The race is on with Drunken Apes’ endless arcade title Infinity Racer XD. Promising high speed action and “unlimited fun,” should you buckle up for this flight experience?
Infinity Racer XD Review
Rather than featuring a number of different button combinations and things to keep track of, Infinity Racer XD keeps things simple. With the onus being on movement as opposed to boosting or even braking and acceleration, the main objective is to survive as long as possible.
However, the environment and sheer speed players travel at make this proposition an absolutely challenging one. Along the way, players will contend with parts of the environment rising and falling, tall spires, canyons, and countless moving blocks. There’s no drifting to help players out either – what you see is what you get. One wrong move will explode your craft into a blocky mist, so it pays to be mindful at all times. For those that are unsuccessful in each run, the distance traveled and record for each area are displayed as a benchmark for next time – a nice touch.
This twitch-based gameplay has all the pinnings in place of an arcade classic, but the execution here prevents this title from reaching the heights of the genre. For one, the design of certain stages is baffling. Putting a portal that enables a speed boost before a wall makes for questionable design, and alternate portals that slow things down are interspersed at the most inopportune times. In addition, there are times where blocks will immediately jut up from the ground, ruining what would have been a decent run.
Infinity Racer XD also has a problem standing out. Each of the five different areas (with four needing to be unlocked) follows the same formula, almost to a fault. There’s absolutely no problem doing the same thing across multiple areas, but a serious case of deja vu sets in early on. As a result, repetition and a lack of replayability plague this racer.
To keep players going, a number of credits can be earned through play. These credits can then be spent on ships that have different agility ratings. Don’t expect much personality between them – with names like “Red Falcon,” “Silver Falcon,” and “Black Falcom” [sic], a lack of effort went into making these crafts stand out. We were able to unlock a number of ships fairly quickly, which is good for those not looking to grind but bad looking for replayability.
Be warned that Infinity Racer XD is a fairly buggy title. When using an Xbox One controller over Bluetooth, we had multiple cursors, unresponsive menus, hanging results screens, and a bevvy of other problems. The game also gave our GPU a workout, despite its foggy backdrops and lack of detail.
Infinity Racer XD takes pride in its simplicity, but the rampant bugs, repetitive stage layouts, and lack of variety hurt its chances of ever standing out in the arcade racer field.
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