Remember Mashed? I sure do. I also miss that sort of game. You know the type: the Micro Machines style one-screen racer where everyone sits on a couch and tries to push one another off the screen for points.
That's precisely what Space Dust Racers is: a modern version of that.
It's been created by a newly created studio, made up of vets from Visceral Games. They've worked on games like Battlefield 4 and the Dead Space series, so you think they'd have a rough idea what they're doing.
And it appears that they do. Space Dust Racers looks phenomenal, and it's picked up a number of awards throughout its development — most recently winning Best Technology at Freeplay. Personally, I think it's really cool to see a mid-sized studio like this operating out of Australia, really putting weight behind a high-end indie project.
It's an ambitious project. The game is coming out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and can host up to 16 players. Not only does the game support controllers — obviously — but players will also have the ability to hook up mobile phones and tablets as controllers for the game — this is apparently done without any app install, which sounds amazing.
There's a lot to love about this game. The high concept, the visuals, the details of it. Mainly I'm just excited about the resurrection of a genre I once loved. The timing seems perfect. On PC especially, the idea of one-screen party games has really gone mainstream. Combine this with a very massive gap in the market and you have the potential for a game that could really take off. I've been lamenting the lack of a Mashed/Micro Machines game for years. I spent countless hours with friends on games like these and this appears to be a very innovative, smart way to bring those games back.
The team is currently running a Kickstarter, which seems to be struggling a little, which is a shame. It's great to see an indie team really shoot for something big on their debut project and I'd very much like to see this game succeed. Mainly because I want to play it.