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Space Racer

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Intense retro racing with a modern shine! Choose from four unique ships to race and try to unlock all twelve tracks. Play against the computer or have a 2nd player jump in anytime. Locally saved hi-scores and best times lists to beat.

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  • Players: 1 - 2
  • HDTV 720p
  • Custom SoundTracks

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Space Racer 2011-02-07 23:18:21 WDesm
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WDesm Reviewed by WDesm    February 07, 2011
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Lives up to its claims

The salespitch of "Intense retro racing with a modern shine!" is dead-on accurate, with Space Racer having a variety of Tron-esque themed stages to blast through. With four different ship types, multiple tiers of stage difficulty (unlocked through beating previous stages), and a local-only leaderboard, it'd be hard to find a retro/racer better suited to XBLIG couch potatoes, or at a better cost than $1.

Space Racer is a top-down racer where 2 players (either Player VS Player or Player VS CPU) race to the finish line of a relatively short stage. Despite their visual simplicity, the levels are hardly a cakewalk, and will require some level of skill to beat under par time, while also maintaining enough unpredictability (such as bombs and bumpers on levels) that failures by your opponents can help squeeze out an occasional narrow win. As you unlock more stages, the difficulty increases, requiring more and more practice.

Multiplayer is where this game is going to get its life from, either via the local-only leaderboard, or via the local-only multiplayer races. It's a shame that the game doesn't include any online mode whatsoever - while online competition would be admittedly difficult to connect and keep in sync for such short matches, it's a shame that no online leaderboard sharing function was offered - it would be amazing to be able to send 'ghostruns' of my best score to friends for them to race against and send back as they perfected it.

The lack of online support doesn't detract from this game's greatness, but it certainly does limit it.

If you don't mind an overload of the retro, and if you like twitch platformers or speedy racing games, Space Racer might just fit the bill.

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