Slipstream is an information technology & services company. The company provides Tableau software, business intelligence, data warehousing, data management, snowflake computing, and Cloudera. It is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Apr 6, 2022
Apr 6, 2022, Ansdor Games / Blitworks We’re barely into spring 2022, and this year’s indie gaming line-up is already killing it. It appears that April will continue this run of great releases; following the oddly delightful Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between is Slipstream, the latest addition to an ever-growing stable of arcade racers looking to make a unique mark in a packed genre. This budget, solo-developer title gets off to a flying start on its console debut–even if you rarely reach the end. While one-man effort Formula Retro Racing offered a fresh, no-frills take on the classic Virtua Racing format, and Hotshot Racing injected a very British goofiness into a 3D OutRun-lite experience, Slipstream takes the genre much closer to its 16-bit roots. By doing so, it offers one of the best and truest arcade racers in recent memory. Slipstream is the brainchild of Brazilian developer Sandro Luiz “ansdor” de Paula . His love for OutRun is clearly legendary because he’s not only managed to replicate its winning formula, but he’s done it without damaging the source material or making his Kickstarter-funded game a simple clone. Slipstream is made with a love for what he grew up with, and it’s hard not to get swept up by his passion from the moment you boot it up. Admittedly, the send-ups to Sega classics go a little further than its storied racer. De Paula is also clearly a huge fan of classic Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog titles, with certain stages taking their names and occasional design influences from zones including Emerald Hill, Chemical Plant, Ice Cap, and Marble Garden, plus Sonic 2’s red, yellow and blue introduction screens. They’re nice nods, but they never go too far; Slipstream is very much its own game, led by its headline mechanic. MORE FOR YOU Dodge and weave Slipstream takes its name from the game’s “slipstreaming” drafting system: a speed boost that’s more or less essential for success. Across the game’s six modes, but especially its headline “Grand Tour” mode–OutRun in nearly everything but name, right down to its inter-stage, S-bend transitions–this gradually charging power-up adds a whole new dimension of skill and difficulty to a surprisingly delicate control system. Of all the retro racers that have landed in the last few years, Slipstream is by far the easiest to adapt to in terms of its controls. Its quick-to-learn, hard-to-master cornering is almost instinctive for old-school driving game veterans, combining anticipation and traffic analysis with careful brake-pumping and methodical turning. It’s just as well the controls are reliable, as even at its lower difficulties, and using the game’s most forgiving car–the Epsilon, i.e. a Lancia Delta HF Integrale–Slipstream demands nothing short of near-perfection to reach the end of a given route, even if you stick to the “easiest”, left-most stages at every fork. Five cars are available, including the Epsilon, a beginner's favorite based on the Lancia Delta. Ansdor Games Each stage also presents you with an oddball rival who, for the most part, doesn’t prove to be much of a competitor–but occasionally, they’ll pull away or overtake you on a badly driven bend, and beating them becomes obsessional. Luckily, Slipstream includes a game speed reduction facility, as well as a Forza-like rewind function which, while understandably limited, can rescue you from annihilation on a corner, or one of many misjudged attempts to get that all-important slipstream on a long straight. It’s also the best way to always improve your ability to negotiate the game’s biggest hurdle: the traffic. Those used to OutRun’s comparably quiet roads will be in for a shock; there are so many other cars on road, and they maintain a much faster pace than you’d expect. This is presumably so they can offer the player more opportunities to draft them, but their unpredictable movement often makes slipstreaming a game of luck as opposed to skill. Add to that each stage’s eccentric “rival”, who you regularly overtake in the first few moments but who’ll be right back in the action if you make a mistake (and may even crash into the back of you, if you’re super unlucky), and you’ve got a lot to juggle in the heat of the moment. Slipstream's rivals add an extra dimension to each stage. Ansdor Games However, this is exactly what retro racing games did in the good old days. The “git gud” philosophy is core to the Slipstream experience, but with such incredibly responsive controls, learnable and memorable tracks, and five very different cars to work with, you soon find a formula that works for you. The sign of arcade gaming excellence is losing but placing the blame at your own feet, rather than the game’s mechanics–and that’s what Slipstream pretty much nails. Magical sound and vision shower Despite its odd combination of a consistently stellar framerate with Super Hang-On-style angular graphics, Slipstream’s visual style is a treat, underlining the game’s simplicity but giving you everything you need to negotiate pixel-perfect turns. While Slipstream offers visual filters including CRT, NTSC, and pixelated modes, they still take a back seat to the impressive fusion of old and new. Given the wider treatment of the game’s menus, post-race screens, and speech bubbles from talkative rivals, you get all the vibes you need from the game’s “199X” influences. The rewind function can be a blessing. Ansdor Games / Blitworks One of Slipstream’s strongest assets is, without a doubt, its excellent soundtrack , created by Stefan “Effoharkay” Moser. The musician put together something truly special for the game’s original PC release in 2018, capturing the era in more ways than one, with songs ranging between the sombre and darker tones of Hotline Miami or Drive (“Out of Town”, “Top Down Night”) and the high-paced, exciting tunes that wouldn’t be out of place on the original OutRun (“Slipstream”, “Forgotten Strategy”). Stitching this all together is an enviable suite of menu and race completion melodies, as well as nicely chosen SFX that take any gamer over 30 back to their arcade or home gaming glory days, whenever and wherever they may be. Bang for your buck Despite its often brutal difficulty, Slipstream offers a ridiculous number of modes and amount of content for its meager $10 price tag, not least with an additional split-screen multiplayer mode; its performance more than meets the demands of modern gaming, while staying true to its 90s influences. De Paula clearly knew he was onto a good thing–and Slipstream is proof once again that solo indie developers can deliver their vision to a demanding audience, even if it takes a few years to get there. Follow me on Twitter . Check out my website .
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