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Video Game / Speed Kills

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Speed Kills is a futuristic Racing Game, developed by Holy Warp and Black Wing Foundation. It was first released on iOS in 2013, and then on PC through Steam in 2014. It is intended to follow in the footsteps of classic games of the 90s, and so it uses a fixed-camera Isometric Projection, with keyboard controls.

The game is set in the far future, with tracks on five different planets. Racers in lower tiers drive wheeled vehicles, while higher tiers feature hovering vehicles. Besides trying to cross the finish line, contestants may also try to blow each other up. Money earned from races can be used to buy new vehicles or upgrade existing ones. Races are grouped together in tournaments, with players' final placing determining whether or not they can advance to the next tournament.

Tropes present in this game:

  • After the End: The first race venue is a planet which was turned into a wasteland by nuclear war. It may have something of an Apunkalyptic atmosphere, judging by some of the racers there.
  • Beast Man: Most of the race contestants are human or human-ish — but Fyodor, for reasons not explored, is a humanoid anteater who wears a bow tie and quotes Dostoyevsky.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Ahriman, one of the race contestants, has a sort of tightly-buckled hood across most of his face, but still seems to be able to race just fine.
  • Flying Car: The more expensive vehicles hover above the ground (albeit not high enough to leave the track except by the same means that wheeled vehicles do).
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: Cyberia, a robotic race contestant, likes talking about your low odds of success against her. When you win, she dismisses it as "an anomaly" which is highly unlikely to reoccur.
  • Neon City: The final races are set on a capital planet which is full of bright, colourful signs, signalling that you've graduated from the various hell-holes you started on and are now in the big league.
  • Nitro Boost: This can be activated manually, or activated automatically when you run over a pick-up. Activating it at the wrong time can have consequences, especially if you hit a jump at the wrong angle and go flying off the track.
  • Not Quite Human: Some of other contenders are human, and some definitely aren't — but some are a bit ambiguous. Thorn would look human if not for being blue. Ahriman has skin cracking, oddly pointed fingers, and covers his eyes.
  • Power-Up: As common in racing games of this type, there are various power-ups to run over, with effects including temporary invincibility, damage repair, and speed boosts.
  • Robot Hair: One of the race contestants is a robot, and has a mass of long, purple tubes extending from her head which resemble (unusual) hair.
  • Single-Biome Planet: We don't get detailed information, but the planets of Angkor and Void XIII are implied to be a jungle world and an ice world, respectively.
  • Space Western: Craig looks like he comes out of one, combining a cowboy hat with obvious cybernetic implants. The planet you first meet him on is a wasteland (albeit a nuclear-induced one rather than a natural desert).
  • Trash Talk: Screens before or after races show comments from your fellow racers, many of which are insulting (although a few of them will gracefully acknowledge your wins).
  • Vehicular Combat: Vehicles are armed with missiles, lasers, mines, and other weapons (the exact loadout depending on which vehicle you choose). Destroying other competitors' vehicles only buys you a short amount of time, since they quickly respawn, but can still be useful. You also get a cash bonus after the race.
  • Wretched Hive: The second planet on which races take place, Navius Prime, was formerly "an urban paradise", but has decayed into this, and is now dominated by criminals. (It's still a step up from the previous planet, which was devastated by nuclear war.)