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:
Recent:
Very Positive (55 reviews) - 89% of the 55 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (4,737 reviews) - 93% of the 4,737 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 9, 2013

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March 29

We solved the Android problem for Race The Sun



Just posted about this on our website and shared it on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

We have been working on an Android version of Race the Sun, and it will be ready for release on Google Play soon. We are still working out the details of a release date and exactly what devices we can support, but we know that the game will have the same features as the iOS version, including leaderboards, achievements, and a world that regenerates daily.

Android Beta Testers Wanted



We will be running a closed beta for those who want to test the game early. You can sign up here if you would like to ​apply to be a beta tester.

Thanks to everyone who has requested an Android version — we are super pumped that we can finally make it happen.

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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

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

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
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X: 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM2.0 (or later) Graphics Card
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
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Very Positive (55 reviews)
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sneaky
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
Great concept, however not that much content for the price, feels like this game has missed some potential. (colors, atmosphere, diversity)
Some great workshop mods though.

Overall a decent game.
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Tenton
24.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
cant stop playin it 30 minutes every 3 days....dont know why either, just cant stop playin it.
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FattyFeraligatr
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
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[AoH] igaborm
10.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
I downloaded this game from steam when it was free. After a bit of gameplay experience, the thing I want to say about this game is the following:

This is a really simple game, simplistic graphics, not too complex gameplay. You are controlling an aircraft which is powered by sunlight. You constantly have to follow the sun to keep you powered up and what that means basically is you have to fly through different terrain at extremely high speed without crashing. Sounds easy right? It actually is quite an easy and relaxing game. The graphics are simple but that doesnt mean they are not nice. They are minimalistic. And the game has a great soundtrack. And the whole atmosphere gives a kind of "after humanity" feeling. The controls are easy and the map is changing every 24 hours so you wont get bored of it easily. Unless you find the gameplay itself boring. And there are also quite an amount of challenges up to date.

Overall (I want to start with the cons)
Cons:
- The gameplay might be too simple for some people
- Can get repetitive
- All challenges can be accomplished in around a day

Pros:
- I find the graphics (personally) satisfying
- Relaxing gameplay
- The game has a unique feeling
- Nice atmosphere
- Even if you run out of in game challenges, steam achievements will keep you fresh
- 24 hrs changing map
- Easy to do, hard to master
- The overall concept is great and it works

I would definitely recommend at least giving a shot to this game if you want something relaxing yet challenging in your inventory.
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SolarPolarMan
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
A average port of an average mobile game. The buttons are large. The controller mapping is broken. The gameplay is average. It's currently £6.99 too much.
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fujitahibaraki
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
As someone who is relatively new to gaming (and thus, appropriately bad at it to boot), I found this an easy game to get into. Not only that, but it keeps you challenged, as the world is - due to its being generated / reset regularly - very dynamic. The visuals are quite pretty: lots of room to roam / fly, with soothing music playing in the background.

Moreover, the game is a great way to vent -- sometimes crashing into buildings is just the thing you need to forget about RL stress :D.
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(T.B.B.L) Dayvud
9.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
GOOD GAME VERY FUN
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Cyrus
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
The best game I've ever recieved for free. Relaxing and yet also challenging.
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Jacket
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
Great fun
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Dzjontn
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
Nice endless "runner" with plenty of objectives to keep things more challenging.
There are also upgrades for your ship to let you get just that little farther.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Product received for free
A well-done runner with the minimalistic graphic style let you get pleasure if you try hard and learn the patterns of the levels. A randomly generated world and knowledge of the fact that you can easily train your reflexes keep your passion up. A good game for regular playing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Excellent game, simple idea and great music. This game was fun, but was frustrating when I kept on getting stuck trying to complete certain challenges.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
I downloaded this game from steam when it was free. After a bit of gameplay experience, the thing I want to say about this game is the following:

This is a really simple game, simplistic graphics, not too complex gameplay. You are controlling an aircraft which is powered by sunlight. You constantly have to follow the sun to keep you powered up and what that means basically is you have to fly through different terrain at extremely high speed without crashing. Sounds easy right? It actually is quite an easy and relaxing game. The graphics are simple but that doesnt mean they are not nice. They are minimalistic. And the game has a great soundtrack. And the whole atmosphere gives a kind of "after humanity" feeling. The controls are easy and the map is changing every 24 hours so you wont get bored of it easily. Unless you find the gameplay itself boring. And there are also quite an amount of challenges up to date.

