Spectra is a dynamic twitch racing game that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Blast your nimble ship down intricate ribbons of light in time to the dynamic beats and original soundtrack by chiptune artist legend Chipzel.
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Mostly Positive (35 reviews) - 77% of the 35 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 10, 2015

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Spectra is a dynamic twitch racing game that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Blast your nimble ship down intricate ribbons of light in time to the dynamic beats and original soundtrack by chiptune artist legend Chipzel (Super Hexagon, Size Does Matter, Interstellaria).

Be prepared to get your heart pumping as you drift into a trance with just one objective- survive till the music stops! Navigate around obstacles, collect points whilst trying to drive with as much style as possible and stay on the road. As the player progresses through the levels, the speed increases requiring more advanced dexterity to survive!

Featuring two powerful gameplay modes (Normal and Hardcore) with 10 unique music tracks used to generate procedural levels, race against the beat to experience unlimited playthroughs! Staying sharp is essential and reaction timing vital as memory is obsolete with this nostalgia-driven, arcade-like game. Spectra is a veritable homage to arcade games of old; true mastery will require all your twitch skills and the beautiful retro-style graphics will have you just itching to dig up your Atari!

Game Features

  • Exclusive soundtrack from chiptune legend Chipzel
  • Procedural levels for UNLIMITED playthroughs

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP / Win 7 / Win 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win XP / Win 7 / Win 8
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1-2 GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1-2 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1-2 GB VRAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (35 reviews)
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Hi_Voltg3
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
I actually did not know this was a game since I had been listening to the soundtrack for so long. As a game, it's really simple, maybe too simple. You just move left and right and try not to fall off the map, there's no filters or anything, not even an options menu. But I am so in love with the soundtrack, that I can see myself playing this game for quite a while since it gives me something to do while listening to one of the greatest chiptune soundtracks of all time.
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Sovrim Terraquian
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
Great soundtrack full of chiptunes, but unfortunately little else about this game is good. This game could and should be so much better but instead it feels like so much wasted potential.

The controls are terrible: You'll be sliding dramatically left and right even with the slightest press of the controls, as if the entire game is covered in a thick sheet of ice. In a game where obstacles are often placed in rapid succession, this makes it almost impossible to actually avoid everything. If you're lucky, you'll grind off the side of something and get bonus points. If you're not, you'll bounce off of the very same thing and fly off the track, immediately ending the level.

The levels are procedurally generated in such a way that you can get a different track even when playing the same stage at a different time, so while this adds some variety it also makes the game feel even more inconsistent. It feels like the the music should be synced to the gameplay but it never is. This might be in part because the start-of-level animation also starts the music, meaning you can skip up to 15 seconds of the song just by letting that play out.

There are plenty of smaller quirks that make the game feel unsatisfying and frustrating. If it detects a controller, you can't interact with the game using keyboard and mouse at all; it will refuse to cooperate. When using keyboard and mouse, you have to use the keyboard in the game but the mouse to navigate everything else: you can't use mouse controls like in Audiosurf and there is no way to quickly replay a level or advance to the next without using the mouse. Smaller issues, such as an in-game timer that always shows 0 tenths of a second, pale in comparison to the greater problems with this title.
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Dude117117
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
If you are a fan of Chipzel's music buy the album and go buy audiosurf 1 or 2 and play it there you will have a way better time there. This game has the same concept as that racing game in the 200-in-1 game your grandmother buys you when you were 7 except somehow they screw with the controls. They feel extremely sluggish as if the same grandmother who bought you the 200-in-1 game was the driver of the car, most the time im holding the left or right arrow and the car barley turns either direction but gods forbid i let go and the car go right back to its original position faster than light. Now i am a fan of difficult games i played super hexagon, dark souls, demon souls, dank suits 2, all the touhou's and those have a learning curve and the deaths in those games dont feel half as cheap as the one's in this game and most of the time its because grandma wont turn the car fast enough.
So there if you find this game's concept enjoyable buy the 200-in-1 version and buy the sound track its a way better use of your money.
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PALOFGAMES
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 10, 2015
https://youtu.be/IuAlzfgxRn8

I would consider Spectra to be a fun, simplistic game with a futuristic aesthetic. During my time with the title, I found the game to be fun and compelling to want to do better but feel the game is not making full use of it's potential by not including a multiplayer component like a versus mode which I feel would work excellently with this title.

