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The Great Race

Developer

DonaldDouglasandOliver11

Released

July 29th, 2016

The Great Race is a Nintendo 3DS game based on the special of the same name.

Description

HiT Entertainment presents Thomas & Friends: The Great Race - Thomas wants to go to the Great Railway Show but the big engines laugh at him saying that he's not fast or strong enough to compete, but he gets left on Sodor after an accident and Gordon forgets his safety valve. Will Thomas ever get to compete in the Great Railway Show and give Gordon his safety valve? Find out in The Great Race (video game).

FEATURES

  • Race as Thomas, Gordon, Flying Scotsman, Ashima and many more in these four exciting competitions.
  • Play in Either '1 Player', '2 Player', '3 Player' or '4 Player' mode to compete against a friend.
  • Try and earn the gold trophy by winning these competitions.
  • If you go onto the Railway Tour, you can interact with many engines and compete against them to unlock them.

Events

  • The Strongest Engine Race
  • The Best Decorated Engine Parade
  • The Great Race
  • The Shunting Competition

Playable Characters

Icon Name Event Statistics Country
Thomasicon Thomas The Shunting Competition
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Sodor
Henryicon Henry The Strongest Engine Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Sodor
StreamlinedGordonicon Gordon The Great Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Sodor
Jamesicon James The Best Decorated Engine Parade
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Sodor
Emilyicon Emily The Best Decorated Engine Parade
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Sodor
Spencericon Spencer The Great Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
England
FlyingScotsmanicon Flying Scotsman The Great Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
England
Hiroicon Hiro The Strongest Engine Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Japan
Ashimaicon Ashima The Shunting Competition
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
India
Rajivicon Rajiv The Best Decorated Engine Parade
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
India
YongBaoicon Yong Bao The Best Decorated Engine Parade
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
China
Vinnieicon Vinnie The Strongest Engine Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
North America
Carlosicon Carlos The Best Decorated Engine Parade
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Mexico
Raulicon Raul The Shunting Competition
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Brazil
Shaneicon Shane The Strongest Engine Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Australia
Friedaicon Frieda The Strongest Engine Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Germany
Axelicon Axel The Great Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Belgium
Ginaicon Gina The Shunting Competition
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Italy
Etienneicon Etienne The Great Race
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
France
Ivanicon Ivan The Shunting Competition
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Russia

Non-Playable Characters

Icon Name Statistics Position(s) Country
Percyicon Percy
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Former Great Railway Show contender Sodor
Philipicon Philip
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Mascot and Flag carrier of Team Sodor Sodor
Stephenicon Stephen
Speed
 
Shunting
 
Power
 
Technique
 
Stamina
 
Tourist Guider Sodor

Non-Playable Characters in Railway Tour

Modes

  • The Great Railway Show
  • Railway Tour
  • Music
  • Options
  • Extras

Railway Tour

The single player mode has a set of Adventure Tours which revolve around a plot which is based on the actual special where Thomas wants to go to the Great Railway Show, but the big engines laugh at him for him being not fast or strong enough to compete and he ends up having an accident causing him to not being able to go to the railway show.

Thomas' Story/Intro

The story begins with Thomas asking the Fat Controller if he can go to the railway show, in which the Fat Controller tells him to just do his jobs. Thomas goes back to work shunting trucks in the yard, but he has to put the trucks in the right order, he does so and goes to rest for the rest of the day.

Thomas wakes up early so he can practise his shunting, but Diesel has shunted some trucks, along with Den, Dart and Paxton hidden crates in the middle of the yard preventing engines from getting in or out the yard. As Thomas waits for so long for Diesel to move the trucks out of the way, he decides to move them himself, but the diesels under the crates mistake Thomas' whistle for Diesel's horn, they then start pushing, unknown that Thomas was pulling them. Thomas is pushed along the line by the crated diesels and he approaches a red signal which Norman is passing by, Thomas ends up crashing into Norman, causing a big mess. At this point, the player must clean up the mess and put Thomas back onto the track.

Ashima's Story

Thomas is at the docks and while he is waiting, he sees a large ferry roll in stopping at the dock, Thomas watches as twelve engines, with different colours, sizes and nationalities roll onto the shore, but as they find out that they have come to the wrong place as informed by the Dock Manager. They all head back onto the ship, but one engine is left behind, this left-behind engine accidentally bumps Thomas when he is at the ferry dock causing him to hang dangerously over the edge, the engine lifts Thomas back onto the tracks, but Thomas is furious by this, due to his anger, Salty decides to mimic Thomas by saying his name is Thomas in which the engine introduces herself as Ashima, but Thomas is not amused and chuffs out of the docks leaving Ashima.

