While it has the looks of a retro racing contemporary, the controls and a lack of a feeling of purpose hold it back
With games in general, but particularly with indies, it’s important to understand more than merely just what a game may look like. Quite often you’ll find that games that may be a bit on the “ugly” side by current standards are a joy to play but you’ll also sometimes find the opposite can be true. At a glance, there’s a certain appeal to Neodori Forever’s look, especially as you get glimpses of different locales you’ll be driving in. The problem is, once you begin to play it’s hard not to be struck by how vanilla it feels at its core, mostly staying focused on not colliding with the walls and trying to grab any coins or gas tanks you may encounter. One big issue standing in the way of you keeping control of your car is the super-sensitive nature of the controls and the challenge of making use of the quirky powerslide button. It feels weirdly severe and extremely “digital” in an analog age, aside from the fact that it is a racing game and you hope for some nuance in your turning. Even without there being more than one excellent retro racer out there already this would be disappointing.
Justin Nation, Score: