Welcome to our Horizon Chase Turbo Nintendo Switch review. Last month I reviewed Horizon Chase Turbo on the PS4 when it was part of the PlayStation Plus lineup, I enjoyed the game then and still enjoy it now. However, when the opportunity arose to review it on the Switch, I decided to say yes and I did this because I want to see how well the game plays as a handheld racer. So for this review, I have not played the game using the Switch in T.V mode at all and have instead only played it in handheld. I won’t go over much of what the game contains as you can find all that information in the PS4 review here. This review is mainly about how well suited the game is for portable play on a Switch.
- Horizon Chase Turbo
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Aquiris Game Studios
- Publisher: Aquiris Game Studios
- Multiplayer: Up to 4 players locally
- Available: 28th November 2018
- Price: £17.99 (U.K), $19.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (UK/EU), E 10+ (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
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For those of you who don’t know, Horizon Chase Turbo is an arcade-style racer that combines modern elements with classic elements from arcade racers of the late 80’s/early90’s. It makes use of hybrid graphics that use both the typical straight forward track you’d see in those early day racers and 3D model cars.
While ultimately the level of detail looks stunning on a T.V screen as I learned playing it on PS4, the game still manages to look good on the Switch’s smaller 720p display. Colors are vibrant and rich and everything seems to fit really nicely on the screen. It does take a while to get used to the speed of which the cars go around the track and how it affects the eyes if you’ve played this game before you’ll know just how fast the cars can go.
The gameplay is pretty simple, you’ll be racing around numerous tracks across multiple continents. The tracks themselves are a pretty decent length, especially for a handheld game in the case of the Nintendo Switch. So if you’re prone to traveling a lot and can fit in short bursts of gaming while commuting on a bus or a train, Horizon has you covered.
Controls are fairly straightforward, just as they were on the PS4 version. You have your accelerator using the right top bumper, steering using the left joystick, boost using the B button and a brake that uses the left bumper button, although if you’re like me you won’t use that brake button much at all. Admittedly the design of the Switch with the Joy-cons connected is a bit of an issue as its not the most comfortable console to hold, especially when playing a fast-paced racing game. If at all possible you’d be best playing this with the Switch in tabletop mode and the Joy-cons in the controller grip.
Another thing it would seem is that for some reason the Switch version is slightly harder than the PS4 version. In the PS4 version, I was able to finish most of the beginning races in first place but on the Switch, I’ve mostly been finishing third and then having to come back later with upgrades installed. Is the game harder? Or is it just the fact the Joy-cons are smaller and less comfortable to use than a Dualshock 4?
Considering the Nintendo Switch gets between 2.5 to 6.5 hours of life from a single charge, you may be wondering how this game acts on the console’s battery. Well, surprisingly it’s not that bad, in fact, I was laying on the couch the other evening playing the game for about 3 hours. I started off the session with a fully charged battery and ended it with just over 35%. A very decent figure, although the overall time can depend on factors such as screen brightness, network settings and volume.
Everything I loved about the game on PS4 is still present here. The racing, the graphics, the design, the details, all of it and much more still here. I am amazed at just how well this game transfers over to a portable format. Short races, a soft effect on the battery and easy controls make this a perfect little portable Switch game.
That concludes our Horizon Chase Turbo Nintendo Switch Review. You can purchase the game on Switch from here. Numskull games have also been working with the developer to bring the game to physical media for both Nintendo Switch and PS4. The Nintendo Switch physical version is out already and the PS4 version will be out in September.