Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 21, 2013
    100
    Race the Sun is far too gorgeously hypnotic to be an endless runner.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    The idea of a minuscule studio putting out a game that will potentially entrance millions with its easy accessibility and well-graduated complexity curve proves that there is still room in the market for the little guy. Race the Sun is not only a fun little addiction but hopefully also a harbinger of the return of boutique developers.
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    82
    Race The Sun is pure adrenaline. Unfortunately the challenges are rather short.
  4. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    This games is focused on what it wants to achieve and boy, does it ever. And as it changes over time, it’ll keep you coming back for days and days. [Issue#238]
  5. CD-Action
    Oct 16, 2013
    80
    The developers struck a perfect balance between an annoyingly demanding difficulty level and satisfaction for everyone. A great indie game. [11/2013, p.78]
  6. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    It is somehow simple, but very addictive and fun. It definitely deserves our time if you're looking for something like this.
  7. Aug 30, 2013
    80
    Race the Sun is an elegant endeavor, pairing slick action and stiff challenge with systems that make you want to come back day after day.
  8. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    A blissful, almost trance-like state can be achieved when playing Race the Sun, and despite being a game that slowly reveals itself to you, rewarding you for getting better, this is worth shouting about.
  9. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    If Race The Sun’s tracks remain as consistently well-paced and tiered as the raft of stages we’ve experienced to date, then it can be considered a success rather than an experiment: a confident genre hybrid worthy of your time and patience because who knows, today could be your day.
  10. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Race the Sun is very close to a perfect pick-up-and-play game, except for the bit where it’s very hard not to keep playing once you’ve started. A quick break easily turns into one more attempt, trying to plot a different course over the cluttered plains, maximizing Tri collection while minimizing the risk of turning into a cloud of debris.
  11. PC Gamer UK
    Nov 6, 2013
    79
    An original take on the arcade time-trial formula. [Dec 2013, p.95]
  12. Aug 29, 2013
    75
    Graphically the game starts off looking rather simple, with basic 3D shapes, but they begin to evolve the farther you get into the game.
  13. Jan 15, 2014
    70
    The game’s illusion of freedom is a bit disappointing. There are no paths surrounded by invisible walls as we have come to expect from other ‘endless runners’, and the first thing you do is try to take a peek at the edge of this world. But, in reality, there are only three ways: forward, just to the left, and just to the right.
  14. Jan 3, 2014
    70
    When you fly 350 kph, and gigantic block falls in front of your nose, don't say you weren't expecting it. Race the Sun is simply a wonderful reaction trainer. However, it could deliver a bit more than that.
  15. Sep 1, 2013
    70
    Once you get the unlocks, the game is pretty fun for a few hours a day, at most, but doesn’t really hold up to longer sessions. The leaderboards could use some work, and I hope that they continue to peck away at them, but Race the Sun is a fine runner with some decent hooks and unique modes that can give you some good fun if you stick with it.
  16. Sep 20, 2013
    65
    When all's said and done, Race the Sun is a solid offering and I'm sure some players will undoubtedly end up hooked on the thrill of the daily leaderboard battles. On the other hand, some (including me) will come away feeling that the final product is a bit too limited to reach the potential it holds.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 87
  2. Negative: 12 out of 87
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    9
    i feel like bein in Star Wars PODRACER racing around tattooine. The feel of speed gets thru and delivers. and after addictive game session ii feel like bein in Star Wars PODRACER racing around tattooine. The feel of speed gets thru and delivers. and after addictive game session i feel like travelled a long distance. the feel of control is good and umm. Use your senses! Full Review »
  2. May 22, 2014
    6
    I liked Race the Sun at first. It has a good concept, just awful execution. You "progress" through the game by getting level upgrades, doneI liked Race the Sun at first. It has a good concept, just awful execution. You "progress" through the game by getting level upgrades, done so by completing challenges. These challenges are mostly just frustrating (ex: having to only turn left for 2 rounds in 1 run). I ended up having no fun in the experience. Full Review »
  3. Jan 21, 2014
    10
    Okay before I get started writing a positive review, I doubt the person who wrote the description of this game know the title well. This baresOkay before I get started writing a positive review, I doubt the person who wrote the description of this game know the title well. This bares little to no relation to Starfox. This is a "reflex puzzle" type obstacle-dodging game with the endless run kind of model. This may sound crude and simple, but Race the Sun totally comes out victorious in two respects:

    First I've only played a few fully enjoyable titles like this - most of the time you risk stumbling upon shovelware with this kind of game - and Race the Sun is an impeccable implementation of the genre on each and every aspect of its gameplay! It'll get your full undivided attention and give you many, many "whew" moments right off the bat.

    Secondly this game could've gone bad with its design style. You'll often see artists try the simplistic approach only get bland results instead of just simplicity. Race the Sun nailed their simplistic design, using modern graphics capabilities like post processing effects and lighting to clearly show a simplistic design really does not have to be bland for one bit!

    At the price they sell it it's a no brainer. It's a casual play so you can add it to your library even if you're currently going through other bigger titles. This is a nice side-game to have to fill in those voids where you need a break from the massive large-story type gaming.
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