While it appears to try to match up to the somewhat crazy physics action of the likes of Clustertruck, its controls get in the way
I’m happy to admit that one of the earlier indies I really found to be unique, challenging, and fun was Clustertruck. If you’re not familiar it involves you trying to jump from truck to truck as they run into each other, get wrecked by things in the environment, jump off cliffs, and other insanity. It’s intense, generally pretty hard, quite unpredictable at times, but a lot of fun. Off The Tracks appears to be looking to emulate that general feel, for the most part re-using many of the same concepts but setting everything on train cars on tracks instead of trucks on a road. While I’d argue that the overall implementation and creativity aren’t as strong, what really sinks the experience is unfortunately the controls which don’t seem well tuned for nuanced analog stick use, something that’s vital as you’re trying to make jumps between trains. You can sort of compensate, but the inconsistency and weird acceleration with lateral movement make it more aggravating than fun. Some of the spirit is there, but it just doesn’t hold a candle to the original, which would be far more satisfying to return to or perhaps to check out for the first time, especially since it’s on sale periodically.
Justin Nation, Score: