Rigs of Rods – Free and open-source vehicle simulation game

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Rigs of Rods is an entirely free, open-source and sandbox-style vehicle simulation program for Windows and Linux platforms. It simulates cars, trucks, airplanes, boats and everything in between, and uses soft-body physics system (based on mass-spring-damper model) to simulate the vehicle physics, mainly motion destruction and deformation of vehicles.

Unlike most other vehicle simulators, Rigs of Rods comes with unique soft-body physics models (vehicles, machines, objects, etc.) that are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, giving the simulation an extremely accurate behavior which entirely depends on the physical construction of the vehicles or objects you created.

Rigs of Rods was originally just a truck experiment simulator with no specific goals, later it made some sandbox game improvements, added aircraft and ship simulation engines with extremely high customizability (so that the range of activities was not limited to land, but could also be sea and sky), and Lua programming language support, started to support dozens of users to interact in an area simultaneously, and more.

In game, players can drive cars (including all kinds of buses), ships, aircrafts, rail trains, racing cars, etc., and use the loading machinery to load and unload the cargo manually, so as to experience driving in a mechanical environment as realistic as possible. And, the Mods can interact with each other, so collisions, scrapes, breaks and links are very realistic, and that is the beauty of it. BTW, Rigs of Rods is also the only game in the world so far that truly differentiates between front, mid-offset and rear-mounted motor engines.

// Key Features //

The Free & Open Source Vehicle Simulator
Rigs of Rods is a free and open-source vehicle simulator. It allows for the accurate physical simulation of a flexible soft-body object which entirely depends on the physical construction of what you make.
Your World, Your Creations
Put your ideas into Rigs of Rods with ease! Our documentation is always up-to-date, with plenty of helpful tutorials written by community members to help you start.
Play, With Friends
Play Rigs of Rods – with your friends! Enjoy what you do in single player but with up to 64 other players in a public lobby or your own private server.

// Basic Controls //

arrow keys move, steer, accelerate, decelarate
mouse+rightclick rotate camera
mousewheel+rightclick camera zoom
C change camera perspective
T display vehicle stats
CTRL+T show vehicle description
BACKSPACE reset vehicle at current location
I reset vehicle to spawnpoint
TAB show minimap
ESC show menu
A/Z trucks: shift up/down
CTRL+HOME aircrafts: start engine
Page Up/Down aircrafts: increase/decrease throttle
F1/F2 helicopters: lift up/down
Print Screen create screenshot in $user/screenshots folder

// Official Demo Video //

// System Requirements //

// Installation Notes //

  • Prior to installing Rigs of Rods, you may need to exit Office, video player, and other games to ensure a smooth installation.
  • The game automatically downloads Content Pack and High Quality Pack upon installation. If the automatic download fails, users can download them manually and copy them to “Documents\Rigs of Rods\packs”.
  • Users can download other people’s vehicle and terrain mods from the official Mod Repository, and put them in the corresponding paths (no need to extract files) :
    • vehicle – Documents\Rigs of Rods\vehicles\
    • terrain – Documents\Rigs of Rods\terrains\
  • After adding new vehicles or terrains, the game may not have sound. The solution is to restart game.

// Prompts //

  • Rigs of Rods isn’t a beginner-friendly game, so it’s recommended to read the Beginner’s Guide first.

// Related Links //

// Download URLs //

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Free game Latest (mir1, mir2) n/a

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