Tropical Heat Jet Ski Racing

Tropical Heat is a Jet Ski trick and racing competition in the tropics. Race in both Single and Multiplayer. Build up power to boost your speed to get big air jumps to perform a variety of tricks and combo tricks. Earn high scores and achievements and win all 15 races to unlock Extreme.

Download and play the Updated Single and Multiplayer, PC and Mac Demo

If you enjoy playing the demo, you can buy Tropical Heat for PC and Mac on our website!

You can buy the newly released iPhone or iPad version of Tropical Heat on iTunes!

Somatic Vision

We are a small independent studio. We have spent the last 2 years developing Tropical Heat. We love old school arcade racing games, but we also like a little bit of the physics defying fun in games like SSX. Tropical Heat is all about building up power to jump into big air to perfom as many tricks as you can while still keeping an eye on winning the race. We hope that you enjoy playing the Tropical Heat demo with your friends! If you enjoy playing, please rate the game!

We made Tropical Heat, because we wanted to play a game that made us feel like we had left the real life rat race and escaped to remote tropical islands where we could bask in the sunshine and feel the rhythm of the ocean waves as we raced jet skis with our friends just for the pure joy of it. That's how we feel when we play Tropical Heat. We hope you feel the same way when you play!


  • Customizing

    In Tropical Heat you can customize your character and Jet Ski. Play as a young man or woman. Choose your character's swimsuit, sunglasses, hair color and hair style.

  • Racing

    There are 5 days of races in Tropical Heat Each day there is a morning, an afternoon and either a sunset or a night racing heat. Win each race to unlock the next. Win all of the races to unlock Extreme mode. Race either against computer opponents or against other players in Multiplayer.

  • Scores

    Tropical Heat is not just a race to the finish line. You're also competing to get the most points, the most tricks, and the biggest jumps. At the end of each race, you can see how well you scored.

  • Tricks

    Big jumps into the air allow you to do tricks. In Tropical Heat, there are two types of tricks. Tricks performed with a Jet Ski, like a flip, and tricks performed on a Jet Ski, like a hand stand. Get big enough air and you can do more than one trick or even trick combos, like flipping the Jet Ski while doing a handstand.

  • Diving

    Ramps are not the only way to get big jumps in Tropical Heat. Using power to boost your speed, you can dive under the water which causes you to jump back out of the water. The deeper you dive the higher your jump out of the water. Dive deep enough under big waves and you can even jump over the corner of an island.

  • Achievements

    In addition to winning races and getting the best scores, there are dozens of achievements to earn while playing Tropical Heat.

  • Multiplayer

    You can race against the computer in Tropical Heat or against other people in Multiplayer. You can join a game or start your own, competing with up to 8 other players. Show everyone you are the best in the world, or just hang out together enjoying tropical paradise.

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The Debut 3 Bundle

2 years ago News 9 comments

The Debut 3 Bundle is the latest collection of games seeking a place on Steam from Indie Royale. Five games -- Stained, Tropical Heat - Jetski Racing, LogiGun, Tales of Maj'Eyal and Crayon Chronicles -- from developers we hope will be the indie stars of tomorrow. There's also a great bonus album from Stephen Pearlman - The Raven - for those who beat the $8 price.

RealAxis Software’s Stained is a side scrolling action-platformer with a healthy dose of puzzles. Set in a mysterious castle featuring detailed 3D environments with a continually changing game world, the the player is kept guessing what the next puzzle will be.
Stained is available for Windows via Desura and DRM-Free.

Tropical Heat - Jetski Racing

Developed by Somatic Vision, Tropical Heat is a Jet Ski racing competition set in the tropics. Race in both Single and Multiplayer or just relax and enjoy riding on the beautiful ocean around lush tropical islands in Free Ride. Customize your character and jet ski.
Tropical Heat - Jetski Racing is available for Windows via Desura and via a CD-Key. It's also available for Mac.

A physics-based puzzle platformer from developer Sodium Eyes about a girl named June as she climbs a tower filled with perplexing puzzles. Push your abilities of reasoning and logic to the limit in LogiGun as you mix-and-match a variety of unique tools to overcome a series of increasingly intricate challenges.
LogiGun is available for Windows, both DRM-Free and via Desura.

Tales of Maj'Eyal

Darkgod's Tales of Maj’Eyal is a roguelike RPG, featuring tactical turn-based combat and advanced character building. Play as one of many unique races and classes in the lore-filled world of Eyal, exploring random dungeons, facing challenging battles, and developing characters with your own tailored mix of abilities and powers.
Tales of Maj'Eyal is available for Windows via Desura and for Mac & Linux via a CD-Key.

Crayon Chronicles
Crayon Chronicles offers a relatively short but action-packed RPG experience that randomly generates the level layouts each time you play. You are encouraged to play through the game more than once thanks to the random nature of the environment layouts, but also because the developer - Outer Grid Games - keeps track of the interesting facts about each play-through so you can compare your adventures to others'.
Crayon Chronicles is is available for Windows via Desura and via a CD-Key.

