Source: Gearhead Games
The game starts you off simply enough by hitting the road in a single run. The goal is to make it as far as you can while collecting coins and completing challenges. Crash once and, well, it’s over for that particular run, unless you want to spend some coins and try to continue. Honestly, it’s all about trying to get stuff done on the first try, since there are competitive leaderboards that track your best overall time.
Fortunately, Retro Highway isn’t that difficult to grasp. It’s very easy to play, where you control steering and occasionally use a boost in case you feel like getting ahead much more quickly. It’s a pretty simple control system that works on the same level as classic Sega racing games and feels all the better for it.
It does pick up in challenge, though. You’ll have to contend with traffic (and trying to get “near misses” so that you can rack up more coins), as well as new levels that introduce more twisting roads and obstacles to overcome. There are six in all, which seems like a small count, but still does very well considering the low cost of the game.
On top of that, the leaderboards are active, so you can continue to see who’s at the top of the point chain; and there’s cool stuff to unlock, including additional levels and high-performance bikes. Oh, did we mention the jumps are fun to execute? There seem to be a lot of trucks with ramps for this very reason. Just, uh, watch out for hitting signs or tunnel entrances. OUCH.