Pyongyang Racer Marks Korean Debut in Game Industry

December 21, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A new game to the game industry, and a first one for North Korea! The country has released their first ever video game, which was developed on its own soil.

It’s a racing game and is called Pyongyang Racer, and created by a developer named Nosotek. I have never heard of him, nor do I think you guys have either.

The game has been commissioned by Koryo, which is a British tour company that brings tourists to North Korea. Well, it does seem likely that they have developed the game in part to entice people to visit their country; something like a tourism promotion.


Pyongyang Racer, although I don’t quite think ‘racer’ is the word for it, is a game where you drive through the “city of willows”. You will have to collect barrels of fuel, if you don’t want to risk running out of gas and ending the game.

You would have to avoid obstacles and other cars too, which by the way, is a lot easier because the traffic is not exactly a jamming one (hit 10 cars and you are out of the game). The game looks like something of the arcade types of the 90s, but the creators do mention that it is not to be taken as a “high-end technological wonder”; it’s all for a bit of fun.

Driving through the game should take you 12 minutes. If you are interested in having a go, Pyongyang Racer can be played on the Koryo Group’s website.

The last time I checked, the server was too busy to load the game . Looks like quite a lot of people are flocking over to the website to take the wheel.

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