Overall while I do recommend the title, I do so cautiously due to the lack of diversification in the levels and amount of them (10). However the main attraction in this title is the stellar soundtrack which was upbeat throughout. I will say pick this up but at discounted price as I feel £5.99 is a little steep for the amount of content currently available.
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David Toma
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 27, 2015
Okay game, but only buy it if it's on sale.

WARNING: YOU WILL HAVE TO SET UP THE CONTROLS MANUALLY IF YOU PLAN TO USE A KEYBOARD

PROS:
- Looks really nice
- Runs well
- Simple, but fun (once you get the controls set up)
- Good soundtrack (Chipzel, great chiptune artist)

CONS:
- Clearly not made for Keyboard/Mouse. The controls arne't mapped by default and the in-game cues to press buttons are all controller based.
- The soundtrack is locked to the chipzel songs. No option to import songs
- This is NOT a rhythm game. The gameplay is not tied to the song at all. You're just on a track collecting coins and avoiding opsticles and the music is just sortof there...
- The randomly generated tracks are pretty poorly generated. There will be long stretches of just going in a straight line with nothing to collect.
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Beese Churger
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
This game became super addicting. I found this out due to my firned owning it on his xbox one, and I played it until 3 in the morning. I beat all 10 levels in a couple hours, and it was super fun to do. I recommend this game to all, but make sure to grab a couple friends and take turns, it gets really intense!
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Vanilla
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 29, 2015
Very Amazing Game, but it needs alot more
but i love it very much, best played with Gamepad
(There's a glitch with the steam achievments)
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Gin-Soaked
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 28, 2015
Brilliant little game. I love the music and love how tough it is. As a veteran player of Trackmania, I still fnd this a challenge!

Maybe one day I'll get all the achievements....
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xtattookittyx
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 11, 2015
If like me, you're a fan of racing/object avoidance games, then this is the game for you!

The dynamic soundtrack paired with the nostalgic 80's aesthetic really makes for a fun game.


(It's also slightly addictive trying to get all the achievements...)




The only thing I'd really like to see is local multiplayer (on separate tracks), but other than that I really can't complain.
Great game by an awesome team of Indie Developers!

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D4V3
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 8, 2015
INTENSE FUN
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2015
Spectra is a retro-styled runner game more then it is racer. Avoid the obstacles while cruising down neon highways to the amazing soundtrack by Chipzel. If you don't believe me just take a listen for yourself. http://chipzel.co.uk/album/spectra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQSQQOZejXQ
Downsides are the inability to use your own music, no visible global leaderboards and sometimes procedural nature of track generation could be a little unfair. Mostly due to the camera being zoomed in quite low and hitting blind hills. Keyboard and gamepad both worked well but no mouse control was supported. 10 levels included with standard and hardcore modes for each. Screen resolution scaled upto 4k+. Decent game in shorter bursts. Cheers folks.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
Soundtrack is fun to listen to, Visuals are beautiful. I like the concept of it, very simple with great atmosphere. But i wish there were checkpoints. Being at 60-70+ done on the map to only wipe out at the end really kills the vibe. Even if it starts you at half way, It would be so much better than starting all over again. That or i wish the maps were just a bit shorter. Thats all personal preference though. Its a good fun game. 8/10.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
(Note: Steam doesn't allow for a "neutral" recommendation, which is what I would score this game. In the end, I chose a thumbs up.)

"Spectra held great potential but the end result is too simple for its own good. The gameplay is intriguing but it never evolves and is plagued be repetition as are its visuals. One could make an argument its main draw is in the scoring system and attempting to beat it, but with no online leaderboards this too fails to meet expectations. At least it offers a stunning soundtrack."

Full Review: http://www.tech-gaming.com/spectra-review/
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2015
Designed around each song, each stage has a unique look and tone to them despite being procedurally generated. There are little touches in each level's design that show that each area is indeed different, despite not appearing so at first. This works in the games favor, because after playing the game for a few minutes and going through each song, the tracks could start to bleed together in a macabre painting of bleeps and bloops if the soundtrack was too uniform the tracks are set up in such a way that it never gets to that point, unless you try the same stage over and over again.

The players' struggle for perfection might also be hampered by the sometimes unfair obstacle placement which, while it is avoidable, requires a sort of hair-trigger reaction time that not even the most seasoned Counter Strike players have. It's when your ship is going downward on a track and then in suddenly tilts up, and it's very likely that there will be a block in the way causing you to lose a certain number of points. This can be increasingly frustrating when you've built up a lot of points up until this section and you end up losing them all to a randomly placed block. That's the issue with procedurally generated levels: you're never quite sure on what you'll get and there will be times that it does seem that the game is stacking the deck against you. While it does test your mettle, it can be frustrating and cause quite a few outbursts of profanities.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
F*cking love this game!

