Tinker Racers Review (Nintendo Switch)

 

Tinker Racers Review (Nintendo Switch)

You want to be leading the race to be the camera target. Especially because everyone that leaves the camera dies! Race with mini RC cars on tracks that your parents never allowed you to set at home.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 999MB download size.
  • Top-down racer gameplay.
  • Takes a lot of inspiration from Micro Machines games from yesteryear.
  • Goal-beat your opponents by hitting the edge of the screen before them.
  • Four modes-campaign, free for all, single race, and time attack.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • 2-4 local multiplayer support.
  • First to five wins.
  • Campaign mode can be done in split-screen co-op.
  • Levels will have obstacles and environmental benefits/hinder.
  • The player count increases after each race but it’s always you vs the rest who count as one.
  • Notebook style menu system.
  • Nighttime driving and you have headlights.
  • Levels are themed around locations in houses.
  • Tight controls.
  • Supports analog and d-pad.

Tinker Racers Review (Nintendo Switch)

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Slow down happens a lot.
  • No camera control.
  • Doesn’t have difficulty settings.

Tinker Racers Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Tinker Racers is a game that cribs from Micro Machines, it’s a top-down racer set within the real world but the cars are miniature. It’s not a straight-up racer mind, it’s a racer in that the winner is the one who touches the side of the screen first and first to five wins. Over time you will face off against teams of opponents and need to navigate the track’s obstacles. I was really impressed with the handling, they absolutely nailed it making it easy to play, and even drifting in the car is a breeze. The game does suffer from slowdowns especially in bigger race events and tracks with more obstacles. I liked the game but always felt like it was missing something coupled with annoying blind corners and speaking of which the game is not good for course correction. It’s the few niggles and limitations like no online play that stops its rating from getting higher but the handling is fantastic and the gameplay is just fine but lacks any real longevity.

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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