Nitronic Rush is an indie game that is described as a "survival racing" game. Taking inspiration from the movie Tron, this game is about speed, music and a beautiful environment.
The game is definitely beautiful, and the videos that I have below do not do it justice becauseold and useless laptop. Its use of bloom and motion blur is perfect in an environment with pulsating neon lights and some of the most amazing music you will hear in a game. Sparks, explosions, sounds - all of it is intense enough to make you do stupid and awesome things. The soundtrack can be downloaded here for free!
I also love the announcer guy who has a heavy, over the top and over-enthusiastic tone of voice, it's amusing to hear him encourage you or berate you according to what you do.
There are no "invisible walls", instead if you fall off the track you will be destroyed by a net of lasers waiting for you at the bottom. Explosions are way cooler than invisible walls, everybody knows that! But what's better is that it makes the game feel more open and adds to the excellent presentation of it all.
So what is a survival racing game? Unlike most racing games, the only things you will possibly race here is ghost cars that represent your previous attempts (or other people's attempts) at the various tracks. But the real challenge comes in overcoming the obstacles and traps that will stand in your way. The story mode levels are quite basic in that sense - here is a sample play through!
There is a story mode, which has fairly basic levels. There are both hardcore and challenge levels, which really push the limits of the game and demand very good control. There is also a stunt mode, where you are dropped in an open arena with ramps of all shapes and sizes to do with as you wish, and finally there are levels created by the Nitronic Rush community. Beating your own score, honing your skills and having fun doing stunts really adds replayability...and did I mention that the game has regular updates?
Controlling the car can be tricky, especially when turning. But the game allows you to move the car on its axis, allowing you to spin in the air in all directions and turn corners quickly. Your car is also able to boost and even fly as you will see in the videos; but doing that too much will overheat and destroy the car. Also, in the hardcore levels, it is worth mentioning that flight mode is disabled which makes it a fun challenge, here is another video to give you an idea just how hardcore these levels are:
An "End of the World" update was released on December 21st, which includes a LAN multiplayer option, random level generator and 3D vision option (which must be so amazing). So far I have not experienced any bugs, which is pretty great for a free game.
It is also worth mentioning there are a selection of vehicles, including one that needs to be unlocked. One of the vehicles is the DeLorean from Back to the Future. And if you press the boost button? Well let's just say there is a nice little aesthetic surprise.
If you want intense, fast action; be it a quick fix or prolonged session, if you want to do crazy stunts in cool cars, if you want to feel cool as you evade obstacles at high speeds, this game is definitely a winner. Simple, smooth, beautiful and so far no problems that I have run into on my side.
This game is a 10/10 for me.