The saying ‘follow the leader’ takes on new meaning in this multi-player focused racer. Krautscape is a futuristic looking racing game with several modes of play for split screen, couch coop or online enjoyment.
Before you take part in the 3 modes you must first learn how Krautscape works. The gameplay revolves around 3 basic actions: driving, flying and building. Driving is pretty self explanatory. Flying takes some getting used to as it is more like gliding. If you’re like me you may actually attempt to fly instead simply gliding over gaps on the track. It is a good way to try and get ahead during the race and avoid traps set by the other racers. Traps are activated by driving into icons along the road. Injecting sudden road blocks and unexpected loops are good ways to trip up your opponents. Lastly, building is what the player in the lead has the privilege of doing. The track has different colors that correspond to the direction of the next track piece to be created. Your choices are straight, left, right with sharper versions of the turns also available.
Krautscape has three modes of play(beyond the tutorial and free play): snake, ping pong and collector. Snake is a race to the shiny object. Ping Pong forces racers to drive on the newly created track in reverse and collector encourages flight(gliding) to reach objects that can’t be
driven to directly. The appeal of Krautscape lies within its gameplay. There is no customization for your vehicle or another environment available, it is also a multiplayer-only affair. While these may have an effect on its longevity, it is undeniably doing something different with racing that could, and I hope will be, expanded upon.
Full Disclosure: This game was provided to GameEnthus by a PR firm on behalf of the developer.
Genre: racing, racer, flying, track building
Developer: Konrad von Krautkopf, Mario von Rickenbach, Playables LLC
Publisher: Midnight City
Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense, usually includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close
Rent – rent before buying
No – borrow it if you must play it
Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it