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Games on the Rise: Race the Sun

Zachary Snader

(Video preview by Official Stuff Plus)

 

As an industry veteran at Raven Software, Aaron San Filippo had worked on a number of AAA titles including (but not limited to) Singularity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.  After seeing an opportunity in the indie space, he decided to partner with his brother, Forest, to create Flippfly — a studio dedicated to creating games that are new, fun, honest, and clean.

The duo’s latest venture is with their action-platformer/racer, Race the Sun.  This Star Fox-esque title has been in a playable state on Kongregate since the middle of last September, but Flippfly recently launched a Kickstarter to support the game in new ways.  With a $20,000 goal, Aaron and Forest hope to achieve the ability to give Race the Sun a proper release and implement a host of new features, including mod tools, multiplayer, and a focus on community.

Race the Sun will feel familiar to fans of the “runner” genre, where each successive attempt builds upon the last and allows for new unlocks, power-ups, and other gameplay features.  The unique region differentiation and increased gameplay length over time will keep players wanting to come back for more, while the simplistic-yet-stark art style and ease of control only complement a desire to keep playing the game.

Kickstarter may be saturated with a huge number of projects, but Race the Sun deserves to be one of its success stories.  With 22 days to go, Flippfly needs around $18,000 to meet their goal.  If you are looking to an alternative, unique runner-game with a slew of potential features and yearn for the Star Fox days of yore, do yourself a service and contribute to this project.

For more information, you can visit Flippfly’s website and the Race the Sun Kickstarter.  In the meantime, be sure to check out the current alpha build of Race the Sun on Kongregate!