Monday, 21 November 2016

Anki OVERDRIVE Racing cars game (Review)

If you're a fan of racing car games, there's a great product out called Anki OVERDRIVE. It's a bit like a cross between Scalextric, Mario Kart and Lego. Sasha is a huge Mario Kart fan and it's fair to say that I'm a bit rubbish at it - she beats me every time! I wondered what she would make of this game and so I went to check it out.

Anki OVERDRIVE has been described as 'the world's most intelligent battle-racing game'. The way the game works is that you control the racing cars via an app on your phone/tablet. The supercars are self-aware robots driven by Artificial Intelligence, and they each have their own arsenal of weapons which you can control with your mobile device (can be iOS or Android). As the game is software driven, the player has access to continuous free software updates, with new physical kit being developed regularly.

There are several different game modes that you can choose from, and it's suitable from 1 to 4 players. If just one child wants to play, they can play against the computer. When fired, the weapons can speed your car up or slow your opponent down. The more you play, the more points you get and the better weapons you can build up. The cars all have their own characters and can be personalised in different ways.

The track itself is magnetic and slots together quickly and easily but also securely, so no breaks to interrupt play. It lies very flat and all of this means that it's very portable if you wanted to take it away anywhere with you for instant fun over the Christmas period.

The starter pack includes 10 pieces of track, a riser/bridge, 2 supercars and a charging station for the cars. The suggested retail is around £149.99 but there's already offers on if you search around. The latest release for the game is the Supertrucks (as pictured above) which are of course mighty, and you can also buy extra bits of track, such as straights, curves, crossroads, launch kits and the like.

Very exciting and easy to pick up; I'm pretty sure it will be on many Christmas lists for both small and big kids...

Disclosure: we were given expenses for attending an event to see the Anki OVERDRIVE in action. All opinions written here are our own.

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