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Review: Horizon Chase Turbo

July 20, 2018 1 min read

There are two kinds of people. And maybe sometimes some overlap in between. There are people who think Top Gear is a UK television show where the host punched a man on the face and now is on Amazon Prime instead. And then there are those who think that Top Gear was a Super Nintendo racing game by Kemco in the nineties.

Both are right, though the Top Gear game has no relation to the television series. It was one of the first games I ever owned for the Super Nintendo, and had a sense of speed rivaling F-Zero. It had a couple of sequels, but only the first game and Top Gear Rally were scored by Barry Leitch, and this is important because the soundtrack for the original Top Gear was awesome, sporting a couple of burrowing ear worms which have stuck with people to this day, leading to all sorts of remixes and tributes on YouTube.

So bless me if I didn’t get all choked up when realising that an inconspicuous little racer called Horizon Chase Turbo, available on Steam and PlayStation 4 by Brazilian developer Aquiris Game Studio was not only inspired by Top Gear, and essentially a superior spiritual sequel to the original, but also had the original composer in tow for the ride. And what a blistering ride it is.

Review: Horizon Chase Turbo screenshot