There are 9 different tracks in Code Rally - each adds a new challenge for your AI to overcome!
The figure 8 track is the easiest track to race on as there are no sharp corners and a simple AI which doesn't brake for corners will manage to compete relatively well.
Oil slicks will cause you to lose traction for a short time.
Tyres will slow you down slightly if you crash through them.
The space track is slightly more complex than the figure 8 with some sharper corners you need to try and slow down for. If you slow down too much you will lose speed around the loop which can cost you - striking a balance between speed and control is key.
Asteroids will slow you down if you smash through them
UFOs can grab you with their tractor beams to slow you down or even pull you in if you are too slow
The sky track continues on the requirements to take corners at a correct speed from the space track - it's easy to hit a corner too fast on this track. There are also airships which are flying through the track from left to right - if you crash into one your plane could go flying out of control!
Storm clouds will cause your turns to be less effective for a short time
Airships move across the map and you will bounce off them if you hit one
The circuit track has many tight corners and requires your AI to be very controlled when cornering - this track is less about speed and more about staying in control.
Cockroaches will slow you down if you crash into them.
The desk track keeps the tight corners of the circuit track while adding some decent straights where your vehicle can pick up speed - you need to manage how fast you go so that you're not going too fast when you approach each corner. The final straight also needs your car to be able to reach a decent top speed or risk being overtaken at the last moment.
Pens, paper clips and a tape dispenser are spread around this track - crashing into any of them will slow you down slightly.
The pond track is the most difficult to master of all of the tracks. The combination of long straights with lots of small twists and turns means your AI needs to be carefully tuned to make sure it ignores the smaller turns but slows down in time for the sharp corners. The track also goes very close to the edge of the course so if you go slightly off course you can crash into the side causing an acceleration penalty.
Whirlpools will slow your insect down
New tracks in 1.4
Low Earth Orbit
The Low Earth Orbit track is an intermediate difficulty track with lots of tight corners going very close to the edge of the race map (where if you hit the edge you have a 6 second period with no acceleration). The obstacles in the track are very light space debris, but some of them will be a problem if they're between you and an opponent in a collision so be careful!
Space debris. Lots of space debris. These obstacles are pretty light and move out of the way easily, just try not to hit the comet from both sides at once or you're ship will find itself being flung across the course.
The desert track is relatively simple with a couple of hairpin bends to make things interesting. As you are racing on sand your grip off the main course becomes a problem, and the rocks and tires scattered around the edges of the course can be problematic if they bunch up.
The tires and rocks around the edges of the track aren't much of a problem on their own - there are a lot of them on the track though and if they group up they can become difficult to get through.
The water track is the most complex of the three new tracks in v1.4. With lots of tightly packed turns and hairpin bends and an island to circle there are always plenty of collisions. Don't worry too much about the sharks - they're mostly harmless.
The life rings around the course are nothing to worry about, and we've been assured that the sharks don't pose a threat to any of the boats you'll be racing around the course. Try not to hit them too much though...
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