“Nitronic Rush is not a typical racing game. It is an experimental survival driving game.
This game’s graphics, physics and architecture were built completely from the ground up using C++, and without any premade engines.
–From the introduction
Nitronic Rush is indeed not typical! Released late last year, and just recently updated, this is a project from a student group at DigiPen Institute of Technology. The game has already made a lot of ripples in the independent gaming community; it won the Gamer’s Choice award at the 2012 Indie Game Challenge.
As the introduction says, it is an experimental survival driving game. Nitronic City has been attacked. This futuristic city has been infected with a malicious computer virus. In a last-second fail-safe, the city’s computer system deployed an anti-virus measure just before it was overrun.
That anti-virus measure is you.
In your neon-lit car, resembling a combination of a Corvette, a DeLorean and a Countach, you must drive to the heart of Nitronic City and destroy the virus at its CORE.
Here’s the trailer:
Your car has no weapons, but it is exceptionally maneuverable, with rocket thrusters along all degrees of freedom.
You’ll need them, too:
Your car even has wings and a short flight capability:
But as in any well-balanced game, your car has limitations. The thrusters you use for flight and stunts get hot. This is what happens when you stand on the gas:
The malevolent CORE will send sawblades, laser gates and falling spike cylinders to meet you:
But there are some surprisingly beautiful moments:
But never let it be forgotten that Nitronic Rush is a homage to Tron, and all of cyberspace:
And always take to heart the important lessons of physics that you learn in driving through these pixelated streets and skies:
Nitronic Rush is free to download.
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