I’m a sucker for arcade racing games. I grew up playing them in the arcades throughout the ’80s and ’90s and have very fond memories of playing classics like OutRun, Daytona USA, and Ridge Racer. Now Aquiris is bringing a completely original racing title to the Switch: Horizon Chase Turbo. This one looks and sound great and there appears to be a lot of content here, with over 100 tracks and 30 vehicles! Check out the PS4 trailer below to get an idea of what to expect when the Switch version arrives later this year.
Horizon Chase Turbo is a homage to classic 16-bit racers that defined a generation of high-speed, frenetic arcade fun. The game ignites an instant blast of nostalgia with catchy contemporary chiptune music, split screen multiplayer and retro design with modern gameplay. Our composer and sound designer for the series is the Scottish Barry Leitch, who also created the soundtracks for the Top Gear, Lotus and Rush series of racing games.
The game main features include a deep and extensive single-player world tour campaign, intense tournaments, endurance challenges and more than 31 vehicles across 109 tracks, spanning real-world locations, such as China, Japan, Hawaii and more.
Horizon Chase Turbo is standalone homage to classic 16-bit racing games that defined a generation of high-speed, frenetic arcade fun. The simple and tight controls paired with precision gameplay and detailed depth combine for a nostalgic experience for racing, arcade, retro and multiplayer fans young and old. Horizon Chase Turbo’s head-to-head split screen multiplayer and catchy contemporary chiptune-style music add to the game’s painterly aesthetic and competitive action.
“We created Horizon Chase Turbo to be the racing game we wanted to play, hitting the sweet spot between true-to-life simulators and chaotic, explosive kart racers,” said Aquiris Studio Game Designer, Felipe Dal Molin. “With Horizon Chase Turbo, we want players to feel the nostalgic tension of the simple tug-of-war of a tight turn; where players are run off-road for a split second only to return to intense high-speed action as they overtake and battle against friends playing together on the couch or via the online ghost mode.”
Aside from the modernly retro graphics, the split-screen couch multiplayer modes are among Turbo’s most defining features. All game modes, including the World Tour campaign, tournament and endurance challenges support local split screen multiplayer up to four players. Racers can compete in head-to-head races one at a time, or spend hours racing around the globe collecting coins to achieve the common goal of unlocking exotic vehicles and spinetingling tracks.
Press and Players opinions on Horizon Chase Turbo.
- Steam Reviews for Horizon Chase Turbo have been incredibly good so far, with a glowing 97% positive of average score.
“Combining the same kind of fast-paced fun that worked so well years ago with a picture-perfect progression model, Horizon Chase Turbo is exactly the kind of arcade-inspired racing game the industry has needed.” – 4/5 at Hardcore Gamer.
“I had a hell of a time with Horizon Chase Turbo. Of all of the retro revival games that have come out over the past few years, it is near the top of my personal list of favourites. I can’t get enough of it.” 8.5/10 – Destructoid
“The controls are incredibly easy, and it is actually hard to drive off the race track. There is no need to perform techniques, such as drifting around corners, as it seems to automatically do so on its own. However, as simple as the game and controls are, being a great racer and unlocking cars and tracks can be a little challenging.” 8.7/10 – COGconnected
“Imagine if Outrun, F-Zero and Burnout 2 had a baby. If you want a really good fun, beautiful looking arcade racer, Horizon Chase Turbo is perfect for you, I would highly recommend it. I spent 90% of my time with it smiling ear from ear and gawping at the visuals. If, however, like me you set out to achieve all the trophies, please be prepared to scream a little.” 8/10 – SquareXO
“It’s not a flawless game but it is a near flawless evocation of a moment in gaming’s history that is in increasing danger of being forgotten.” – 7/10 Metro.co.uk