Spectra brings 8-bit racing to Windows 8; Windows Phone and Xbox One versions on the way


Spectra 8bit Racing is an interesting concept. Not only because the game has just launched on Windows 8 (with both Windows Phone and Xbox support coming), but because it packs in awesome music, retro gameplay and graphics with procedural generation. If you're a fan of Song Arc, we highly recommend you read on and check out Spectra.

We last looked at Spectra back at Microsoft's recent Ventures event in London where Gateway Interactive CEO Louis Deane walked the audience through backend technologies and tools developed by the new studio, as well as the game itself. Since this is a startup, we can't help but admire work done thus far.

Spectra 8bit Racing

Players are tasked with racing through a procedrually generated track, depending on which song is currently playing in the background. What makes Spectra for Windows even more fun is the difficulty and built-in controller support. Simply plug in/connect your favourite game pad and get cracking with a more fluid experience – that's not to say the on-screen controls aren't usable.

It's a simple, but highly addictive game. Spectra is available for $5.99 with a free trial for you to try it out. Windows Phone and Xboox One versions are well on the way. Let us know how you get on in the comments.


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Spectra brings 8-bit racing to Windows 8; Windows Phone and Xbox One versions on the way


I'm really enjoying this! I hope the phone version will run just as smooth and have tight controls because that's necessary for this kinda game

Why u cant upgrade. Everyone here knows that once wp9 will be in action, development of windows phone 8 won't be there after few years. So better buy a new phone

You and mw both there used to be ports of how they were going to port the app several times to of course no avail

I think there is sequel to it but I thought it was on Steam. I still play it but never used Zune with it

No kidding. I don't like this. Nutjitsu did the same thing. We need uniformity. And we need more Xbox games on Win8 and WP8. #SaveXboxWP.

Hmm. Ok, but I paid $6 for 8 bit games when they were cutting edge. Someone needs to tell this chap it's not the 80s any more and that he needs to charge accordingly. Otherwise, cool-ish.

I'd pay the $6 if it includes Moga Pro support on WP8.1. Otherwise it looks great but I can wait, Asphalt 7 & 8 offer up tons of content and are both a thrill to play!

That's awesome, problem is I don't have W8 device (Yet) but I do have a beautiful WP and ready to throw my money at Gateway for Spectra on WP8.1 with Moga Pro support QuickFast & InAHurry!

we'd be interested in adding you to our private beta for WP8.1 to check your controller is supported. Can you add me on twitter? @gateway_louis and we can get you on it!

Just listened to the soundtrack Chipzel is a Beast!!!
Definitely following her now!
Thanks for making me aware of her!