While we’ve slowly accumulated racing titles on the Switch over the years diversity has continued to be an area of struggle. Helping to broaden genre horizons we now have Absolute Drift, a top-down racer dedicated to the art of preserving momentum through precision control of turning. If my description feels a bit on the overly-complex side that’s fine, it actually runs roughly in parallel with the game’s pretty tricky control scheme. I wouldn’t argue if someone said the drifting games I’ve played to date may have been too simple with their control schemes but this one really threw me for a loop for a while, mostly trying to get used to the feel of how and when best to use the handbrake and maintain a good drift once I got it rolling. If you put in the time and effort to get the hang of that feel there are challenges there progressively get more complex as you go, but with the exception of some objectives where you’ll need to do a jump or something the bulk of the experience stays firmly in the drifting camp only. If you’re looking for a different sort of challenge that may be appealing but if you’re not looking for something a little less laser focused there are some other candidates in the eShop.
Justin Nation, Score: