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: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,220 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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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

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    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
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Stayed up all night to see if I could get rank 1 in the world, Failed but got a trading card in the process. 10/10
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Compellingly Simple - An enjoyable test of reaction and memory with infinite replay value.
Posted: October 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
As alluded to in the title, the goal of Race The Sun is to travel for as long as possible, using quick reflexes to avoid obstacles and shadows while increasing your score before the sun eventually sets. Along the way you'll need to pick up scattered energy bursts to help fend off the impending darkness, at which point your solar-powered ship will begin to slow down considerably before finally stopping all together. The racing itself feels very slick and there's a terrific sense of tension that hits once you advance beyond the first couple regions and reach some truly heinous areas. The blocky and minimalistic visual style is surprisingly good-looking in motion, thanks largely to some really nice lighting effects. There isn't a whole lot of variety to the soundtrack but what's there is still quite solid. New tracks are procedurally-generated every 24 hours, and the use of leaderboards help make high-score chasing a reason to keep coming back.

The control scheme is very simplistic (analog stick to move, action button to jump when available) but I couldn't help but notice a slight yet noticeable amount of lag while playing that is directly tied to v-sync. There's no in-game option to turn it off, but I was able to force it off using RadeonPro for my AMD card. Being limited to a single track each day can also make runs a bit repetitive, a feeling that's enhanced by the limited soundtrack and oft-repeated backgrounds. Thankfully there is Steam Workshop integration so that players can create their own tracks for others to enjoy.

(EDIT: In regards to runs becoming repetitive - After playing a bit more, I now feel like it isn't as big a concern as I initially thought. Each track/region is loaded with branching paths in addition to portals that temporarily take you to bizarre alternate regions. This helps make each run feel a little more unique if you to decide to mix it up and take different routes each time.)

Despite a couple small issues, Race The Sun is a beautiful and simple yet thrilling endless runner. Runs may only last for a few minutes at a time, but it makes for some exciting bursts of racing that will test your concentration and timing.
Posted: September 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Race the Sun is a combination of those "just one more round"-games and the "zen-like but still frustrating"-games (like Tetris on high difficulty). It's basically an infinite runner, as long as you don't run out of solar power. Your speed is constant to the amount of solar power you have. You dodge stuff, jump if you find power ups, collect tris's (diamonds) and try to get as far as possible without crashing... all to the sway of a great soundtrack. If you crash you start all over again. There's only one track (if you don't count what you can found in the Steam Workshop) but it's regenerated every 24 hrs so you can always come back for more.

At the same time there's a level up system. Every five rewardpoints you collect you'll get a level up which gives you minor bonuses. You collect rewardpoints by completing tasks. At any point you have three tasks; a one pointer, a two pointer and a three pointer. These can range anywhere from "collectively travel X amount of distance" to "clear two stages without ever turning left". Once you complete a task it is swapped for a new one... and this system gives the game some more depth. Instead of always just trying to get as far as possible, you start trying to complete tasks... kinda like achievement hunting, but you're actually rewarded for completing them ... other than a small icon that pops up.

Awesome game - recommended fullheartedly!
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Avoiding obstacles on what appears to be a foggy day is profanity inducingly annoying. Yet as you hurtle into a cube for the nth time, there's always a feeling that it was your fault and next time you can do better. Hate this game. One more go.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
This is not the kind of game you want to play when you're having a bad day.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Post-Rock: The Video Game.

It's essentially a rogue-like racing game. If that idea appeals to you, I can't reccomend this game enough.

My only complaint would be the default music for the game. It gets repetitive pretty fast. If you were to mute it, however, and put on something like, say. God Is An Astronaut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgc9g7OB6Jc while you play, you'll really have something special.

It's fun, it's addictive, it's challenging, it's beautiful. There's nothing else like it. The fact that the worlds are randomly generated makes it something even greater that I will probably keep playing for a very long time.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
It's simple, awesome, addictive and really, really fun to play. Did I mention it is awesome?
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
I've really got nothing to say about this game other than the fact that it is pretty good. I like it best with an Xbox controller.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
This game teaches you how to be frustrated and calm at the same time.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
The hell of a journey towards the sunset. Super fun game. Recommended!
Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
A really simple, fun and addictive arcade game. 11/11 :-)
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
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, ..."
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Man, what an engaging game. It doesn't do much, but it's great at what it does. If you like adrenaline-fueled arcade racing then this might be the game for you. But when I say racing, you aren't really racing oponents - as the name says you are racing the sun. You weave through obstacles at high speed in a solar-powered ship with only limited batteries, and the sun is sinking ever closer to the horizon. How far can you make it before the sun sets?

I really enjoy the way the maps work. Each day at a set time the world gets reset; a new set of procedurally generated stages are laid out and are used by everybody for the next 24 hours, with daily leaderboards as well as tracking of all-time high scores.

Surpisingly it isn't terrible to play on a keyboard, but a controller is STRONGLY recommended.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
10/10 it's okay
Posted: October 23
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Don't get turned off by the screenshots, this is a fun and addictive game!
Posted: October 11
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