Horizon Chase 2 is going full throttle to make us fall in love with retro-style arcade racing all over again. The title, which has undergone a graphic facelift, introduces novelties to the saga to enrich the experience, although it follows a line very similar to that seen in Horizon Chase and Horizon Chase Turbo. The game is now available on Apple Arcade and I will tell you in this review what I thought of it.
In 2015, the Brazilian study Aquiris Game Studio launched on Horizon Chase mobile. The video game paid homage to the arcade driving games that had given us so much joy in the past, with titles like the famous Out Run or Lotus Turbo Challenge. In 2018, the studio released the version for consoles and PC, Horizon Chase Turbowhich we told you about in 3DJuegos in another analysis, in which Jesús Bella pointed out precisely that the video game it was a spiritual successor to those classics.
Both versions were updated over time, until they had a massive amount of content that provided dozens of hours of entertainment. A few days ago, completely by surprise, the studio announced that we would have a sequel: Horizon Chase 2 It is a reality and it is already with us. The game was just released on apple-arcadebut 2023 will arrive on consoles and PC. After a few hours with him, there’s a lot to talk about. And one of them is that Aquiris has done some very obvious changes (graphics, for example), but experienced keep the essentials it made the original a real vice, despite the fact that it could get repetitive. The novelties of this sequel are sufficient, although conservative, and the title once again has a very well adjusted difficulty if we seek to complete it at 100%. That said, although I was perhaps expecting a more profound and it’s pretty continuousthe reality is that the game made me to hang up.
Speed, pleasure and continuity
Horizon Chase 2’s proposition is simple and has not changed: we must meet all the challenges that await us in the form of races, tournaments or challengesmanage to unlock all the cars and try to get 100% in each of the tests, although this time we also add the challenges of the multiplayer modemain novelty of this sequel.
There is no story, the motivation is simple and straightforward: run for funThere is no story here, the motivation is simple and straightforward: run for fun. And, no doubt, the game complies with it, but it remains a video game that not everyone will enjoy in the same way, since the concept is based on the classics of the arcade. For this reason, driving is very simple: accelerate to the limit, turn when there is a curve without worrying about braking and overtake all rivals before the end of the race. I still enjoyed it some changes in the conduct.
In the game, as in the original, each vehicle has different statistics, such as acceleration or handling. At first, when you start playing, you think these stats are for decoration, but when the trials increase in difficulty and you try to complete them at 100%, you realize that they really affect you. In fact, I felt that in both there are adjustments in the ride.
The normal thing when doing a curve in Horizon Chase 2 is to skid, but I noticed that in this sequel the loss of speed maintaining this skid for several meters is older. This means that if you really want to win the trials and finish them, you have to be more carefully in your conduct. It’s more important than ever to take your foot off the throttle in tight corners (braking, as I said, doesn’t brake) and to prevent the car from skidding too much.
It’s a subtle change, because already in the original you had to be careful to take the curves, but it influences the gameplay. Yes I loved, because it forces you to be more of a perfectionist in handling. You can get out of a tight corner by accelerating all the way and skidding, but if you decide to hold it a little longer than necessary, you will find that your car does not pick up the speed it should.
As for the vehicles, we can now customize them much more, both for visual levelAs performance. On the aesthetic level, we have the possibility of painting our vehicles with a greater variety of designs, but we can also change the bodywork with different settings (by default, yes) and modify the rims. In terms of performance, now upgrades are unique for each car, allowing us to create the ultimate machine by improving the right areas. Modifications of any type are purchased with money we get from testing.
The studio has confirmed to me that they will add content in the future to keep it aliveIn terms of content, there are fewer (albeit new and very cool) vehicles, countries, and tests than the original ended up having in all its versions, and someone who has just played them lately can feel that there is little content. I don’t think it’s like that, my eye, because it has a good amount and give for many hours, especially if you want to be a completist, which I think is the main grace of the title. By the way, the study confirmed to me that it will adding content in the future to keep it alive, as happened with the original. In any event, there are news, with point-to-point tests, circuits with varied routes and new tests, such as the one in which you have to break boxes in a limited time. We also have the challenge of collecting all blue coins in most tests.
For the rest, it’s true that the races are once again a kind of obstacle test, in which it is sometimes very frustrating to crash into rivals, which can cause you to lose positions or even get off the track. Really, even if sometimes it annoys, I think that’s part of the charm of this title and what it intends to reflect. Even so, what has been said, those moments of rage and anger at the machine to go mad are there again. What is clear is that the game can be repetitive again, although a lot will depend on each player. In my case, I really appreciate it.
Multiplayer as a novelty
Horizon Chase 2 introduced the online multiplayer with several players, both competitive and cooperative. In the first section, located in the Game Zone game mode, we are invited to compete against other racing enthusiasts, but the mode did not convince me at all, let me down for what little it offers.
In the game area, every few hours we can access a different test in which we join other players to compete, although most of the rivals are controlled by AI. After completing the test, we can get special tickets to redeem in a kind of battle pass (completely free, eye) and other rewards, such as in-game money.
This mode stayed with me very short, to the point where it doesn’t seem overworked in the title’s output. It lacks a lot of content and screams motivate more to players, because it is very difficult to find the reason to start playing there. And it’s a shame, mainly because it was used as a big claim, when the reality is that today no one will stand for it.
Regarding cooperative multiplayer, we can join other players to pass the test. It was already in the original, but in offline mode, something that just isn’t there. Of course, the study confirmed that the local multiplayer is coming in the future, so hopefully it’ll be there too when it launches on PC and consoles. But for now, forget about playing locally with friends. This doesn’t seem like a big deal for most people who will be playing on iPhone, but Mac or iPad users might enjoy this option.
New graphics, same essence
The game has become fully 3D, but the beauty and richness of the scenery is even more amazingHorizon Chase has garnered a lot of attention for its totally retro graphics, reminiscent of those classic games of the genre. Admittedly, the video game was very beautiful, but the style had its buts. For example, in night tests, the speed of the game can even disturb the eye. In this sequel, Aquiris managed to change its style without wasting gassomething wonderful. It still gives me the impression that they wanted to move away from retro a little in the artistic section.
The game has become fully 3D, but the beauty and richness of the scenery are even more surprising than in the first part. The graphic change is remarkable, but at the same time it makes you feel at home, probably because the title has not opted for a realistic style, but rather more defined and with a slightly cartoonish touch. The the scenes are spectacular and they leave precious imprints, with situations in which sandstorms, rain or even changes in the cycles of the day appear, with transitions from day to night.
What should be noted is that the control is compliant perfectly, in line with the first title. This is something that is appreciated, because the title sometimes needs more precision than it seems. I played it on iPhone and I can tell you that the touch control is very good, but you can also enjoy it with a gamepad without any problem. I played most of the hours with my Xbox Series X controller, connected via Bluetooth, and the compatibility is complete. Finally, the game crashed me once while I was playing with the controller. The studio asked me about it, because I reported the bugs, and I know they are looking into it.