Review: Mantis Burn Racing (Nintendo Switch)
Mantis Burn Racing is a modern top-down style racing game that combines physics-based gameplay with intuitive arcade racing in highly competitive, fast and addictive races.
- Decent graphics. The game looks like the miniature camera filter meaning you get a crisp looking game.
- 3.5GB Download size.
- Isometric/Top down racer gameplay.
- Three modes of play: Single player (career), Local play and online play. Four modes if you include the ever-changing weekly challenge option.
- Includes all previously released DLC, Elite class DLC, Battle Cars DLC and Snowbound tracks.
- Four camera options.
- Solid 60fps action.
- Earn EXP and level up to unlock new cars.
- Cross-platform support. Can be turned off. On leaderboards, A Nintendo Switch logo shows next to those players on the leaderboard.
- Earn cogs to unlock new events.
- Career is spread across 3 seasons consisting of every type of race event. You have a level select map and can pick your route or replay a previous race. It is also possible to unlock bonus upgrades by completing blocks of races.
- Tight handling model. The game relies heavily on a drift mechanic and it works really well.
- Upgrades for your car vary from suspension to turbo or grip. You get a certain amount of upgrade slots, Once filled you can then upgrade your car overall to unlock more upgrade slots.
- Full stats screen.
- Every event in career has 3 optional challenges to unlock more cogs.
- Cars come in 3 weight classes: Light, Medium and heavy.
- Car classes are Rookie, Pro, and veteran.
- Many race types from normal race to knockout, Accumulator, and sprints.
- Drift, Draft and jump in the race to earn EXP and beat times and clean sector bonuses.
- Shortcuts to find and use.
- Analog and motion control options.
- Destructible objects on the track.
- You can loan cars for use in local and online play.
- Many locations from industrial areas to caves and hill climbs.
- Local play: Play with up to 4 players on one console, Two-player split screen sharing Joycons, And 8 player with 8 Nintendo Switch consoles connected wirelessly.
- You can paint your car and change boost colour for free.
- Online you can host or join and use invites and private room settings.
- Plays like a Micro Machines Drift game or the more recent RC games.
- Has the start line mechanic where timing your acceleration can improve your start, Messing up or revving too early can slow your start.
- No touchscreen support
- Music is not great and it all sounds the same.
- Slowdown in local play.
- Local play reduces the text size to unreadable levels.
- Some of the camera angles just do not work at all.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 8/108/10
- Accessability - 8/108/10
- Length - 8/108/10
- Fun Factor - 9/109/10
So here we go, The game just looks wonderful on the small screen, It comes with all the previous DLC meaning you get a lot of game for your money. That said the game is solid, Plenty of variety and replayability. A lot of my previous gripes with the game, Lack of variety and no real hook is squashed with this version, Having the DLC really mixes it up and I am a sucker for a decent snow level. The online seemed to hold up pretty well. At the end of the day, it is a fun tight racing game and is perfect for on the go sessions, Outside of Mario Kart this is one of the best Nintendo Switch racers on the eShop.