Looks great, sounds even better and its freaking HARDCORE!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GJyZv4QGEI&list=PLplLGcjtA0L_5tOh_lX7PiuQns_ctfPhC
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2015
https://youtu.be/IuAlzfgxRn8

I would consider Spectra to be a fun, simplistic game with a futuristic aesthetic. During my time with the title, I found the game to be fun and compelling to want to do better but feel the game is not making full use of it's potential by not including a multiplayer component like a versus mode which I feel would work excellently with this title.

Overall while I do recommend the title, I do so cautiously due to the lack of diversification in the levels and amount of them (10). However the main attraction in this title is the stellar soundtrack which was upbeat throughout. I will say pick this up but at discounted price as I feel £5.99 is a little steep for the amount of content currently available.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
If you are a fan of Chipzel's music buy the album and go buy audiosurf 1 or 2 and play it there you will have a way better time there. This game has the same concept as that racing game in the 200-in-1 game your grandmother buys you when you were 7 except somehow they screw with the controls. They feel extremely sluggish as if the same grandmother who bought you the 200-in-1 game was the driver of the car, most the time im holding the left or right arrow and the car barley turns either direction but gods forbid i let go and the car go right back to its original position faster than light. Now i am a fan of difficult games i played super hexagon, dark souls, demon souls, dank suits 2, all the touhou's and those have a learning curve and the deaths in those games dont feel half as cheap as the one's in this game and most of the time its because grandma wont turn the car fast enough.
So there if you find this game's concept enjoyable buy the 200-in-1 version and buy the sound track its a way better use of your money.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2015
Spectra is a flashy cyber punk score attack game that features simple mechanics, but challenging gameplay.

The game's premise is pretty simple. Keep your ship on the track, steer it away from danger, and collect points. Hit an obstacle and you lose your current score chain. The game focuses more on the score attack aspect than actually completing the track, though for obvious reasons, completing a track gives the player more opportunity to build his or her score. There's 10 tracks total, and a hardcore version of them as well, offering the player a decent amount of gameplay.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VIvQHbbXEY
Visually the game looks great, with a cyberpunk, almost Tron aesthetic. The music and audio are great as well, with fantastic upbeat chiptunes that fit right into the game's atmosphere. Presentation wise, I have no complaints.

Though the game is simple, yet challenging, it does suffer a little from monotony. Though each progressing track get harder and harder, it's really more of the same, but with more obstacles, or an extra turn. As far as variety is concerned, the game lacks in the department.

Overall, Spectra is a very easy to learn, yet hard to master game. It has a nice polished presentation, and ideal for the who like score attack games, or as a distraction from your more main staple games.

Pros:
- Polished presentation
- accessible
- Challenging Gameplay

Cons:
- Repetitive
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 10, 2015
This key was obtained from the developer for the purposes of Review over at TechRaptor

Summary:

It's a reasonable different take on the endless runner genre. The interesting element here is actually the point system: the idea being you collect points and need to run out a timer before collecting the points, but with all the hazards and points around you, that can be more difficult then meets the eye. The game's core gameplay is good: it plays to twitch reactions and gives you room to experiment as you skirt along barriers and the edge for extra points. It's the staying power that lacks: the game has 10 tracks, and while the levels are procedurally generated, that only goes so far as a lack of hazards/traps shows. The game is solid at what it does, but don't expect it to keep your attention for a long period of time.

Gameplay Footage and Video First Impressions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S7U93DOhNA

Lists:

+:
  • Solid gameplay mechanics in particular with the point system and the risk/reward elements that it creates
  • Controls work to the games advantage giving you the level of control you need without it being too forgiving.
  • Visuals and transition to the PC work reasonably. It's a mobile port, however, it was available on windows phone, so availability was limited. Also love the gameboy in there even if it doesn't make sense

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  • Variety over a period of time. Too little tracks and traps to really extend gameplay over the long haul.
  • I'm a chiptune lover, but too many similarities here in my mind with some of the tracks.
  • Sound sliders are not present.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
Grab the soundtrack; skip the game.

chipzel's soundtrack is amazing and absolutely worth the download. The game is boring. Simple steer left or right.
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