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 (17 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
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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

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    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
21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 19
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 21
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 22
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 23
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
HOLY CRAP THE MUSIC RULES

Also: Vector graphics +++ Woot
Posted: August 21
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