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Super Night Riders [Steam, Official Site] is a racing game that looks a little like OutRun and Hang-On and it's available on Linux.

It originally released back in February of 2016 and a Linux version was included at the release. Sadly, it seems it's a title we completely overlooked at the time. It's had a few updates since release, including some this year that added higher resolution textures, a better HUD, different visual styles and more.

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Looking back at the release, it's really pleasing to see how responsive the developer was at the time to issues in the Linux version. It works great now in my testing, so their patches have worked nicely. It plays perfectly with the Steam Controller too, so that's great!

It's quite simplistic, but it has reminded me of some classic racers I played many years ago. You don't need to worry about your position in the race, as it's all about reaching each checkpoint before the timer runs out. The levels will transition between day and night, also between different areas as well and it actually looks rather nice when it does it.

You will be weaving in and out of other racers, while you carefully tap the brake to ensure you don't smack into the back of them, as that reduces your momentum dramatically of course and you're against the timer so it can be fatal.

It's a rather nice throwback, but there's not really much to it. It's not bad, not at all, but it feels a little too simple overall. I don't hate simple games, but it feels like it's missing something. There's no real challenge to it, unless you have the reaction times of a snail. If they added more of a challenge, it could have been something special.

Thanks for pointing out Hang-On in the comments folks!

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stan 11 Dec, 2017
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For me the game is too hard, even in easy mode. But it’s still good, the best racing game on Linux together with Flatout 2.
rustybroomhandle 11 Dec, 2017
Ahem, OutRun with a motorbike had a name, it was called Hang-On :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtP_3ENHFVY
malkien 11 Dec, 2017
Quotelike OutRun with a motorbike

So it's like Hang-On then?
malkien 11 Dec, 2017
Quoting: rustybroomhandleAhem, OutRun with a motorbike had a name, it was called Hang-On :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtP_3ENHFVY

Good timing sir, you beat me to it :D
pb 11 Dec, 2017
Um... did they "improve" the graphics lately? I seem to remember the game looking better (less plastic-ky) when I put it on my wishlist...


Last edited by pb on 11 December 2017 at 3:40 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 11 Dec, 2017
Quoting: rustybroomhandleAhem, OutRun with a motorbike had a name, it was called Hang-On :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtP_3ENHFVY
Well then, there you go. I knew it was more familiar to something else, but I just couldn't remember it :)
stan 11 Dec, 2017
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Quoting: pbUm... did they "improve" the graphics lately? I seem to remember the game looking better (less plastic-ky) when I put it on my wishlist...
There are two different graphic modes, "Super" and "Classic". Also some options to enable/disable bloom, depth of field, etc.

Edit: and yes the video in this article is the "Super" mode which looks more plasticky than the other one.


Last edited by stan on 11 December 2017 at 3:57 pm UTC
Orkultus 11 Dec, 2017
Reminds me of Pole Position and Rad Racer, on NES.
axredneck 11 Dec, 2017
This game needs a bit more realistic 3d models of humans. Now models look almost like stick people from xkcd.com comics but in 3d.
Duckeenie 12 Dec, 2017
Your closing paragraph is interesting because many of us that remember Hang-On will have the reaction times of a snail these days.
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