The Bundle Album $8 Bonus
The bundle bonus album is from Stephen Pearlman (Haberdashery) who has been crafting synth-pop since 2004. Strongly influenced by Erasure and Björk, his productions are lush and incorporate multi-layered cinematic sounds with pop sensibilities. Bundle bonus album The Raven represents is an electropop adaptation of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Beat the $8 price to get this bonus album.

View interviews with some of the developers whose games we've have been featured in different Indie Royale bundles on our YouTube channel check in for the latest videos.

You can find more information on The Spiral Groove Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages. As ever, the bundle is cheaper the sooner that you purchase its (unless, of course, some kind purchaser opts to lower the price for others) although there is tremendous value here whatever price you pay.

Tropical Heat Jet Ski Racing Released pn Desura

Tropical Heat Jet Ski Racing Released pn Desura

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A Jet Ski racing competition in the tropics, racing in both Single and Multiplayer.

Tropical Heat - Free Game Music

Tropical Heat - Free Game Music

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We've spent a long time choosing music for Tropical Heat, and we're happy to share the excellent results for free! Visit our Tropical Heat Radio, and...

Tropical Heat Makes Steam Greenlight Top 100!

Tropical Heat Makes Steam Greenlight Top 100!

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Tropical Heat just got voted into the top 100 games on Steam Greenlight. Thanks to everyone for their wonderful support of our efforts to get Tropical...

Tropical Heat Mac Demo Available!

Tropical Heat Mac Demo Available!

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Tropical Heat Jet Ski Racing demo for Mac OS X now available on Indie DB. Play the Shimmering Wake track, an intense Jet Ski trick race course through...

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Tropical Heat Mac OS X Demo

Tropical Heat Mac OS X Demo

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Download the Tropical Heat demo (for Mac OS X) to play Shimmering Wake, a race in the sun through beautiful tropical islands on top of sparkling ocean...

Tropical Heat Windows Demo

Tropical Heat Windows Demo

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Download the Tropical Heat demo (for Windows) to play Shimmering Wake, a race in the sun through beautiful tropical islands on top of sparkling ocean...

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asheskitty Jul 13 2013 says:

Please REMOVE this game from Desura ASAP. Your attitude attitude toward users and DRM is not welcome. Deleting legitimate comments undermines your credibility. Please come back when you have learned from your errors.

+8 votes     reply to comment
ThreeSon Jul 13 2013 replied:

What comments were deleted? I really hope Desura isn't the same as Steam, where they allow game developers to delete any comments they don't like on their game's store page.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Momo1991 Jul 14 2013 replied:

Apparently constructive criticism is not sitting well with this developer. Frankly everything he's said so far clearly points that out. Frankly I'm surprised any comments remain here at all...

+5 votes     reply to comment
spodamayn Jul 13 2013 replied:

My comment was deleted by the dev, along with all of juanjavaloyes' comments. There were probably more, but I don't remember all of them. A lot of the comments I've seen deleted weren't offensive at all.

+8 votes     reply to comment
SirPrimalform Jul 14 2013 replied:

Mine was deleted, but I guess it was mildly offensive... I called him childish.

+2 votes     reply to comment
juanjavaloyes Jul 13 2013 replied:

I didn't knew my comments were deleted!! LOL. This developer is really creazy. If he don't like to read his REAL CUSTOMERS opinions, I don't know where he could end with his product. He really thinks that without that kind of DRM everybody will pirate his game? Nobody will buy it? Excuse me Mr, if you want to sell your game, make a good game and put a good price according to it, that's not a secret. Ask Notch, Dennaton Games, Jonathan Blow and another dozen (or hundred?) indie devs if they sold more because DRM. They DIDN'T use DRM!!! Ok, you can say "Steam" (except Minecraft, of course), but if you want to, you can buy DRM-Free versions from their games too!

+4 votes     reply to comment
ThreeSon Jul 14 2013 replied:

Minecraft does have DRM (you have to register and log in to Mojang's server before you can play). Otherwise you're right on

+2 votes     reply to comment
SirPrimalform Jul 14 2013 replied:

Actually, if the game is on your computer you can play offline. By which I mean I can move my backed up install to a new computer that doesn't have an internet connection and play. That's DRM-free.

+3 votes     reply to comment
ThreeSon Jul 14 2013 replied:

Well lucky you then; it's not working for me that way. Game just sits there at the login screen looking for an internet connection that isn't there and won't start.

+2 votes     reply to comment
SirPrimalform Jul 14 2013 replied:

Hmm, it's possible they've changed it recently, I haven't played in about 3 months. What used to happen was it would ask if you want to play offline.

I even tested its 'DRM' when I reformatted my laptop a few months ago. It worked fine on a completely clean install of windows without even being allowed to log in (didn't just turn off my internet connection, I deleted my saved username and password as well).

EDIT: Just tested it now, it definitely works. Are you sure you have the game installed properly? If you run the launcher without the game installed then you have to log in once to download the game (the launcher isn't the game and the log in is basically equivalent to logging into GOG to download a game there).
As long as there is a .minecraft folder with Minecraft in it then you don't have to log in. That folder is the thing you need to back up along with the launcher, the launcher isn't the game itself.

