TABLE TOP RACING: WORLD TOUR - NITRO EDITION
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on May 9, 2019
Now here's a blast from the past! Waaaay back in January of 2013, British developer Playrise Digital launched a game called Table Top Racing for iOS, which was followed by an android version of the game a year later. In August of 2014, the game was ported to the Playstation Vita and made gamers from around the world race their miniature cars across all sorts of cool levels to their hearts content. Now, almost five years later, Table Top Racing is back!
Well, I say back but, truthfully, it has been back a few times already. You see, in 2016 and 2017, Table Top Racing: World Tour was released for PC, PS4 and the Xbox One. It would take another two years for this game of miniature motorized mayhem to reach the Nintendo Switch. But the time has finally come and we can get fast and furious with Table Top Racing: World Tour - Nitro Edition!
Yes sportsfans, it's once again time to get those engines revving and tear up everything but the kitchen sink... no wait, even that isn't safe from these tiny track monsters! Just pick your favorite vehicle and start racing! Well, not right away, you don't. You see, before you can actually start racing, you'll have to have a car. To make sure you can acquire said vehicle, the game gives you a start-up capital. With this money, you'll have to buy your first car. Of course, you will not be able to buy every car; this privilege, you'll have to earn by competing against other players or AI controlled opponents.
The basics of the game are pretty... well, basic! You'll go head to head against a number of opponents and, as is the case in about every racing game ever made, try to cross the finish line in 1st position. To do so, you'll have to put the pedal to the metal, only letting go of the gas when a tight curve is coming up. Now, this in itself is already fun. I mean, who wouldn't want to drive their mother nuts by racing their mini RC cars across various bits of furniture? But, add weapons to the mix and you'll really get more bang for your buck!
The fun thing about Table Top Racing is the fact that it features weapons of mini destruction. Using these tools of tiny terror will give you an edge in any race. Weapons can be picked up by driving through a pickup orb, quite like you would do in Mario Kart. The game randomly gives you a weapon or other powerup, like a turbo boost, and your good to go! By strategically using the firepower at your disposal, you can slow down opponents and make sure you will be the first to cross the finish line.
Between races, you can visit your garage. Now, this is the central hub of the game. It's THE place to go for any of your motorized needs, be it a new car, a new set of tires (that, incidentally, can also act as weapons), a new paint job, or a tune up of your current vehicle. Buying new stuff or upgrading your current car will cost you money and money is won by winning races. So you win races to earn money, which you then spend on upgrades to win even more races, which lets you upgrade even further, which... you get the picture, right?
Graphics-wise, Table Top Racing: World Tour - Nitro Edition looks as much fun as playing it actually is! The environments are cool and colourful and make a great backdrop for the miniature cars to zoom around in. The cars themselves are a kind of cartoony renditions of existing vehicles, but much more fun looking. Then, when you hit the garage and start switching out wheels and paint jobs, these cars become more and more fun to look at and to race with. The controls of the game are straightforward and intuitive. You can control your vehicle either with both thumbsticks or with the left thumbstick and the A and B buttons. Fire a weapon or use boost? Nor problem! Just hit ZR and you'll do so, provided you have a powerup or weapon in your weapon slot.
Which brings us to another kind of weapon: your wheels. Some wheels for sale at the garage give you an extra attack. This may very well be why they are called Weapon Wheels. The attack a wheel provides you with varies from type to type, but they all have one thing in common; after using your wheel attack by hitting ZL, the attack will have to recharge for a set amount of time before it can be used again. So, as always, use these attacks wisely and pick your moment carefully!
No matter how old or young you are, it's always really fun to race around in small cars on everyday surfaces that are turned into awesome racetracks. The colorful environments and cool cars are a treat to watch and play around with. The addition of a online and offline split screen mode makes for double the fun, as it enables you to gather your friends and start racing against each other or other gamers from around the world. All in all, the cars in this game might be small of size, but they are exceptionally big in fun!