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 (1,599 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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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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February 17

Labyrinthia now on Steam!

The previously PSN exclusive world Labyrinthia is now available on the Steam version of Race the Sun.

Labyrinthia is a giant maze world that challenges players to make quick decisions and observations in order to overcome traps, dead ends and puzzles.

Find out if your reflexes and wits are up for the challenge.

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Reviews

“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

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
With a name like "Race the Sun" there's a certain expectation of speed that comes associated with it. Fortunatly, the game delivers on it excellently. Not only is the straight up speed high, but the split-second obstacle dodging, near misses, and sublime control make sure that the the entire game is a fast paced and exhilarating experience.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Great daily ritual.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Remember the Venom stage in StarFox on SNES ? Well this is a complete game based on that part
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 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.
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

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 ge boring that quickly.

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

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=283723395
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=386090479
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
A relaxing yet challenging "minimalistic" arcade. The workshop adds a nice layer of content with the community added stages. There's not much depth here but the few things the game does it does very well!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
It's good as long as you remember that your sole purpose is to race the sun. If you expect more you'll be let down, simply because there's nothing else to do (besides go for the achievements).
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Race the Sun is a minimalist endless runner where you fly a solar powered ship towards the sun until you crash or the sun sets. You have challenges and level up in much the same way as other popular endless runners (e.g. Jetpack Joyride), but there are no microtransactions or ads in this PC game. It's a lot of fun, and addictive, kind of reminiscent of the original Star Fox in visuals. The game lacks polish in several noticeable areas (one of them being that my score usually doesn't get added to the leaderboard).
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
tl;dr - Audio Version: https://soundcloud.com/econaelgaming/review-racethesun

Race the Sun is a beautifully crafted game with an appealing aesthetic.
Sadly the great polish of game mechanics doesn't bring a similar level of polish of the game's design.

Race the Sun is an endless runner with an infinitely wide world and it disincentivizes lateral movement by making it dangerous.
The theme is that you're steering a solar powered glider and the sun is going down quickly, making shadows longer.
There are pickups that push the sun back up and give you a speed boost.
These pickups have a big ray that goes into the sky, showing where they are, but the draw distance is so low, that when you see them, you need to instantly do a full steer in that direction to get it and if there's an obstacle close to you forcing you to stay put for a second, you'll miss it.
There is only 1 level that is freshly generated once a day.
These things coupled together, mean that optimal play includes trial & error to find the optimal path that connects as many of said powerups and memorization of that path.

The game uses a progression via small achievements, similar to games such as Jetpack Joyride and these achievements unlock new game mechanics (powerups, game modes etc.).
Gating content behind achievements always means that most of those achievements are boring, so as to not hide a big percentage of content from players, so the game has lots of "Reach X amount of cumulative distance traveled" or "Crash X times" achievements. On top of that, the text upon reaching an achievement is a nihilistic "meh, achievements suck anyway and you're stupid for caring about points" type of "humorous" text.

I unlocked a harder game mode that has repeated the same ~20 seconds of level over and over. I believe it would repeat endlessly. Not appealing.

So it's still very beautiful and the controls feel nice, but there's not a lot of game behind it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Addictive, amazing, pretty.
11/10
would reccomend to anyone and everyone!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game will eat your time. This is an incredible addiciting fast passed game about dodging obsticals and collecting power ups. The progression system is well put together and progression feels quick while you aren't feeling rushed through the game. The game play is quick, smoot and easy to get the hang of, but mastery takes time and learning of how things work and how maps are layed out. The different types of maps and daily layout changes gives this game a lasting appeal as well as an appocalypse mode which is very difficult but fun. Overall a fun little game that will entertain you for a decent amount of time.
9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
First off, think of Race The Sun as a mobile game, but magnified onto a larger screen. There is no story, no dialogue: just the simple objective of don't die. That includes getting as far as you can while the sun is still up, as you are a solar powered aircraft (hence the title, Race the Sun). So pretty much it's a time trial, except instead of numbers on a timer, it's a natural time limit. Controls are intuitive and simple, like many other platformers. As you progress in the game you'll get more abilites and things to collect while dodging huge rotating boxes and manoeuvring through narrow tunnels. There is also a level designer, although that was too complex for me to figure out how to use, and I decided just racing would be a better use of my time.
Overall, this is a fun, action packed platformer with beautiful minimalist graphics that brings a new dynamic of racing the Sun until it sets. Highly recommended, but not for its price. I bought it for $2 while it was on sale, and for that it is more than worth it. However, $10 might be a little on the pricey side for a game with its amount of content.
Regardless of the price, I rate it 8/10 for what it is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Race the Sun is a great game. It's a simple concept that is very easy to pick up on, but provides plenty of challenge for even the most seasoned players. The level design is regenerated every day, adding excellent re-playability. The challenges give you more goals to work towards, and give a sense of progression. My one small complaint is that there is no difficulty slider. Other than that, I don't have anything other criticisms. For only $10 it is more than worth getting.

5/5 I highly recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Very fun and addicting! If you like games like Super Hexagon, you'll like this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Worlds 1-3 - "Zoom Zoom." Worlds 5+ - "HOLY ♥♥♥♥ AHH"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
If you are looking for a slow and complex runner game, it is not here. This game can be very difficult very quickly, but it does everything with polish. Simple, clean, and fast. The trailer really shows the ideas and speed of the game, if you think it's too fast or repetitive then you won't like the game. But I've found it very enjoyable. A slower-speed option could help newer players through the awkward progression system, but the game is still solid.

I've never really been a fan of the runner genre, but this game cleans up the issues and polished the best parts. Still, the amount of content is fair, but I don't think the game is incredibly replayable. Most reviewers are around 5 hours or less, with very few above 10. I consider myself nearly "done" with the game, seeing most of what the game offers in a reasonable time. It's very good content, but only something I'd come back to play occassionally. I'd recommend waiting for at least 50% off ($4.99).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Nice to blow off some quick steam. Not at the top of my library though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
simple fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
The standard runner with power ups, cool experience system that teaches you how to live and you can even customize your ship a little! Hard mode is nice too if you ever mistakenly feel like you're good at the game.

My best impulse purchase thus far!
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