Endless runners have been a longtime staple for many casual gamers. Whether you're a Temple Runner, Jetpack Joyrider, or Robotic Unicorn on the Attack fan, you realize that these games are fun for one simple reason: they are easy to pick up and put down. Race The Sun, at its core, is not very different from these other running games. With that said, we were surprised how much time it sucked out of our day.
In Race The Sun you pilot a solar-powered craft, racing at a breakneck speed down a desolate gray desert toward the sunset (Sounds like an awesome 1990s Sci-Fi movie). Avoid obstacles and enemies, and stay alive for as long as you can. On the way you can collect power-ups like speed boost or additional time. The game is over when the Sun sets. Since Race The Sun gets progressively harder the farther you go, that Sun might not be setting fast enough for you.
The game is nerve-wracking and oddly relaxing at the same time. Your first couple playthroughs might leave you in a panic while acclimating to the insane speed your flyer is traveling at. But after a few turns, the speed doesn't seem that bad and you'll slide into a comfortable, almost Zen-like experience, cruising along to the futuristic background beat. Then it'll throw you a new obstacle and the Panic-Zen cycle continues. Currently, only the Alpha version is available; but with its successful Kickstarter campaign, expect to see the full version, promising the addition of a Multiplayer feature and Map Editor, coming soon.
Flippfly's contribution to the worn-out, endless runner genre, with the addition of timed objectives and user-generated maps, has successfully revived our interest in games where winning isn't a possibility. The goal here is only to play for as long as possible. Happy Racing!