Super Laser Racer is a fun little game I discovered years ago.  It’s a top-down racer with clean, simple vector graphics and a deep simulation of speed and momentum. There are also a fair number of tracks, and the cars handle in meaningfully different ways.  It’s a great way to while away 20 minutes at a time, and presents some genuine challenge.

Why I like it

  • It’s a bare-bones racing game, where momentum really matters.
  • The simple vector-graphics don’t distract me with annoying or implausible backstory.  Instead, it contextualizes the somewhat unreal physics and handling.
  • There are weapons and powerups, but they are not overwhelming.  Good driving easily beats lucky powerups.
  • The techno soundtrack is pretty fun.