If you’re a gamer of a certain vintage, there’s a high chance you have fond memories of the Micro Machines games released by Codemasters. The series started back in 1991 and initially was a top down view racer, later moving to 3D, in which you battled for 1st placed across a series of unusual environments such as kitchen tables and snooker tables.
I’m of the opinion that the term ‘spiritual successor’ gets thrown around far too easily. Sometimes only the vaguest of similarities to a fondly remembered title is enough to invoke the phrase, however Toybox Turbos is a successor to Micro Machines in all but name.
We’ve had a quick hands on with 5 levels from the 18 on offer in the full title, and it’s fair to say we’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen so far. The first set of tracks instantly transports you back to the original Micro Machine games and has you speeding around a kitchen scene dodging spilt milk, stray cereal hoops, and whisks, whilst of course trying to beat your opponents to the finish line. Each track is rife with shortcuts, too, to help you get ahead of you opponents.
To get things fresh, not all levels are straight up races. Other modes will see you partaking in time trial style events, competitions to overtake a set number of vehicles within a designated time limit, and obstacle dodging courses where bombs have been dotted throughout the level.
Also included in the game is a 4 player multiplayer mode, where you can race online or within the comforts of your own home, making this a potentially superb game for some couch-based multiplayer action.
Toybox Turbos is available on Xbox Live, PSN and Steam for £11.99, or Steam users can pay £35.97 for a pack of 4 copies.