STAFF REVIEW of Super Toy Cars Offroad (Xbox One)

Monday, March 14, 2022.
by Heather Webster

Super Toy Cars Offroad Box art On your marks, ready... Get set... Go! It’s time for oversized adventures in tiny, shrunken offroad cars. In this arcade-style game, you race against opponents on tracks with all kinds of conditions, from sand and dirt to snow and other conditions. Super Toy Cars Offroad gives us fifteen different tracks and twenty or so different vehicles to choose from. You may choose from ATVs, trucks and even drift cars. It’s up to you to find the car that best fits your driving style to suit the course conditions.

Once you load up Super Toy Cars Offroad, you’re shown you get a simple menu with a few options to choose from. You have your standard Quick Race mode where you choose from the available options for racing that the game has. You can choose to race against the CPU or with a second player for some split-screen action should you wish.

In this offroad adventure you will race against other opponents to be the first across the finish line. Most of the rules are not unlike other racing games. With powerup orbs you can destroy your opponents and find not so hidden shortcuts. The challenge in Super Toy Cars Offroad seems to be staying on course and not being trapped under oversized debris. If this isn’t quite challenging enough for you there are also elimination events. These events are similar to regular races with the exception that the goal is to be the last car standing. Every few seconds the player in last place will be eliminated. If this still isn’t challenging enough for you there are also DEATH RACES! Much like the elimination races, the Death Races work like normal but with powerups and a certain number of laps to be completed. The exception here is that if an opponent destroys your vehicle the race is over for you and you're out.

Not quite happy with how a car performs? Just tweak it! Vehicle specs can be tweaked to adjust your driving performance as well as overall aesthetics. In addition to tweaking the specs of your vehicle, some levels have a big golden wrench that you can obtain and use to upgrade your vehicle.

One of the ways this indie game is made better is because of the split-screen inclusion that allows you to play local multiplayer. Because Super Toy Cars Offroad is an arcade-style racer with aspects that remind me of Mario kart, this makes it more of a great game to play with the kid in your life. If you have multiple kids then Super Toy Cars Offroad could be a great tool to teach sharing while waiting their turn.

The graphics in Super Toy Cars Offroad are rather aesthetically pleasing for a racing game of this level, even if basic. I thoroughly enjoy the fact that the cars are smaller than the environment and the obstacles are enlarged. Maybe this is what it would feel like to be in the backyard of Honey I Shrunk the Kids movies from back in the day, but with today's production skills.

The soundtrack the developers chose to use really amps up the game to the point that I would enjoy listening to it when not playing the game. I did a little research and if you share this feeling after playing, one of the developers actually has shared that you can download the soundtrack for free from their Bandcamp on The Spin Wires [] which is a great offering.

While I am always a fan of racing games in general, and while super toy cars off-road is a lot of fun to play, the wow-factor kind of missed the mark a bit. I found there was not a general feeling for me that I NEED to play this game forever or very long, but more of a 'hey this is fun in a play with your nephews intro to racing games'.

With the mainstream race-type choices and cool car selection, I don't think Super Toy Cars Offroad is a total bust, but it's not quite making me fall off my chair with excitement either. Some say Super Toy Cars Offroad is a great and fun little race game with challenges, but I didn't find it overly challenging. Buckle your tiny seatbelt and give it a try, if you don't agree with me that's fine too. See you on the tracks.

**Super Toy Cars Offroad was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

Overall: 6.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.5 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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