Ampersand is a furiously fast paced racing game, with futuristic vehicles and environments. Select from multiple crafts, with varying stats and abilities, collect power-ups and drive with skill and precision to come out on top!
User reviews:
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Very Negative (15 reviews) - 13% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (652 reviews) - 33% of the 652 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 19, 2015

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About This Game

Game Features:

★A variety of craft to choose from, with varying stats and abilities.
★Race on futuristic tracks with ultra realistic vehicles.
★Furiously fast paced racing with awesome vehicles designed with unprecedented precision.
★Unlock new tracks as you progress through the game.
★Collect different power-ups and use them to win.
★High resolution screen support.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound
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Very Negative (15 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Negative (652 reviews)
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haji dangerfield
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
its ♥♥♥♥. from a butt
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andrea8989
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
Well the game it's not a masterpiece for shure and it has some problems, but it's not that bad neither especially for a game that it's only 1$ at full price... (I buyed it on sale at 0,50$ with no regrets)
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Keron
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 18
Truly a challenge!
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JDB23
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 12
Got this game as a joke gift
Tried to play
Could not
Tried to understand weird controls
Could not
1/10
Could not play again
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sitebender
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 6
Ampersand is a basic combat racing game set on futuristic tracks and that is where any praise for the game will end. I want to play a futuristic racing game, but Ampersand is marred with major issues. The only thing going for the game is the cheap price tag. Some games are worth the risk of a cheap price, but Ampersand should be avoided. Its just a flat racing game that struggles to make it out of the starting line.

The worst sin seems to be that no one knows how to play the game, nor does it tell you that its arrow keys to steer, the X key to accelerate and the Z key to use weapons. Plenty of other keyboard only racing games would let you push up to accelerate or even space. While Z and X do make some sense, the game needs to tell you that. Pressing escape will close the game with no warning.

Beyond the mysterious controls, the game is tough. The default vehicle sways rather than turns once you get any sort of speed, so hitting walls become common. Hitting a wall from any angle is a punishment, because you'll come to a dead stop. Perhaps a different control option to make sharp turns or brake would be helpful.

Another nice thing would be to have other vehicles at the start so I can say "well if this vehicle is too tough to steer, maybe that vehicle is better." If there are vehicles to be unlocked, I will never see them, instead I will walk away from the game, never to play it again.

Other than that, you are competing against other vehicles of the same model as yours. While you still can tell your vehicle from others since the camera only follows your vehicle, different colors would have been nice.

The menu is a bit cryptic as well. Its still easy to find your way into a race. I never quite knew how clicking a triangle was going to the next race. Since the game is keyboard only, it would be nice if the menu had keyboard controls as well. Then again some people can chalk it up to "mobile port hastily thrown onto Steam."

It looks as if there are three campaigns with what I can only guess are five events each. Three events are unlocked from the start, two races and one time trial. To the game's credit after the first lap of the time trial, you see your ghost.

The next downside is that the game asks for a GameJolt account when you first start up. With this game being sold on Steam, it needs Steam integration rather than GameJolt integration. Steam leader boards, Steam achievements and so on. While its never necessary to have leader boards and achievements, if you're going to have GameJolt, you should just have Steam on Steam.

When I make the car turn, the heads up display will sway with it, leading me to believe the HUD is fixed to the back of my car rather than the camera. The next issue is that the music can cut out at times or disappear entirely. If the game was fun to begin with, it loses a lot of whatever luster it had when there's no music. "Tap to continue" appears at the wrong times. It looks as if it should appear when you get destroyed, but it will appear at other random times as well.

With all the problems out of the way, let's talk about what Ampersand was trying to do. Car combat, well racing with weapons. There are floating icons which seem to give you a random weapon. Good luck swaying your vehicle over to them. The sad part is beyond the first seconds of the race, I never saw the competition again to use it on them.

You have plenty health and your destruction only means you have to respawn making it a forgiving game in one way. Then again, with the competitors so far ahead, its like driving alone. There are only four vehicles on the track including your own, but I always managed to find them again... when they lapped me.

