Nitronic Rush is an experimental survival driving game developed by students at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Using the car's abilities (including boost, wings, and jump), avoid obstacles that the city throws at you. In many ways the game is a tribute to racing games of the 1990s, but with fresh graphics, audio, and gameplay.

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3 comments by Torcht on Nov 4th, 2012

New Additions: Linux support, split-screen, and a new tier!

We’re excited to announce that Distance will officially be supported on Linux! We tested Distance using the Unity 4 beta, and we feel confident that we can safely bring Distance to Linux. You can read more about the Unity 4 Linux support by checking out their FAQ page here. For those of you who are Linux users, please help by reaching out to the Linux community and let them know that this game exists!

On top of that, we're announcing the official addition of split-screen to Distance. We took the time to test it out because we believe it's something severely lacking from most racing games today, and we're excited to have it be a part of the action in Distance. Right now we're looking at 2-4 players, but we'll keep experimenting to see what works best for each mode.

We've also been listening to your comments and we're adding a new tier to our Kickstarter campaign! There is now a $35 tier for anyone who wants the backer vehicle but doesn't want two copies of the game. It will include everything at the $25 tier plus the backer vehicle. If you already pledged for something below $35 remember that you can easily bump up your pledge by clicking the blue "Manage Your Pledge" button on Distance's Kickstarter page.

Remember that this vehicle is only available for Kickstarter backers, and never available again to anyone else down the road. Jason’s been working on a concept sketch for it which you can see below. It’s still a work in progress, but it gives a glance at what the car may look like when it’s modeled:

Clarifications: Two copies of the game for $70+, DRM-free copies

We realized that at all $70+ tiers you only get one copy of the game by getting all of the things in the $25 tier. We're bumping it up so that you'll be getting everything at the $50 tier, which means everyone $70+ will be getting two copies of the game and the backer vehicle.

We also want to clarify that you'll always be able to get the game DRM-free! We're doing our best to get onto as many digital distribution platforms as possible, and we're doing well on Steam Greenlight so you’ll most likely be able to download it on Steam at launch. No matter what though, you'll be able to get a copy of Distance DRM-free direct download (like Nitronic Rush) if you prefer.

Simply visit the Kickstarter page here: to be a part of the action! Thanks so much!

- Kyle, Jordan, and Jason

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stuffyou5 Apr 4 2013, 9:20pm says:

freaking awesomeness to the maximum i will try to get the distance game

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Wolf0x Nov 30 2012, 6:17pm says:

Don't know if you guys check this page or not but is there any chance of opening paypal pre-orders as I missed the Kickstarter :(

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DevinShadowV Jun 25 2012, 1:00am says:

This question may already been asked but will this ever go on to steam?

I would pay for this and have a downloadable SDK on standby after paying the game.

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Protektor Apr 4 2012, 1:26am says:

This game has been removed from Desura at the request of DigiPen, the school.

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DoctorRoXo Apr 4 2012, 2:08pm replied:

yea this is bs! why in the world would they take it down. this game was getting some great buzz on desura. i bet the students that made the game were psyched, then their school ruins it. WTF

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ildamos Jun 26 2012, 11:29am replied:

But it still is downloadable from their site right?

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melcator Apr 3 2012, 9:40pm says:

Honestly this game is just awesome, thank you so much for bringing this to Desura!

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GrimReminders Apr 3 2012, 8:25pm says:

gamepad support? nm downloading!

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Vatticson Apr 3 2012, 4:04pm says:

Why this game is so ******* good? its FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cannot be! And im liking it too WAY much! 8D

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Tameius Apr 1 2012, 10:04pm says:

To All Players who are having difficulty with the flying issue: Use the F-button worked for me only took me 5 mins it was their.

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Highest Rated (4 agree) 10/10

Great gameplay with creative graphics. Wicked!

Jan 9 2012, 2:27pm by LuckyStrike-Rx

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@California292 Ahh, I see. Nice.

5hours 22mins ago

@California292 I think that's the link I just shared.

5hours 23mins ago

They record gameplay from 4 perspectives and then upload each vid simultaneously. You can almost watch them in sync.

5hours 26mins ago

It's been fun watching the MindCrack Distance LP series. Their "Team Nancy Drew" concept is clever.

5hours 28mins ago

Seems a bit impractical but I'd get nothing done if I had these sitting around.

7hours 33mins ago

@jonkimmich That's our assumption. The old wheels were a hybrid of custom Unity code + PhysX. Now it's only PhysX. They're ready to be done.

8hours 56mins ago

@jonkimmich Unity 4 wheels don't follow real physics at all, so replicating their behavior may take months to get that U4 feeling again.

8hours 59mins ago

@jonkimmich so we either need Unity 4 legacy wheels or recreate them ourselves. Jason already reimplemented them but the springs are way off

9hours 1min ago

@jonkimmich Actually, the spring equations they used on Unity 4 wheels. Unity 5 wheels break when you modify the car mesh (i.e. lasers)...

9hours 3mins ago

@aspinach The current car controls, which took over year to get reasonable, unfortunately rely on Unity 4 wheels (i.e. their spring tech).

9hours 5mins ago

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