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ThreeSon Jul 14 2013 replied:

Alright, it's possible I interpreted the initial launcher as "the game" and that's what was just hanging there not doing anything nor letting me play (but then that would be twice we have to log in - once to download the launcher from, and again to download the game from the launcher?).

I will give it another try and see what's up.

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SirPrimalform Jul 14 2013 replied:

Ah, that's true... you do have to log in twice. Once the game is downloaded you should be able to play offline though. The problem you had definitely isn't by design, so if the game is present then there's some kind of bug. I wish you luck with it!

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SkEyE Jul 12 2013 says:

Activation limits would make sense in a world where hardware and system software never failed. It also makes sense if you want people to have to re-buy the game multiple times I guess. Pirates get what they want no matter what so it always seems to be putting the honest customer last when activation limits are the DRM of choice. Steam manages to have strong DRM without activation limits. The problem is when a system software needs to be reinstalled or updated, or hardware like HDs fail. Even if the activation limit style DRM allows for revocation of activations that is still impossible when the HD crashes or system failures which again is very common with Windows.

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Brian_Farnet Jul 10 2013 says:

3 activations is ridiculous, please change this!

+11 votes     reply to comment
SomaticVision Creator
SomaticVision Jul 12 2013 buried:


What's the big deal? We don't want one person to give the game to everyone. Unfortunately IndieRoyale mistakenly said that this was DRM free, when we had made it clear that it was not. If you really install it on one computer, which crashes 3 times, let us know and we'll get you a new activation. Otherwise, don't worry so much, your unlikely to use up your 3 activations unless you are trying to give the game to friend for free.

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Momo1991 Jul 13 2013 replied:

You've clearly spent far too many years working for big business and you also have an inflated sense of the greatness of your work. The thing is, you're selling an indie game to indie game players and they have the exact opposite sensibility. There are a ton of great indie games to be had and most of your erstwhile customers have limited budgets, limited time to play and are extremely educated in the DRM/Non-DRM issue.

Basically calling every single customer a pirate is a highly ill-considered marketing strategy, not to mention rude and uncalled for. Srsly, you might want to consider speaking to other indie developers more and your lawyers less - a lot less. Just a suggestion if you expect to actually make any money in THIS particular market.

Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors. My personal suggestion is either stop trying to break into the indie market, revise how you do business if you insist on pursuing this market or go back to making business software where your attitude towards DRM is, while not exactly welcomed, expected.

+6 votes     reply to comment
themadgamer Jul 13 2013 replied:

Wow, you sound like the two (former) Microsoft employees...."What's the big deal about always on?" Look where that got them.

Let's see, contractor comment on twitter and VP press conference saying the same thing, ooooooo, unemployed.....

+3 votes     reply to comment
SnakeIce Jul 13 2013 replied:

At least, the always on is doable, or will be in the future.
The activation limit is pure stupidity IMO.

0 votes     reply to comment
SirPrimalform Jul 13 2013 replied:

Wow, the level of "not getting it" is really high in this post.

+5 votes     reply to comment
drabelincoln Jul 12 2013 replied:

I voted this for green light, then removed my vote. I'll just pirate it because thats what you think everyone that bought this pile of crap would do anyway.....I wouldn't want your statement to be wrong.

+5 votes     reply to comment
oogla Jul 12 2013 replied:

I think the main issue people have with so few activations is if something happens and SomanticVision goes out of business, then there's no one to contact to get more activations. Plus there are many people that simply choose not to purchase games with limited activations for this purpose. It really does nothing to prevent piracy, as if there is really an interest in pirating this game a crack will show up reasonably quickly. All limited activations does is frustrate people like us that have bought the game and want to still be able to install and play it 10 years from now when SomanticVision may have gone out of business, chosen to no longer support the product, been bought by another company or... whatever.

I know I don't have drive space to keep all my games installed. So it is not uncommon for me to uninstall a game and then come back to it later. This is especially true of arcade games like this one. An adventure or RPG game I'm less likely to want to revisit over and over. Three activations is a very low number.

Painting your customers as pirates when all we want is a little honesty is pretty rude.

+10 votes     reply to comment
SomaticVision Creator
SomaticVision Jul 12 2013 buried:


The game will stay registered after you uninstall it. True though, 10 years from now I couldn't guarantee anything.

I know how easy it is to post an installer, and how difficult it is to crack a game. We would be lucky to have enough interest for someone to post a crack, by then we would have made some serious $ :)

So, sorry for the limited term, and I hope you love the game so much that you cry out in an anguished scream 10 years from now when you are unable to register.

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ThreeSon Jul 12 2013 replied:

"We would be lucky to have enough interest for someone to post a crack, by then we would have made some serious $"

Does that mean that once the game IS cracked you'll remove the DRM, since at that point it will be completely useless in protecting the game?

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Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

Not only have the developers of this game erased my review, they seem to also have erased my rating of their game. So it seems that they are not satisfied to delete any comments that raise issues, but now even ratings and reviews are not safe from their attempts to control the discussion of their game, and the very restrictive DRM that will leave you with nothing to show for your money, should the company fold, or just decide they no longer want to run the servers. The game itself is a fairly mediocre…

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