main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Video Game: Colin McRae Rally

A series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful rally racing Simulation Games, created and published by British game developer Codemasters. Named after famous 1990s Scottish rally driver Colin "The Flying Scotsman" McRae, the legendary winner of the 1995 World Rally Championship. McRae personally provided feedback and technical know-how to the developers. His co-drivers, Nicky Grist and Derek Ringer, provided voice acting of themselves for the entire series.

Each game is a semi-realistic rally simulator, so though there are some arcade-ish elements, the general tone of the games requires players to beat rally stages using a relatively professional driving style. The series is notable for pioneering a destruction and physics model in racing games. Damage received in a race is taken into account and players have to repair their rally car regularly in a service area, after every two stages. In addition, service areas also offer a generous array of options for tuning a car's technical specs, to give better performance on upcoming stages. Weather conditions are also an important factor, and at least two of the installments featured randomly generated and dynamically changing weather.

The series currently spans 5 games :

  • Colin McRae Rally (1998)
  • Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000)
  • Colin McRae Rally 3 (2003)
  • Colin McRae Rally 04 (2004)
  • Colin McRae Rally 2005 (2005)

For the spinoff series, see DiRT.

This game series provides examples of :

X-Wing AllianceSimulation GameDi RT
Cold FearUsefulNotes/Play Station 2 Commandos
Choro QRacing GameDi RT
Clock TowerUsefulNotes/Play StationColony Wars

alternative title(s): Colin Mc Rae Rally
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy