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  • Summary: "Spectra: 8bit Racing, flips the script on what weve come to expect from a music-based game." - Xbox Wire

    Spectra is a beautiful twitch racing game that will have you on the edge of your seat! Blast your nimble ship down intricate ribbons of light in time to a thumping all
    "Spectra: 8bit Racing, flips the script on what weve come to expect from a music-based game." - Xbox Wire

    Spectra is a beautiful twitch racing game that will have you on the edge of your seat! Blast your nimble ship down intricate ribbons of light in time to a thumping all original soundtrack by Chipzel (Super Hexagon, Size Does Matter). Spectra will have your ears pumping and your heart racing as you drift into a trance with just one objective. Survive till the music stops! A true callback to arcade games of old; mastery of Spectra will require all your twitch skills and the beautiful retro style graphics will have you just itching to go dig up your Atari!
    -Game Features
    - Exclusive soundtrack from chiptune legend Chipzel Procedural levels for UNLIMITED playthroughs The downloadable version of this game supports English.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Sep 30, 2015
    60
    Spectra is an average, straightforward racer that’s easy enough to grasp. And yet, it comes off as half finished.
  2. Jul 16, 2015
    60
    Had the team at Gateway implemented better controls, more diversity in level design and other features, Spectra could've easily been on its way to becoming a cult classic for this generation. As it stands, it's not bad for a $5 purchase, but more could've been done with it.
  3. 60
    With visceral, retro-inspired visuals and a fantastic chip-tunes soundtrack, Spectra is a twitch game aimed at those who miss the 80s. It's solid, too, but is ultimately marred by repetition, frustration and a notable lack of substance.
  4. Aug 20, 2015
    60
    Spectra is good clean fun, providing just the right amount of challenge without ever feeling unfair.
  5. Jul 20, 2015
    50
    An acid-fueled tribute to the chiptune scene, Spectra is high on musical euphoria and painfully low on gaming excitement.
  6. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Aug 22, 2015
    50
    Spectra's a fine little racer that'll help kill time while you wait for a download. If just a couple of niggles had been ironed out and changed however, this could have been much better. [Issue#127, p.82]
  7. 40
    Too meandering and dull to work as a twitchy arcade game, Spectra is saved from the ignominy of an even lower score by its sparkling soundtrack. A treat for the ears, then, but little more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 15, 2015
    10
    supurb!!!!! this game is awesome the sound track is amazing with half trance half techno and electronica.it has acheivments and ingamesupurb!!!!! this game is awesome the sound track is amazing with half trance half techno and electronica.it has acheivments and ingame acheivments like rock band you follow a line on screen moving towards you trying to avoid bumpers and hold on to your multipliyer if you hit one you lose it.only problem is no leaderboards.chipzul made all the music even talk of music dlc in future probably not though. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2015
    8
    I had relatively high expectations for this game before it came out. This game exceeded them quite a bit. The gameplay was fun, the graphicsI had relatively high expectations for this game before it came out. This game exceeded them quite a bit. The gameplay was fun, the graphics really fit the theme that the developers were going for and the soundtrack really shines on this title. My only gripe was that they had one achievement that was glitched on launch day. However, they are working to fix that issue. I highly recommend this game at the shockingly low price of $7.49. Expand