A while later, Ashima is looking for an engine to show her a way to the Mainland, but everyone she sees, are too busy working and they cannot stop to tell her where to go, she sees Thomas soon later, but the blue tank engine just rushes by not paying any attention. Ashima puffs sadly away, sad that she cannot go to her destination.

Promotional Videos

On Extras Mode, promotional videos of the Great Railway Show contenders from the Official Thomas & Friends YouTube channel appear and can be watched, they are released every Wednesday on the same day the videos on the Thomas & Friends YouTube channel are released.

Image Name Description Released
PhilipinTheGreatRailwayShow Philip of Sodor First engine up, Philip! Recently arriving on the Island of Sodor, he's an engine favorite amongst his engine friends. Philip will play the role of Sodor mascot and flag carrier. April 13th, 2016
AxelinTheGreatRailwayShow Axel of Belgium Axel of Belgium is an amazing looking engine that was built for speed. The lean mean racing machine won over his army of fans with his charms and looks. April 20th, 2016
YongBaoinTheGreatRailwayShow Yong Bao of China Strong, sleek, and steamy, Yong Bao of China knows how to put on a show! April 27th, 2016
RaulinTheGreatRailwayShow Raul of Brazil Introducing Raul of Brazil. A one time champion a few years back, he is well respected throughout the railway. May 4th, 2016
AshimainTheGreatRailwayShow Ashima of India Meet Ashima of India. A simply breathtaking engine that brings mystery and wonder. May 18th, 2016
IvaninTheGreatRailwayShow Ivan of Russia Meet Ivan of Russia. A very strong diesel engine who finished second in the shunting race. May 25th, 2016
GinainTheGreatRailwayShow Gina of Italy Don't let Gina's looks deceive you. This small and compact engine can match the boys pound for pound. June 1st, 2016
SpencerinTheGreatRailwayShow Spencer of UK Meet Spencer. Serving as the private engine to the Duke and Duchess, Spencer is known as a regal engine that hold the land speed record for a steam locomotive. June 8th, 2016
RajivinTheGreatRailwayShow Rajiv of India All hail the emperor of India, Rajiv. Rajiv is a small tank engine but bursts with color! June 15th, 2016
PercyinTheGreatRailwayShow Percy of Sodor Meet Percy. Picked at the last minute for the shunting race, Percy is an unlikely hero. June 22nd, 2016
ShootingStar(Gordon)inTheGreatRailwayShow Shooting Star Gordon of Sodor The streamlined power house, Gordon the Shooting Star, is a lean mean moody machine that is heading to the front of the race. June 29th, 2016
ShaneInTheGreatRailwayShow Shane of Australia Meet Shane of Australia. Shane is a big, strong engine who works tirelessly to ensure he's in the best shape for the strongest engine race. July 6th, 2016
EmilyinTheGreatRailwayShow Emily of Sodor Looking better than ever, Emily has an advantage on the other engines with two extra driving wheels. July 13th, 2016
VinnieinTheGreatRailwayShow Vinnie of North America Meet Vinnie, the tough, rule-bending engine who will do anything to come in first place. July 20th, 2016
FlyingScotsmaninTheGreatRailwayShow The Flying Scotsman Meet The Flying Scotsman, the first locomotive to reach 100 mph! July 27th, 2016
CarlosinTheGreatRailwayShow Carlos of Mexico Meet Carlos. He won the strength competition at the first Great Railway Show, but now he's back and competing in the best decorated parade! August 3rd, 2016
HenryinTheGreatRailwayShow Henry of Sodor Meet Henry, one of Sir Topham Hat's first engines! He may not be the strongest, but we'll see if this engine can win the strength competition! August 10th, 2016
ÉtienneinTheGreatRailwayShow Etienne of France Meet The Great Race's most modern engine, Etienne of France! He may be the fastest engine, but he always plays fair! August 24th, 2016
FriedainTheGreatRailwayShow Frieda of Germany Meet Frieda. This streamlined engine is competing to win the strength competition. August 31st, 2016
ThomasinTheGreatRailwayShow Thomas of Sodor Here's the engine you've all been waiting for: Thomas the Tank Engine! What race will this champion compete in? September 7th, 2016

Pre-release and unused content

Main article: List of The Great Race pre-release and unused content

Trivia

  • The models and the animation are re-used from the Thomas & Friends app, Race On!.
  • The character selection screen is similar to the character select screen from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on the Nintendo DS.

Goofs

  • On the character selection screen, there are a few things that are wrong with the character artworks, such as:
    • Hiro and Axel's icons are mirrored.
    • Thomas, James and Emily's icons do not depict them with the liveries they received for The Great Railway Show, Philip's icon (which is seen only during the Railway Tour mode), also depicts him without the Sudrian flag on his roof.

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