Trace Vector is a modern take on tough as nails, high speed, vector, action arcade games from the 1980's. Turn up the music, navigate your ship through high speed warp networks, maintain your fuel reserves, avoid deadly hazards, and try to safely return home! Quarters not required.
User reviews: Positive (20 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
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"High speed vector navigating action inspired by arcades of old."

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“A unique spectical of light and sound that captures the mystery, whimsy, of a long forgotten era of classic gaming." "The pumping electronica music throughout the game is one of the first truely great soundtracks of the year." "... the reflex heavy gameplay is a rewarding and satisfying experience." "The game is a unique take on the endless runner genre, a wonderful spectical of light and sound, and a love letter to an almost forgotten niche of classic arcade nirvana." "... Trace Vector is a shining gem and hopefully a glimpse of awesome things to come this year in indie gaming.”
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Gameplay Summary
Trace Vector is a high speed action arcade game with puzzle elements. Featuring a modern take on vector style graphics, Trace Vector plays like an easy to learn, hard to master, game of the golden age of the 80′s video arcades. Race your space ship through each geometric level grabbing extra fuel cells along the way. Reach a viable goal to shatter the networks' hold on your ship and increase your speed. Simple controls keep you focused on navigating the increasingly complex webs at ever increasing speeds. Collect fuel cells and warp time to assist in the precision maneuvering needed to ace a level! Warping time quickly exhausts precious fuel. If you deplete your fuel and crash it's game over.

Hyperspace networks have hazards at every turn. Dead end paths, barriers, and worm holes that can send you back in time and space increase the danger; forcing you to think ahead and be prepared to deal with your previous route through the network. Hyperspace is a strange place. Go forth brave pilot. Keep your wits in order, escape the neon labyrinths, and scavenge enough fuel to return home safely.

Adventure Mode: A unique driving and evolving soundtrack designed for Trace Vector matches your progress through each of the twelve zones. Help Jason and his ship Aurora return to home planet by exploiting an ancient and hazardous hyper network! Your wits, reflexes, and rockin' tunes are your tools for survival in this high energy neon journey!

Endless Mode: Go for distance! A continuously generated high speed level spans before you as gain speed and avoid crashing! Pass the previously set high score markers and take over the high score board! No quarters are required to retry.

  • Evolving soundtrack kicks up as you progress through each level
  • High energy, yet strangely cerebral, gameplay requires you to think and react quickly to each level
  • Simple controls let you focus on navigating and thinking ahead. Press left/right (or up/down if you prefer) to guide the ship line through each level
  • Burn fuel and slow time at any point of your choosing to give you an edge
  • Avoid dead ends, barriers, and the previously traveled line as you race towards a viable goal
  • Levels continuously increase in speed, danger, and complexity
  • Unlock Expert Mode featuring mirrored levels and an even faster and more brutal rule set
  • High score tables track your runs in each zone and let you examine where you can improve for better scores
  • Vector style graphics with adjustable effect levels to ensure maximum performance
  • Proprietary game engine specifically implemented for Trace Vector
  • Rad tunes

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 132 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Dedicated GPU is recommended for glow effects, which can be turned off
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.6 or Higher
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 132 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Dedicated GPU is recommended for glow effects, which can be turned off
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux [Ubuntu or similar flavor]
    • Processor: 2 GHZ
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 minimum resolution, OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Hard Drive: 132 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Dedicated GPU is recommended for glow effects, which can be turned off
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Summary
Wow
very space
much fast
amaze

Detailed Review
Don't let the screenshots fool you that this is boring.
This game is a wonderful 80s throwback that is creative for its design and gameplay, and is something that can only be experienced when playing yourself.

Granted, this game can be daunting for people with bad reflexes, but if you give this game a chance, you may be in one hell of a ride.

And then there's the music.
It's fantastic. I'm one that normally doesn't care for 80s music, but its soundtrack alone is more than enough for a buy.
The soundtrack and SFX really help make this game feel alive, where without it, this game would be somewhat, if not, completely a drag, especially for a game that's heavily music influenced.

