Race the Sun is the latest from developer Flippfly. Over the weekend at WGDS, the two brothers that run the company gave a presentation on the journey the two have been through in developing it. The game was made available to play and I have to say it’s a blast. Race the Sun was the star of the Wisconsin Game Developers Summit as there were long lines of people for the two stations waiting to get their hands on the game.
In the game you pilot a solar-powered craft that has to maneuver through many obstacles while collecting power-ups. It’s a simple concept, but those are the ones that are the most addicting. Your run is divided into regions and each region adds something new to the table. As you start off initially dodging highly erected triangular prisms and spheres, the next couple of regions can consists of falling pillars and an assembly of rolling squares. The game does a great job of switching things up and keeping things fresh.
Through your run, the goal only isn’t to make it past the obstacles; you also need to collect power-ups to keep the sun high in the sky. Power-ups available in the alpha to collect and use were boosts that would speed you up and reverse time (raising the sun), a green item that allows you to leap into the air and soar over hazards, and blue items to increase your multiplier. Collecting and using these items are key to a high-scoring run and keeping the sun up. The boosts are few and far between so missing one can be detrimental. Creative mechanics are present with the lighting as well. As the light from the sun hits the many different structures, shadows are cast on the ground. The more you are out of the sunlight and in the shadows, the faster the sun sets and you lose power. The dangerous thing is the lower the sun, the more present the shadows will be.
Overall, Race The Sun is an addicting, fast-paced “runner” that got a lot of well-deserved attention. The version I played was alpha, and the game will go into beta soon. You can expect to play the game this May with many new features including multiplayer, leaderboards, the ability to build your own runs, and more power-ups. Expect more content covering FlippFly’s Race The Sun soon.