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AUTOGRAV is a miniature digital world for fans of high speed anti gravity vehicles, 90s japanese highway battles, and drone racing. It's also for people who like gazing out the window at traffic for hours while sitting in the backseat.


the situation

On the road in the back of your old, self driving van, you have unlimited access to speed cameras, dash cams, hull mounted cameras... if you can see it, you can see it.


Meanwhile, a constantly rotating population of procedurally generated AI pilots cruises the loop, challenging each other to races at breakneck speeds, putting their own cash on the line in wagers, competing in local rankings, and even garnering the occasional racer tag. 


AUTOGRAV doesn't need you to play it -- it will run itself forever without input. But if you like, feel free to take a seat and flip through the channels, or put it on in the background, or leave it going for a week. The loop never sleeps!


AUTOGRAV was made by @acgaudette over the month of november 2022.

passage of time

When you first launch the world, none of the pilots will have any experience flying the loop, and may be stricken by speed fright. For this reason, first generation races will probably be tentative and slow. Once top pilots emerge, however, they set a hot pace... until they age out and find themselves competing with rookies on the rise.

controller support

AUTOGRAV can be played with the keyboard and mouse, or with a controller. When using a controller, the left stick adjusts your posture (crouch, raise, and lean) and the left and right triggers adjust your focus distance. When using the keyboard, the control and space keys can be used to adjust your posture in a limited way, and the left and right mouse buttons similarly adjust your focus distance.

additional controls

  • The left face button (square or X) can be used in cockpit views to enable or disable the drift camera.
  • The tab key can be used to hide / unhide the heads up display on the TVs.

FAQ (spoilers)

How do the blades work?

Each blade has a main thruster,  four 'fans' (ground effect propulsion devices), and multiple 'airbrakes' along the hull. It flies like what I imagine an incredibly heavy FPV drone with a jet engine on the back flies like. This means that there are a lot of nifty tricks you can pull to gain speed around corners that don't apply in a car. For example, blades don't have much 'grip', so it's possible to preload reverse entries well ahead of time. You can use the ground to brake, or 'flare', or barrel roll around obstacles with stick flicks. Also, pilots can use the fan thrust along with angle of attack to gain extra speed -- as long as they don't bottom out and flip.

In AUTOGRAV, you will see pilots operating four controls: a flight stick (yaw, roll, and pitch), two pedals (brake and thrust), and a throttle lever ('fan' thrust).

Why do I see pilots launching flares?

All races span a full cycle around the loop. The road flares are used to mark the point at which the challenge was accepted, so the pilots know where the finish line is.

What causes pilots to be kicked off the loop?

If a racer runs out of cash, they can't fund their drive (fly?) anymore, so they head to the offramp to reconsider their life choices.

Why is <some pilot> always crashing into stuff?

The racers aren't equally skilled at avoiding obstacles / controlling their blade, and in addition, some don't care very much about upsetting traffic. You can check this sort of thing out in a pilot's stat tab.

Can I drive a blade and race the other pilots myself?

Who can say? [see below]

🐣 easter egg

If you have a controller plugged in, and you press the select (back) button, something very special and nondiegetic happens. Consider it a hidden feature. I'm leaving the controls as an exercise to the reader here.

Yes, you can indeed challenge other pilots (just flash your beams) and set lap times, and get ranked on the elo board. Just don't tell anyone -- unless you set a record. I'm not sure what my best time is. Not great -- probably in the 1:40s. Let me know!

Download

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AUTOGRAV_linux.zip 42 MB
AUTOGRAV_win.zip 38 MB
AUTOGRAV_macos.zip 48 MB

Comments

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What a fun and unique experience. 

If you wanted to make it a game I can imagine you playing as a sort of referee trying to spot cheaters. But it really doesn't need that.

Consider me a fan!

Very interesting concept, i like it very much. The graphics and audio are very well made too, and provide a great atmosphere. I plugged in my old xbox controller and was abble to drive one of the autogravs, but i'm not very good as a pilot, being a spectator fits me better. Great work.