Playing in the dark
Playing in the Dark and Ruby AccessWare are proud to present Top Speed version 3.0 - the final release of the popular, accessible freeware racing game that uses only audio and an optional force-feedback joystick to communicate with the player. As with the prior version of Top Speed, this new version includes a multi-player mode, up to seven computer opponents to race against, and the ability to create your own tracks and vehicles. However, there are also some exciting new features such as:
- You can now use custom tracks in multi-player mode.
- Significantly improved the performance and bandwidth usage of the multi-player mode.
- The port used for Multi-player games is now 25255 instead of 25989, both UDP and TCP.
- You can now use tracks of up to 8192 definitions in multi-player mode. Longer tracks will be truncated.
- The Quick Start option in the Main Menu now picks a random track and vehicle and then starts a Single Race.
- Some menus and menu items have been moved and re-organized. Most notably, the Street Adventure menu item has been moved out of the Main Menu into the various Track Selection menus.
- You can now select street adventures in Single Race mode.
- You can now use the horn when your engine is starting and when you are finished.
- When another player finishes their vehicle will now properly decelerate instead of driving on into infinity.
- Added a new theme song and updated the menu to make use of it.
- Improved the sound of automatic gear switching.
- The vehicles of other players in a multi-player session will now sound (almost) exactly as it sounds to the one driving it.
- Connecting to a server in multi-player mode should be a little faster.
- Replaced the old mini-crash sound.
- Your brake sound will no longer cut out under a certain speed but instead fade away smoothly.
- The default for the Curve Announcement setting has been changed to Speed Dependent.
- The computer player artificial intelligence has been updated to be more realistic.
- The effect of the difficulty setting has been made more noticeable.
- You can now race up to sixteen laps.
- Whenever a sound in the soundpack cannot be loaded it will now be replaced with a generic doing-sound.
- Computer players use their horns a bit more often.
- Added Laps Only to the Automatic Race Information setting.
- The game now accepts considerably more joystick buttons to assign to the various functions.
- The number of laps you raced is now taken into account when reading and writing highscores. This means that if you race a new record on three laps and then race the same track with a setting of two laps, you will make yet another new record.
- Computer players on the Normal and Hard difficulty level will now decrease their throttle when they see a hairpin coming.
- It is now possible to press the slash-key (/) on the name of a track in the menu to hear your highscores for that track.
- Added the Top Speed 3 Configuration Tool. This is an updated version of the classic Server Selector. Besides specifying a server name or IP-address for use in multi-player mode you can now also enable and disable tracing. It is highly recommended that you leave tracing disabled unless you're asked to provide a trace log containing debug information.
- The game now only updates most sounds when necessary.
- Updated Ogg Vorbis decoder.
- Program startup time should now be a little shorter.
- Various optimizations and performance improvements have been made.
You can find the new version on our download page. Please note: Top Speed 3 is the final version of Top Speed. All development is discontinued.