Sunset Drive 1986 – Beginners Guide

A simple guide for anybody who wants to learn the beginner basics to the game. In other words, how to play.

Guide to Newbies


Exterior Vehicle Customization

On the exterior of your vehicle, you can first chose out of a few vehicles which one you want.

Note: You only have 1 vehicle when you start, you can unlock the other vehicles when you progress in the game.

For a vehicle that you chose, you can select whatever color you want.

Interior Vehicle Customization

On the interior, you can purchase a variety of items that you can get with the in game currency. If you purchase something, it will be placed inside of the car, above the dashboard.

Garage Custimization

When pressing the house button in the bottom left of the screen, you can customize your garage with a variety of items that you can purchase with in game currency, just like the Interior customization items.

Missions & Upgrades


In missions, you have 50 missions that you can complete. When you complete a mission, you will get a reward. The reward is a certain amount of money depending on the difficulty of the mission.


In upgrades, you can upgrade Engine Tier, Gear Change Speed, Steering, Brakes, and Nitro Time

You can upgrade something with money. The more you upgrade something, the more money it will cost to continue upgrading it (Pretty much leveling up).

You can also get money multipliers, which increases the amount of money you make, from leveling up.

Game Settings & Driving

Game Settings

In the game settings, you can chose from four Game Modes. Free Ride is what it sounds like, because this is pretty much just a sandbox style game mode. Speed Limit is where you have to stay above a specified speed. (The specified speed with increase as time goes on), so you just have o be above the specified speed and try not to let it catch up with you. Time Rush is where you have to travel the furthest distance possible before you are stopped when you run out of time. Distance Rush is where you have to reach a certain point as fast as possible. (Basically a speedrun).

In the game settings, there are options where you can disable traffic and use straight roads only, but choosing those options will decrease the reward value, so if you want better rewards then do not play with these options on.

You are able to chose the time of day that you want. There is Morning, Noon, Evening, and Night. The time of day options will not effect the rewards.


Controls For keyboard

Press the arrow keys or wasd to drive the vehicle. You can hold in the Shift key to use Nitro if you have it. You can press the ‘E’ key to gear up and the ‘Q’ key to gear down. You can change the camera view by pressing the ‘C’ key. You can go in to cruise control with the ‘Z’ key. And you can pause the game with the ‘esc’ key.

Controls For Xbox Controller

Use the ‘A’ button to drive and the left thumbstick to steer. You can use nitro if you have it by holding in ‘RB/R1’. You can gear up by pressing ‘RT/R2, and you can gear down by pressing ‘LT/L2’. You can change the camera view by pressing ‘LB/L1’. You can go in to cruise control by pressing the ‘B’ button. And you can pause the game by pressing the ‘Y’ button.

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