Horizon Chase is a racing game developed by Brazilian studio, Aquiris. Originally made for iOS and Android devices as Horizon Chase - World Tour, it serves as a Spiritual Successor to the old SNES game, Top Gearnote , which was shown to be very popular with the Brazilians. Boasting a unique retro aesthetic inspired by old 2-D 16-bit games (namely Sega's, especially in regards to the soundtrack), gameplay consists of the player travelling around the world competing in racing tournaments, though with its own unique twists:
- First, fuel pickups are dotted around the course and can be picked up to refuel the tank. If your tank runs out, you lose. Winning a race with some gas left over will have them be added to the total point count.
- Second, the player can also pick up tokens dotted around the course. Collecting them all as well as coming in first will grant them a "Super Trophy" and contribute to unlocking extra events and vehicles. These reappear in Tournament mode, though collecting them all will grant the player a nitro boost instead.
- Speaking of nitro boosts, these are also present on the course to give your car a boost of speed.
- There are also upgrade races that can be played to win upgrades for whatever cars you've got.
- Last, weather effects and track types, such as rain and icy roads, can also interfere with handling.
There are also other modes such as Tournament mode and an Endurance mode that sees racers race on all the race tracks in the game.
An Updated Re-release, Horizon Chase Turbo, was released in 2018, for the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. This version features enhanced graphics, more cars and tracks as well as local and online co-op modes. An extra mode, called "Playground", was since added, featuring themed races with unique conditionsnote .
This game features examples of:
- Awesome, but Impractical: Cars with high top speed might be cool, but they also have terrible fuel usage and mediocre handling, meaning that they just aren't worth using on the more technical circuits.
- Bragging Rights Reward: The Francois, a guy doing the splits on a pair of bikes, can be unlocked by clearing the Final Endurance. Of course, by then chances are that you've pretty much beaten the entire game...
- Cool Car: Many of them, to be exact, although there are also some... strange choices.
- Creator Provincialism: Since the developers of the game are from Brazil, it's not really surprising that there would be levels set there.
- Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai: Easter Island of course.
- Hailfire Peaks: Jormungandr, located in Iceland which is notorious for having active volcanoes in an otherwise cold place.
- Also Getting Cold in Brighton Beach which combines Palmtree Panic with snow and rainfall.
- Lethal Lava Land: The aptly-named "Final Challenge" in Kilauea, Hawaii which at one point has you driving right next to molten lava.
- Magikarp Power: The Gentleman, an old-timey car that looks like something your typical Quintessential British Gentleman would drive. Has mediocre acceleration, but give it time and its high top speed and good handling will allow it to dominate the road. Just try not to crash...
- Palmtree Panic: Brighton Beach, French Polynesia and most of Hawaii.
- The first DLC, Summer Vibes, pretty much runs with this.
- Port Town: Salvador, Cape Town, Santorini, Palm Island, Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong.
- Remixed Level: The Summer Vibes DLC features remixed versions of levels previously seen in the main World Tour, all in a Palmtree Panic style.
- Shifting Sand Land: Death Valley. Also Atacama, Uluru and most of United Arab Emirates.
- Shout-Out: A good few cars are references to more famous ones:
- The Ladybug is probably Herbie's long-lost cousin.
- The Loveride looks an awful like Christine, which probably has some rather dire repercussions...
- The Royal, aside from being a James Bond car, also has a skin that makes it into a four-wheeled version of Kaneda's bike.
- The Explorer is pretty much the DeLoran with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
- The Deja Vu looks like it came straight out of Initial D.
- The Madbot is pretty much Bayformers Bumblebee, complete with quotes from the films.
- The Nano looks like something Mr. Bean would drive.
- The Walker-X is pretty much like something out of 2 Fast 2 Furious.
- The Night Rider is pretty much the Batmobile In Name Only.
- The Breeze, introduced in the Summer Vibes DLC, is basically the car from OutRun. Its alternate skins also reference Miami Vice, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Modern Family, Thelma & Louise and Orange Is the New Black.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Snow Flurry and Cold Day in Santiago, most of Iceland and Snow Festival in Sapporo.
- Spiritual Successor: To Top Gear.
- The Lost Woods: Sequoia National Park.
- Version Exclusive Content: The Switch version includes extra Switch/Super Mario-themed skins for some cars to use.
- Wutai: Both China and Japan.