I had my settings for the bloom and luminosity effect high to the point where I felt I was enjoying the most of what this game had to offer me. Not too high though, just high enough. (Your eyes will bleed if you max out settings.)

Personally, I think getting the right brightness and the right bloom will really help you have a great time with this game.

So that said, two thumbs up on my end.

But as for the price?
I'll let you justify if buying at full price is well worth it. At this time of the review, it's $6.99, and I personally would say to wait on this to go on a sale. (But then again, I'm always about looking for sales.)

I got this game with a bundle of 8 other games for $5 overall, so it's like I only spent $0.56 on this game.
But seeing how great this game played, I would be more than happy to spend even $4 on this game alone.

All in all, when you can get this game, it's worth giving a shot. Especially for retro enthusiasts.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
An excellent throwback to '80's arcade machines, this game is fast, furious, and /incredibly/ challenging. Not for the faint of heart, even veteran gamers will stopped dead without focus, practice, and very quick reflexes. I highly recommend this intense audiovisual experience, but only if you think you're up for it. If you're not good at twitch reflex and aren't willing to spend a long time practicing, this game is not for you.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
The simplicity in this game is great, the levels are super cool and challenging, the music gives you a throwback to the 80's and it perfectly fits the game.

Trace Vector is fantastic.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Trace Vector is a unique and fast paced puzzle arcade game,
It's unique because this is the first time I'm playing this kind of game, and I have never enjoyed any arcade based game this much.
The music is very enjoyable and retro-like which goes with the game pretty well.
This is the type of game that you'll replay and replay and makes you wanna flip the table but you still like it

Pros:
- Very challenging, in speed wise
- Everything about this game is nice itself, I would say abve average for such simple yet enjoyable game

Cons:
- 'Just one more round, I promise' <- which is a lie

I strongly recommend this game if you have a few bucks to spend for a new game.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
HOLY CRAP THE MUSIC RULES

Also: Vector graphics +++ Woot
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I have just started to play and i already love it.
The graphics, the music, it's all made really nicely.
Similar in idea to other game i love Super Hexagon, it goes beyond the static gameplay and make it moving.

It could use some more hardcore settings (ie. difficulty levels, no preview mode, random mode etc).
Overall it's a really fun game I recommend to my gamer friends.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhnd2sln-hY

Trace Vector is an unusual action skill game set in a retro 8bit style world.
Fly your ship along hyperspace paths, collecting fuel and avoiding dead ends while trying to make your way back to your home planet.

+ Simple stylish retro graphics
+ Easy to use control system
+ Funky original sountrack
+ Perfect learning curve

- Easy to rage at high speeds :)
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Endless Runner/Puzzle game with a simple gameplay mechanic that brings your reflexes to their limit. Puts a heavy emphasis on Vectrex-like aesthetics and has a KILLER 80s Arcade-sounding score. Hella addictive! Neat! Awesome!

I would have lost a lot of money on a Trace Vector machine...
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This game is amasing, challenging, rewarding, a good way to relax with incredible levelling musics.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Unique and cool game. Never seen anything like it. It is interesting and fun. 10/10
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ this game's hard! I love it! They developers really hit it spot on with the feel of early 80s vector games, even the sounds and music send me back (nostalgia, I know, UGH). More modern games that have attempted to do the same have come close, but not quite, and usually turn me off after fumbling with them for half an hour. This one didn't- I wanted to keep going even when I needed to log off for the night.

a++ would gladly fumble it again
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Great game, very simplistic and easy to understand. However don't be fooled the game is quite challenging. Decent soundtrack. An excelent pick for any MAME/Arcade cabinet..
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Pretty fun and simple game. I kinda like it. Plus the music's pretty groovy too.
Best of all the ship reminds me so much of Ranger-2 from the old animated Galaxy Rangers series.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
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8 of 24 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Somewhat nice looking, but boring as boring can be. Rewind should just get you back in time a bit, not back at the beginning of the level... No saves between stages.
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2 of 35 people (6%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
80's
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