Slow Roads offers a relaxing and endless driving experience in your browser
A few days ago, a developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland named Anslo announcement Slow roads, a free and user-friendly driving game with procedurally generated scenic landscapes that runs in a web browser. It is available on slowroads.io and does not require any connection or installation to play.
Many driving video games lock yourself into rules that can make driving stressful, which is great if you’re in a competitive mood. But sometimes you might just want to relax and enjoy the ride. It’s there that Slow roads Between. In the game, you cannot crash, fail or lose. The road stretches endlessly as picturesque landscapes pass by. If you go off the road, press “R” to reset your car’s position on the pavement. Even the roads are optional: Drive off-road or underwater if you want.
The game works in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers.
The driving controls in Slow roads are simple. Use the standard WASD keys or the arrow keys on your keyboard to operate your vehicle. “W” (or up arrow) means speed up, “S” (or down arrow) means brake. “A” and “D” (or left and right arrows) manage the direction. You can give your car a boost by holding the Shift key or pressing “W” twice. Additionally, “C” changes the camera angle, and “Q” and “E” cycles through the available weather and lighting conditions. And if keyboard controls aren’t your thing, you can switch to mouse steering instead.
Upon first reading, it is obvious that the graphics are not the purpose of Slow roads, and it works to its advantage. It features minimalistic visuals and sound effects partly because the game can be taxing on some machines. “The engine pushes the boundaries of what is reasonable for a browser game,” Anslo writes in a Slow roads FAQs. “Although optimizations are constantly being added.”
Whether Slow roads is slow for you and you have a good GPU in your machine, make sure GPU hardware acceleration is activated in your browser. For example, in Chrome, click the ellipsis button (three dots) and open Settings. Next, click on the “System” menu in the sidebar, then toggle the switch next to “Use hardware acceleration when available” to the “on” position.
Anslo considers the game mostly complete, but is asking for donations that could fund feature additions like improved weather effects (like rain), more vehicle types, and controller support. There are no plans for an open source release at this time, but it hasn’t been ruled out. In the meantime, Anslo undertakes to maintain Slow roads “freely available and ad-free,” according to the About Game page. “Enjoy this as a reprieve from runaway capitalism.”