Mini Review: Micro Pico Racers – Sadly Not In The Same League As Micro Machines

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At first look, you’d be forgiven for pondering that Micro Pico Racers is the second coming of the traditional racing franchise Micro Machines. Certainly, with its vibrant pixelated design (and the blatant indisputable fact that it has the phrase Micro within the title), the sport is a transparent homage to Codemasters’ collection of arcade racers. Sadly, regardless of its tantalisingly low entry worth, Micro Pico Racers is tough to suggest, with gameplay so barebones, the expertise sadly falls on its micro behind.

The majority of the sport sees you full quite a lot of bite-sized duties, taking you thru a collection of challenges from ‘Novice’ degree proper as much as ‘Grasp’ degree. On the floor, there’s an honest quantity of challenges right here to be cracking on with, however when each takes – at most – a minute or so to finish, it gained’t take lengthy to get by means of all of them. Having stated that, the issue spikes within the sport are sometimes ludicrous, and largely hinges on which car you select to drive. In the event you don’t select the actual specification wanted for the problem, chances are high you’ll fail and wish to begin over.

To elaborate on this a bit, one of many challenges includes executing a number of drifts with a view to replenish a bar to 100%, all inside a brief timeframe. The sport is excruciatingly harsh on the way you pull these off; stray only a contact over the sting of the street, and the sport gained’t register it as a profitable drift. You’ll want to decide on a car that not solely drifts round corners with ease, but additionally has an honest charge of acceleration with a view to get to the following nook within the nick of time. It discourages experimentation, and also you’ll rapidly begin counting on the identical autos relying on which problem you partake in.

Visually, Micro Pico Racers is okay at finest, utilising a simplistic pixelated type with a birds-eye digital camera view by default. If this isn’t your type, then the excellent news is you’ll be able to swap the digital camera to an isometric view, or immediately behind the autos. As well as, you’ll be able to alter the zoom of the digital camera, so you’ll be able to transfer this away if you’d like a greater view of the monitor. Sadly, although, there’s little or no visible aptitude at work right here; the tracks themselves are bland, and the encompassing setting is admittedly no higher. In a weird addition, spectators may also wander into the center of the street, and in case you occur to run into them, they’ll flip right into a spreading puddle of blood. It’s a frankly baffling addition to a sport that’s in any other case fairly appropriate for all ages, so we’re unsure what the pondering was behind this.

There’s an argument to be made right here that the low entry worth is maybe cause sufficient for the expertise you’ll be getting with Micro Pico Racers. Finally, although, racing video games have to be enjoyable, and this actually isn’t that enjoyable. It’s a disgrace, as a result of the sport isn’t damaged in any method, and truly runs very nicely for essentially the most half. However the gameplay simply isn’t as much as scratch, and also you’ll be higher off leaving this on the pit cease.

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