This pair were unsplittable in our eyes, especially after we saw so many recommendations in the comments — so the modern arcade buddies are being wedged into one pick! Horizon Chase Turbo
is straight out of the nineties era of arcade racers like the fabulous Daytona
, from the graphics and controls to the music and vibe. And yet, it feels surprisingly refreshing in the modern era, with those classic static plains of environment updated without losing the sense of creeping speed. Horizon Chase Turbo doesn't just get by on nostalgia, either. As 20 racers line up on the grid, your aim is for that first spot without running out of fuel. The narrow tracks mean overtaking is an exercise in jetting through spaces between other vehicles without bumping into them, which is challenging and exceedingly satisfying. When you get up to speed, the rush is something few other games on this list can replicate, too. Simple aesthetics are matched by simple fun, with multiplayer Grand Prix and time challenges all being staples alongside the World Tour mode. Make no mistake, this should be a consideration for your next play, even if you want something to get you hooked for a few weekends.
Horizon Chase Turbo
Thrilling arcade racing game, inspired by the super-fun-straight-to-the-point classic racing games from the 90s.
How do you create a traditional arcade racer in this day and age? Well, SUMO Nottingham and Lucky Mountain Games have a few lessons to teach. Hotshot Racing
drops the number of polygons until it reaches the pretty PS1 standard of graphical fidelity, bumps up the colour palette, and lets the back wheels rip around the aesthetically pleasing courses. You don't really drive, per se, but rather drift and glide around tracks while weaving through your racing rivals. There are a good few missions to do, but Hotshot Racing won't take up the rest of your life. It handles really quite well when you get the right set of wheels under you and is very well regarded amongst racing fans. You can normally find it on sale at least once or twice a year, so none of this glory will cost you too much! Give it a go – you won't regret it.
Hotshot Racing is a blisteringly fast arcade-style racing game fusing drift handling, razor-sharp retro visuals and an incredible sense of speed to create an exhilarating driving experience.