Neon Race 2 Game

Neon Race 2 – Innovative racing game action with a mesmerising glow

A Glowing Introduction

In all, I feel that my opinion towards the sport of motor racing (which lands firmly on the top of the class register in the negative school of thought) has a tendency to somewhat colour my opinion of any racing game that I play. On the one hand, this makes me extremely biased and quick to dismiss a game fairly quickly. On the other hand (and this hand is my favourite since it makes me look better), my dim view on all things racing makes me judge games of this genre without lenience, meaning that a game must present me with someone exceptional to impress me and won’t get away with simply towing the line in terms of innovation or lack of it. The original Neon Race instantly caught my attention because it was the first vehicular experience I’ve seen (besides Tron) that is design exclusively with neon lines. The innovation continues with Neon Race 2, a direct sequel to the original with just as much to offer and a whole lot more. No, these cars probably aren’t road legal, but we’re in a land of flash-animated make believe here, so leave your real-world reservations at the door.

Exquisitely retro

Neon Race 2 is an exquisitely-designed forward-scrolling racing game whose unbelievably intricate aesthetic looks a lot like how the Terminator would see the world if given an hallucination-inducing virus: the game looks cool, like a perfectly-preserved arcade game from the 1980s, and you’d better believe that it has the substance to back up the style. You’ll find yourself traversing the increasingly-difficult tracks of several different courses as you not only race but attack enemy vehicles along the way, allowing you to build up your turbo and unleash it to reach speeds so fast that your rods and cones will still be processing from thirty seconds ago while god knows what is happening on the screen at the present moment. I joke, since this would only be the scenario if there is a serious problem with your retinas, but the game makes a point of being fast paced, and I mean impressively fast. 

Gameplay

While the game plays exactly how you would expect a forward-scrolling racer to play, the design and the smooth animation of the cars makes it feel like an racing experience on another level. Controlled via the directional arrows or the familiar WASD configuration, you must doge, weave, skid, and accelerate your way to racing victory, picking up power-ups and money along the way. Your turbo bar is filled up by bashing into consecutive enemy vehicles (coloured red) and is unleashed by pressing either X or N; after pressing it, the speed at which you are travelling truly requires increased levels of concentration or you will end up clipping a part of the scenery and spinning uncontrollably off the track, costing you time, and possibly the race. You pass on to the next stage by beating the track time for each particular level, and are able to upgrade your car’s credentials depending on how much money you earn per race.

Car collectors will also be pleased to learn that in addition to being able to upgrade the components of your car, you are also able to upgrade the car itself to increasingly more powerful models. While many games offer the ability to upgrade your vehicle, they often restrict you to one basic model to be upgraded instead of offering you both the option of upgrading your actual car as well as its particulars. In terms of the choice that it gives you, Neon Race 2 is in the category of ‘winning’.

Unbeatable

It would be a mistake to write off Longanimals’Neon Race 2 as a visual-pleasing novelty, since its amazing wire-frame design is as mesmerising as the incredibly smooth and fast-paced gameplay. Aside from its predecessor and sequels, it is unlikely that you will play a flash-powered racing game as innovative and as brilliant as this.

85/100