The object is to hit all checkpoints on a lap and then cross the finish line. If you miss a checkpoint you have to go back and hit it. A race is usually 3 laps. There are also some power-ups: Speed Up (increasing maximum speed), Speed Down (decreases maximum speed), Swap Keys (inverts your steering), Shield (makes you invincible to bad things), Shock (temporarily disables a ship). If you hit a spiked wall you will be shocked for a short moment of time.
On the top left you will see the time elapsed of the race and number of laps completed. Here you can also see picked up power-ups and power-ups currently activated. Good power-ups are activated instantly. To send a bad power-up to an opponent you click on the opponent ship (that means you have to see the ship). If you wish to remove a picked up power-up just press escape and it will be removed.
On the top right you'll see the exit button and current positions in the race.
In the bottom right corner there's a map showing the entire track and where your opponents are.
To start a race just click the START RACE button in the middle of the screen.
If the race is already running when you enter you'll have to wait until the next race starts.
At any time chat messages may be written by typing on the keyboard, the chat messages are sent to the other players by pressing the return key.
Every Aerony game is 1, 3 or 5 laps (only the private games). The player who finish the laps first is the winner. If the winner is a registered member the elapsed time will be stored after a game is over (only 3 laps games) if it's a record (currently only the spiked track will store the fastest race times). Depending on several factors you will also receive (or lose) ranking points after a game. Beware, if you log out of a game already running you will lose the same amount of ranking points as losing the game. However if you enter a game that is nearly finished and don't wish to lose ranking you have a short time to get out of the room without losing ranking.
There is a tab called settings in the lobby that allows you to turn the in-game music on/off as well as the sound effects.
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