art of indy games
by Ashley Robinson

You never quite know what kind of article is gonna crop up on your feed, though I’m guessing you didn’t expect one about a top down stylized indy rally game. If you’re a keen reader, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of racing games. I’m a simulation nut – I have a force feedback wheel, I turn off all the assists and let the game punish me for trying to get on the accelerator too early. I was, however, surprised with art of rally.

I knew I’d like this game – based on funselektor’s past top down driving experience, their 2015 hit Absolute Drift, I sort of knew what to expect. A well polished game that gives you an authentic driving experience, from a new perspective. What I wasn’t expecting was quite how polished this game would be. Gone are the empty white wastelands Absolute Drift – replaced with rolling hills, trees and people. Oh, and if you know anything about Group B rally, the people won’t be new to you. They get in the way, they dart on and off the track, they obscure your apex and are genuinely a loving part of this game that brings it to life.

When you find your groove, you won’t be looking at your beautify simple car anymore. Your eyes will be glued to the next corner; your fingers will know exactly how to negotiate your car through the corner you were just studying without your eyes needing to monitor it. In fact, every time you realise what’s happening, your conscious will take over and you’ll hit a tree. Trust me, that’s no fun.

I’d recommend this game to a racing lover – If you’ve put your hours into DiRT Rally or WRC, the handling will feel like second nature to you. If you’re going to try to play this on keyboard and aren’t interested in rallying what so ever, this game will most likely infuriate you. It’s not easy to break into a perfect power slide, but with enough practice you’ll figure it out in no time.