You are a solar craft. The sun is your death timer. Hurtle towards the sunset at breakneck speed in a futile race against time. Delay the inevitable by catching energy boosts which reverse the setting sun - if only for a moment.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,928 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 9, 2013

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"A fairly simple "runner" in which you fly a solar powered space-craft. Gorgeous, minimalist graphics, leaderboard focused gameplay. Daily challenges."
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July 27

Sunrise DLC for Race The Sun is here!

Hello everybody!

First, before I get into the good stuff, let me just officially introduce myself. My name is Drew and I am the new Flippfly Community & Customer Support Manager. This means you'll start to see me join discussions and post announcements like these. Don't worry, I'm sure you'll still hear from Aaron and Forest some, too.

I'm also the first person you speak with over at our support forum and through our primary Twitter and Facebook accounts. I will be lurking everywhere. ...But enough about me!

For some time, our players have been asking for a "zen" type mode for Race The Sun. And we’ve been listening! Today we launched a $1.99 DLC here on Steam, called Sunrise. This beautiful new mode has all the speed of the original but without a setting sun, an increasing difficulty, or a leaderboard. Just settle in and zone out for one infinite region of bliss. Go check it out!

We’re looking forward to hear what you think! Please leave us your comments!

RTS Update

Along with this newly available DLC, we have also made some updates to the game including new features we think you're going to love!

  • First-Person Camera Mode: at the press of a button ("c" on your keyboard by default) race with a cockpit view from within the ship!
  • Friend's Highscores in the Sky: now you can literally see yourself passing your friend’s scores without leaving the main course!

We're very excited about these updates and hope you are, too! Please let us know what you think of the new features.

And I look forward to talking with you in the Discussions section. If you ever experience any strange behavior with Race The Sun or need help with your Flippfly account or other Flippfly products, please head over to our support forum and I will see what I can do for you.

You can also say hello to us via Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time,
— Drew

Race The Sun Fan + Flippfly Community & Customer Support Manager

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April 17

Oculus support (Beta) available

Hey all, we actually released this a few weeks ago, but failed to announce it properly! If you opt into the latest 'beta', and have an Oculus DK1/DK2, you can launch Race The Sun with Oculus support turnen on. Let us know what you think!

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“It has the thrill of an arcade game rather than the accommodating modesty of a time waster”
5/5 – Quarter To Three (Tom Chick)

“compelling in a way that could make it a daily habit”
8/10 – Gamespot

“a confident genre hybrid worthy of your time and patience”
8/10 – EDGE

Digital Deluxe Edition

Deluxe edition now available!
Includes Original Soundtrack and Sunrise DLC.

About This Game

You are a solar craft. The sun is your death timer. Hurtle towards the sunset at breakneck speed in a futile race against time. Delay the inevitable by catching energy boosts which reverse the setting sun - if only for a moment.

Race The Sun is inspired by arcade games of the past with a focus on highscores, short game sessions, and a sense of pure fun mingled with a nerve-wracking tension. The rules are simple: don't crash, stay in the light, and don't slow down!

Key Features

  • Race at insane speeds through an infinite procedural world that changes every day
  • Complete objectives to unlock upgrades and level-up your ship (25 levels)
  • Customize your ship with attachments like faster turning and decals
  • Built-in editor that allows you to create your own endless worlds
  • "World portals" that transport you to user-created worlds
  • Unlockable ultra-hard world called Apocalypse

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM2.0 (or later) Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X: 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM2.0 (or later) Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 (and newer)
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM2.0 (or later) Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
73 of 90 people (81%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
In some ways, this game is the perfect metaphor for our lives. Each of us is the little spacecraft and we chase after the light of our dreams. There will be several paths for us to try out on our journey, with the shadow of our doubts slowing us down if we let it. We will inevitably crash and burn many... many times into obstacles that came out of ♥♥♥♥ing nowhere and there will be that one stage that will seem impossible. However, if we have the courage to press that 'retry' button, then eventually we will beat the game. Just remember to never lose sight of your dream, and don't let the sun set on you before you get to the end.

Praise the sun. 10/10
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
With Kairo like graphics and atmospheric sounds Race the Sun addicts you to itself. The game is based on a very basic mechanics and you don't need to challenge with it. There are three game mods in the game which two of them will be opened after leveling up. Game's map is updating daily so you are playing in the new world every day. Also there are some upgrades you can earn by completing missions and then leveling up. They are really helpful to beat your last record and discover new levels in the game's world. It was cheap in the sales so you must give it a try. Any arcade fan can easily like this game.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Great game to play every now and then. Really fun and fast paced.
Graphics looks minimalistic with just mostly grey but it is an interesting style and doesn't distract from the action.
The Soundtrack is good but there sadly aren't that many songs. You can buy it here.
Controlls feel very tight.

There are also 3 different mode:
  • Normal (which you will play most of the time)
  • Apocalypse (when you want more challenge)
  • Labyrinth (a more slower paced mode,which allows you to have more time to
    decide where to go with a small amount of puzzles
  • Zen Mode (accessable only with the DLC, this is a relaxing mode without any presure or challenge

The levels/world changes every 24h so you have enought time to try to get a high score for the day but also enought divercity so it doesn't get boring that quickly.

There is one DLC which adds the Zen Mode (like already listed above)

There is also the Steam Workshop with user-created levels but can give a nice change of the aesthetic and the gameplay.

The game is currently in the Humble Weekly Sale
If you want to support the developers more buy it on their Web Site
You will get a DRM-Free version of the game as well and the devs get a higher percentage of the money
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
FLY LIKE A BIRD... and as far as I know you don't sting anyone... yet. Just duck and weave like the old master and you'll be fine. Oh yeah you got a jump thing too... that's quite unlike the sweet science but heck... just get it and enjoy it.

Especially today... this fine day... since it's free. Heck I paid 2.50 for it back in a sale and I thought it was a bargain so for naught... well, just do it!

Don't let your flights of fancy be... we'll actually do let them be flights of fancy.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
From experience of driving towards the sun, you wouldn't think much of a game that focuses on flying towards the sun. But this takes place in what I imagine is a sad, dystopic future devoid of fine art or literature, and on the eve of annihilation. You're transporting yourself and a motley crew of rogues, miscreants, and not-for-the-mainstream scients in a solar-powered plane last-ditch effort to survive the imminent death and maybe save the world. Every once in a while you find these warp gates and they take you to strange lands? Are any of these places inhabitable? It is unlikely given the unsatisfactory nature of that ending. It's time to race the sun for the future of life of the planet.

Seriously though: You turn left, you turn right, you jump when you've got the right power up, and you pick up these things that make you go fast and keep the sun in the sky. If the sun sets you run out of power and die. If you run into a wall you die. You level up by doing things like not turning left for a while, or being good at not hitting stuff, or collecting a lot of stuff in the air. These levels give you things like a magnet that makes it so you pick up stuff easier, or a battery that lets you survive in the shadows better. You can also put stickers on your plane, which is the closest thing to texture you're going to get here, (well and the portals). This game is monotone polygons everywhere. Grey Triangles? Probably trees or mountains depending on scale? Grey rectangles I imagine are buildings, while Brown rectangles I imagine are also buildings. There are some that look like trees.

I filled in a lot of blanks with my imagination, and the game itself is fun.
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