80’S OVERDRIVE on Nintendo Switch is a 2D pixel art racing game, designed to take you back in time to when 8 and 16-bit consoles and arcade games ruled the world. Compete against opponents in career mode to unlock new races, buy new cars, and upgrade them with state-of-the-art technologies! Try your skill in time attack mode and see how far you can get in this race against the clock! Create your tracks with built-in track generator and easily share them with your friends!
The format of the game is easy, you win a race, you get money and then you can spend that money to enter more races. This then lets you earn more money. You can also buy better and faster cars to help you win the harder races.
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The look of the game reminds me a lot of Moonbeam City, a kind of sleek neon 80s landscape. Races can take you through deserts, cities or forest, so you won’t get bored as you play. There are bonus objectives for each race to earn additional money.
A nice game mechanic is that if your car takes a hit, it gets damaged. This damage will then cause the car to stop driving as well. You can spend money to repair your car, but be careful as this can be where you end up spending most of your money.
The game tries to stop you winning at every chance. If you crash, you start in the same place, but I have never been able to catch up. I found it easier to simply restart the whole race and try again. There are police cars on some tracks, who’s job is to knock you off the track.
Two upgrades you need to buy are nitrous and the police scanner. The nitrous gives you a much-needed boost, and scanner to let you know if you are being pursued. You may find you have to repeat races to collect money.
Overall, 80’s Overdrive on Nintendo Switch looks easier then it is. The graphics and aesthetic is amazing, while the gameplay can be frustrating at times.