List of Flat-Shaded 3D Polygon Games

Hotshot Racing (Racing Apex)
Hotshot Racing, a 2020 game by Lucky Mountain.

Most flat-shaded 3D video games were released between 1988 and 1996. These games rendered with untextured polygons peaked around 1992-1993. Many of the early games utilizing solid 3D shading were flight simulators. With the introduction of Playstation in 1994, texture mapping became the norm, and by 1996, faceted polygons had all but vanished.

Chart of Flat Polygon Games by Release Year

Most of the games on this list appearing after 1997 are rereleases or remakes of older titles. For example, three of Namco's awesome System 21 titles — Cyber Sled, Solvalou, and Starblade — were released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2009. Sega Model 1 games (Virtua Racing, et al) also enjoyed many reincarnations over the years.

This list is maintained in a Flat Shaded Games Google spreadsheet.

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  1. Stunt island, windows

  2. You forgot Hyperblade (1996)!

  3. Hey Matt,
    Just a heads-up that the flat-shaded polygon games list is not viewable. It looks like part of the HTML for this page is truncated. Hope you can fix it soon! Thank you!

  4. Erich: Hey Matt,
    Just a heads-up that the flat-shaded polygon games list is not viewable.

    Thanks Erich - fixed!

  5. Glenn Mohre

     /  June 23, 2022 Quote

    Here's a deep cut that came to mind. There's a modern implementation available as well @ play-tq dot com.
    Unique and abstract, originally written for Silicon Graphics' Unix variant.

  6. You forgot also Armourgeddon!

  7. Sorry, I mean Armour-Geddon (Psygnosis, 1991)

  8. rasz_pl

     /  August 1, 2022 Quote

    Frog Detective is flat shaded 🙂

  9. Remontoir

     /  August 8, 2022 Quote

    Also missing are the Incentive Software games :
    Castle Master
    Castle Master II
    Total Eclipse
    Dark Side

    which were released on 16bits platforms (Atari ST and Amiga, DOS) and some 8bits systems ( C64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum ).

  10. Remontoir

     /  August 8, 2022 Quote

    Cybercon III
    ( Assembly Line / U.S. Gold ) 1991
    Released on 16bits : Atari ST, Amiga, PC/Dos

  11. janston

     /  December 5, 2023 Quote

    X-Wing is on here but not Tie Fighter? I coulda swore that used the same engine and flat polys

  12. Pyrotechnica for Ms Dos pc

  13. LaCroix

     /  February 28, 2024 Quote

    Hello, Matt.

    Letting you know that I, Robot was released in 1984 (June), not 1983. Thank you for your article!

  14. brungo

     /  May 26, 2024 Quote

    X scape on ds

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