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Race The Sun

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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!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

An odd flight based racer with a trippy art style and neat stages to run. The physics and mechanics feel solid, the stages are challenging and fun, and there's even some things to unlock and upgrade. This game will help you sharpen your reflex a bit while having a good time!

Review from Steam

Haha spaceship go brrr

Review from Steam

Before i played Race The Sun, i had a small wee-wee, no friends, no girlfriend, depression,and absolutely no life. These things haven't changed, but the game is pretty good.

Review from Steam

If you smoke green & play games

Review from Steam

No matter what, something will unexpectedly kill you in this game.

Review from Steam

Intense gameplay! 0_0

Review from Steam

The concept of Race The Sun is simple: stay in the light. Avoid the obstacles. Race the setting sun.
The execution though, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, is really hard. The standard Race The Sun world starts off fairly simple, but in addition to throwing more stuff in your way as you travel through the regions, the sun starts setting faster as well. This means that in order to stay alive, you have to travel at ever-more-ridiculous speeds, a task that would be difficult enough even without all of the aforementioned stuff being thrown in your path.
In addition to the standard Race The Sun world, there's also an unlockable Apocalypse mode, which is pretty much exactly what you're thinking. Yes, there's nukes in it. Yes, they try and kill you (more than normal). Yes, it's an absolute blast, and yes, I haven't ever made it past region 3. If all that weren't enough, there's also a full level creator and Steam Workshop support, and people have made some truly ridiculous stuff.
RTS' graphics are... about as minimalist as you can get. At the same time, they're oddly beautiful. The solar-powered Sunracer is merely a collection of simple polygons (as is, well, everything else), yet it's instantly recognizable. The simple monochromatic environment is barely more than a collection of triangles and squares, but it just feels "right", somehow. The whole game, in fact, has a really good, fast-paced-yet-relaxed feel to it, which few other games can pull off.
PROS:
Beautiful yet simplistic graphics and environment
Very good music
Sound effects from item pickups and such really have a nice reverb and feel "big"
Pretty much infinite replayability
Different challenges lead to flight-enhancing unlocks (turning thrusters, jump ability, etc.)
Fully decked-out level creator
Super low performance and storage requirements
CONS:
Obstacle pop-in is quite noticeable (though this can make the obstacles a little easier to avoid, and honestly doesn't really look all that terrible)
It's basically dead. Released in 2013, and there's not much workshop content from more than three or four years after that. The online leaderboard only seems to work intermittently, if at all. Less than 20 players in-game at any given time.
Level editor can be buggy
Challenges and unlocks cap at level 25, which only takes about 6 hours or so to reach
Best played in short sessions
Overall I'd highly recommend Race The Sun. It's a fast-paced (yet somehow calm) endless runner, and is just a blast to play when you've got a bit of time to kill. If you get tired of (or stuck on) the day's level, just wait for it to be reshuffled the next day, before resuming your mad dash to the sun.

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