In a world where every other racing game that is released is a super realistic sim like Project Cars or Forza 6 sometimes it’s good to take a step away from the realism and just race for the fun of it and not to see if you can beat your lap by two tenths of a second or if you hit the perfect apex of a corner. That’s why this time out we’re going to be looking at Eclipse Games newest game to land in the Xbox Live marketplace Super Toy Cars. So will it hit the top step of the podium or will it spin out trying?
Super Toy Cars is a table top arcade racer with a dash of combat thrown in for good measure, if you think of the classics like Codemasters Mirco Machines or Remedys Death Rally you’ll not be far off.
The game sees you racing your way to the top spot in a career mode that’s spread out over 48 events split up over 8 chapters made up of straight up races to elimination races, time trails and checkpoint races which are fought out over 12 different tracks each with they own look because they are made up from everyday objects. One track sees you racing around a child’s bedroom where as another has your blasting around a track made of cakes and sweets. They are also a few real time events that happen when your racing these ranges from building blocks and coffee grounds falling on to the track blocking the way, to having to drive up a watermelon slice. These add some variety to tracks overall but it would have been nice if there were just one or two more of them.
You’ll get behind the wheel of 16 different cars sadly no real world licensed cars here but Eclipse have built a bunch of great looking fantasy cars which have more than a passing resemblance to a few real world rides. You can pick from the likes of hot rods to jeeps and super cars all of these have their own chunky cartoon style look and all the cars have a slighty different feel in handling but its defiantly worth trying a few out to find one you’ll like.. The main mechanic of the game sees you drifting round corners to fill your boost gauge, On top of this there is the combat element where a host of weapons are scattered across the map like Mario Kart and you smash through them to pick them up, these range from oil slick to a huge 8 ball but my personal favourite is the missile which comes complete with a cartoon BANG bubble on impact.
When it comes to look and sound the game has been built using the Unity engine and is ok. Its by no means the best looking game on the Xbox one, the cartoon styling of the cars looks great from the big chucky tyres to over flared wheel aches. The problem I have with the visuals is the tracks themselves yes they are perfectly serviceable but are a bit ruff around the edges and if you crash into the sides more often than not a weird clipping thing happens to the camera, not a huge issues but noteworthy non the less. As for sound there is not much of it other than the sound of the engine which may grate after a while but it is saved by the music in the game which is supplied by The Spin Wires a three piece band from Buffalo who are a blend of dance rock with a splash of punk and they add a suitable rocking beat to the game.
The game also features a 4 player split screen mode to battle it out with your friends on the couch as well as online leader boards to see who can get the fastest lap times. As well as this the Wii U version of the game features an easy to pick up track editor if you think you can do better than Eclipse Game’s have, these track can be shared with the community, though sadly at the time of writing this review I could not find this feature in the game. Same can be said for the 8 player online mode which was absent as well, hopefully in time these features will be added to the Xbox One version as they would definitely add longevity to the game.
On the whole Super Toy Cars is a fun and enjoyable racer and it may be a little rough around the edges and could have done with a few more coats of polish but it is ideal for a weekend’s fun or a laugh with mates on the couch. You could do a lot worse than this and given its £7.99 prices tag on the marketplace, it is well worth a look for those needing a break from trying to be the next Lewis Hamilton.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 6.5/10 Format: Xbox One Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Super Toy Cars by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of three days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.