TA­BLE TOP RAC­ING

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN&GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

9 cert, Playrise Dig­i­tal, iPad (also iPhone, iPod Touch) Ta­ble Top Rac­ing might look like a con­ven­tional racer . . . be­cause it is. But this cute lit­tle num­ber comes from some of the de­vel­op­ers of wipE­out, a ti­tan of the rac­ing genre. The best way to de­scribe Ta­ble Top Rac­ing is as a cock­tail com­prised of 50 per cent Mario Kart and 50 per cent Mi­cro Machines. Like the former, it’s a car­toon­ish game in which you can gather power-ups to en­hance your driv­ing and hin­der your op­po­nents. It echoes Mi­cro Machines in its look and its set­ting – zoom­ing around ta­ble tops, as if they’re toy cars come to life. New de­vel­op­ers Playrise Dig­i­tal have made good use of the mo­bile game for­mat, with the pos­si­bil­ity of four-player races on Game Cen­tre or six play­ers over wifi. The cars han­dle well and the scenery is cute. As you’ve prob­a­bly gath­ered, it’s a very tra­di­tional game, but a fun and pleas­ant one.

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