Qleft The strategy lies in choosing the right car for the job. Do you want light, nimble and fast or heavy and lumbering but with the power to destroy in a single blow?
- Omar Waly, Introducing the game
Maniac Racers is a game which laid the foundation for the now-famous Need For Madness. It is also treated
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as a Need For Madness Series due to the similarity to the present games.

Development and OverviewEdit

Before the production of Need For Madness, a game called Maniac Racers was made by Radical Play. The cars were very similar to the Need For Madness Cars such as an EL KING looking-car called "Bad Boy". The game was a 2-D game, unlike the Need For Madness games. The controls are similar to Need For Madness, but the space bar is not used as there were no ramps, but the player can choose to waste cars or race through all the checkpoints just like in Need For Madness. Many cars from Maniac Racers also resemble the present cars, such as Jet Racer resembling Radical One, and Bull Dog bearing resemblence to Wow Caninaro. Originally, the game was to be the beta version of Need For Madness, but was not achieved due to a lack of simmilarities in controls and gameplay.


The objective of the game is to finish all 8 stages of Maniac Racers. each with varying difficulty. The player either has a choice to waste every car, or to race through all the laps. Each stage msut be adapted for the right strategy. Upon finishing, the player is given a congratulations message. Each stage takes up approximately 3-5 minutes. Each map is set on different places, such as a neighbourhood, a park, and more. The blue arrow shows the next checkpoint, while the yellow arrow show the closest car (exactly the opposite than how is in Need For Madness).

The gameplay is extrememly simple, and has controls that can be compared to a those of a Flash Game. The Arrows Keys control movement, and is also the only controls required for the game.

The CarsEdit

There are 7 cars available in the game, from front left to back right:

Deletion and legacyEdit

Maniac Racers was deleted and replaced by Need for Madness by Radical Play, due to being overshadowed by the new game Need For Madness. However, the game still can be played on other game websites.

Maniac Racers is still widely known as the "start-off" of the Need For Madness series, and players often request Omar Waly to allow the game to be played (on the official website) once again. Omar however has not considered the possibility, despite games such as The Flowering Nose are still there, and are older than Manic Racers.


Originaly,the game contained a three part musical soundtrack for all three levels to bring more gameplay,however on external links for the game,the music is not on the game but the download for the game contains the soundtrack for all three levels. They are all marked as the title IronMaiden and have a upbeat retro feeling. The file types are MIDI, because they were created by keyboard. The songs are Wrathchild, 2 Minutes to Midnight, and Caught Somewhere in Time, all originally written by Iron Maiden.

  • IronMaiden1
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  • IronMaiden2
  • IronMaiden3
Maniac racers IronMaiden3

Sound effectsEdit

The sound effects were more different than NFM's mono sound effects,these files for Maniac Racers are classified as au. files.

  • Glass Breaking
Glass breaking
  • Front car hit
Front car hit
  • Car horn
Car horn
  • Glass shattering
More glass shattering
  • Car tires turning
Car turning
  • Smashing into cars
Car smashing
  • Hitting buildings
Hitting buildings
  • Button click
Button click
  • Hard turn
Hard turn
  • Destroyed
  • Small hit
Low crash

External LinksEdit

Maniac Racers has been removed from radical play due to Need For Madness,however it is still opened to the public on other websites that have the embed code like woodlands. Try it here.

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