Review: All-Star Fruit Racing (PlayStation 4)

Go bananas for a jaw-dropping, lightning-fast kart racer for all ages and abilities! All-Star Fruit Racing propels players into vibrant worlds filled with incredible action: drift through looping bends, soar over monumental jumps and defy gravity itself around tubular tracks in an explosively colorful racer bursting with championships, modes, and awe-inspiring sights!

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 4.34GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Kart racer gameplay.
  • Optional tutorial split into sections for drifting, Attacking and driving.
  • Uses a drift mechanic similar to Sonic racing transformed. You press L2 as you turn to build up your drift, Has multiple levels and gives a speed boost. Also comes with a handy icon showing your progress of the drift and if you are close to over drifting and blowing up.
  • Juice- You have four containers assigned to each face button. Each one is different fruit and requires that fruit to fill it up. You can attach/detach the different fruit to create combinations as seen in the center of the juice. This adds many combos and powerups you can use.
  • Over 20 drivers to unlock.
  • Big bright race locations taking in many places like beaches, Snow to muddy race tracks. It all looks really good and every track has multiple routes to find.
  • Garage- You can customize and color many parts of your ride. Change parts like- Body, wheels, rims, aerial and horn.
  • Unlock new customization parts as you do the championships.
  • Offline- Custom, CXareer, fast championship, time attack, and training.
  • Online- Fast join or create a lobby.
  • Very kid friendly.
  • Friend invite system.
  • 11 championships in career mode.
  • Very happy summery game.
  • Some races can ditch the fruit system and go with straight random pickups.
  • Five regions- Coco sunshine, Winter kingdom, Papaya grove, Chung nook and Banana Bay.
  • Pistons- 3 Of them and dictate the over game speed. (Think CC in Mario Kart games)
  • A rather catchy soundtrack.
  • Looks like it was pulled straight from the races in Wreck it Ralph movie.
  • Easy to get into.
  • Solid driving mechanics.
  • Challenging.

Cons:

  • Lacks any real character, No personality shown from the characters you play.
  • Cannot shoot behind apart from the one or two powerups designed for this.
  • Rubberband AI.
  • Last lap brutality as the AI gets perfect drops.
  • Controls have a slight learning curve.
  • Only one control layout.
  • Camera control is jarring. You press a direction on the d-pad to change it.
  • Some races out stay there welcome with more laps than are needed.
  • No local play.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

A solid racer, It takes a lot of the good parts of other games and adds a charming world to race in. I like the multiple routes and crazy cars you can create. I just did get on with the monotone presentation, I mean it looks all fresh and fun but once you are in the game there is no character like people talking or character personalities coming through, It just fell flat. Anyway take that away and the actual core gameplay is perfectly fine, I love the juice system and it really mixes things up, Also worth noting that random pickups are actually really good and allow you to still hang on to first. In short, it lacks charm but is a tight fun little racer.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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