With only 48 hours to develop a game from scratch we decided to make a minimalistic racer that could be played with infinite players. By the end of the jam we had created LIGHTRIDER. A 1 button, as many players as there are keyboard keys, twitch skill racing game.
The players choose a key, and press it to rotate their colour. Matching the colour of the track gives you a speed boost, but switching to the tracks colour at the exact moment that the racer touches the track results in a speed boost (think Mario Kart mushroom). Perfect timing and quick decisions are the difference between first and last place. Along with mastering skill we also added a mechanic to reverse the rotation of all other players, by timing a boost on a white section of track. We even had some spare time to add in Matt’s hilarious voice acting to really bring the game together.
Grab some friends, download LIGHTRIDER for free, and see who is the fastest.