Pyongyang Racer is a 2012 racing game developed by North Korean developer Nosotek and published by Koryo Tours, a travel company who specializes in arranging visits to North Korea. The game was released on Adobe Flash on December 18, 2012 and is the first known video game to be produced by North Korea.
You control a tourist on a North Korean car, model Hwiparam II. The tourist is trying to explore Pyongyang, but he is constantly interrupted by a traffic lady guiding him as he is not allowed in many streets. The game ends with the protagonist returning to the starting point after his drive.
Why It Sucks
- No doubt this game is DPRK propaganda. The city is so colorful and utopic that the layout of Pyongyang in the game does not remotely resemble its real-life counterpart.
- There's hardly any traffic anywhere, and the traffic you do see in the game does not move whatsoever. The city is completely devoid of any pedestrians as well.
- In order to continue driving, you have to drive into gas containers. This quickly turns to be annoying when you realize your car has very poor fuel economy.
- You can violate practically any traffic law without consequence. For a game that's supposed to simulate a real city, this doesn't make any sense.
- A Korean traffic lady will pop in and out of nowhere to give you directions or berate and insult you. Fortunately, she became a source for jokes mocking the game.
- The developers themselves claimed Pyongyang Racer was never supposed to be a full game. In fact, it is an impressive work for a 2.4 MB file size.
- The soundtrack of the game is somewhat lively and epic, unfortunately spent on this.
- The memes about the Korean traffic lady.
The game was heavily panned by the gaming press and other sources.