(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a certain game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)
So, a couple weeks ago (January 17th to be exact), the sequel to one of my favorite games last year released.
Pixel Drifters was such a fun high-score chaser that involved drifting your vehicle across a pixel perfect open world. I still played the game all the way up until just recently when the sequel released.
Well, Pixel Drifters Nitro (by Tarboosh Games) is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited!!
In true sequel form, Pixel Drifters Nitro is everything Pixel Drifters was and then some. It’s the same type of endless high-score chaser where the object is to drift as much as possible and last as long as you can without hitting something or running out of coins. Luckily, there is a little more leeway this time around. You can actually bump into stationary objects depending on how fast you’re going and the angle of your hit.
The big change in the sequel is the addition of the police force. There is a “wanted level” similar to Grand Theft Auto where the longer you go, the higher your wanted level is. The higher the level, the stronger the police presence is. It’s a nice change of pace from the original, but unfortunately, it turns the game from drifting, to basically just trying to avoid the police.
Another big change is the ability to upgrade your vehicles. I was really excited to see this change. Every vehicle in both Pixel Drifters and Pixel Drifters Nitro behaves in its own unique way. That’s always been a big plus for me in these games. It’s not just different skins. When you get a new vehicle, it actually “feels” like a new vehicle. My biggest gripe is that a lot of vehicles (especially trucks) start off so slow, that it’s almost not fun. You need to grind to collect enough coins to level up a couple times to make things enjoyable.
Speaking of vehicles. Gone are the days of only winning vehicles after gaining so many coins. Now, vehicles can also be unlocked by meeting certain goals in the game. So, not only is there chance involved, but skill plays a huge part. There are currently 120+ vehicles in PDNitro, so there is a lot to unlock. I will say that the most important vehicle to unlock is the SNAPPZILLA truck in my opinion.
(Side note: We are absolutely honored to have our own vehicle in Pixel Drifters Nitro. This has honestly been a huge highlight for us!)
I know it sounds like I’m being pretty hard on this game. Pixel Drifters Nitro is still a blast to play. It’s everything I loved about the first game. The tough (but fun) mission system, the beautiful pixel art work, the little details in the open world. It’s still a really fun game. For a person that hasn’t played the first game, they are going to absolutely love PDNitro. But for people that played the hell out of the original game and hold higher standards, there’s definitely some getting used to. There’s been great additions like the ability to reverse, a Nitro button, and of course, multiplayer and it’s different game modes. I still have no problem recommending Pixel Drifters Nitro to anyone. I think Tarboosh Games did an excellent job and look forward to playing some of the #SNAPPFamily online.
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