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Battle Racing Stars is a Massive Multiplayer Crossover Racing Game by Halfbrick Studios for iOS and Android. Was originally soft launched in 2018 as Booster Raiders, and released worldwide under a new title in late February 2020.

This game involves "Battle Racing". Four players compete against each other in Sprint races to reach the finish line first. Each player has two buttons on the bottom, that recharge over time: Boost and Items, which picks one out of 4 character specific items. (Projectile, Trap, Shield and Position attack)

Two main game modes are Linear and Lap races, but there are additional four (Known as "Special Races") available through Arcade mode: UFO Apocalypsenote , Flappy Bombnote , Full Boostnote  and Portal Manianote . Competing in those costs tickets, and rewards player with coins, gems, packs, trails and skins for characters. June 2020 update allowed players to get them randomly in Normal races. In this case they won't count towards Arcade progression and don't require tickets, but will occur very rarely.


Features playable characters from:

  • Age of Zombies (Zombie T-Rex)
  • Bears vs Art (Rory)
  • Dan The Man (Dan, Josie)
  • Fruit Ninja (Mari, Sensei)
  • Jetpack Joyride (Barrynote , Flash, Scientist)
  • Raskulls (Kingnote )

Features Stages from:

  • Dan The Man (Stinky Drains, Damp Passage, Shenanigan Sewers)
  • Fruit Ninja (Skirmish in Fruitasia, Fruity Road, Fruitasia Dizziness)
  • Jetpack Joyride (Legitimate Research, Laboratory Conduits, Bounce Tunnels)
  • Monster Dash (Frosty Dash, Frozen Danger, Permafrost)
  • Raskulls (Rolling in the Caves, Forest Rampage, Waterfall Path)
  • Portal Mania mode has it's own maps, that combine elements and locations from stages above. (Enter The Portal, Deja Vu, Drifting Dimensions)

