Indie Gems: Race the Sun is Solar-Powered Intensity
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The beauty of Race the Sun is its simplicity. It consists of two major elements: a high-speed vehicle and lots of deadly obstacles.
FlippFly’s title feels likes a racer, but without the racing component. As the pilot of a high-speed solar-powered vehicle, your goal is just survival — to get as far as possible before the sun sets, avoiding crashes and the deep shadows thrown by structures and towers that can rob you of fuel.
Speed is your ally in Race the Sun, but the game’s real staying power doesn’t come from its procedurally generated worlds or the quick reactions, but from a community of players and their ability to create content to continually change the game.
Race the Sun
Simplicity marks the presentation of Race the Sun, but don’t let its simple look fool you. Geometrical shapes make up the majority of the 3-D world that opens up before players, but the mostly monochromatic look and angular lines actually add a lot to the gameplay. For one thing, buildings aren’t just threatening because they represent sudden stops of the explosive variety, they can also sap your solar energy by casting long shadows. As the sun sets on each race, shadows become longer and more dangerous, and dodging them gets more and more difficult.
But while the game as shipped by FlippFly is a fun one that challenges players to stay alive as long as possible, using power-ups to add speed and even to slightly reverse time to keep moving, it’s the game creation capabilities that come with the title that make it really interesting. Race the Sun includes creation tools that allow users to build maps and create new game modes, opening things up well beyond the fairly simple endless racing template.
A community of collaboration, rather than — necessarily — competition also seems to be more of FlippFly’s focus than it might be with other, similar games. Race the Sun features cooperative race gameplay, in which players make up something of a relay team. You’ll see how far you can get, and then a friend can pick up the baton and add to your distance. The whole experience is asynchronous, too, so you can log in when you’re ready and add your race to the rela whenever you’re free.
Race the Sun is available on FlippFly’s website.