I remember last year when Playrise Digital released Table Top Racing: World Tour on the PS4 and Steam, and how my friends gave it a spin when it was free to PSN subscribers. I always wanted to take it for a drive myself, and now that it’s available on Xbox One and I was sent a review code, I got my chance. While I mostly enjoyed the ride, a few things keep it from being the super fun budget racer it could’ve been.
Table Top Racing is actually a sequel to a mobile game that obviously takes ‘inspiration’ from toys like Penny Racers and Micro Machines from the 80s, along with Mario Kart. The goal is to drive cute looking toy cars around different tracks such as in a kitchen, a workshop, a deck and more as you collect weapons and power-ups to get ahead in the race and win money to upgrade your ride as well as purchase new ones. You’ll find all sorts of crazy tools at your disposal while playing, from a freeze gun that locks up cars, the tried and true speed boost, and even the usual bombs and missiles to knock opponents out of the way.
The sad thing about the races are that they feel a bit slow no matter what car you pick or how much you upgrade it. I get that they’re toy cars, but even real ones go faster than the ones featured here. Speaking of upgrades, there’s a lot of parts you can tinker with to increase speed and handling, change the color of your vehicle and more with the prize money you gain from each race. There’s a few different modes to check out such career mode where you race to win the championship, and other special modes like time trials where you race to get the best time on the tracks, battle rallies where it’s all out mayhem with your weapons, and others that will test your skills.
Of course, what’s a racing game without online multiplayer, which works well on this game. The best thing I liked about the game are the visuals and audio, as I dig the cute but cool looking rides and the sweet tunes on here that feature plenty of thumping beats to get you fired up.
If only this one had a bit more polish, Table Top Racing: World Tour could’ve been one of the best budget racers out there. But right now, it’s a decent game bogged down by sluggish racing action that quickly becomes repetitive due to really short tracks and races that make you feel like you’re just spinning your wheels. Those willing to look past this, or those looking to have something to play with younger speed fans, might get their racing kicks here. Most players, however, will want to rev their engines somewhere else.