Switch version tested
Review code provided
As I stated in my review for Super Dodgeball Beats, the rhythm game genre has gotten pretty stale over the years. There are some developers that seek to freshen it up a little bit, though, by adding unique twists to their games. Music Racer has definitely done that, but how well was it executed? Read on, gamers, and find out.
Music Racer is a racing rhythm game with an almost 80’s aesthetic, which touches this grumpy old punker’s nostalgic heart. This game screams new wave and growing up in the golden age of new wave, I couldn’t be happier with the presentation. There are 23 different songs to race to, all falling into the electronic dance music (or EDM) category. As the song plays, you steer your car between three lanes to collect the notes and avoid pillars. Once you finish the song, you’re judged on how many notes you hit, your highest combo, and overall score.
Your notes hit is used as a sort of currency in the game that’s used to unlock cars and levels and there is plenty to unlock in this game. There are 25 cars total with 4 being unlocked from the start. Ranging from a police car to the TRON light cycle to even a souped-up version of Santa’s sleigh, there is a huge variety of vehicles to choose from. You also have a rainbow of colours to customise your vehicle’s body and rims with. Stages are more or less skins. You start with 2 and can unlock 12 more for a total of 14. While nothing changes aside from the look of the stage, it does change the look up a bit and keeps the game fresh.
The layout of the tracks is where the problem lies. While the dips, rises, and curves may look cool, they obstruct your vision of the notes, so more often than not you miss the beat before you even notice it. Not that it really matters because there’s really no way to lose this game. I actually put my controller down and didn’t touch it for an entire track and still finished the stage. Pillars do no more than break your combo and distort the song for a second and Zen Mode completely removes them, so there’s absolutely no challenge at all to the game. Although, there IS a Hard Mode which ends the song as soon as you hit a pillar. There’s also a Cinematic Mode that allows you to move the camera around as your vehicle of choice just drives itself to the music.
While Music Racer definitely adds a unique flavour to the rhythm genre, there’s really not much to it in terms of gameplay. I could see it being a good title if you want to just sit and relax for a bit, but for someone seeking a more engaging game, they may want to look elsewhere.
TBG Score: 5/10
Platform: Mobile, Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 29/01/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Racing, Music, Arcade
Publisher: Sometimes You
Download link: eShop