Slipstream brings back retro arcade racing

slipstream retro arcade racing releases linux mac windows

Slipstream is a retro arcade racing game for Linux, Mac and Windows on Steam. The games inspiration comes from the visuals, music, games and cars from the late 80’s and early 90’s. So this is truly retro gaming indeed.

So the games built on a custom game engine. Which also includes an authentic retro feel and unique graphics. The soundtrack, draws from synthpop and jazz fusion influences. Sets the tone for a race across a variety of exotic locations from all around the world.

This also includescities, deserts, forests, mountains and beaches. Drifting and slipstreaming mechanics add depth to the driving gameplay. While the result is a challenging and exciting experience.

Slipstream retro Release Trailer (Linux, Mac, Windows)

Slipstream will be a 4-player local multiplayer coming as well. Because of time constraints, this feature is not part of the initial release. But already in testing and coming with a free update in roughly two months.

There are also plans to make a track editor publicly available. But there is no release date for that yet.

Features:

  • Authentic pseudo-3D game engine with 2D graphics, just like the glory days of the arcade racers.
  • 20 Different tracks, set on a variety of exotic locations all around the world… and beyond.
  • 3 Game modes:
    • Arcade Mode, a road trip through exotic landscapes, with branching paths and rivals to race against.
    • Quick Race, a single race in any of the game’s tracks.
    • Grand Prix, a championship mode with five races back to back and money prizes used to upgrade your car!
  • 5 Car models, each with its own specs and playstyle.
  • Original soundtrack with 9 exclusive songs.
  • A variety of graphical options to customize the game’s visuals, including 30fps mode, CRT and NTSC filters.

Useful Notes:

  • Slipstream was almost entirely created (i.e. all the graphics and all the code) by a solo developer, brazilian Sandro Luiz de Paula, a.k.a. ansdor, from Belo Horizonte, with the american Stefan Moser, from Charleston, SC, providing the music and sound effects.
  • Slipstream is unashamedly a love letter to classic SEGA. Besides the obvious OutRun/OutRunners inspiration, there are numerous references to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise spread all across Slipstream, from the title screen to the names of roughly half the tracks. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the developer’s favorite game of all time.
  • Some of the tracks are inspired by real world locations: Monument Valley (USA), Highgate Cemetery (England), Akagiyama (Japan), Valley of the Kings (Egypt), Parthenon (Greece) and, most importantly, Villa Rica, which is based on Ouro Preto, a historic town from colonial Brazil, located in the developer’s home state of Minas Gerais.

Arcade racing game development:

Slipstream development exclusively is on Linux systems (Ubuntu and Arch Linux). While using free software tools such as Krita, Blender and GIMP for graphics. And Intellij IDEA CE for the coding.

So there is not a single sprite in the game was made using Windows. Or any other proprietary software such as Photoshop. And also, according to developer ansdor. This should is not be interpreted as a “political” statement. Since this is about a developer that just feels better with Linux and free software. Making Slipstream even more impressive.

Steam release:

Slipstream retro arcade racing is available already on Steam for Linux, Mac and Windows. Priced at $8.99 USD until May 28th, so this includes the 10% discount.

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