A downloadable sandwich for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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You’re broke, you’re hungry, and your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles. 

In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one-way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix. 

The world as we know it is slowly starting to become unhabitable, as many people on Earth have moved to Mars for a better quality of life, thanks to a government subsidy that assisted in relocating citizens by providing affordable passage. After several years of running this program, the government announces that in two weeks, tickets to Mars would go up in price, making the exodus to the Red Planet unobtainable for regular citizens.

You’ll deliver pizzas, collect gun parts, hunt bounties, and make  some fans along the way. In between races, you’ll explore colorful cities where you can repair and upgrade your bike, dine on the local cuisine, and fight your way through gangsters, bounty hunters, and all sorts of interesting characters, just so that you can have a decent meal and keep your bike running.

Nothing’s free in Desert Child.


  • Hunt bounties, deliver pizzas, throw races - do anything you can to earn cash 
  • Explore a pixel-art solar system inspired by Cowboy Bebop, Akira and Redline 
  • Customize your beloved bike with Guns, Amplifiers and shameless advertising
  • Dine on a range of interplanetary cuisine with sweet buffs to help you win
  • Master deep combat and racing mechanics and define your own style 
  • Race, shoot, and get better! Designed for replayability, with secrets that keep you coming back
  • Chill to an original lo-fi hip-hop soundtrack
  • Challenge your friends through local multiplayer

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Dec 11, 2018
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(14 total ratings)
AuthorAkupara Games
GenreAction, Racing, Role Playing, Simulation
Made withGameMaker, IndieCade
TagsAliens, Arcade, desert-child, hoverbike, Indie, Local multiplayer, Space
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player countSingleplayer
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Buy Now$11.99 USD or more

In order to download this sandwich you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $11.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

DesertChild Windows 101019 1.1.1.zip 102 MB
DesertChild Mac 101019 1.1.1.zip 109 MB
DesertChild Linux 101019 1.1.1.zip 99 MB

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