Cruis’n The World At Top Speed


High Classic arcade racing at its finest.

Low The repetitive play is best in small doses.

WTF I should definitely be dead after that crash….


 

Horizon Chase Turbo is a simple homage to old arcade racers like Outrun and Rush. These games are all about learning the track and using boost at the right time, and emphasize driving skill over items to mess with other racers.

Players have the option to play in world tour, tournament, or endurance races, and splitscreen multiplayer is available for up to four players in any mode.

World tour has players collecting race tokens and getting first place to win the gold trophy for each level. As players gain trophies, they’ll unlock new vehicles and parts for vehicles.

Tournament mode awards points for each race and gives first place to the driver with the most points overall.

Endurance puts players through a series of random races, anywhere from a random set of 12 to all 109 in one series. Similar to tournament mode, players gain points and must be first overall to win. After each race, players will earn an upgrade to one stat on their car. The catch? Players must be at least in 5th place for each race to qualify to continue the endurance set.

Each area of the world has its own aesthetic, making each race beautiful. Japan tracks have neon colors and an interesting blend of city and nature areas, while Norway has players going through mountain passes and through snowstorms. There’s also a great soundtrack to go with it: a blend of synth and rock guitars with an upbeat tempo to go with the fast cars.

Playing Horizon Chase Turbo feels like going back to arcades in the days when I’d get a couple of dollars’ worth of quarters and race until my money ran out. Unlike those games, though, HCT is a bit easier thanks to some minor assistance through turns. It’s almost unnoticeable, but it’s there. However, the novelty and enjoyment wears off fast.

While the arcade classics I remember fondly were just as repetitive as Horizon Chase Turbo, I knew I was always on a time limit since I only had so many quarters. This kind of experience is best in small sessions, so being able to play as much as I want reveals how little gas is in the tank.  

Also, another issue is that ittakes too long to unlock other modes. Tournament mode isn’t unlocked until halfway through the World Tour mode, and Endurance doesn’t unlock until World Tour is complete. By the time these new modes were unlocked, I had played through all of the levels and didn’t want any more.

While I enjoyed my time with Horizon Chase Turbo, I wished it was an arcade cabinet instead of something to play at home. Part of the arcade appeal was always seeing how long I could get on a quarter — having unlimited access to such a thing puts it in a new, unfavorable light that reveals the content was never meant for it. Rating: 5 out of 10


 

Disclosures: This game is developed and published by Aquiris Game Studios. It is currently available on Steam and PS4. This game was obtained via publisher and reviewed on Steam. Approximately 6 hours were spent in single player mode, and the game was completed. Approzimately 2 hours were spent in multiplayer mode.

Parents: According to the ESRB, this game is rated E. It’s a racing game, plain and simple. Approved for all ages.

Colorblind Modes: There are no colorblind modes.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Gamers: There is no dialogue in the game, so the game is fully accessible.

Remappable Controls: The game offers remappable controls. 

Eugene Sax

Eugene Sax

Eugene grew up playing other people’s videogames. He didn’t have his own console for some time, and has many memories of playing games his friends owned and beating them. Once he saved up enough money, he finally bought a Sega Genesis secondhand and started a gaming library of his own.

While Sonic and Street Fighter were great places to start, his first love was Final Fantasy X when his dad bought a PS2. Ever since, that love for gaming has evolved -- there are a number of game worlds out there, and he intends to explore them all. RPG to horror, platformers to casual and everything in between -- if it’s available, he’ll play it.

While his time is short between writing reviews, tabletop gaming, and attempting to start a cheesecake business, he has caught all 806 pokemon and can speedrun Star Fox 64 in less than 40 minutes. He’s always looking for new things to try and new challenges to conquer. You can find him on Twitter -- @eugene_sax.
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