Back in 2015, a small team of game developers named Aquiris Game Studio made an arcade styled racing game known as Horizon Chase – World Tour for iOS and Android devices. After it achieved reasonable critical and commercial success, the decision was to port the game to PC and home consoles under the name of Horizon Chase Turbo with additional features and enhanced graphics to compliment higher resolution devices.
At its heart, Horizon Chase Turbo is a love letter to the arcade racing games of the past thirty years, including SEGA’s Outrun and Gremlin’s Top Gear series, with added game mechanics from various modern racers thrown into the mix. The gameplay is viewed from a third person perspective, with a static animated background in the distance as your only viewpoint. You are not able to see the entire track at once, but the handy retro styled track map on the left-hand side will tell you exactly when you should expect to turn or encounter another driver. For anyone who is used to the simulators and realistic driving games currently available on the Xbox One, the looser control scheme may be a slight culture shock, as you will need to adjust to sharp turns jumping out of nowhere, which can be difficult as you are not given the necessity of seeing an obstacle coming your way.