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.
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Release Date: Dec 9, 2013

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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

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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
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Product received for free
One of the most stunning games that I've played in a while. Though the game may be a bit repetitive and the menu a tad buggy for me at times (not too often to even really matter), it's fluid gameplay (Keyboard is still fun, but a controller is a lot better) and challenges will keep you coming back for more. The soundtrack is just as great as the tone gradually darkens or hastens with each level or when the Sun drops low enough, indicating the intensity/urgency of the situation. The thrill of just barely slipping through a tight corridor or gliding past a set of mountains/spikes/blocks is also worth noting. Overall, this game has a remarkable and simplistic beauty to it along with a sense of accomplishment and I recommend everyone to experience it for themselves.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Product received for free
Soothing, relaxing, almost soulful. Partly addictive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Product received for free
This is a fun game to play every hour and them. Playing for long times can get a little bit boring but for shorter sesions it's fun. It is quite satisfying when you complete a zone.
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628 of 717 people (88%) found this review helpful
180 people found this review funny
58.8 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
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
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
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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65 of 68 people (96%) found this review helpful
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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81 of 99 people (82%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
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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69 of 89 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Intense action. Daily new worlds with new leaderboards. Unlockables. Level editor. This game has it all. I love it and you will love it too.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: October 19
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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOU'VE STARTED READING, DON'T STOP.1. Say your name 10x. 2. Say your mums name 5 times and your crushs name 3 times. 4. Paste this onto 4 other games. If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. But if you read this and don't paste this, you will get bad luck. SEND THIS ON 5 DIFFERENT GAMES IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOUR DONE, PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS. THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
This game is boring. it has barely anything to offer and should be free. I do not like it at ALL.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
wow. It's simple. But, it's fun. It's basically a runner game. You're just in a ship. really cool. fast pace
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
Stupidly Addicting. Good for killing time. Apocolypse Settings makes me want to hurt things, but in a good way.
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9.5 hrs
Posted: October 12
To sum this game up, "simple but hectic" comes to mind.

Plus Side:
- Simple interface
- Three Controls: Left and Right with an unlockable Jump using the space bar.
- The controls work smoothly and the gameplay feels just right.
- Fast paced and hectic at times with an increasing sense of urgency and adrenaline.
- The maps change daily, so the repalyability is moderate to high depending on how much you like the game.
- The difficulty just grows and grows as you go, so the challenge increases and becomes that much more rewarding.
- Challenges to complete that will unlock new abilities, designs for the ship, or upgrades to the ship.
- There are other modes to unlock.
- There is a mode that allows you to make custom worlds/levels which are then sometimes used as bonus worlds within the game.

Flip Side:
- The game can become repetitive quickly.
- Possibly the double-edged sword, the combination of simple gameplay mechanics with an increasingly hectic environment can actually be off-putting to many people.
- The difficulty of some of the challenges can become so ridiculous that you may become disheartened and uninterested in completing them. It will often require many playthroughs to find a route that allows you to complete certain challenges.
- Designing your own stage can be very taxing and overwhelming for people who aren't too familiar with the system.
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Guardian Wisp
1.0 hrs
Posted: October 7
This game's concept is very simple, yet the gameplay is very good.
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Sammo Chi
0.2 hrs
Posted: October 5
lol, i got it for free
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 3
Race the Sun is a 3D endless runner where you pilot a solar-powered craft through beautiful abstract environments.

As far as endless runners go, this one is actually pretty decent. It has a nice minimalistic art style and even a simple upgrade system.

Unfortunately it does very little to fix my core problem with the genre. I find endless runners incredible boring and repetitive experiences that force you to spend way too much time simply memorizing the levels. Even on mobile I tend to avoid these games and they make even less sense to me on PC.

Not recommended.

The good:
- Nice minimalistic art style
- Upgrade system adds some extra depth

The bad:
- Boring gameplay
- Relies too much on mindless repetition
- Level art has very little variety
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 1
I cannot recommend this game.
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