Horizon Chase Turbo – Review
Follow Genre: Arcade, Racing
Developer: Aquiris Game Studio
Publisher: Aquiris Game Studio
Platform: PC
Tested on: PC

Horizon Chase Turbo – Review

Site Score
8.2
Good: Many different tracks, easy to learn
Bad: Not much personal input
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8.0
(2 votes)
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Rating: 8.0/10 (2 votes cast)

There are quite a few different kinds of racing games on the market, ranging from very simple, to extremely realistic and difficult. The game we’re reviewing today finds itself more in the simple category, where the controls don’t involve much more than hitting the gas and steering your way to first place. It might sound a bit dull, but to be honest, we didn’t feel bored one second while testing this one out.

Story

As far as story goes, there is really not that much to say. Horizon Chase Turbo is all about the racing itself, so a story is simply not needed. The developers did try to keep things interesting though, not so much by adding a storyline, but by adding fun graphics that change every race, as you’ll be racing all over the world. But we’ll tell you more about that below.

Graphics

As we just mentioned, the graphics look quite appealing. It’s mainly the bright colors that make this game so likeable, and the retro inspired look. This means the graphics don’t look very polished, but that doesn’t bother at all for a game such as this. The settings are quite fun, ranging from city skylines to small South American villages, to the Moai on Easter Island. In the world tour, there are quite a lot of different races, which means there are quite a lot of different settings as well. In the tournament, things get more dull, as you’ll have a lot less different tracks, and the tracks are the same as the first few of the World Tour, so there is not much variation there.

A nice touch is that every now and then, your character says something. Not a spoken sentence, but a speech bubble with some random remarks. You’ll have to be quick to read them though, as you’ll be racing at such high speed that your main focus should at all times be on the road, if you don’t want to cause any accidents.

Sound

As you’re playing, there’s a constant tune in the background playing quite upbeat music. It adds to the fun feel to the game, but there isn’t very much variation here either. It didn’t bother us too much, but once you start focusing on the music, it might get a bit annoying.

Gameplay

Horizon Chase Turbo is an arcade racing game, where your sole concern should be to win every race you start. Finishing fifth will already grant you access to the next race in the world tour, but let’s face it, we’re all just here to win. In each race there are twenty contestants, and every time, you’ll start last. The fact that you always have to sneak your way up to first place actually makes the game quite interesting as you’ll have to prove your skills if you want to make it. As the view changes pretty fast, that’s quite a challenge on its own at times.

At every stop in the world tour, there are nine races, and a bonus race, making for quite a lot of races in total, and quite a few hours of gaming fun. In each race, you can collect tokens, which will grant you more coins at the end of the race. You’ll also have to pay attention to your fuel and make sure to pick some up on the track, if you want to be sure to be able to finish the race. The more fuel you have left at the end, the more coins you can earn. By collecting coins, you can unlock new cars, just as you can by finishing certain parts of the game. When you win a bonus race, you can choose one upgrade for all of your cars.

If you get tired of the world tour, where you just have to finish races but can’t change difficulty levels etc., you can also opt to play the tournament. Here, you’ll have to do four races in one go, and be the overall best. There is also a multiplayer mode, if you fancy playing with your friends.

All of the above makes this game quite simple but fun, certainly given the fact that you don’t have to do much more than hit the gas and steer. The tokens add a point of interest, while in some ways, the game could have done more. The different surfaces you race on don’t make much of a difference, you can’t upgrade each car independently,… It’s not a big deal as it’s an arcade game which benefits more from a fast pace rather than you spending time tuning your car, but just a few extras in that department could have added a nice touch.

Conclusion

Horizon Chase Turbo is quite basic in terms of steering, backdrops, tuning etc., but the fast pace of each race keeps things interesting all the way through. The bright coloring and funky music suit the game very well, making it reminiscent of games such as Cruis’n or Out Run. If you’re looking for a simple, fast paced racing game, look no further, you’ll definitely have hours of fun with this one.

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