Drift Runners is a rip-roaring overhead racing game from developer Long Animals, with a variety of goals and a focus on destruction, rather than mere speed. This is one of the most entertaining racers I've seen in Flash, thanks mainly to one thing—it gets the controls right. That may be an odd thing to say about a game with no button for brakes, or even reverse, but this is an arcadey racer that knows what it wants to be: fast, chaotic, and fun. There were no brakes in Super Sprint either.
Just choose a car (makes no difference, really) and a paint job, then pick a track (only one is available to begin with) and you're off to the races. Steer with [Left] and [Right], accelerate with [Up]. Remember, this is Drift Runners, and that means you won't carve the corners so much as shred them. Drifting wouldn't give you this kind of advantage in real life, but here it lets you slide through corners with no regard for traditional physics.
Each of the six tracks has several different achievements to earn, but don't bother going for everything in the first try. Most of them contradict each other anyway. You'll need to get first place in a race to unlock the next one, but winning races and earning points are two separate animals. You get points by clocking air time over jumps, drifting, smashing up the roadside ornaments, doing pretty much anything at all besides peacefully driving within reasonable speed parameters with your hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel.
Be sure to collect coins from the side of the road. You can spend them to upgrade your car between races.
Analysis: It's not the ideal overhead racer some of us are waiting for. The courses feel a little too similar to each other, and some of the achievements seem redundant. There's a balancing/cheating effect in place to keep the races close, which is fine and even helpful when you're lagging behind, but sometimes the enemy AI takes advantage and passes you at utterly unfair speeds. And there's no engine sound effect. I can understand if Long Animals didn't want the game to be 95% revving, like so many other racers, but I still want to hear my little car go go go.
But again, Drift Runners gets the controls right. It looks pretty. It makes crashing and screeching sounds at all the right times, and it rewards you for breaking stuff. That spells fun in my book. Give it a spin.