What are car games?

Driving around in fast cars is something many of us enjoy to do – or would enjoy it, if we got the chance. Video games allow us to pull off maneuvers on four wheels that we’d never attempt on real roads. It’s no surprise, then, that so many of our favourite fast-paced games from over the years feature driving as a major component.The earliest racing games didn’t feature cars at all, because they were too difficult to draw with the limited number of pixels available. 1973’s Space Race by Atari was a competitive game in which two players raced tiny spacecraft from the bottom of the screen to the top. The first proper driving game arrived a year later, with Gran Trak 10, which came with a steering wheel mounted to the front of the arcade cabinet.As graphics improved, racing games became more subtle and compelling. By the 1990s, there was a vibrant marketplace for different sorts of driving games, ranging from fun sofa experiences like Mario Kart to more cerebral simulations like Gran Turismo to full-on arcade experiences like Namco’s Ridge Racer series.Things really changed with the release of Grand Theft Auto by DMA Design in 1997. This was a game where you weren’t just racing around a fixed track: you could get out and shoot people, and steal other cars! Predictably, this caused a fair amount of controversy at the time. But since then, the series has become hugely popular. The latest version, GTA V, has sold a staggering 110 million copies.In this corner of the Gamepix site, you’ll find all of the HTML5 games featuring drivable cars. They’re all totally unblocked and free to play, so you’ll be able to indulge in some crazy driving, whatever device you’re browsing from.

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