It’s time for another Indie Spotlight and this time I picked a game you may not have known about even though it’s been out for a little while.
If you’re not familiar with DigiPen you’ll definitely want to go check it out after this Break.
DigiPen is a technical institute most commonly known in the indie gaming circle for the games created by its students. Every year DigiPen’s student projects win indie game awards and are some of the best indie games available.
And, best of all… many of them are free for download.
This game, titled Nitronic Rush is what the DigiPen students refer to as an “experimental survival driving game”. What this means is that you’re not really racing anyone — other than possibly trying to beat the best time. Instead you’re playing as an “antivirus vehichle” racing through a digital world in an attempt to save it from the world’s protecting program that has gone mad.
The world itself has a Tron-like atmosphere and features some really solid graphics and music.
The team really took a lot of care making this game. Even the control system is top notch. The game will tell you that a 360 controller is preferred for controlling your car, and it does make it easier as it puts all your primary buttons together such as jump, boost and wings. But it is also perfectly playable with a keyboard.
It’s also important to note that they have put in an “overheat” system for overusing the boost. This can be countered, though, by doing some awesome tricks such as mid-air barrel rolls or flipping your car end for end.
And, they’ve made the game even more replayable by adding options to the track. Bored of going th same direction? Hop the rail to your right and you’re on another track. About to make a jump that requires flight? Angle up just a bit more and you’ll see another track above you.
I’ve already logged several hours in the game this week. Honestly, there were some points where I probably should have shut it down and gone to sleep. But I couldn’t. I was having too much fun!