You are a hungry, young hoverbike racer who needs to get off Earth before it E-X-P-L-O-D-E-S. Hunt bounties, throw races, and do whatever you can to get to Mars and win the Grand Prix.
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Positive (16) - 93% of the 16 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 11, 2018

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January 9

1.0.3 Patch Notes

Hey Racers, a few more bugs were found and fixed after the 1.0.2 patch! Thanks to user jabberwok for discovering a few of these.

Patch Notes:
  • Balanced Bounty Hunting job for shotgun
  • Fixed issue in tutorial when starting a new game after recently completing special jobs like Bounty Hunting and Kangaroo Herding
  • Fixed issue where bike would appear to "repair itself" when transitioning screens
  • Fixed issue where MARTIC Ammo kit was still active even after removing it

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January 2

1.0.2 Patch Notes

Hi Racers! Happy 2019!

We have been gathering feedback since Desert Child has launched and we have a patch with new features and a few fixes.

Patch Notes:
  • Increased difficulty for New Game +
  • Added 1 second delay between shots for Shotgun
  • Created controller configuration for Steam Controller
  • Added confirmation for when player selects New Game in Pause Menu
  • Fixed issue with monitors with high refresh rates, affecting performance
  • Fixed memory issues
  • Fixed 2nd player multiplayer issue
  • Fixed volume fluctuation and loops
  • Fixed NPC graphical issues
  • Fixed issue on Steam where game continues to run when accessing Steam Overlay
  • Fixed translations

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“A clever mix of intense shmup combat and traditional adventure games, and a killer soundtrack, Desert Child is definitely one to watch.”

“Here's something to mollify the ceaseless march towards decrepitude.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“This has a good gun.”
Rami Ismail, One half of Dutch independent studio Vlambeer

About This Game

You’re broke, you’re hungry, and your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles.

In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one-way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix.

The world as we know it is slowly starting to become unhabitable, as many people on Earth have moved to Mars for a better quality of life, thanks to a government subsidy that assisted in relocating citizens by providing affordable passage. After several years of running this program, the government announces that in two weeks, tickets to Mars would go up in price, making the exodus to the Red Planet unobtainable for regular citizens.

You’ll deliver pizzas, collect gun parts, hunt bounties, and make some fans along the way. In between races, you’ll explore colorful cities where you can repair and upgrade your bike, dine on the local cuisine, and fight your way through gangsters, bounty hunters, and all sorts of interesting characters, just so that you can have a decent meal and keep your bike running.

Nothing’s free in Desert Child.


  • Hunt bounties, deliver pizzas, throw races - do anything you can to earn cash
  • Explore a pixel-art solar system inspired by Cowboy Bebop, Akira and Redline
  • Customize your beloved bike with Guns, Amplifiers and shameless advertising
  • Dine on a range of interplanetary cuisine with sweet buffs to help you win
  • Master deep combat and racing mechanics and define your own style
  • Race, shoot, and get better! Designed for replayability, with secrets that keep you coming back
  • Chill to a original lo-fi hip-hop soundtrack
  • Challenge your friends through local multiplayer

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

The game has some strong language, and use of tobacco and alcohol.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 700 Series
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.3 (Lion)
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 700 Series
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 700 Series
    • Storage: 120 MB available space

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