80’s Overdrive, Retro Pixelated Racing Game With Synthwave Soundtrack Hits Switch May 7th

80s Overdrive Switch

Insane Code and Enso’s 80’s Overdrive is making its debut on the Nintendo Switch starting May 7th. It features classic hand-painted pixel graphics, multiple cars, track motifs, and even a track editor to help maintain high amounts of replayability.

80’s Overdrive is due to be made available on the Nintendo eShop starting May 7th as a digital download.

The game features six different vehicles to race as well as incremental upgrades for the speed, handling, and damage.

You’ll race across a variety of tracks set across eight different thematic scenarios. You can get a look at the game’s features and gameplay mechanics with the near two-minute trailer below.

Another big highlight of the game is that it features 18 different songs of the synthwave variety provided by a variety of artists in the retrowave space, such as Wolf and Raven, Vocoderion, and Vector Wolf.

The game reminds me of a cross between Lamborghini: American Challenge with a dash of Outrun and Lotus: Turbo Challenge. The added mix of being able to create your own tracks using a few sliders and features should help add a healthy mix of replay value to the game.

If you enjoyed new-age retro racing games like PM Studios’ Horizon Chase Turbo then you’ll probably take a liking to 80’s Overdrive.

I do wish that the game had a few more vehicles to select from and maybe a bit more distinction the track layouts, maybe offering something a little more varied from what Horizon Chase Turbo has, but if you wanted something that felt a bit more retro and made in the style of a 16-bit era title than PM Studios’ game, then I guess 80’s Overdrive would probably be more up your alley.

You can look for the game to go live on the Nintendo eShop starting May 7th next week.

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