(AD - Gifted) Horizon Chase Turbo 1st Impressions

A while back Numskull Games kindly gifted me the Nintendo Switch version of Horizon Chase Turbo to review. Numskull describe the game as being 'inspired by the great racing hits of the 80's & 90's' and I have to admit the whole game does give you a retro vibe which I love as I don't own many games like this, but I think after playing this I may have to purchase more.

It isn't too difficult to win each level but I find myself going back to try beat the levels again and improve my time, which I never really do with other racing games. I normally don't bother with racing games as they stress me out far too much, but I actually really enjoyed just sitting and playing this whether it is on my lunch time, waiting for Liam to come home or whilst I am just laid in bed. It is a really laid back game so you can just sit and relax whilst playing, as you don't need too much focus, plus the races don't go on forever like some racing games. 

The game has over 100 tracks all set across a variety of different locations so no tracks are the same, plus you get different hills and track shapes to challenge yourself on. Just as you think you are getting used to something a different part crops up like sand or a big hill where you have to manage the amount of petrol you use (I have run out a few times).

Not only are the tracks great but so is the accompanying soundtrack which is by Barry Leitch who has also worked Switchblade (C64) & Ragnarok (PC). I would usually mute the Switch and listen to my Spotify but with this I am happy to have the soundtrack playing as I find it fits the game perfectly which sometimes in Arcade games you don't really get. 

The game has a take on the old school 16 bit graphics and features 4 player local multiplayer however I have only been playing the story mode so I can get upgraded cars etc and so far I am doing better than ever, I actually have the patience to sit and grind away on the levels. The graphics look sharp and the colours on each track are great it really does feel like you are playing an arcade game from the comfort of your own home. The controls are super easy too so there is no confusing on what I need to press to get my car moving correctly, some racing games have different buttons to others which can easily confuse me but this is just nice and simple, even after not playing for a while I can just pick up where I left off. 

If you are looking for a nice relaxed racing game to play and have a Nintendo Switch or PS4 I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this game. You can pick this up from the likes of Game or Amazon. I am so glad to be back playing on the Switch and with some upcoming long car journey's I can see this game easily getting completed so I will check back in with you with a full review once it is done, lets see if any of my opinions change.

See you soon

*This game was kindly gifted to me by Numskull games. All thoughts and opinions in this post are 100% my own honest review.

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  1. This looks really cool but no matter how hard I try I suck at driving games agaha -elderblogs

    1. Don't worry I do too but this one I don't get stressed with and actually have the patience for.