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Platform Racing (commonly abbreviated PR1) is an Adobe Flash multiplayer racing video game developed by Jacob Grahn that was released on 2007-06-29.
The game became an immediate success, leading to a sequel being released a year later.
GameplayPlatform Racing is an online 2D racing game where users compete against each other on foot using their own customizable avatar. Players have 150 stat points to split between speed, traction, and jump height, with the maximum allowed for each being 100. Item blocks can be found through out maps as well that, when bumped, random gives the player an item to either hinder the progress of other racers or give themselves a boost.
Initially the game had a single server for users to connect to that could only hold 200 players at a time, though its popularity caused two more to be added to fit demand. Once a player chooses a username and joins a server, they can choose between eight different levels to race on. Only Newbieland is available at first, and players will have to race one another to rank up and unlock other maps.
Although limited to one character design, players are allowed to change the color of their head, body, and feet from 11 available options. Users can additionally change the name of their character at any point as accounts are not saved to a server like future installments, with data instead being stored in their browser's cookies. However, this forces the player to start over if this data is wiped.
Unlike in Kongregate Racing, most levels are restricted until the player reaches a certain rank.
|Going Down||Construction Zone||150|
|Mine||Explodes when touched.||2007-06-29|
|Brick||Shatters if bumped from below.||2007-06-29|
|Basic||Normal block you can stand on.||2007-06-29|
|Star||Provides one item.||2007-06-29|
|Finish||Ends the race when bumped.||2007-06-29|
|Metal||Normal block you can stand on.||2007-06-29|
|Right||Forces the player right.||2007-06-29|
|Left||Forces the player left.||2007-06-29|
|Up||Forces the player up.||2007-06-29|
Two unused blocks listed between the mine and brick can be found in the code. These designs would later be reused in the sequel.
|Normal||Normal block you can stand on.||Unused|
|Waffle||Normal block you can stand on.||Unused|
|Jetpack||Briefly allows the player to fly.||6.5 seconds (Max)|
|Laser Gun||Fire long-ranged lasers.||3|
|Lightning||Zaps all opponents on the map.||1|
|Mine||Places a mine that explodes when touched.||1|
|Speed Burst||Briefly increases the user's speed.||Lasts 6 seconds|
|Super Jump||Portable super jump usable anywhere.||1|
|Teleport||Teleports the user five blocks in front of them.||1|
Main article: List of Achievements
As the game has since been removed from Kongregate, these badges are no longer obtainable.
Although the game's servers had already been down for several months at that point, Jiggmin officially announced on 2015-09-09 that he would be dropping support for Platform Racing along with most other multiplayer games besides Platform Racing 2. He stated: "Managing [the games] servers is another time drain. They'll need to be streamlined or removed. I plan to keep PR2 running at least until PR4 is out, though." The announcement also coincided with the launch of his new forum Freegoose.
There have been no fan projects to attempt and revive the game or set up private servers, leaving it unplayable.
- Not counting the unreleased fourth installment, this is the only game in the Platform Racing series to:
- Not be nominated for a Flash Gaming Summit award.
- Lack both hats and a level editor.
- Have the Speed Burst item itself disappear after it's activated instead of remaining until it runs out.
- Award ranks upon finishing a level instead of experience points.
- Not give an extra stat point to a player every time they rank up.
- Store a player's information in their browser's cookies rather than on a dedicated server.
- Let players bounce off each other's heads without the use of a hat.
- Platform Racing briefly appeared in PBS' Frontline documentary "Digital Nation" that aired on 2010-02-02. Although it is not explicitly named, it can be seen listed in a "Games" section next to it. This makes Platform Racing the only known game of Jiggmin's to be featured on television.
- Differences between version 1.0 and 1.1 include:
- Added anti-hacking measures.
- Addition of the "Going Down" and "Slip" levels.
- Two extra servers, along with giving them names that would carry over to the sequel.
- The names are taken from an abandoned project of Jiggmin's called Destroyers of Planets.
- Due to a glitch, using the name � will cause the player's name in the chat and online list to be invisible.
- While the game has been removed from Kongregate since its shut down, the file can still be accessed and its comment section remains public.
- It's possible to place a mine inside an existing block, with hitting it destroying the block even though its graphics are still present, allowing you to pass right through it. While this was likely unintentional due to how incomplete it looks, Jiggmin later referred to it as a feature during Platform Racing 3 's development.
- Despite Jiggmin's stance, this is still partially a bug as it allows finish blocks to be destroyed, rendering the level unfinishable.
- ↑ Revealed in a now private YouTube interview at the 2009 Flash Gaming Summit Awards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM9rpBY0lAM
- ↑ https://www.kongregate.com/forums/1-kongregate/topics/543504-platform-racing-badges-are-retired
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20161227155805/http://freegoo.se/platform-racing-4-and-the-future/
- ↑ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/digitalnation/ seen at 32:41
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20110227214635/http://jiggmin.com/blogs/1-Jiggmin?s=07fec2292e0e841088f7149e77fc43a9&tag=snooping+as+usual+i+see