As your rear tyres lose traction, the car slips; you’re travelling in one direction but pointing in another. It feels like you’ve lost control, like trying to manoeuvre on ice. But hey, that’s drifting.
It can be exhilarating, once you learn how to judge the turns. And it's a beautiful spectacle, especially in a game as polished as Absolute Drift.
This is not a racing game. Absolute Drift is an artsy puzzle game, where tracks from your wheels spiral out behind you like contrails.
There are five free-roaming areas, each a bright isometric space populated by buildings, aircraft or boats. You can explore at your own pace or attempt challenges (spin around a particular object, for instance, or drift for a set length of time). Complete enough, and you unlock the next zone.
Once you’ve perfected the art of navigating these minimalist white areas, you can attempt three modes: Driftkhana, Drifting and Mountain Drifting. There are six cars to collect and customise, and five midnight events aimed at expert drifters.
Everything happens at a relaxed pace. Don’t pound that accelerator button! You’ll learn to sweep into corners, sliding around obstacles to collect pick-ups, without bashing into walls. If you have an MFi controller, that can help.
Soundtracked by drum and bass beats from C41 and Nyte, this is a chilled alternative to traditional driving games.