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Video GameHorizon Chase 2 (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Horizon Chase 2 is the latest game in the Horizon Chase series of arcade racing games with a focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro visuals to create a brilliant way for families to race each other.

Four players can race each other, locally or over the internet, as they battle to learn each track’s twists and turns, manage their turbo, which grants you a temporary increase in speed, and collect fuel. The controls are less nuanced than games like Mario Kart, with simple steering and rudimentary collision becoming part of the chaotic fun and levelling the playing field to give any player, regardless of age or experience, a chance to win. Each of the 55 tracks based on real locations is excellent, with the added challenge of finding every blue token and perfectly managing your fuel.

As you progress and win more races, you unlock new cars (10 in total), wheels, and paint jobs, which you can customise your cars with. There are lots of different modes to participate in, from team-based challenges where you work with other players to emerge victorious, to simple races where it's every racer for themselves.

The result is a fun throwback to arcade racers that eschews the precision of other modern racing games to provide a fun and lighthearted play experience that's a great place to start your video game racing journey.

The blistering pace, simple steering and rudimentary collision detection are part of the fun and level the playing field for all ages more than the nuanced controls of games like Mario Kart. This is a great place to start your video game racing journey.

There have been several previous games in the Horizon Chase series of games:
  • Horizon Chase (also known as Horizon Chase: World Tour) (2015) iOS, Android
  • Horizon Chase Turbo (2018) PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Switch.
  • Horizon Chase Turbo - Rookie Series (2019) is a free downloadable extra for Horizon Chase Turbo that tailors the game for beginners and younger players: twenty-four selected races with easier, computer-controlled cars and without the need to collect fuel. This also enables you to unlock each track just by finishing. It’s a great way to extend the game to include everyone on the sofa.
  • Horizon Chase 2 (2022) iOS Apple Arcade, expected on other platforms in 2023.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2022

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Race

Developer: Aquiris GS (@AquirisGS)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Horizon Chase 2 features both online multiplayer and local split-screen play. You can play multiplayer in all game modes so you can form a crew to unlock rewards, or compete against one another in races and other challenges. Horizon Chase Turbo had the same local multiplayer play but didn't have online play.

Along with racing four players at a time, it’s also a fun game for competing for time trials and circuit scores. Who can get the fastest lap time, finish time, collect the most tokens and have the most fuel left? You can extend this competition to friends and family outside the home with the online ‘Ghost Mode’ where you see opponents as a ghost car that you must beat.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3 and is suited for all persons. Players can bump into other racers. Rival racers will show a minimal response to accidents and crashes.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Horizon Chase 2 is rated 4+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Contests.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to have quick reactions as you race quickly through narrow streets and avoid other cars and obstacles.

Account Rating

You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation Vita.
 
You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
 

CostsCosts

Horizon Chase 2 usually costs £3.99 to £18.99. 

Horizon Chase Turbo

Horizon Chase Turbo Demo

PlayStation Store PS4 Free

Horizon Chase Turbo: Ayrton Senna Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £18.99

Horizon Chase Turbo: Senna Forever

PlayStation Store PS4 £4.99

Horizon Chase Turbo: Soundtrack

PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
Horizon Chase 2 has no in-game purchases of any kind, but some previous games allow you to buy extra tracks and cars. When Horizon Chase 2 launches on consoles and PC in 2023 you will need a subscription to play online.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Horizon Chase 2 Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@AquirisGS) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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