Desert Child

Oscar Brittain, Akupara Games

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
57
Top Critic Average
11%
Critics Recommend
Based on 19 critic reviews
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Desert Child

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

57

Top Critic Average

11%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Dec 11, 2018
Xbox OneDec 11, 2018
PCDec 11, 2018
Nintendo SwitchDec 11, 2018

Developer: Oscar Brittain

Publisher: Akupara Games

Genres: Simulation, RPG, Racing

You’re broke, you’re hungry, and your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles.

In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one-way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix.

The world as we know it is slowly starting to become unhabitable, as many people on Earth have moved to Mars for a better quality of life, thanks to a government subsidy that assisted in relocating citizens by providing affordable passage. After several years of running this program, the government announces that in two weeks, tickets to Mars would go up in price, making the exodus to the Red Planet unobtainable for regular citizens.

You’ll deliver pizzas, collect gun parts, hunt bounties, and make some fans along the way. In between races, you’ll explore colorful cities where you can repair and upgrade your bike, dine on the local cuisine, and fight your way through gangsters, bounty hunters, and all sorts of interesting characters, just so that you can have a decent meal and keep your bike running.

Nothing’s free in Desert Child.

FEATURES

Hunt bounties, deliver pizzas, throw races - do anything you can to earn cash

Explore a pixel-art solar system inspired by Cowboy Bebop, Akira and Redline

Customize your beloved bike with Guns, Amplifiers and shameless advertising

Dine on a range of interplanetary cuisine with sweet buffs to help you win

Master deep combat and racing mechanics and define your own style

Race, shoot, and get better! Designed for replayability, with secrets that keep you coming back

Chill to a original lo-fi hip-hop soundtrack

Challenge your friends through local multiplayer

Where to Buy

GOG.com

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Game Informer

6 / 10.0
Game Informer

Desert Child has interesting ambitions that never quite develop into an enjoyable experience

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GameSpot

5 / 10
GameSpot

A low-fi hoverbike racer with oodles of charm and style, but not a lot under the hood.

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Game Revolution

Game Revolution

Desert Child is built upon the promise of solid ideas that don’t quite come together. And sadly, they’re so deeply intertwined that a mistake in one aspect of the game critically injures the other part of the game.

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Shacknews

7 / 10
Shacknews

Desert Child certainly won't be for everyone, but players who approach the game without expectations will be treated to a lighthearted and amusing experience that doesn't overstay its welcome.

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