Other than that, there are zippers that will boost your speed. Good luck landing on those too. With the stiff steering, it would be nice if the boosters were larger. At my best, I can still hit all the zippers, yet never catch up to the competition, because from the start, they're already long gone. The real problem is then you go so fast that you are bound to hit a wall.

I like weapons and boosters in racing games, but the tracks and racing need to accommodate both. Make the tracks wider, add a brake or a sharp turn. It can be improved or fixed, but after the heap of negative reviews, its best to just cut your losses. Be the developer that people say wow you sure got better from game-to-game or just change developer names so the taint of Ampersand gets left behind.

Rather than talk about the graphics, let's discuss the trailer and the 20 wasted seconds at the start, showing something not even in the game. Its just wasted time. Watching the trailer, I'd just assume its a game about lines in the sky. If you're going to show something outside of the game, make sure its your logo.

I struggle to use any game as a punching bag like this, but it feels like the developer shoveled out the game without playing it or having friends play it. Can your friends pick up this game and play it easy? The setting sells me on the game and that's all this game is. There is nothing deeper.

At best this is the prototype of a game and at worst, this is a game that may never overcome the negative aspects and the developer should scrap it and make a new game.
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KappaPride™
41.6 hrs
Posted: August 5
.i.
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♥ LukeZyte ♥
2.0 hrs
Posted: August 2
Game without menu and Esc closes the game without any confirmation XD
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rotten potato (烂土豆)
0.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
♥♥♥♥ controls, no tutorials, bot always win, etc..
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All Might
2.5 hrs
Posted: July 26
Only redeeming quality about this game is the Trading Cards. The game had so much potential, if they just didn't make it so half-****. :(
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Jovtobehannes
21.2 hrs
Posted: July 23
I need to stop buying bad games while i'm drunk

Edit: WHERE ARE MY TRADING CARDS?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Ampersand is a basic combat racing game set on futuristic tracks and that is where any praise for the game will end. I want to play a futuristic racing game, but Ampersand is marred with major issues. The only thing going for the game is the cheap price tag. Some games are worth the risk of a cheap price, but Ampersand should be avoided. Its just a flat racing game that struggles to make it out of the starting line.

The worst sin seems to be that no one knows how to play the game, nor does it tell you that its arrow keys to steer, the X key to accelerate and the Z key to use weapons. Plenty of other keyboard only racing games would let you push up to accelerate or even space. While Z and X do make some sense, the game needs to tell you that. Pressing escape will close the game with no warning.

Beyond the mysterious controls, the game is tough. The default vehicle sways rather than turns once you get any sort of speed, so hitting walls become common. Hitting a wall from any angle is a punishment, because you'll come to a dead stop. Perhaps a different control option to make sharp turns or brake would be helpful.

Another nice thing would be to have other vehicles at the start so I can say "well if this vehicle is too tough to steer, maybe that vehicle is better." If there are vehicles to be unlocked, I will never see them, instead I will walk away from the game, never to play it again.

Other than that, you are competing against other vehicles of the same model as yours. While you still can tell your vehicle from others since the camera only follows your vehicle, different colors would have been nice.

The menu is a bit cryptic as well. Its still easy to find your way into a race. I never quite knew how clicking a triangle was going to the next race. Since the game is keyboard only, it would be nice if the menu had keyboard controls as well. Then again some people can chalk it up to "mobile port hastily thrown onto Steam."

It looks as if there are three campaigns with what I can only guess are five events each. Three events are unlocked from the start, two races and one time trial. To the game's credit after the first lap of the time trial, you see your ghost.

The next downside is that the game asks for a GameJolt account when you first start up. With this game being sold on Steam, it needs Steam integration rather than GameJolt integration. Steam leader boards, Steam achievements and so on. While its never necessary to have leader boards and achievements, if you're going to have GameJolt, you should just have Steam on Steam.

When I make the car turn, the heads up display will sway with it, leading me to believe the HUD is fixed to the back of my car rather than the camera. The next issue is that the music can cut out at times or disappear entirely. If the game was fun to begin with, it loses a lot of whatever luster it had when there's no music. "Tap to continue" appears at the wrong times. It looks as if it should appear when you get destroyed, but it will appear at other random times as well.

