August 14, 2014

Table Top Racing Review for PS Vita

Ripstone has ported over an iOS and Android title for the Vita to race on. Ready to race? 

So, are you looking for a quick racing game on your Vita? Table Top Racing is a fun little game that boasts multiplayer matches, 17 upgradeable cars, 8 detailed tracks, "Weapon Wheels," and more. Do all these things work, though? Good enough, but this isn't your next Modnation Racers or MarioKart.

Colorful graphics! Tracks are sweet
The $8 game opens up with access to 1 vehicle, and as you progress you earn coins to "upgrade" it. Each car can improve its boost, handling, etc. You can buy more coins, but even with tons of money you can't buy the next car yet. You have to progress through the different championships to unlock them first. And the upgrades? I couldn't tell if the competition leveled with me as I bought all the upgrades. The tracks had some tough races that I had to beat later on with a faster car. 



You can purchase paint upgrades (which costs every time. Even if you get all the possible paint jobs for each car you have to repay with each spray. Choose wisely!) You can get "Wheel Weapons," which help boost different things about your vehicle. A jump wheel, a shield activator wheel... some work well. The spiky wheels didn't seem to have any effect on the combatants. 



Pick ups around the levels include rockets, EMP blasts, bombs... they work pretty well both on the offense and defense. But... they're just missing a level of umph... of fun to them. They're just not as strong as I'd hope. 

Controls? Simple. You have a gas button, reverse, and you steer. I wanted a big brake button to really crank the drifting, but it didn't do that. You activate wheel weapons and other boosts with your R1 and L1. Now, I started playing and I thought something was broken. I could ONLY look into reverse. I could not look forward. Then I realized that touching the rear touch pad gives you a rear view. I was holding it wrong. No worries, once you figure that one out. 




The tracks are pretty creative. From a Japanese noodle bar to a toy ridden table, they are detailed and pretty nice looking. Some even have secret paths you can jump to (if you have the right wheels on). They run forward and backward, so there is a little variation to your racing. The game has several different modes, like drift mode and special events, to mix it up.

But as far as online goes, you better hope you have some close friends nearby, because trying to get into an online match is tough to find or connect to. Since I didn't get to an online battle or have anybody nearby to ad-hoc with I can't cover that portion here. 

Looks like Local only...

Verdict 
7/10 
A fun little game that offers a variety of cars to mess with. Tracks are clever and well made, but the game lacks the punch other racers have to them.


Let us know what your favorite racing game is in the comments! 

10 comments:

dd said...

looks amazin

Prometheus said...

This actually looks like an entertaining game that is even free to play! Sony has been promising this kind of content for two years now ... we'll see how this one fares, and how much purchased content is hidden in it.

brows76 said...

I bought it and have had a lot of fun with it. It reminds me a lot of Revolt and old dreamcast game.

DirkWillem said...

Looks like clash of clans a bit, with all the base building

ghostshadow said...

I dig the game so far. It's pretty fun, I don't have many complaints. I do wish there was a little better physics on the collision or wish it was handled a bit differently, cars don't really bounce off of each other they just kind of, 'thunk' and don't move. Or if you hit a wall, instead of letting you correct it, your car goes 'poof' and you're back on the track. A handbrake button would be nice too.

Justin Jackman said...

Game looks cool :) Reminds me alot of MicroMachines :)

Jean-pierre Washington said...

this is the kind of war game i been looking for i will donate since its free

Jean-pierre Washington said...

i went to their wesite and saw that i could sign up for in game stuff and other stuff

Davala said...

Handbrake. That's what it was missing, for the turns and such.

VitalRebels187 said...

DUUUUDDE!!! ONE WORD....EPPPIICK!! and the Spellin in Epic was intentional!! Dude WE NEED MORE GAMES LIKE THIS!! WHOOO AGREES?

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