3D Ultra RC Racers
|3D Ultra RC Racers|
3D Ultra RC Racers is a racing game developed by 3D Ultra and published by Sierra Entertainment in 1999.
In the executable at 68120 (v1.0) or 73130 (v2.0) are shoutouts from the developers.
Hello Slugo John Leavens Read Books Ken Rogers I love Victoria, Carly, Colin and Sierra Richard Gabrielson Hi Mom and Dad, I love you DANNY RUBYONO In honor of ChrisG VANCE NAEGLE Thanks Shawni, I Love You MICHAEL DESALVO Pure quality since 1993 John Wolf Mmmmmm chocolate Trevor Lanz Beth Ingram, I Love You Aaron Anderson I have no recollection! Garrett Turner Thanks Detroit family Kenn Smith Top of the world, Ma Geoff Hampton Now I can ride my Harley! Dave Steele Hi Julia Jongla and Mombo! Love, Stinkley David Aughenbaugh Hi J.T.! KATE ALLEY Allyson, Heather, Sydney, Hi! Grampa Jimbo JAMES CAREY Jo, Sam and Alex, Daddy loves his girls ANTHONY LEWIS Glenn Wallace - dedicated to Alexandra Glenn Wallace Aloha Nuuanu Boys Peter Lewis i love you laurie, ryan and lindsey Brian Hahn Hi London, luv u! JON MILNES Hi Liam, Brendan, Clare, Sean and Kieron! KEVIN RYAN Hi Mom! DAVE MCCLURG
Compare to v2.0 (Traxxas Edition)
At 6449F in the executable in v1.0:
real-time data compression library Copyright (C) 1996, 1997 Markus Franz Xaver Johannes Oberhumer <firstname.lastname@example.org> version: v0.28, 22 Feb 1997 build date: Apr 1 1997 13:38:22
The file Sierra.inf in v1.0 contains this. When updating to v1.1, the entry PatchVersion changes to 188.8.131.52.
[Ident] Title = 3D Ultra Radio Control Racers Version=184.108.40.206 ProductID=70732 StrippedDemo = 0 ShortTitle=RCRacers Readme=Readme.wri PatchVersion=220.127.116.11 WebPage=http://www.sierra.com
At 68560 in the executable these familiar names can be found:
ai_Lisa ai_Bart ai_Marge Homer
Perhaps these names have been used during development. The released game does not use them.
Developer's Hard Drive
The following directory names can be found throughout the executable.
c:\rcracing\Dev\tbShell\APP.CPP c:\rcracing\Dev\sim\DIRTY.CPP c:\rcracing\Dev\Sim\script.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\sim\task.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\sim\track.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\sim\vehicle.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\sim\vmodel.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\menus\Signin.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\menus\vdraw.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\menus\vehicle_select.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\graph\cGraph.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\io\RESOURCE.CPP c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\input\gameInput.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\graph\BMP.CPP c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\misc\simbase.cpp c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\io\RESBLOCK.CPP c:\rcracing\Dev\chaos\io\UNPACK.CPP
The game comes with a handful of .ini files that allow the user to enable various debugging features. The information below is based on v1.0 of the game.
Your keyboard, mouse and joystick configuration. The keyboard settings include the following entries by default:
[Keyboard] ... Trick1=1 Trick2=Control 1
Trick1 and Trick2 seem to have been used for testing. When using either one, it may cause any or all vehicles to lose control. When using the former after a race starts, it draws a white line into the direction that you are pressing. You will now also move into that direction directly without taking facing direction into account.
There are also files for additional human players, named control2.ini, control3.ini and control4.ini.
Maybe investigate more. It's possible that the effect of trick1 and trick2 depends on what other keys you are pressing.
[Keyboard] WirePrevObject=F5 WireNextObject=F6 WireFlaggedObjects=F7 WireTransponders=F4 WireAllObjects=F8 ReloadINIConfigs=F12 SavePointText=F11
Pressing any of those keys in-game doesn't seem to do anything. These features might have had a significance during development but have been disabled or removed before release.
