With craziness and love for pop culture, the team of Turtle Blaze did its best to bring us an extremely fun experience full of high speed races and explosions through their most recent creation, Intergalactic Road Warriors.
Intergalactic Road Warriors is a side-scrolling combat racing game that is currently in Early Access on Steam and Hyper LIght Up had the chance to drive through the fast and violent world of the game, in order to give you a taste of what the game has to offer.
In its current build, the game offers two modes, Quick Play and Time Trial. Through quick play, players can enjoy a solo experience as well as a multiplayer-couch experience of up to 4 players. There are 8 available characters in the roster. Quick play pits us in a race of 3 laps where adrenaline hits its peak. The 5 available planets make it even more interesting since every map has its own difficulty. The difficulty however does not have to do with our opponents, even though the game’s AI knows how to hit you in your weak spots, but more with the fact that each map has specific obstacles and things that will slow you down. Driving carefully is very important in this title, unless you want to end up stuck on a wall.
In every combat though, we have on our side the classic vehicle boost as well as a specific range of power ups that will help us get out of difficult situations. These will also help us take out opponents, allowing us to speed to victory. The power ups in the game are only 6 at the moment, but they are more than enough to make short work of opponents. Other than the single player experience, multiplayer is not available just yet. The developers have promised multiplayer to us though, but for now, the only other thing we can enjoy is time trails. In time trials, players are alone in a stage, trying to race against time for a perfect lap time. Laps are still set at 3, but this time we are fighting for a place on the global leaderboards.
Having looked at the modes though, we can look at something that is rather the surface of the game. Turtle Blaze has created a very retro-looking aesthetic for the title so much through the character design as well as through the stages that have a polymorphic look, which most certainly humour you with many pop culture references. Those are the characteristics that the studio is aiming to use in order to give life to new areas as well as new power ups and other types of customization within the game. We just have to wait and see though, what the future will bring in that section of the game. Other than that, the 2D environment has a very graphical balance to it and it blends nicely with the rest of visuals allowing players to not get lost while doing acrobatics with their vehicle through the stage.
All in all, Intergalactic Road Warriors, although still not full of content, is a game that looks and feels very promising. The developers have promised to bring more to it and that is yet another reason to get into it. The 2D retro aroma of it is most definitely its trademark, giving it an identity that stands out from other games with the kind of speed feeling that could come out of a sci-fi envirnoment like Mad Max. The already active players of the game are asking more from the company and although we can only do single player for now and there is no online mode, the 4-players couch multiplayer experience is more than enough to have you and your friends having a good time with the game.
Intergalactic Road Warriors is available on Steam at 8.99€.
-Vasilis “Eniantas” Kamakaris
~Translation by Konstantinos “Kelfecil” Christakis