Battle Racing Stars provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer / Down the Drain: Stinky Drains, Damp Passage and Shenanigan Sewers.
  • Action Girl: Mari and Josie.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The Scientist, who was just a Harmless Enemy in Jetpack Joyride. Here, he's one of the playable characters, and is able to fight back.
    • Flash qualifies as well, now being able to use lazer beams, shields and Sentinels.
    • Fruit Ninja cast comes from a game, where they use blades to slice fruit, and not much else. Here, they use Katanas, Bombs and Fruits as weapons against other opponents.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: UFO Apocalypse mode, which has racers being chased by Professor Brains on his Flying Saucer. Racer is eliminated if he gets abducted by UFO's tractor beam.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: Portal Mania mode’s stages take elements from all standard levels and mix them together.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Or more specifically, Skins and Trails.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Flash, who was one of the gadgets in his game, became a playable character with his own items.
    • Scientist, who was just a Mook in Jetpack Joyride, became playable character here.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Raskull King.
  • Banana Peel: One of Mari's attacks has her drop these behind.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Rory is just as capable of "Battle Racing", as everyone else.
  • Big Red Button: Robo-Rex has the self-destruct button on his back. Justified, according to "Robotic Invention" event's dialogue:
    Barry: Finally! The time has come to ride on the back of the ROBOT-DINOSAUR!
    Professor Brains: Ride? What do you mean by ride?
    Barry: ... have you not put a saddle on?
    Professor Brains: Saddle? No way! I've added something much better: A SELF-DESTRUCT BUTTON! So be careful with putting your butt on it.
    Barry: ...
  • Breath Weapon: Zombie T-Rex's Dinosaur Breath.
  • The Cameo:
    • UFO Apocalypse’s Bounce Tunnels map has Olympus from Fish Out Of Water In the background.
    • Main characters from Radical Rappelling, Rip and Roxy, make an appearance in Permafrost map.
    • Dan the Man's King appears in Drifting Dimensions.
    • "Colossatron's Menace" event has Dan and Raskull King trying to defeat Colossatron. It's tail can be unlocked as one of selectable trails by playing the event.
  • Cartoon Bomb: Flappy Bomb. Sensei's bombs also qualify.
  • Deadly Force Field: Most characters' shields at level 1 will either protect them (King, Dan, Josie) or damage opponents (Barry, Mari, Scientist, Flash). Leveling up characters will allow their shields to do both.
  • Dem Bones: Raskulls. To recap, one of the playable characters is The King, Ninja and Military Raskulls (based on Bonesaw's design) appear as part of the crowd, and finally, there's Raskull Wizard, who doubles the amount of coins from Booster Packs, if player agrees to watch an advertisement.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Scientist, King and Sensei.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs / Our Zombies Are Different: Zombie T-Rex, who is a combination of both. He can also drop human zombies behind.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Super Rainbow trail. Dinocorn skin also has rainbow-like hair.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Scientist and Flash can drop Lazer grids behind. Barry and Scientist also use Zappers as a shield.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Barry can race with Zombie T-Rex and Scientist.
  • Green Hill Zone: Rolling in the Caves, Forest Rampage and Waterfall Path. First tutorial stage takes place in the same location.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Vendor gives Dan useless weapons that don't work on Colossatron. The one thing that does?note  He thought it was just a junk that is worth nothing... At least untill Josie took interest in it.
  • Hot Potato: In Flappy Bomb mode, racers run away from a Cartoon Bomb, which aims for player in last position. After a short time it blows up. Last place racer gets eliminated, Flappy Bomb respawns, Cut and Paste untill there's only one character remaining.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • One of Mari's attacks is a Strawberry.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Sensei's Fruit Tornado, where he throws up to 8 of them in multiple directions.
    • All of Rory's attacks, which include painting, a statue of himself, color splash and a paint bucket.
    • King attacks opponents with a brick.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Sensei's starter weapon, Katana Boomerang.
  • Killer Yo Yo: Mari's variation of Shield, Yoyo Swirl.
  • Konami Code: King suggests Dan to use it to defeat Colossatron halfway through "Colossatron's Menace" event. It does nothing.
    King: Well, in the old days it used to work!
  • La Résistance: One of Dan and Josie's attacks has them call Resistance to slow opponents down.
  • Lethal Lava Land / Elaborate Underground Base: Legitimate Research.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: One of Zombie T-Rex's attacks is ”Gibs Explosion”, which has him throw his own entrails in multiple directions to damage opponents. He doesn't change in appearance afterwards, though.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Brains. He controls the Flying Saucer in UFO Apocalypse mode and builds Robo-Rex throughout "Robotic Invention" Event.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Involving both well-known and more obscure Halfbrick characters.
  • Me's a Crowd:
    • Fifth dialogue from "Robotic Invention" event reveals that Scientists are clones.
    • Because of multiplayer nature of this game, you can have 4 Barrys (or any other playable character) to race each other.
  • Moveset Clone:
    • Josie is one to Dan. Their main difference is that their items are upgraded in different order.
    • Scientist has Barry's Shield and RPG Missiles and Flash's Beam Throw and Sentinel.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Dan and Josie's Resistance attack has Resistance change their outfit colors from red to purple and green at higher levels. Two Resistance members with these colors appear at the end of Studio Joho's original uploads of web series.
    • One dialogue from "Colossatron's Menace" event has Barry asking Dan if there's going to be a continuation of DTM series. Why Barry of all people? Because this is a common question that fans of the series usually ask on Halfbrick YT channel's comment section, which just so happens to be read by Barry on his Video Blog, much to his annoyance.
  • Ninja: Fruit Ninja cast. Raskull Ninja appears in the background as part of the crowd. Subverted with Dan The Man's Resistance, who only look like ninjas.
  • Nitro Boost: Non-Vehicle example. All racers have Boost button, which will recharge over time. The more charged it is, the longer and further character will go. Additionally, there are Dash Pads thrown around stages.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: Due to being Multiplayer based crossover.
    • Episodic Game: However, special events, such as "Robotic Invention" have a story told in episodes, simmilar to Sonic Runners. They don't really explain why did Halfbrick characters suddenly decided to race each other though.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Angry Panda skin for Rory.
  • Play Every Day: Free Booster Pack is available every 12 hours. There are also missions, completing which will reward with coins (and eventually, another Booster Pack).
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Sensei's Katana Boomerang at Level 3 or higher. At this point it will also be able to go through walls, slash through multiple opponents, and break stone blocks. The Item system makes it unnesessary for Sensei to catch, however, since his next item will be picked randomly.
  • Recoil Boost: Barry's iconic Machine Gun Jetpack is still present and he uses it to boost forward.
  • Retreaux: Dan and Josie's "Pixel Perfect" skins.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Mari.
  • Shark Tunnel / Underwater Base: Laboratory Conduits, Bounce Tunnels and Legitimate Researchnote .
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Barry's standard attack is his shotgun.
    • Short-Range Shotgun: Just like in Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride and Dan The Man. However, it can be upgraded for more range.
  • Shout Out:
    • Portal Mania's description: "No cakes, no lies! React, adapt, win!"
    • Barry's Fake Scientist skin has him use red vacuum cleaner as a jetpack, which bears uncanny resemblance to Luigi's Poltergust. Said skin is based on Gas Mask Mook Scientists and has him wear "Air Barry's" shoes, both from Jetpack Joyride.
    • Rory has a Gummy Bear Skin. He's green colored and has bouncier idle animation.
    • In "Colossatron's Menace" event Dan and Colossatron's battles resemble classic Turn-Based RPG. Event's promotional artwork visually resembles classic Pokémon batlle. Dialogue also uses phrases, such as "A wild Colossatron appeared" and "It's super effective".
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Frosty Dash, Frozen Danger and Permafrost.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Barry. Applies to all of his outfits.
  • Speaks in Binary: Robo-Rex.
  • Spikes of Doom: One of the obstacles.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Mari has very noticeable strawberry motif. Her projectile attack has her throw strawberry at opponents and Level 5 Yoyo Swirl gives her invisibility shield, which also looks like a strawberry.
  • Spread Shot: Dan's shurikens and Josie's knives.
  • Super-Deformed: Characters are drawn this way.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Vendor and Josie, as oppose to using Pictorial Speech Bubble, like in their home series.
    • Unfortunately, Dan is still restricted to unintelligible noises, though he talks to other characters a lot more than he does in his series, and everyone seems to understand him well, which is even played with.
      Barry: Hey, Dan, now that I see you, there's a question I've always wanted to ask you... Is there going to be a stage 9?
      Barry: Hehe, just as I thought!
  • Unicorn: Or rather a "Dinocorn", one of Z-Rex’s skins.
  • The Voiceless: Scientist, when he was first added in the game. He was given his own set of voice clips in later update.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Barry, while wearing Stuntman outfit with his helmet resembling American flag, even though Barry was confirmed to be Australian.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: One of Raskull King's skins is him being dressed as a princess.


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