Day 246: Track Architect

Posted: 2011/07/13 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game (XBLIG) every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and are not well represented in the top 50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard. Today is day #246, and today’s game is “Track Architect”.

Track Architect is truth in advertising, it’s a game that focuses heavily on track creation (or editing the included 16 tracks if that’s more your speed) to create physics sandboxes for your car to screw around in. With a streamlined user interface that makes the game more accessible than a lot of games like it, and for 80 Microsoft Points a lot of fun can be had messing around with Track Architect making it an easy recommendation.

First, from the developer (Victor Ortega):

“Track Architect allows you to play and create your own tracks. With 16 editable built-in tracks and a simple yet powerful editor, the only limit is your imagination. The game uses the brilliant Farseer Physics Engine and the music from Kevin MacLeod to create a fantastic experience. So do not miss this opportunity to create your own tracks and challenge your friends.”

The game’s graphics are simple but effective, and its music catchy, which leaves the game with minimalist but enjoyable presentation. The Farseer Engine’s physics are consistent and a nice complement to the game. The game has no official multiplayer support despite the “challenge your friends” line in the game’s description, though you could do “hot seat” (each player taking turns) offline multiplayer I suppose.

For some people, the simplistic nature of the track creator/editor is actually a feature as it allows for streamlined and simple controls that allow quick content generation, while still offering enough options to let you make unique and enjoyable tracks. You have at your disposal crates, giant balls, wooden planks, accelerators, and more.

It’s no Trials HD, but it’s not trying to be. It’s more like a side-view RC car track creator/editor. There are no challenges, no career mode, but anyone who’s messed around in Forge in Halo 3 or Halo: Reach knows the joy of messing around with editing tools “just cause”. For $1 (give or take, depending on local currency) I easily got my money’s worth in short order, and already have ideas of tracks I want to create when I next return to the game.

Click here to download “Track Architect”, and then please come back after playing to rate the game.



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