Race the Sun is an on the edge of your seat “racing” game by Flippfly. I only put racing in quotations because you do not actually race other competitors, but time itself. You are in control of a solar powered ship that must fight to survive as long as possible, with a constantly setting sun off in the distance. The longer you survive, the faster you go. Stay in the shade to long, you will lose speed. If the sun sets, you die. If you smash into an obstacle, you die. This concept may sound cynical but it is extremely fun. The more regions you cross into, you will begin to see more frequent and mobile obstacles that put you in tense situations, grazing walls and narrowly avoiding death with almost every high speed turn. What keeps the game so fresh each time you come back to inevitably die is one extremely cool feature in that the world maps are randomly generated every so often. So while you may get used to a particular regions obstacles during a focused play session, coming back to it the next day is going to be a brand new experience. This is an extremely dynamic play style, making fighting for highscores that much more fun because the playing field is leveled pretty much every day. You might get a really good score with a certain level build, but find it hard to score higher with a new pattern you find complicated. It is a great way to keep such a casual game feeling larger in scope.
Visually I think the game is catchy. It uses a sleek grayscale look, with colors of portals and upgrades lighting the otherwise bleak world. In the other modes, you get a lot more vibrant yet muted colors, with deep reds and purples lighting the sky. There is also some catchy tunes. Though they may get repetitive, if played in short bursts, you will realize that they fit each particular mode just right. The theme in the base mode just has a particular hook to it. It has an almost Egyptian adventure vibe to it, one that grows more intense as the time winds down, adding to the overall tension. It’s very well put together.
Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purpose of this review.
Final Score: 8/10
+Casual but Intense Fun