Desert Child

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.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows 7
Processor: 2.2 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 700 Series
Storage: 120 MB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: Mac OS X 10.7.3 (Lion)
Processor: 2.2 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 700 Series
Storage: 120 MB available space
Minimum Requirements
OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Processor: 2.2 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 700 Series
Storage: 120 MB available space
  • Desert Child is a real tribute to some of the greatest in 90s pop culture, and it is also a good and innovative racing game.

  • CD-Action

    This relaxing arcade game with some light micromanagement gave me the joy of figuring out its mechanics by myself and kept me blissfully stuck in the “one more race syndrome”. [02/2019, p.46]

  • Lightweight, carefree and minimal, perhaps excessively contained and not always adequately focused, Desert Child is certainly an original and rewarding experience for those looking for titles with a high artistic and stylistic value.

  • A decent little game, tightly designed with some laughs along the way, as well as offering really good audio and visual design. However, it does fall down under more prolonged scrutiny, with undercooked world-building and a tendency to push you towards grinding out money by means of repetition meaning that some may lose interest before reaching the finale.

  • Desert Child attempts to capitalize on nostalgia with a mish-mash of references from different decades. There are some mildly funny moments, but other than that it’s a side-scrolling shooter dressed up in a cyberpunk motif.

  • By the end of it you'll realize that there's not much more to Desert Child than what you got in those opening minutes.

  • Desert Child stands out because of its charming style. The combination of racing and light RPG elements is loads of fun, but the repetitive gameplay that lacks depth does not make this game very enjoyable.

Desert Child
$11.99 $4.80
Title: Desert Child
Genre: Action, Indie, Racing, RPG, Simulation
Released: 11 December 2018
Developer: Oscar Brittain
Publisher: Akupara Games
  • Single-player
  • Multi-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Partial Controller Support
  • Shared/Split Screen
  • PvP
  • Shared/Split Screen PvP
  • Remote Play Together
UI Audio Subs
Simplified Chinese
Portuguese - Brazil
Spanish - Latin America
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