Toy Cars Review

Eclipse Games has created Toy Cars for both the XBLIGs marketplace as well as for PC. 80 Microsoft Points for the XBLIG version and $1.00 US or more if you like for the PC Version. Toy Cars is a reminder of the old NES Micro Machines game. If you miss that genre and Things on Wheels and Mad Tracks just aren’t doing it for you, maybe this will. For the purpose of this review I used the Xbox Indie game version.

So I’ve already told you this game is like Micro Machines and it is. It’s an overhead racing game that has a Career mode and a Single Race mode. The controls are simple press left to turn to the left and right to turn to the right. Left Trigger is brakes, Right Trigger is Acceleration and the A button is for the Hand Brake. With the faster cars you slide as much as you would expect, sometimes a little more. Each Car has it’s own stats as well as the option to pick the color of the car for you playing preference.

In Career mode you earn cash and points depending on your place in the race. As you earn more cash you can buy better cars and as you earn points you will reach challenge races that pit you in a 1 on 1 race against someone from your current racing class. If you lose you will lose some points needing to earn more to get back to the challenge race, if you win you will get a ton of cash that should be enough to get you to be able to buy a car from the next class. You don’t need to worry about losing regular races they just keep cycling until you’ve earned enough points and won the challenge race.

The Single Race mode allows you to play 4 local players with the computer AI. You can pick which of the 8 tracks to play or any of the 9 cars to race in. You can also change the difficulty setting of the AI. You can set it so everyone has to chose a car within a certain class to force a more even match. It’s some very good fun.

The tracks are very much what you might expect pencils as guard rails and other objects like cup holders and what ever makes sense for the tracks area. The game has some ramps as well as bridges out of objects and pocket holes in the pool table races. Now there are a few bothersome issues with the game. The biggest issue I have is no soundtrack at all. It’s just the roar of the cars engines and the sound of the car crashing into walls or other cars. That brings me to another complaint, the same sound is used for all things your car bumps into. No matter how hard you hit it. This gets a little annoying and forced me to turn down the sound effects. Be careful on the pool table races if your driving fast enough you may move through the table wall in certain corners. So those are my complaints to this otherwise really fun game.

I rate this game a 3 out of 5. Get the demo, if you like racing you’ll probably like this.

Update: The PC Version of the game does have a soundtrack and the developer is working on getting the soundtrack on the XBLIG version. Thank you Eclipse Games that will definitely make the experience much better.