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Race The Sun

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

I am a leaf on the wind - watch how I soar.
Race the Sun is an atmospheric endless-runner. You control a sleek solar-powered craft and try to avoid stalling out or crashing for as long as you can.
This title bears a minimalistic low-poly appearance together with a limited color palette. Shades of gray dominate the spectrum, though certain objects are more saturated to catch your attention easily. Environments do differ subtly between stages, while warp-gate levels and user-created content present a stark contrast in vibrance and atmosphere. There is a flavour of beauty to be enjoyed from this art direction, but pop-in is noticeable regardless of the fog trying to mask it and there are signs of color banding – undoubtedly because the majority of the game is gradients of gray.
Have not encountered stability or performance problems on my Ryzen 9 3900X, 64GB RAM, 1070 Ti, Windows 10 system. The game runs at a consistent 60fps on the highest graphical preset and at 1440p.
A significant part of the atmosphere comes from the soundtrack. The rapid percussions combine with piano and keyboard to create a simultaneously high-energy yet haunting backdrop. If it weren’t for the game’s breakneck speeds, some of these would be rather relaxing pieces to listen to. Remaining sound effects are of a more limited variety though no less pleasing to listen to. Hitting energy boosters and jumping will always sound satisfying, their echoes booming into the horizon.
The obstacles marched on forever, like fleas into the sunset...
Race the Sun is courteous enough to provide the premise and objective right within its title. The sun going below the horizon will spell your craft’s gradual doom, yet death may come much more suddenly by colliding head-on with any of the countless obstacles. The intensity of each run is established by starting with your plane zipping across the field and towards the setting sun, with things only going faster and more hectic the longer you survive. Once the war drums hit and the missiles start flying, the game is basically going all-out to kill you.
The stages put a refreshing spin on the concept of random generation: each player gets the same world seed every 24 hours. You’re thus expected to do multiple runs on the same map, memorizing routes and obstacle placements in order to both achieve better scores and complete milestones. The latter is how you level up and unlock additional content, which includes power-ups, ship upgrades and even some light personalization. One early reward is the alternate game mode called “Apocalypse,” in case the missile spam and falling skyscrapers of the regular game didn’t drive you insane yet.
The aforementioned milestones incentivize taking different paths and tactics through the levels, and the daily map rotation ensures things don’t go too stale. On top of that, this title comes with a built-in level editor and workshop support, so you can design your own death gauntlets or try out the crazy creations of the community.
All player upgrades and rewards cap at level 25 which would take between four and six hours to reach, depending on how tricky your milestones are. Although the limited scope of the game precludes it from being a substantial time sink, the presentation and speed of the gameplay ensures a fun time scrambling for the last bit of sunlight, no matter how brief each session may be.
O time too swift! O swiftness never ceasing!
Race the Sun delivers compelling gameplay, pleasant visuals and just enough content variety to warrant revisiting it and chasing down high-scores.
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Review from Steam

Haha spaceship go brrr

Review from Steam

Simplistic arcade style racer, objective is to see how far you can get and how high of a score you can achieve.
- Avoid obstacles while trying to nab time extensions, jumps, and shields.
- Achieve various objectives to level up and unlock new upgrades to your ship.
- Go for new high scores and take a spot on the leaderboard.
Had fun and put in more hours than I expected, definitely a "just one more try" sort of game.
Received this game as part of a Humble Bundle purchase.

Review from Steam

Great game and visual. Quite hard but good for killing time

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.

Review from Steam

I have lost my remaining sanity