- Estimated trophy difficulty: 3/10 (Platinum Difficulty Rating)
- Offline trophies: 26 (10, 9, 6, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 4-8 hours (Estimated Time to Platinum)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1 and a little bit Championships, plus Time Trials
- Number of missable trophies: 1 (Win the Championship in the 1st season! )
- Glitched trophies: 12 (all Time Trials, all very beneficial - see guide for info)
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No selectable difficulty
- Do trophies stack?: N/A
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: None known
- Extra peripherals required?: Technically you need 4 controllers but there is a workaround so you’ll only need 1
*WARNING* - I have had multiple reports of this game wiping your save, seemingly at random. Back up your save date often. This game is already frustrating, you will only be annoyed if your save gets wiped and you have to graft through the Championship all over again.
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing is an isometric view racer, with a bizarre mix of arcade presentation such as the rock soundtrack and cheesy commentator, and semi-realistic handling physics. The good parts of the game include the progression system and varied tracks that seem to be loosely based on their real-world counterparts but that’s pretty much it. Most other things will only lead to frustration - namely, the awful AI who will ram you into submission and sometimes park on the track, and the inconsistent physics that seemingly choose at random whether clipping the kerb is acceptable or grounds to send you flying into the air. It’s a short game but it can be very annoying and punishing early on where you cannot even consider winning races due to your car having zero upgrades whatsoever and the AI apparently having maxed out stats. You can't even change the colour of your car!
Trophy wise it’s a fairly simple affair, with one being the main focus: Win the Championship in the 1st season! . This trophy requires that you win the Championship in the first season of a new save, for this reason it is technically missable. It can be tough because of the aforementioned lack of stats that you have. Other than that, you’ll need to win each of the 10 Championship races at some point, as well as completing Time Trials and meeting target times for each of the 10 tracks. There’s a single miscellaneous trophy for reaching 380km/h, a trophy for maxing your stats and a trophy for playing a 4-player race; given that there is no online multiplayer in this game, this would usually require 4 controllers of some description, however there is a single controller method to help you get this with no problems.
I have mentioned in the overview that there are 12 glitched trophies, 10 of which are beneficial (you can get all the Time Trial trophies for free!) and 2 of which are quite irrelevant (the trophies Finish France GP in the first position! and Finish Italy GP in the first position! are reversed, meaning you’ll pop the Italy trophy when you win in France, and vice versa). Those latter two are barely worth mentioning but technically a glitch nonetheless.
All in all, it is as mentioned a short game, but in all honesty, not a very good one. It’s OK for those like myself who find themselves addicted to multiple restarts and repetition to get that perfect race and get the trophies done but it is by no means a relaxing experience.
The controls are never really explained in this game, although to be fair they are very simple. The main ones you need to know are:
- Steering (tank controls)
- Respawn car (only works when stationary or flipped, a spinning black circle will be visible around your car)
Step 1: Win the Championship in your first season
The first step is to play your way through the Championship in order to win it in the first season. There is not much else you can do due to all tracks being locked in all modes until you play the previous one in Championship mode. You simply have no hope of winning the first few individual races, barring a massive slice of amazing fortune, due to your low stats and the significantly faster AI, as well as starting from 20th place.
Your finishing position is absolutely crucial in the first couple of races. Your main goal is to finish as high as you can in the first race, the USA GP (I would advise aiming for 10th or better), to get more upgrade tokens to improve your car quicker and also to have a better grid starting position in the next race. Rinse and repeat this basic principle over the course of the Championship to win it. Importantly, there is no actual ‘restart race’ option mid-race - you’ll probably need to restart races several times due to crashes, spinouts and not being happy with the final position you’re about to achieve, and to do this you’ll need to quit out and start the race again. Try and win the last 2-3 races at least if possible, purely to save yourself time in step 2 playing all the way through to get to the races you didn’t win, although that’s not top priority here.
A more in-depth look at the best tips I can give for winning the Championship in your first season is listed in the guide under Win the Championship in the 1st season! to help keep this roadmap brief.
After this step you will have unlocked (but not limited to):
Win the Championship
Win the Championship in the 1st season!
Step 2: Win the remaining Championship races in your second season whilst fully upgrading your car
Important - do not start a new season. It will overwrite your current save and you will lose all progress you have made in upgrading your car if you start over.
You will certainly need to perform this step due to needing 45 tokens to fully upgrade your car. There are only 40 tokens available over the 10 Championship races (maximum of 4 per race) so you’ll definitely need to continue into the second season. Not only that, there is absolutely no way you’ll have finished first in every race because of how poor your car is in the early part of the first Championship so you’ll need to win the remaining ones.
The opening USA GP is the best place for the speed trophy Speedy!!! while you are there.
After this step you will be finished with Championship mode and will have unlocked:
Finish USA GP in the first position!
Finish Canada GP in the first position!
Finish France GP in the first position!
Finish Italy GP in the first position!
Finish UK GP in the first position!
Finish Germany GP in the first position!
Finish Spain GP in the first position!
Finish Brasil GP in the first position!
Finish China GP in the first position!
Finish Japan GP in the first position!
Step 3: Achieve all target times in Time Trial
You can play each of the 10 tracks in Time Trial mode and you will need to beat the target times to unlock the trophy for each one. This becomes fairly simple due to your now thorough knowledge of the tracks, but if you do struggle, they are all beneficially glitched; you can get each trophy for free. More in-depth information and tips can be found under Complete the USA GP Time Trial in less than 01:22:00 .
Once this step is complete you will have unlocked:
Complete the USA GP Time Trial in less than 01:22:00
Complete the Canada GP Time Trial in less than 02:11:00
Complete the Italy GP Time Trial in less than 02:14:00
Complete the France GP Time Trial in less than 02:09:00
Complete the UK GP Time Trial in less than 02:48:00
Complete the Germany GP Time Trial in less than 02:38:00
Complete the Spain GP Time Trial in less than 03:14:00
Complete the Brasil GP Time Trial in less than 02:53:00
Complete the China GP Time Trial in less than 03:26:00
Complete the Japan GP Time Trial in less than 03:02:00
Step 4: ‘Play’ a race with 4 friends
By this stage there is a single trophy remaining for playing a 4 player race. There is no online mode in this game so you are expected to have 4 controllers for this trophy, however there is a simple workaround if you don’t have enough controllers to do that. It can be done with one controller. Please see the Multiplayer trophy for a full explanation.
After this step is complete you will have achieved:
All trophies earned
Congratulations when you get this!
[PST Would Like To Thank morg106 For This Roadmap]