Day 563: Flowrider

Posted: 2012/05/25 in Indie Games

Imagine the top-down nature of a racing game like “Super Sprint” or “Little Racers” crossed with the water theme and the huge tracks of arcade classic “Hydro Thunder”. The resulting game might well have ended up a lot like “Flowrider”, and I think it’s a great addition to the XBLIG racing genre.

Coming to us from Triple B Games which previously brought us “Zombiez 8 My Cookiez” (which I reviewed on Day 376), Flowrider is quite different than that (or the Fitba soccer game, or the various Lacrosse games) in their stable.

Flowrider controls well, and the zoomed out perspective it offers by default gives you a good sense of the size of the tracks without taking away too much from the sense of speed. The game thankfully has all the expected multiplayer options (local, system link, and online), as any racing game is tonnes better with multiplayer than without. The game looks good, and is priced at 80 Microsoft Points.

Here’s what the developer (Fritz) has to say about the game:

“Flowrider uses a large scale realtime fluid dynamics simulation to provide a unique top down racing experience. Online, split-screen and single player are supported. Futuristic visuals in full HD and a custom-composed soundtrack complete the package.”

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