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SMS Racing
Genre: Racing, Arcade
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Aug 30, 2013 @ 4:32pm
Aug 30, 2013 @ 5:08pm
Recent Announcements View All (3)
SMS Racing VR is Coming
Videos of People Playing SMS Racing
NerdCubed's "Free Game Friday"
This already has more views than the original viral video. NerdCubed plays through the game and has a lot of laughs.

Dandy DLC's Speedrun (76.52548 sec)
Dandy found a way to optimize the game's rules and get fewer texts by not responding to them until the very last second. Pretty awesome speedrun!

Kyoto-Moto's Speedrun (74.634 sec)
Another really impressive speedrun, beating the previous one by just a notch. This is the fastest time I'm aware of.

LNG Gaming's SMS Racing playthrough
This one is in Chinese, and I'm gleefully ignorant as to what they're saying most of the time, but I can certainly pick out the laughter. Texting and driving is (unfortunately) a universal nuisance, so the language barrier hasn't applied much to its enjoyment.

and last but certainly not least...
Chilled Chaos' Machinima / Gameplay
Chilled Chaos' video is absolutely hilarious, and features a well-produced lead-in to the game with machinima from Halo, GTA, and more. They point out a lot of the game jam version's flaws, and I agree with most of them. Hopefully the full version would fix a bunch of the problems!

SMS Racing is a time trial arcade racer that captures the thrill of texting and driving.

You can play a demo of the game here:

The current version of the game (as shown in the video, screenshots, and the demo) uses assets from the Unity racing tutorial, which you can get for free from the Unity Asset Store. It's a great demo you can use to prototype something or learn about Unity, but I obviously plan on creating original content to replace it if I take the game through the full Greenlight process.

Proposed Features
  • Multiplayer. Worry about responding to messages yourself, but now you have to worry about other people on the road not paying attention too.
  • Send Messages to Other Players. Want to screw whoever is in first place? Send them a message. They have to respond to it.
  • Crashes. Blow up or mess up your car if you hit something hard enough.
  • Obstacles. Whether it's traffic, construction barriers, or debris from other players, more things on the road can mess you up.

I'd aim for it to be some combination of the compulsions of Spaceteam and Mario Kart - fun to play with friends, somewhat unpredictable, and completely absurd. The time trial mode would still exist, and I think it could benefit from the addition of obstacles.

Keeping the Message
One of the things a lot of people like about the game is its obvious message against texting and driving. I love that people are having fun with the game, and think that the message can continue to be present even when focusing more on the game part. I'd evaluate every feature against that goal. Things like a hardcore mode with really unforgiving crashes could be an example of something that potentially fits a niche request and elevates the message.

  • The name of the game would likely have to change, as the name SMS Racing is already owned by an auto / racing supply company.
  • The full version would not use any assets from the Unity racing demo. Everything would be original. I'm extremely thankful to the Unity team and the awesome community for providing the resources that let me mod the demo in such a short amount of time, but don't want to unjustly exploit their work.

Thanks so much for checking out the game!
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Horizon Jun 28 @ 3:15am 
Not really because you can play this game online for free xD
Slumpdog May 21 @ 12:15pm 
please add me
Sonichu Jul 12, 2014 @ 5:59am 
You used Unity, right?
best kneegrow Jun 28, 2014 @ 10:41pm 
This game is actually a great concept, Think of all the possibilitys. Time Trial, Multiplayer, a creative campain kinda challegy thing. do it proud man
Klumb3r May 19, 2014 @ 3:25pm 
Goshet Dec 26, 2013 @ 11:07am 
ForgottenUsernames Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:13pm 
Texting while driving, the game.
You have my like.
Sniper Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:31pm 
too funny
Redey1290 Oct 5, 2013 @ 12:13am 
Seems like a funny idea. I like how they make it so you kinda are like a teenager (You know, they always text and drive) but your a grown man (or woman) driving on race tracks...
KillaKay Sep 29, 2013 @ 1:49am 
This is a really neat idea. If you do the multiplayer, make the text messages the game chat feature.. also could maybe purchase upgrades to different phones (IE Android with Swype) to shave off precious seconds. I will definitely buy this game!