Apple Arcade, as the name of the Apple service suggests, is an ideal platform for Arcade titles, reminiscent of the old classics that ran in bar cabinets. From this point of view, Horizon Chase 2 is the perfect title for Apple’s video game catalog. Available for a few days to all subscribers, in our opinion it is one of those addresses that alone are worth the ticket price.
Horizon Chase 2 will certainly be familiar to all fans of the brand. It is actually a sequel to this Horizon Chase that first appeared on the App Store for iOS devices. It maintains the philosophy behind the title, suggesting arcade racing, in the style of the ’90s, that will surely remind titles of OutRun’s caliber. In this sector we expect it right away, it is one of the most represented and best successful titles.
At the graphic level, Horizon Chase 2 embraces the formula already tested in the first chapter, even if it is developed, not completely modified, but adding many details that still indicate vivid and bright colors, but generally appear a little less retro than the predecessor . Itineraries are more detailed than they have been in the past, of course without giving up on the iconic cell engagement that has always inspired productions. Anyway, when you launch the game for the first time, you will discover a more complex and deeper game world, with more elements. This choice also affects the machines, which although the animations are more subtle. In short, the graphic style does not distort, but rather develops the idea of \u200b\u200bthe first title, which makes Horizon Chase 2 a very special game from the point of view of aesthetic choices.
The goal of the game is always the same: to face the races with the foot on the gas pedal, leaving it as little as possible. The races are tackled all at once, relying heavily on drift technology: the curves face each other at full speed, and with a driving model as remote from reality as possible. Of course this is a deliberate choice, the reward of arcade flipping in production, which in some ways will also appeal to those who have loved the Ridge Racer series in the past.
On the track, in addition to defeating opponents, you can also collect emblems, which will be used to accumulate points and unlock upgrades for cars, which will become necessary for the continuation of various competitions. Speaking of the difficulty level, as fans of the first chapter, we can’t help but notice that the title is more accessible than in the past and with the difficulty bar tweaked down a bit. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because the address is more easily accessible. However, the growing interest in the title’s difficulty makes Horizon Chase 2 a challenging and, at times, title for hardcore gamers, especially for those who want to collect all the emblems on the track.
Don’t miss the “door” dynamics with their opponents: sometimes it’s almost possible to take advantage of them almost to face a curve in the best possible way, even if touching the opponent most of the time is enough to suddenly stop your race. To face competitors in various circles, it will also be possible to count on Nitro. For each race, the driver will have 3 available, although in some cases more nitro can be collected on the track, in order to benefit from more acceleration. However, even in this case, we are faced with a double-edged sword: when activated at the right moment, the thrust will make us climb to the top; Conversely, when activating it where it cannot be, we will end up turning the machine against some obstruction.
The fuel system that led to the first version of the title has been eliminated. In this sequel, we won’t have to worry about diesel residue in the tank, nor collect it on the track. Also in this case, the imperfection makes the title simpler and more accessible to a wider audience of players.
In terms of controls, as was already expected, we are facing a pure arcade game where it is necessary to simply press the throttle, release once the curve is set, and drift as far as possible to face full speed curves.
In World Tour mode, the main mode, Horizon Chase 2 will traverse 5 countries giving access to 55 tracks. New circles will only be unlocked after the previous ones have been successfully encountered. There is also an online mode, where you can access already created crews, own an access token, or create your own to share with friends.
As already mentioned, the paths look more refined, which now also presents the user with options: in some cases there are ramifications and it will be the user who chooses the alternate route to take. Plus, there’s no shortage of weather changes during the race, which often complicates matters because it reduces driver visibility: it’s easy to come across a noisy return in the middle of the desert, reducing overall visibility.
As mentioned earlier, Horizon Chase 2 is one of those titles that Apple Arcade really needs. First of all, it’s, for now, exclusive, which is why fans of the brand will inevitably have to opt for an Apple subscription to be able to play it, waiting for it to arrive on consoles and other platforms in the following months.
A title that, as mentioned, alone is worth the price of entry to Apple Arcade, which, we remember, is 4.99 euros. With Horizon Chase 2, AQUIRIS has shown maturity, creating a product that can live up to its predecessor and thus manage to meet expectations. Anyone looking for the thrill of arcade racing, in full OutRun style, will find the reference point in this product.
The colorful style, easy-to-learn (but hard-to-master) gameplay makes this a must-have. Anyone who subscribes to Apple Arcade actually “runs” to give it a try.
Remember that Apple Arcade costs €4.99 per month or €49.99 per year, and lets you play all the titles in the catalog. Among the Macitynet pages is our review of Apple Arcade as well as the complete guide to the service. All articles about Apple Arcade are available on this page.