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I'm Really Into The Look Of These New Cartoon-Style Driving Games

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Two unrelated driving games that came out recently utilize an aesthetic I would call whimsical, though they are really not similar to each other. I haven’t played Art Of Rally or Inertial Drift yet, but I really appreciate the unique looks both of these new games are bringing to virtual driving.

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For your context, here’s the trailer for Art Of Rally, which can be played on Windows, Mac or Linux computers:

And here’s the decidedly different, yet similarly atypical, Inertial Drift which plays on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Windows computers:

I had to read the words Inertial Drift out loud to myself five times to confirm it’s not Initial D; the famous drift-racing anime which is clearly being invoked just a little bit here. I mean, there’s even an AE86 lookalike in a black-and-white paint job that looks a lot like a tofu delivery vehicle. But that doesn’t detract from my interest in the game.

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What raised my eyebrows on both Inertial Drift and Art Of Rally is the non-standard stylings of both. The cartoonish game skin gives the imagery a fun and casual vibe that I really dig.

Looking at the trailers above might also have gamers around my age thinking back about Auto Modellista, a PlayStation 2 title that looked like a cartoon too. OK, fine, let’s revisit that one real quick:

Squee!

My favorite car games use realistic vehicles and arcadey physics, but now that there seems to be a new-crop of cartoony car games I’m clearly going to have to rethink those preferences. I love the retro energy here, and I’m looking forward to reading the comments on this blog because I’m sure I’ll learn about even more games like this I haven’t heard about.

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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Grant it these games are graphically great, but I have to admit my brains were blown to the mirror covered wall at the arcade when Pole Position arrived and the feeling of putting in 2 quarters to play.....

Edit: Tron was also out at arcades, but the line for PP was ludicrous.