TABLE TOP RACING
RRP: $ 7.99 ( REVIEWED ON PS VITA)
ENJOYING success with its debut across mobile devices last year, Table Top Racing has arrived in the online PlayStation Store, ready and waiting to be downloaded to Sony’s handheld gaming console, the PS Vita.
The miniaturised racing genre, made famous by the Micro Machine franchise, is a tried and true formula best not messed with, and Table Top Racing does just that.
The game’s eight tracks are colourfully designed around familiar household tabletops, complete with everything from kitchen utensils and food, to collections of children’s toys, and garage bench tops.
Like most arcade racers, the main aim here is to unlock a virtual garage of cars that can be upgraded as the game progresses.
Race winnings can be spent changing the look of each car, as well as race- enhancing abilities such as added acceleration, armour and grip.
And these enhancements are crucial in the later stages.
Table Top Racing offers a surprisingly deep mix of modes, including a championship mode, a drift- style racing mode, a handful of special events such as time- trials and elimination races, as well as online racing and leader boards and a quick race mode.
Keeping the action interesting, certain race types include collectable powerups, ranging from missiles and EMP blasts, to power boosts and bombs.
While these add a strategic mix to the gameplay, this fantasy setting is begging for some more creative weapons.
Did someone say kitchen fork or screwdriver projectiles?
Earning every possible star across all race events is going to take even the most dedicated racing fan days, if not weeks, to complete, and then there’s all 17 vehicles waiting to be unlocked.
Where this PS Vita version trumps its touchscreen predecessors, is its solid physical control system, a silky smooth 60 frames- per- second visuals, and none of the nagging in- app purchases.
The only real criticism, was not being able to take part in any online races during a week- long trial.
No matter when I logged on, there seemed to be no competitors around. And racing humans is always more fun!