GRITS Racing

Strap on your dandy Tesla Shield and hop in your “Billy Bub” jalopy!
GRITS Racing is an
8-player party game
featuring chaotic party mechanics and cars that steer and crash similar to a real car. This is the
most realistic top-down 2D racer ever...
and then we smashed it up into a bizarre party game to appeal to more than just racing fans. We provide a physics playground with sim-like cars, minimal rules (at the start), and you decide what to do with it. Good luck keeping your wheels on!
Old school gets a new-school makeover with more damageable physics objects than you can shake a two-dimensional polygon at. And, oh, the skids marks! Did we mention the oddly-satisfying skid marks that dirty up the track like never before? And the dirt doesn't end there. With debris everywhere from lost wheels, broken cars, various track objects, and up to 8 players on one screen generally making a mess of it all, just getting to the finish line can be a friend-testing brawl of gasoline-fueled tenacity.
Welcome to the petrolpunk world of Globetrotter Racing where it's 1975, The Great War was the only great war, microelectronics do not exist... probably because no one cared about going small after Nikola Tesla and his descendants learned to harness the power of lightning—to put it simply—and invented the Tesla Shield™ for use in automotive safety and generalized pedestrian protection (GPP).
GRITS Racing is a game for the whole family and if somebody isn't laughing, giggling, snickering, or snorting most of the game... we aren't doing our job correctly. We get it, not all players will choose to race—so we've given them other ways to be part of the environment (for better or for worse).
Realistic 2D car physics:
These 2D cars actually steer via the wheels! (Unlike nearly all games in this category, which just pivot their cars on center.) You may not
a difference, but take a car for a spin and you will
it. Quite possibly more realistic than a party game needs to be.
Car body and wheels modeled as individual physics objects (with proprietary physics code)
4-wheel drive
4-wheel steering (rear steering tapers off at speed)
4-speed transmission (plus reverse) modeled on a torque curve
430 ft-lbs (582 N-m) of engine torque (subject to change)
Hand brake on the rear wheels
Breakable wheel fasteners! (What is it like to drive on 3 wheels and 1 stub? How about 1 wheel and 3 stubs?)
Smashing 2D barrier physics:
Several barrier types with different friction coefficients and bounciness
Not all barriers are nailed down!
Barriers take damage and show it
Gripping 2D surface physics:
Several surface types with different traction coefficients and drag coefficients
Dry, wet, and oily variants
Oil slicks appear organically when and where cars are broken apart during the race
Oil doesn't artificially wipe you out but only makes whichever tires touch it slick (the wipe outs are up to you)
Oil slickness on tires tapers off over distance
Skid and tire marks vary in width by direction and vary in color by surface
Mayhem Model 1-A:
Pancake batter!!!*
Pit stops to apply more pancake batter and replace missing wheels
Cars can be broken apart when abandoned
4 cars per race (run to your trucks to launch your next car)
Tesla Shields™ (can't have drivers being hit and injured as they run for their next car, can we?)
Tesla Shields™ (worth mentioning again because the counter force can be very bad for the car that hits one)
Le Mans starts (well, more of a cute feature than chaos-making)
Not all barriers are nailed down! (wait, we said that already)
8 players on one screen
Bubba Prizes!
Save and share game photos showing off the mess ya'll made of the track
Mayhem Model 1-B:
4 AI cars (features to be announced when built)
Mayhem Model 2:
Wacky Wodifiers that ask “lucky losers” to periodically change the rules of the playground, like:
• Tractor wheels, • Far-out fat tires, • Dualies, • Area 51 Tesla Shields, • Reverse-polarity Tesla Shields, • Disposable cars, • Dragster chutes, • and many more to come
Leader Lamifiers that force “on-fire” players to add a rule to make things more difficult for the race leader, like:
• Finish-line showboating required, • and more to come
Prison Dodgecar minigame:
Tesla Shields™​ installed on the car instead of the driver
Like bumper cars meets billiards
Hockey minigame (
​ in some countries):
Tesla Magnets™ for puck control
The pancake batter story.
Many years ago a racer was having trouble with the wheel lug nuts staying tight. So, in desperation, he was looking about his pit area for a new idea to fix it when he spied his leftover pancake batter from breakfast. He thought “It couldn't possibly be any worse, could it?” Well, actually, yes, it was worse. Much worse. But the crowd loved the results and the rest is lost in history. No one remembers for sure who this racer was but legend has it he was called Juan Tabo. Official records proving the existence of Jaun Tabo have yet to be found but this hasn't stopped governments from naming libraries and schools in his honor.
The sport, then known as Wheel Wiggle Wacing, languished in the backwoods of the Southern United States for years before Gilded-Age billionaire, Billy Bub Worcestershire, bought the rights to it and turned it into the mid-budget international sport known as Globetrotter Racing. Mr. Worcestershire had previously made his fortune with the invention and popularization of deep-fried grits biscuits and, as he stated it, “I understand food batter and believe in the future of all its lucrative properties.” Deep-fried grits also became the sport's official snack food. When the Tesla's later invented the
personal plasma energy shield
(PPES), or Tesla Sheild™, Mr. Worcestershire incorporated these shields into Globetrotter Racing and this variant, coincidently, became known as GRITS (Globetrotter Racing Incorporated, á la Tesla Shields).


Windows 7
Core i5
2x AA
Version 11
Windows 10
Core i7
8x AA, 1920x1080 (HD), very large display
Version 11
Additional Notes:
Multiple dual-analog gamepads STRONGLY recommended!

A “mad as eating nails” party game that happens to also be the most realistic TD/2D racer to date. Stop driving tiny cars that just pivot on center. Drive tiny cars that actually steer like a car.
Steam score: 0%
Languages: English
Publisher: Muddy Desert
Shared/Split Screen
Local Co-op
Local Multi-Player
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