Overall (I want to start with the cons)
Cons:
- The gameplay might be too simple for some people
- Can get repetitive
- All challenges can be accomplished in around a day

Pros:
- I find the graphics (personally) satisfying
- Relaxing gameplay
- The game has a unique feeling
- Nice atmosphere
- Even if you run out of in game challenges, steam achievements will keep you fresh
- 24 hrs changing map
- Easy to do, hard to master
- The overall concept is great and it works

I would definitely recommend at least giving a shot to this game if you want something relaxing yet challenging in your inventory.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
A average port of an average mobile game. The buttons are large. The controller mapping is broken. The gameplay is average. It's currently £6.99 too much.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
622 of 711 people (87%) found this review helpful
179 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
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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157 of 175 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
It's like a crazy minimalist hybrid of Star Fox/F-Zero crossed with Super Hexagon's speed and reflex driven twitch aspects. My only real complaints are the bugs at the moment with achievements and some other stuff. I liked the older leaderboard stle they had in previous versions, and the soundtrack could be a lot better and perfect the experience. Overall, great game and I'd highly recommend it if you're into this sort of thing. Has great level editing tools as well as what will be a great user-created level portal. I'm not a fan of "luck-based" procedural generated levels but hopefully that can be eliminated by user-created levels at some point. I'd also like a static leaderboard alongside the daily leaderboard, for best players overall. And hopefully in time all of this can be worked out in some way.

But yeah, go buy it, one of the best indie titles to release on Steam recently and worth the time and money.
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124 of 145 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
This game reminds me of Rez for Dreamcast, but the cool thing is that you have freedom to go where ever you please in the level, just don’t run into anything. After dying by hitting objects in the level you want to play some more so that you can get to the next level. The faster you go the sun actually goes up the sky instead of down. This game is fun and nerve bending at the same time. I recommend this game for those who like challenging fast pace games that keep you on the edge of your seat.
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90 of 98 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
This game is so addictive. How addicitive you ask? So addictive that you will keep saying "one more go" after smashing against a wall.

Race The Sun reminds me of an old flash game that I used to play in College years ago, it was called Tunnel Maze Game and your objective was to dodge and jump obstacles that popped up at you, giving you a split second to react while your character surfed within a tunnel. If you know the game I am talking about then you will enjoy this game.

Gameplay wise, not every retry will be the same, meaning you could initially learn a portion of a region and then next try find yourself going a completely different way or into another area. The great thing about this game though is that the world will change every 24 hours, meaning it is forever changing. Not only that but it is user content friendly, meaning you can create and publish your own worlds for others to try.

Overall, if you are into games that test your reflexes or you have that determination to try and get a better score or do better than the last try. This game is for you.
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64 of 67 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
Race the Sun is an impressive test of your reflexes & concentration skills reminiscent of classic forward-scrolling 3D shooters like Star Fox. Before the sun disappears, your solar craft must make it as far as possible without hitting anything. At the same time, trying to stay in the light & grab as many power-ups, tris or wormholes across the landscape, to boost you along as fast as possible. There's a fantastic sense of speed building up the longer you survive, often flying past objects so close you could touch it (and sometimes mistakenly do lol!).

Lighting effects of the sun streaming rays of light through the various shapes of the artifically inspired worlds looks awesome, while also being a key mechanic functionally in the game design!

The world is randomly regenerated every 24hrs to provide new challenging combinations, plus in-between there is plenty of community maps to try on the Workshop. There are also specific challenges to level-up & upgrade your default craft to work towards longer term. Some of these are really hard!

Great to play on the big screen (in your lounge room), for a brief daily distraction (since games can be very quick indeed sometimes) :) or even a longer session where you reach for the clouds & conquer your (or friends) high scores! There are some tough achievements & a game plus mode for the hardcore out there.

Race the Sun is easy to pick up but hard to put down... while always striving for that elusive 'high score' just over the horizon!

Menus are a bit strange to navigate with a controller & the bright white tones can overwhelm, but other than these minor factors, this is a top quality & very addictive little indie title!


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