Feb 21, 2011
When you think of racing games, you probably imagine zipping around turns at high speeds, and weaving around other racers. Vector Ace will take your preconceptions about racing games and turn them upside down with its slow, thoughtful nature.
The concept is deceptively simple. To move, you have to press one of nine buttons to determine your velocity, and vector. Each button press will move you in the indicated direction and at the indicated speed. The trick is to learn how far and fast you will go when you press a given button under given circumstances. For example, if you moved quickly straight forward with your last move, you run the risk of crashing into a wall by doing so with your next move. Vector Ace trades break-neck speed for careful planning, and surprisingly, it works pretty well.
The presentation in Vector Ace is very simple. The graphics show off a “graph paper” aesthetic, and the music is little more than audio filler. Neither the graphics nor the sound are flat out bad, they just aren’t terribly memorable. Vector Ace isn’t a flashy game, but the strategic gameplay more than makes up for that fact.