Take the wheel, and get ready to continuously dodge obstacles in the new iOS game Neon Drive. The game features a retro modern aesthetic to depict the classic Eighties arcade style, but with modern flair. At first glance, the game is reminiscent of Horizon Chase with a similar idea of retro arcade racing. Neon Drive changes it up by emphasizing an obstacle dodging challenge, rather than any type of racing. You simply tap either side of the screen to switch between four lanes in an attempt to avoid the upcoming multi-lane obstacles.
There are three lengthy levels to complete with each one showing your progress on a 100% scale. You need to complete the previous level to advance to the next, and there are nice visual flairs with Eighties inspiration for each level. The level set-up turns the game into a memorization challenge of weaving through the same stretches until you reach the point that you last crashed. There are subtle changes including flipping the perspective from third person behind the car to top down, and yet there’s still the same obstacle avoidance style. The game looks gorgeous in motion, especially with the changing environments, but the gameplay doesn’t keep you driving.
After a few drives, you experience most of what the game has to offer, and realize that the gameplay doesn’t vary. The main problem is the tedious nature of the car movement as you have to tap to move to each lane, and more obstacles are positioned so that you have to quickly move across all four lanes in time. It’s a whole lot of tapping, and some errors can occur just from not tapping enough as your thumbs get exhausted with the tedium. As stated earlier, the levels are quite long, and the game would be better served chopping the distances of the three levels into more shorter levels to keep you going. As is, you can become exhausted by the limited obstacle avoidance style.
Neon Drive (Free, Universal) has a neat theme and great style, but the gameplay makes it one to steer clear of.