[PS Vita Review] Race the Sun
How long can you survive? Your solar powered ship is almost out of energy, and you need to stay in the sun’s light or you will crash. Can you keep up?
You are a solar-powered craft. The sun is your death timer. Hurtle towards the sunset at breakneck speed in a futile race against time. Delay the inevitable by catching speed boosts which reverse the setting sun – if only for a moment. Race The Sun is inspired by arcade games of the past with a focus on high scores, short game sessions, and pure fun mingled with nerve-wracking tension. The rules are simple: don’t crash, stay in the light, and don’t slow down!
PS4 – Race the Sun Trailer
Race The Sun is a beautiful endless runner from FLIPPFLY studios. The focus of the game, as is the case for other endless runners, is to survive until you die. However, this one has one more catch. For your ship to fly you need solar power and the sun is constantly setting in the background… making it imperative for you not to take the safe route and go as fast as possible.
The game itself has very simple controls allowing you to move left, right or go straight. It actually reminded me of the older Star Fox games, minus the shooting. You must use the analog stick to navigate the ship avoiding all of the obstacles and hazards that are in your way. Your ship can and will crash into any obstacle, leaving you pasted against the wall and needing to be scraped off. You will constantly be avoiding everything in the game, and to add an extra bit of difficulty into the mix, not every wall is stationary and a lot of obstacles will be moving, so you need to be prepared for anything and everything.
There are power-ups to pick up while you are playing the game, and these change how you approach the challenge at hand. The yellow power-up gives you a boost in speed and causes the sun to rise a bit. The blue one increase your score multiplier allowing you to have a higher score overall – which is the intended target of the game. Green power-ups boost you into the air, temporarily putting you out of harm’s way and allow you to glide down as you search for safe ground. Finally, the purple power-ups give you another life. All of these power ups are useful, but you will need to choose to dive close to the path of danger to pick some of them up because if you play it stay you won’t be able to grab any of them.
The game also has challenges for you to complete during the runs. You get three at a time, and they can vary from traveling a certain distance to doing perfect runs of several areas at a time. As you level up your vessel, you can unlock items for your ship that help it handle better or that make it slightly easier to pick up power-ups. You can upgrade you ship up to Level 25.
After playing for an hour or two, you might think you finally got it, and that you’ve learned the paths you can use as you play to increase your high score and to travel even longer distances. Unfortunately for you, the world changes every 24 hours, and that means that every day you start from scratch. You must, therefore, rely on your skills since you can’t memorize any of the maps, power up locations and shortcuts. It’s a really cool concept that gives infinite replayability to Race The Sun.
What makes the world of Race The Sun so great is its beautiful minimalist art style. The game uses polygons without much texture, but everything has this serene and tranquil feel, even though the barren world is out to kill you. The music in the game adds so much to the atmosphere as well. It doesn’t overpower the experience and in my mind adds quite a bit to each run.
The game has 13 trophies: 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 10 Bronze. Most focus on how far you can progress in the game, increasing your ship’s level and doing perfect runs of several regions in one go You will need to be an expert player to get them all and it will still be a tall order. Good luck to those that go for a 100% trophy list in Race The Sun!
I’m not usually drawn to endless runners, but Race The Sun does something special and different enough that makes it impossible not to like. It’s a fast-paced twitch game for which you need to develop some mad skills. The constant challenge drives you to want to be better, trying to get that perfect run even after you want to put down the controller.
|Beautiful minimalist approach|
New worlds every day
|Frustration might set in from dying so much|
PSN Game size: 356 MB
You can purchase Race the Sun from the PSN store
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