Aug 3, 2015
Handheld adrenaline junkies just might be in for a treat with No Limit Racer.
It’s about intuitive as they come; the basic idea is to guide a spacecraft as far as possible. “As far as possible” generally means avoiding as many obstacles as possible, and boy, the visual manifestations of the obstacles do make the game.
The game plays in landscape, and the host device’s accelerometer is the key control, as the ship is controlled by tilt. The flying area is widely set, obviously, and looks somewhat futuristic and even dystopian, with skyscraper like structures emanating from the ground. The player’s vehicle flies continuously (unless, well, blocked), and the idea is to navigate around the structures while avoiding a catastrophic and run-ending smash. Because of how tightly packed the structures are, some quick reflexes are needed to keep on going. The visual aspect is interesting, with newer structures gradually taking shape in the distance.
To add to the challenge, the game incorporates colored rings; going through them gives the player a cash bonus, so it is good idea to pick as many as possible. However, there’s an opportunity cost to collecting them, as one might have a tougher row to hoe by going out of one’s way to get to one of them.
If one goes on long enough, one will find that the obstacles evolve: moving ones (sideways, up and down, etc) and then there are ones of different shapes. The visuals play tricks on the player’s mind delightfully. As noted, a collision ends the run, and success is measured in distance traveled and cash bonuses gained (at $500 a pop). Gained cash can be used to purchase snazzier ships, or bonus multipliers. Simple, and enjoyably to the point.
It feels like an arcade game — and nicely so — but there almost isn’t enough gratification. I think the gameplay could be greatly served by more performance based awards, and simple stuff like earned/defined invulnerability would make it even more addictive than it already is. In the same vein, better use of the run continues could also enhance the experience.
Still, No Limit Racer is a great time-waster, and is the perfect small group bragging rights tool… worth a glance, and a session, if one dares.