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Race the Sun is free on Steam, but only for a day

Race the Sun

Race the Sun is a procedurally-generated endless runner in which you take control of a solar-powered aircraft and fly it through increasingly difficult obstacle courses at what feels like increasingly ludicrous speeds, all while trying to keep pace with a slowly setting sun. It's simple but really quite good, in a 'shouting surprised obscenities as you smash into a wall' kind of way, and today—and only today—it's free.

The freebie marks the release of Race the Sun on the App Store, although Aaron San Filippo, the co-founder of developer Flippfly, described it as a "crazy experiment" on Twitter. It also follows closely on the release of the Sunrise DLC, a "'zen' type mode" of play that eliminates the setting sun, increasing difficulty levels, and leaderboards. At the same time, the game was updated to add a first-person camera view and "High Scores in the Sky," which lets you literally fly past your friends' high scores.

Race the Sun is free now and will remain so until 1 pm PDT on July 31, which is tomorrow. Grab it from Steam.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.