Atari and app developer Gameaholic partnered for the release of a new take on classic arcade racing title Night Driver that’s now available for download on Android. According to the game’s description, many of the new Night Driver’s cues are taken from the original cabinet game bearing the same name. More specifically, players will be able to choose from a wide variety of different vehicles with varying attributes that provide for a more individualized driving experience. Vehicles will differ in terms of speed, handling, and aesthetics. There really isn’t much of a story to discover here since the main premise of the game is to experience the thrill of driving down a nighttime highway with varying degrees of visibility without crashing or running out of time.
As to the new additions to the modern version, the company has added the ability to upgrade the style of each vehicle and their performance. Players will be able to check out their cars throughout that process in a new 360-degree showroom. At the same time, this Night Driver refresh features a serious update to the graphics and a completely new art style. Atari is also reimagining the game as an endless driver. Presumably with checkpoints included to add time at various intervals and difficulty will ramp up as the game progresses. That won’t be the only mode though, and it isn’t immediately clear what other modes will be included or how many modes will be in the final game.
The new Night Driver already soft-launched in Canada, parts of Europe, and possibly some other countries, though there’s still no word on when the game will be officially released on a global level. The title itself is free to download, with Atari and Gameaholic opting to monetize it with ads and in-app purchases, though all of its content appears to be unlockable via regular play. Night Driver is compatible with most smartphones and tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat and later versions of the operating system. Users in countries which already received the game can download it by referring to the Google Play Store banner below.