Adkiworks' synthwave arcade game, Chaser Tracer, is coming to mobile platforms next week, and it looks tantalising.
Some people listen to lo-fi beats when they work, others dial into ambience or vaporware. Others listen to synthwave, the electronic-based music genre synonymous with hot neon and scorching sunsets - like a cyberpunk Miami from both 2077 and 1987. If you're one of the latter then Chaser Tracer might well be one for you to keep an eye out for. It's a score-chasing arcade game stuffed to the brim with music actually made on synths from the era - including the Yamaha DX-7 and CS-80; Roland Jupiter-8, TR-808, and TR-909; and Sequential Prophet-5.
But, where the game is different is that it's not actually a racing game. The synthwave idea, of chasing sunsets and scrolling screens, really lends itself well to racing games, but Chaser Tracer (which, I should add, also rhymes with racer), is in fact a game where you're tracing your finger over shapes all set against the scrolling background and backed up by a brilliant soundtrack.
It's certainly interesting, and most definitely a testament to how solid stylistic design and music choices can truly elevate a concept - taking a game that could be an otherwise unremarkable tracing effort and making it into something which oozes colour, beats and creativity.
When playing Chaser Tracer you'll have to make your way through over 100 levels in order to stop the catchily named 'Oblivion Orb' from wiping out all of humanity. It won't just be your own deft hand that helps you get through though, you'll have a few power-ups to hand as well which will help you by removing elements of the symbols, or slowing down the simulation.
Chaser Tracer will release as a free-to-play game on April 14, it'll be available on both Google Play and iOS devices via the appropriate storefronts.