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 (1,538 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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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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February 2

New Version: 1.44

We're pleased to announce that a new version is available!

- Labyrintha mode: A new (not endless!) mode for players who complete level 25.
- Improved controller support: XBox360 and PS3/PS4 controllers will now be automatically detected, and show custom icons in the UI
- Added AlienFX support for Alienware PCs
- Restored the "woosh" sound when passing buildings, as well as the ship engine sounds.
- Misc. bug fixes
(Note: Oculus Rift support will be coming in the next update!)

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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
30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Overview: Arcade Racer focused on avoiding obstacles

The Good:

+The game goes on forever, the goal is not only how far you can go but how many points you can get. The premise is that your ship is solar powered, thus staying in the sunlight keeps you going. The sun slowly goes down creating more shadows. Powerups can extend your time.

+ Every 24 hours the course is reset. Everything is randomized to a degree forcing you to rely more on skill and luck rather than memorization

+ The game gives you a multiple objectives to complete. After completing them your ship gets upgraded.

+VERY addicting, the game has the "just one more time" feeling to it.

+Steamworkshop is intregrated very nicely with a variety of different maps to try out.

+The game has a unique and simplistic artstyle to it. As the sun sets it creates a really nice setting. After playing some of the user generated maps you really see some of the verstatily of the engine and graphics despite how simple it is.

+Hard mode to really test you to the limit....if you find the main game to easy.

The Bad:

- You will get frustrated....a lot.

Conclusion

This is a really fun and simple game was a simple premise and works wonderfully due to the randomness of the world. Its a game you can keep going back to and play in short sessions.
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66 of 94 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
PRAISE THE SUN!!!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Race the Sun is a very simple game, your objective is to go as far as you can before the sun when down because your vehicle is powered by the sun and will be destroyed without power. Along the way you find many obstacle here and there to give the game some challenge.

To be honest i didn't know this game is exist before i bought it from humble bundle, and i actually glad that i bought it. This game mechanic along with the graphic and the sound effect is really good and simple. It give you the sense of peace and you rarely get that feeling when you try to play this type of game where your objective is to go as far as you can before dying and the high speed vehicle that you are trying to control feels very epic and futuristic and thats a good thing. The game also give you some simple objective for you to complete like avoid hitting anything in 2 stage or collect this amount of point or jump 5 time in one run or something along those line. In my opinion that objective is really refreshing and it will makes you try the game with a different tactics than usual. If you complete the objective you will level up and you will get many new upgrade for your ship like a magnet to catch all the point near you and all of the other stuff.

Soo the conclusion is this game is really fun and enjoyable to play in your spare time when you are bored, its a good game and the price is not that expensive either. :3 But if you looking for a game with alot of feature sadly this game is not for you, but if looking for a cool and fun casual game this game is for you !
Recommended ! :3
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
This game is really ♥♥♥♥ing addicting, fast and fun. I love these types of repetitive timelimited games!
I just love the 24 hour world generator, really great system for a game like this, adds completely new feels everytime and makes it so all those try hard speed runners cant keep this game memoriezed for long

Fits the title very well, it truely is a Race To The Sun.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Don't let the shadows catch you!

The goal is clear: get as many points as possible and as far as possible without crashing into something or running out of solar power. Easier said then done!
Even though this game is as arcady as it can be, it never gets boring for a number of reasons:

  • The map regenerates every 24 hours, making it fresh and new every day you play it.
  • It's great to play when you're drunk or high and or with friends.
  • The controls are great and responsive and if you die, it's your fault so you never feel cheated

I highly recommend getting this game, even if you don't like arcade-style games, because this one really mixes things up! Challenge!
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8 of 8 people (100%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Probably the best "runner" game I've ever played.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
This game teaches you how to be frustrated and calm at the same time.
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7 of 7 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Addictive as hell. Minimalist graphics and gameplay, yet what few elements there are, they are done masterfully. Runs at high quality on the integrated graphics of a laptop; if you tote around one with a dedicated GPU, you don't even need to turn it on - you can play on-the-go without burning through your battery.

Even though sometimes you want the next map to just roll around already, I think the decision to rotate them once every day is very spot-on. It forces you to just relax, pull back a bit, and remember that games should be played in moderation.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
The minimalist graphics, sounds, and mechanics contribute a sort of zen quality; relaxing, in a way, while requiring every reflex to be spot-on. Each region has a distinct visual style, making you want to explore it, but there's no way to go too far off the path, and the repetitive nature within a level makes it hard to remember what comes next. Upgrades are tied to a series of achievements, some trivial, others frustrating, but always having three current ones makes it fairly easy to climb quickly.

My children, too, love it, partly for the thrill of seeing a place they've never been able to get to before, and partly for the flashy barrel rolls. Granted, they die even more often than I do, but that makes it even easier to prefix a request with "Okay, the next time you die, ..."
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
The hell of a journey towards the sunset. Super fun game. Recommended!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
A really simple, fun and addictive arcade game. 11/11 :-)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Great daily ritual.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
A great game to play with the controller, I feel that this is the perfect game for casual racing if you are tired of playing something more complicated or you just want a quick high speed thrill (just the load time for this game make it good for this).

I also really like the idea of trying to out run the sun, kind of remember me the novel "Dying of the Light" from George R.R. Martin .
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Compellingly Simple - An enjoyable test of reaction and memory with infinite replay value.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
This game is a four letter word, namely ♥♥♥♥!

or maybe a divine word and a four letter word, such as HOLY ♥♥♥♥!

In otherwords..... this game is simply amazing. It also might give you a heart attack, or make you feel all giggity on the inside, butterflies in the stomach and such. That's the effect I'm getting right now; something between that and the heart-pounding fight or flight adrenaline rush of a century (a lil hyperbole there).

You fly in the smoothest riding, touchiest to control aircraft in the universe cruising at lightning speed. Every crash brings both a sense of dread and elation! After awhile, crashing becomes insanely fun, actually! In this game, unlike sex, lasting 3 minutes is a good thing! What feels even more good than the ejaculatory experience of exploding into objects with your 'aircraft' is the experience of weaving impossibly through obstacles, or richocheting off of them to extreme heights only to be thrown down into a chaotically destructive maze of impossibility. BUY THIS ♥♥♥♥. It's also similar to Super Hexagon and I thought it would be useful to compare the two, since I am so in love with that game as well, so.....

THE BREAKDOWN: (Comparison of Race the Sun and Super Hexagon)

On the annoying scale: I would rank it slightly under SuperHexagon which is a game that should also be in your library if you end up being into this game, or if you haven't already bought it.... SH, as it stands is the most annoying/frustrating game of all time. RtS: 8 , SH: 10

Challenge/Difficulty: I would have to say about the same thing here, but it's a close match. RtS: 9, SH: 10

Fun Factor: BOTH 10's!

Visual Appeal: This is where Race the Sun takes the lead, with a score that is relative to this type of very minimalist arcade game: RtS: 10, SH: 8

Music Annoyingness: 10 - 10

Mind-♥♥♥♥ing Awesomeness: 10-10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
This game is a metaphore about life. You have to stay in the suns rays but eventually the dusk will come. The sun will set. And we all will lose. Great casual game.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
A beautiful racing game of nerves. Race for time and speed in this simple yet very addicting game. 8/10 .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Really cool and fast paced twitch racer, somehow relaxing and exiting at the same time, and gets a good arcade feeling going.

Really cool game to pick up, play a few rounds and easy to drop and come back to.

Easily one of the best games I've bought this year.
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