This file contains a ton of settings mostly relating to the game's logic, physics and debugging features. Interesting ones are listed below.
[Prefs] ... physicsMode=1 Textures=1 showVehicleInfo=0 showPhysicsInfo=0 showControlInfo=0 showCollisionInfo=0 showBoundaryGrid=0 showHeightGrid=0 showTransponderGrid=0 Particles=0 flipView=1
Changing physicsMode to 0 changes some aspects of the physics. Acceleration seems increased, and gravity seems decreased. Changing it to any other values makes it so that vehicles can't move at all.
Changing Textures to 0 causes the game to not show any vehicle graphics. Only the shadows are shown.
Changing any of the other entries doesn't seem to have any effect. It is possible that they had some significance during development but have been disabled or removed internally. Features like showBoundaryGrid and showHeightGrid might or might not be displayed behind the race track graphics, thus being invisible to the player.
[Debug] DebugX=9 DebugY=585 DebugW=302 DebugH=200
This might have been for a button or other graphic, but seems to be disabled.
[Desert] Gravity=50 MusicID=4001 [Test] Gravity=50 MusicID=4003
These two entries seem to be referring to race tracks. Unlike the other tracks, they don't hold lap times for the CPU. There exist no files for these names, but a Desert race track was added in the game's v2.0 (Traxxas Edition).
V2.0 has a track.ini file which contains the following settings, but the Test race track appears to be absent in all versions.
[Test] LapTimeOffset=0 DifficultyOffset=0 GammaOffset=0 scroll=1 zoom=100 Gravity=50 CDTrack=3 NormalColor=1.0,1.0,1.0 ShadowColor=0.7,0.7,0.7
These codes can be typed in while racing. Type the same code again to turn it off. The money cheat should be entered while on the vehicle upgrade screen.
|Code||What it does|
|bouncy||Makes you bounce off of walls.|
|turbo||Makes cars go double their normal speed.|
|war||Everyone has an unlimited supply of rockets.|
|bugoff||Disables track hazards. Only works in v1.1.|
|money||Gives you $200. This only works if your name is "i cheat" (case insensitive).|
There is a patch that updates the game from v1.0 to v1.1. The patch is dated October 25, 1999 and only works for the US version. There is also an add-on titled Radio Control Racers Deluxe: Traxxas Edition which basicly acts as the game's v2.0.
Changes from v1.0 to v1.1
- Adds the cheat bugoff which disables track hazards. According to the patch notes, this cheat was suggested by a user named SWMBO Racing.
- Allows custom vehicle skins. In the vehicle skin selection screen, press the graphic in the top right and select a 128x128 24-bit BMP file. The patch adds the folder paint that includes the game's pre-existing BMP files.
- Fixes a bug related to multiple human players using joysticks.
- A typo fix for the Minigolf race track description. Fore was corrected to Four, although it still is up to the reader to understand that the text refers to the four golf holes. The Traxxas Edition add-on did not fix the typo.
|A truly unique "course," complete with
sea monster, lasers, and windmill
|A truly unique "course," complete with|
sea monster, lasers, and windmill
Changes in v2.0
This version is mostly based on v1.0. The bugoff code is not included and the Minigolf description has the Fore typo, but skins are still customizable.
- Different intro cinematics.
- Six new race tracks: Thrill Ride, Traxxas Raceway, Desert, R/C Off-Road Classic, Aztec, R/C Racers Pro Am.
- A new mode titled R/C Battle which includes two minigames: R/C Soccer, where the objective is to score more goals than the other team. And Battle Ball, where the objective is to move balls into the center of the arena.
- Options in the name entry screen to turn on "controlled steering" and "wear & tear".
- The ini files have been renamed and restructured and moved to their own folder. Vehicle colors, item locations in race tracks and vehicle physics are now customizable.
- The settings showVehicleInfo and showControlInfo as well as Trick1 are disabled. The game does not draw any lines on the screen.