Yak’s aren’t the most fleet of foot creatures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t race them. Yak Dash: Horns of Glory is a new 2D side scrolling racing game where you ride on a yak in an attempt to beat all of the other yak riders to the finish line. There are 17 races included spread across four different environments. The races aren’t just simply on tracks, but instead feature mountains, chasms, explosives, and more on grasslands, tundras, and deserts.
Yak Dash looks relatively familiar on the surface, outside of the Yak theme, but it’s surprisingly unique. The game is more like a motocross stunt course challenge than anything else, and then adds to the style with seven fellow racers. As the Yak is running along, you can leap in the air, and perform flips for a speed boost. Also, you can position the Yak before it lands to get a boost if you land at the right angle of the course. If that wasn’t enough, the game really does emphasize the “Yak Dash” to whip your Yak forward like a horse race. Dashing is a key component to victory, which you need to constantly activate, because your opponents are.
In Yak Dash, the yak runs automatically, and you simply tap the left side of the screen to jump, the right side of the screen to dash, and either side while in the air to flip. Even with the simple controls, you need to be constantly active to handle the ups and downs of the courses, as well as keeping the dash activated. You’re dash is limited by collectable apples, or successful flips, so you need to keep aiming for both to be able to win races. There’s a whole lot of action in each race with seven different opponents flying around at high speeds through challenging courses. There are times when it doesn’t seem your dash is activated properly to get through explosives. The biggest problem is the actual racing, which doesn’t feature much change of position after the initial dash, so it’s tough to really move up. The main challenge of Yak Dash is surviving the course, and yet you can still finish in fourth with a perfect run, which can be quite discouraging.
Yak Dash: Horns of Glory ($1.99, Universal) offers an entertaining theme with challenging racing that is worth picking up.