• Love It: Mini Motor Racing EVO

    Top down racers have been good to me over the years. While I enjoy other racing games, something about these just puts me in a great mood. I think itís the perspective, and that these racers remind me of playing with Hot Wheels. I had a happy childhood and I like things that remind me of it. I loved Hot Wheels. And I love Mini Motor Racing EVO.

    Right off the line I want to be clear that this is not really a game for serious racers. But it knows that, and more importantly it plays to its strengths. What the game lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in presentation, charm, accessibility, and just plain fun. You wonít need to read through a manual to get going here, and you wonít have to deal with a soul-crushing level of AI.

    Mini Motor Racing EVO is beautifully crafted and vibrant. The vehicles are particularly well done and in them The Binary Wheel has managed to capture the feel of toy cars. I feel like they most remind me of Micro Machines. There is a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, each with different characteristics. Theyíre rated on handling, nitro, acceleration, and top speed. Your earnings from racing can be used to upgrade your vehicles in these categories. You'll need to upgrade to be able to compete later in the game.

    The levels are well designed and feature weather effects as well as different times of day. I found the camera to be pretty much perfect. It zooms in and out depending on the characteristics of the track. Youíll also find Team Fortress 2 (looks like Gold Rush) and Portal levels that perfectly capture the atmosphere, and are a blast to play through as a fan of those games. Once you get bored with the included levels, you can try your hand at creating your own with the track editor. I gave it a run and found it to be pretty straight-forward. Lastly, the soundtrack is nothing special but will keep you pumping right along. The themed tracks feature music from their respective games, which is a nice touch.

    Mini Motor Racing EVO is available on Steam for $9.99. I appreciate that the developer paid attention to even the smallest details. The only real criticism I have of the game is the default control scheme for controllers. But thatís easily changed and the controls are solid. For the money, I think this one is a no-brainer if you are into top down arcade racers. In Mini Motor Racing EVO we nearly have a modern day R.C. Pro-Am, easily my favorite top down racer ever. The only things missing are weapons and antennas on the cars. Maybe they'll add that some day. I can dream right?
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      Shenanigans -
      great review, thanks spaz! I love top-down racing games and have lamented their decline. I'm off to the steam store!