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Released in 1999 for the PC, PS1 and N64 by High Voltage Software, Lego Racers is, unsurprisingly, a racing game set in the Lego universe. As the player you get to customise your own avatar and racing vehicle from lego blocks and race against the best racers in the galaxy across 4 different worlds, with a Mario Kart style powerup system to boot. Plus one of the racers is a Pirate. Yarrr.

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Single-segment with Large-skip glitches: 0:39:53 by Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle

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I've been running this game for quite a while, and it's been about a year since anyone mentioned a sub-40 minute time. After running this game on and off, I finally managed to reach that time. Couldn't be happier.

There are two main strategies to running this game. The first is to simply maximize the number of warps I obtain/use in each race. You obtain a warp by collecting a green brick (aka turbo powerup) and 3 white bricks (which are basically powerup upgrades). Each warp alone cuts approximately 5-10 seconds off my time. You can only carry up to 3 white bricks at a time, but there is a small trick with warping that lets pick up a white brick during the warp entry animation, right after you use up all 3 white bricks (I do this twice in the first race). I have a specific strategy to maximize warps on every track, but RNG plays a role in how well I can pull off these strategies; NPC's will often pick up white bricks I need, or exchange green bricks with powerups that don't help me. Also, the last race has so many variations for NPC behavior that the entire race is pretty much a big free-for-all, so I do my best to pick up as many warps as I can there.

The second strategy is to simply not do the entire track. Each track is made up of several invisible checkpoints, and when you drive through them in order and cross the finish line, it counts as a lap. However, you don't actually have to drive through them all in this game. On several tracks, the required checkpoints are close enough together than you can just drive up and down one stretch of track 3 times and win the race in 30 seconds. However, this is not optimal on every track, as the required checkpoints are so spread out on some that it takes longer to do the glitched route than it does to do the track normally. The tracks I perform the glitch on are Dark Forest Dash, Magma Moon Marathon, Desert Adventure Dragway, Tribal Island Trail, Pirate Skull Pass, and Adventure Temple Trial (both normal and mirrored).

As for the run itself, as I said earlier, sub-40 is a goal I've had for a long time. The run suffered from a bit of bad RNG (which can be expected from every run) and nerves near the end, so it is not perfect. However, I am extremely happy with this run, which ended up less than 40 seconds off my sum of best splits. Enjoy.

0:21:35.59

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Level Time Date Player(s)
Imperial Grand Prix 0:01:20.93 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Dark Forest Dash 0:01:30.68 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Magma Moon Marathon 0:01:13.36 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Desert Adventure Dragway 0:01:22.15 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Tribal Island Trail 0:01:19.70 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Royal Knights Raceway 0:01:11.38 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Ice Planet Pathway 0:01:25.21 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Amazon Adventure Alley 0:01:24.00 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Knightmare-Athon 0:01:28.15 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Pirate Skull Pass 0:01:34.50 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Adventure Temple Trail 0:02:04.76 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Alien Rally Asteroid 0:01:12.15 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle

With Large-skip glitches: 0:21:35.59

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Level Time Date Player(s)
Dark Forest Dash 0:00:46.51 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Magma Moon Marathon 0:00:33.38 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Desert Adventure Dragway 0:00:24.86 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Tribal Island Trail 0:00:46.91 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Pirate Skull Pass 0:00:38.95 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle
Adventure Temple Trail 0:01:18.01 2013-06-20 Tad 'RabidJellyfish' Cordle

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