: Yup. You can win a race by simply taking out all the other cars. Doing this gives a nod to the original game with the "Grim Reaper" [[CosmeticAward achievement]]. This is the entire point of the Duke/Tex Match events, where you compete against them to destroy the most Vagabonds, though destroying ''them'' also counts- and prevents them from getting kills while they wait to respawn.
* WeaponizedCar: Every car has a machine gun as before, but there are now a wide variety of sub-weapons to choose from, including the mines and spiked bumpers from the first game. The spiked bumpers can be equipped in tandem with most other sub-weapons. [[UpToEleven In the PC version, you can equip mines, spikes, the laser sight]] ''[[MoreDakka AND]]'' [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill any other sub-weapon.]]
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Implied at the ending.
--> '''Cop''': ''"He's the next Adversary."''
'''''Race over!'''''