About this game
Developer: Oscar Brittain
Content Rating: Mature
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.
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Nintendo World Report
Matthew Zawodniak — Dec 11, 2018
If I were to judge Desert Child exclusively on its aesthetics, I would have nothing but glowing praise for it. From the gorgeous pixel art to the incredible soundtrack, Desert Child looks outstanding. Looks can be deceiving though, and it’s clear that much more time was spent on crafting a distinct style than fine-tuning gameplay. If you’ve so much as watched a trailer for Desert Child, you’ve already experienced everything worth seeing in the game.
Jeffrey Rousseau — Dec 12, 2018
It's just you and that cool hoverbike taking things one race at a time. Fans of indie games, RPGs, and racing games can find Desert Child available on Nintendo Switch eShop, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam today.ess it? No saving the planet, stopping evil, and all that jazz. It's just you and that cool hoverbike taking things one race at a time.
Callum Williams — Dec 18, 2018
There’s no denying Desert Child is a stylish and unique RPG, but beneath its striking facade, it’s simply too hollow to make a mark. The racing is repetitive, the side-activities lack variety and the lack of technical fidelity is too noticeable to avoid, overall, making this bland racer an underwhelming disappointment.
Dillan Combs — Dec 27, 2018
Desert Child is one of those “love-it-or-hate-it” titles. On one hand, it’s got a great soundtrack and excellent visuals. On the other, its gameplay is dull and repetitive. Be sure you know what you’re getting into with this one.
Michael Leri — Dec 11, 2018
Desert Child is built upon the promise of solid ideas that don’t quite come together. And sadly, they’re so deeply intertwined that a mistake in one aspect of the game critically injures the other part of the game. Hoverbike racing is a neat central mechanic but it wears thin and is stifled by its lack of difficulty and useless upgrades. Planning how and where to spend your limited funds is a creative, relatable mechanic but suffocates under the repetitive racing and the needless upgrades associated with it.
James O'Connor — Dec 11, 2018
Desert Child has a wonderful sense of style, and there are moments when it clicks. When you jet across the water on your bike firing a shotgun blast that shatters several televisions in front of you, or when you first start to wrap your head around the aesthetic of Mars, the game briefly, but brightly, shines. But Desert Child doesn't quite hang together, and by the end of its very brief runtime the things that seemed exciting just an hour prior have lost most of their luster.
Jordan Helm — Dec 11, 2018
Desert Child eagerly attempts to pay homage to these influences and while isn’t so indulgent it wanes on the delivery of the gameplay itself, sadly what offer of gameplay there is ends up both repetitive and eventually drab to the point of boredom. Helped little by the disappointing lack of explanation or context for many of its objectives. And even at such a brief run-time of around four to five hours, Desert Child still ends up taking far too long at delivering what is, in actuality, so very little.
Ric Cowley — Dec 17, 2018
It challenges you both with twitchy racing sections and having to make choices between food and upgrades. It sucks you into its world with ease, and it refuses to let go no matter how hard you resist. You have not played anything like Desert Child before. And you absolutely, seriously need to. Go buy it. Right now.
David Giltinan — Dec 13, 2018
Desert Child is that kid you knew who watched a whole lot of Cowboy Bebop thinking it’d be cool to dress like Spike Spiegel in school. We appreciate the effort, but looking cool is different from actually being cool. This isn’t the poser of video games, but it gets close to it.
Daniele Spelta — Jan 10, 2019
Desert Child èuna piacevolissima sorpresa di fine 2018: il titolo non ha certo grandi ambizioni e i 100 mega scarsi di download lo dimostrano. Nonostante le dimensioni limitate e qualche difetto di fabbrica – come una certa ripetitività di fondo e una difficoltà impalpabile – l’opera di Oscar Brittain è un concentrato di riferimenti pop, innanzitutto a quei capolavori che rispondono al nome di Cowboy Bepop e Akira.
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