Apr 25, 2014
Every now and then, I get, well, got. I do try to be a beacon of impartiality, mostly immune to the wiles of software titles, but every so often, a game throws it on me, and I get weak. That what Voxel Rush: Free Racing Games from HyperBees continually does to me.
With regards to gameplay, it is as straightforward as it gets: it’s a first-person endless runner set as a race through an artsy, creatively minimalist environment that is built to challenge and stimulate the senses. The game depends on this ever-changing backdrop to deliver the excitement that it intends to, and it mostly delivers.
Racing, in its simplest form is simple matter of going as far as possible without crashing. Controlling the direction of the fast-moving vehicle is fairly intuitive in the use of accelerometer-based controls: tilting to the left or right for sharp turns in the corresponding directions, and tilting forward increases the speed of travel, while pulling back slows it down.
So, yes, it’s all simply about not crashing. Easier said than done though, because their are obstacles, likened to vertical pillars that are racing towards the player at frightening speeds. In true arcade fashion, danger is encouraged and rewarded; the game engine gives bonuses for near misses and faster speeds at the end of each run. The developer does a great job with in-run power-ups that are represented by color-coded cubes that need to be “struck” by the player to activate… stuff like invulnerability, points bonuses and a slowdown effect. Outside the points, the others are time-sensitive. In addition to this, there are “events” (stuff like inversions, light effects, evolving obstacles etc.) that occur that add unique aspects to the gameplay.
Multiplayer functionality exists, and allows for real time duels and challenges. The social component is well defined for those wishing to play with friends.
Distance traveled (plus garnered points bonuses) translates to game money; the attributes and boosts can be updated and tweaked via the in-app store, and real money can be used to expedite things. While it is freemium, there adds can be removed via cash unlock, and the developer advertises codes via social network.
It’s a game I spent way too much time on during the review.