PREVIEW: Horizon Chase Turbo Is An Homage To Racing Games Of The 80s & 90s

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California.  As the name suggests the event is essentially a fan convention for all things PlayStation.

If you guessed that I was there to check out any and all racing games on display then you’d be correct.  Though honestly there were only two racing games of note on the show floor and Horizon Chase Turbo was one of them.

If the title “Horizon Chase” sounds familiar, that might be due to the fact that it is a mobile game available on Android and iOS and it has millions of downloads.

If you’ve haven’t heard of the game but it looks familiar then that means you’re probably around my age and you remember arcade racing games from the late 80s and 90s like Outrun, Crusin’ USA, and San Francisco Rush.

Horizon Chase is a tribute to all of those games but with a more modern presentation.  Horizon Chase Turbo is the official sequel to Horizon Chase and builds on the first game but taken up a few notches for console play rather than mobile devices.

I was invited to play Horizon Chase Turbo by the two-man Brazilian developer team and I have to say I had a really good time with it, despite only playing for a short while.

After spending so much time with more serious racing games like Forza Motorsport 7 or sprawling open world racing games like Need For Speed Payback, Horizon Chase Turbo’s simple game mechanics were really refreshing.

The game’s visual style is colorful and modern but still borrows from arcade racers from my childhood.  The controls were direct and responsive.  In this game you don’t so much “steer” as you “select” a lane to get around slower traffic or your opponents.

There wasn’t much of a drift mechanic from what I could tell but I was playing an early build of the game that wasn’t quite complete yet.

By the way, the game features 4-person local multiplayer, runs at 60fps, and will run at 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

The music was really good too but that is likely due to the fact that the developers actually managed to get Barry Leitch, the same music composer who worked on games like Top Gear, Lotus Challenge, and RUSH.

If you grew up playing racing games from the 80s and 90s then you’ll probably enjoy Horizon Chase Turbo.  If you aren’t as old as I am but still like a fun, easy to pick up and play racer then I think you’ll like this game as well.

Horizon Chase Turbo is scheduled to be released on the PlayStation 4 console sometime within the first quarter of 2018.  If you want a feel for what Horizon Chase Turbo is like, I’d recommend downloading Horizon Chase on Android or iOS.

You can also check out the official trailer for Horizon Chase Turbo below.

Horizon Chase Turbo trailer:


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