Coffin Dodgers is arcade style kart racer 101, in which you take on the mantle of one of seven quirky residents of the quiet retirement village of Sunny Pines to take part in a battle to out race death on their mobility scooters.
As you would expect to find in any good kart racer, winning races earns you money; money you can then spend in upgrading your scooter in the expected fashion – higher top speed, better grip, faster acceleration or the ability to hold more than one power up at a time.
The sense of humour hits you right away and sets the tone for the experience to come in story mode where you are pitted against Death himself and the other residents with the aim of killing them off by making them place last after each zone. Be warned however some of them may come back. Ok all of them come back. If you have to shoehorn zombies into a game somehow this is probably the most believable way of doing it.
There is one noticeable shortcoming with Coffin Dodgers and that is the fact that all the zones are based around the town/village where the old people go to die. With three races – that change slightly – in each zone required you very quickly start getting a sense of déjà vu.
The actual racing is very well done with power ups aiding both you and your opponents in an ever changing battle for first place. Similar to other kart racers, being knocked out of position is a given however, with the abundance of track power ups, melee attacks and, at times, narrow tracks with all too sharp corners; you can find yourself, frustratingly, being knocked to the back of the race all too frequently.
Don’t let that put you off from having a look at Coffin Dodgers though. With a cheap price in mind, the negatives of Coffin Dodgers are far outweighed by the positives. The unique setting and quirkiness certainly set it apart from other racers and it does the majority of the fundamentals well. Perfection is a very hard thing to come by and Coffin Dodgers is going into a market where its competitors have decades of experience, but for a diehard arcade fan or someone wanting some silly co-op fun you could do a lot lot worse.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 6.5/10 Format: PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Coffin Dodgers by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 5 days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.