RIGHT LET’s get out of the way quickly. Should you buy this game? No. There, I just saved you about two hours plus of your life. I have also saved you more time as you no longer need to read this review any further if you can’t be bothered (don’t say we never think of you).
However if you are curious as to why you shouldn’t play this game then read on.
Made by enjoyup games it’s a top down dirt track racer like micromachines and Super Off Road. However unlike those great games this just appears to be a pale imitation.
There are 5 championships with 4 races in each and although there is a learning curve to get into it, the whole thing lasts about two to three hours. The only thing left will then be the multiplayer and time trials which are fairly standard. There is nothing new in this title, all of it comes off as a patchwork quilt of many other games. Sadly it also seems to be the worst parts of them.
The tracks are simple and there isn’t anything that will blow you away in terms of design. The artwork is functional but almost seems confused as to whether it wants to look like a retro title or modern upgrade. Sadly it doesn’t feel like either.
The soundtrack is flat and the promise of “Rock” in the title is never fulfilled. It all just sounds bland, like someone is playing a keyboard underwater. It’s muddy voice work is clearly trying to replicate the 16 bit era without the visuals to warrant it.
The controls are also a little confusing as despite my best efforts there were many times the car would slide out or fly over a hump and almost float off the track. I understand it was designed to try and make you show restraint but a lot of the tracks are so small that all it does is tie your hands back and restrict the fun.
Finally, the AI is terrible. Cars would sometimes stop for no reason and just sit there, blocking the track and hindering your start, while other cars race around so freely it’s impossible to recover from such a glitch.
The multiplayer does have some value though as long as you have enough real racers. The chaos created feels much more fair and as long as you aren’t trying to take it seriously you can get some replay from it. This, however is not enough to save it though as the multiplayer feels more like “flappy bird” rather than angry birds in terms of replayability. the challenge to get past the finish line feels more like a roulette wheel “luck of the draw” thing rather than skill.
Put simply, save your money.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 2/10 Format: Xbox One / PC Release Date: 16/10/2015
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Rock n Racing Offroad DX by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of five days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.