The setup is simple but effective, as a game of this nature tends to be. Choose your mode, choose your track, choose your ride, and do all you can to secure first place. World Tour is the first of the offerings that you can play in, as you must progress so far before unlocking other modes. Across 12 countries, you will compete in many cities to further progress your career. By taking first in races and collecting coins, you can boost your overall global standings to continue unlocking new regions for you to take on. Australia, Brazil, Iceland, Japan and more are all present, adding a lush and diverse multitude of sceneries to enjoy. Take in the sites across the different cities featured too, as each has unique and detailed backdrops to keep your visual pallet pleased. Through various means, you will unlock some of the games 31 cars, and upgrades to complete them as well. As with the whole of the game, this mode can be played in split-screen with up to four players competing at once, which is an awesome addition to have being that it is your career mode. So whether it is pass and play, or competitive split-screen, the career mode is great both solo and with friends.
If that wasn’t enough for you, there are two other modes ripe for the playing. The first of the two, Playground, is earned progressively in World Tour. This mode is a rotating playlist of sorts, with five featured tracks at any given time. These tracks have different rules, restrictions, and weather settings than the featured race is typically accustomed too. These are a fun way to spice things up, should you somehow grow tired of all that content I have already mentioned. The other mode, Endurance, is earned by winning all of the Professional rank tournaments. I have not gotten to play this mode yet, but I am looking forward to it as it sees you picking a single, upgrade-less car, and competing in different lengths of successive races all in efforts of staying in the competition. End under a certain placing, and risk losing by default. Though I don’t think this mode would have any major effect on the end score of this review, I will update it post unlocking if necessary.
Horizon Chase Turbo is a fantastic arcade inspired racer, one that I am looking forward to continuing to play. It is simple, yet rich in offerings, and fun ones at that. At a $20 price tag, I think it is more than fair, especially for a title that is easy to pick up and play. It looks and runs smoothly both docked and in handheld mode on Switch, and considering the speed of the races, that is all the more impressive. Any connoisseur of racing games, especially with an inclination for the arcade styled ones, look no further. Horizon Chase Turbo wins the gold.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8.5/10
+Offers A Lot of Content
+Fun in Single Player and Multiplayer
+Aesthetics and Audio