With all the problems out of the way, let's talk about what Ampersand was trying to do. Car combat, well racing with weapons. There are floating icons which seem to give you a random weapon. Good luck swaying your vehicle over to them. The sad part is beyond the first seconds of the race, I never saw the competition again to use it on them.

You have plenty health and your destruction only means you have to respawn making it a forgiving game in one way. Then again, with the competitors so far ahead, its like driving alone. There are only four vehicles on the track including your own, but I always managed to find them again... when they lapped me.

Other than that, there are zippers that will boost your speed. Good luck landing on those too. With the stiff steering, it would be nice if the boosters were larger. At my best, I can still hit all the zippers, yet never catch up to the competition, because from the start, they're already long gone. The real problem is then you go so fast that you are bound to hit a wall.

I like weapons and boosters in racing games, but the tracks and racing need to accommodate both. Make the tracks wider, add a brake or a sharp turn. It can be improved or fixed, but after the heap of negative reviews, its best to just cut your losses. Be the developer that people say wow you sure got better from game-to-game or just change developer names so the taint of Ampersand gets left behind.

Rather than talk about the graphics, let's discuss the trailer and the 20 wasted seconds at the start, showing something not even in the game. Its just wasted time. Watching the trailer, I'd just assume its a game about lines in the sky. If you're going to show something outside of the game, make sure its your logo.

I struggle to use any game as a punching bag like this, but it feels like the developer shoveled out the game without playing it or having friends play it. Can your friends pick up this game and play it easy? The setting sells me on the game and that's all this game is. There is nothing deeper.

At best this is the prototype of a game and at worst, this is a game that may never overcome the negative aspects and the developer should scrap it and make a new game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
its ♥♥♥♥. from a butt
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
128 of 135 people (95%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
controls
Because the game tells you exactly how to control your ship I tought I'd post it here
X = Thrust / Speed up / Forward
Z = Booster / Use Item / Close postgame screen
Arrow Left = Left
Arrow Right = Right
Escape = Exit / Quit (no confirmation)

It looks like a nice arcade racing game, until you actually start.
The game is filled with bugs, crashes and random teleportations, the soundtrack might change and the volume might quadriple while this happens VOLUME WARNING

Only buy the game when on discount to sell/farm trading cards, no other reason to buy it.

2/10 Horrible game
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168 of 214 people (79%) found this review helpful
107 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
*Holiday Sales 2015*

-Buy it
-Farm Cards
-Sell Cards

Earn more than 0,14€
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102 of 122 people (84%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
What is wrong with these people at PiGravity? Another game from them with no menu, escapeis the same as Alt-F4, no explanation of the controls anywhere, and no tutorial. So you press start, the race starts, and you just sit there not knowing what button to press to make the car move.
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70 of 85 people (82%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Don't even buy it as a joke
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61 of 74 people (82%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Still trying to win the first race :C
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51 of 64 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
It wouldnt really be worth writing a review if it worked, but it doesn't work if you have a keyboard/mouse set up. Graphics are sub par and not even tweakable at all, for there isn't an options menu. Just a heads up since im the first dude reviewing this. I won't go off on losing 60 cents, this game is cheap but infinitely too expensive in theory, seeing as it doesn't work. It looks kind of fun but maybe I'm just stupid. Good luck and hopefully the dev can come up with something.
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
This game is not worth the purchase. Even at the 0.59c I bought it for it's not worth it! There is absolutely no options menu so you cannot check controls, or change display settings or turn off the god awful music. Steering is all over the place and there is no controller support either, just the letters X and Z on your keyboard and the left/right arrow keys to move. If it was an early access game I'd say ok, it needs more work, but since this is the final product...I cannot recommend it at all. I can't believe Steam allow games like this to exist on the platform. For the love of god, run fast, run far, stay away from this game!
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
Move along. There's nothing here but a racing game with terrible controls, poor graphics, terrible user interface, and devoid of fun.
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