Game review by Steve Cullum
Game – TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition
Version – Wii U
Rating – E for Everyone
Original MSRP – $7.99 (eShop)
Obtained – Review Copy from keen games
Does the idea of racing tiny cars, trucks, and ducks around a track excite you? What if you added in explosives, guns, and other weapons? That is just what TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition brings in its Wii U debut. Is it worth a download? Let’s find out.
Story and Plot
TNT Racers has a complicated storyline. Are you ready for it? You drive a vehicle around a track, try to speed past your opponents, while using weapons and trying to not get blown up yourself. Okay, maybe I was being a bit facetious when I said it was complicated. Honestly, there is no need for a storyline, and I was very glad to see that the developers did not feel a need to throw one in just for kicks. Pick a vehicle, race it, and repeat. That’s all you need.
One difference with TNT Racers versus other racing games is that everyone shares the same screen. You do not get your own quadrant of the TV. This means that if you slack off and fall behind, you will either be eliminated or turned into a ghost racer. So, you must stay with the pack or lead if you want to stand a chance at winning.
Gameplay and Controls
Gameplay is rather simple, too. There are a number of different types of races. Some have you scoring more points than your opponents in a given time, while others have you eliminating your opponents one by one. In the end, though, the goal is to be at the top when each race ends. You can go through each race and mode one by one, you can head into a pre-arranged tournament, or you can customize your race by picking the rules and location. Even though there seem to be several modes, though, you might feel as if you are doing the same thing each time, because you kind of are. There is, unfortunately, no online multiplayer, which would have been a great addition. Local multiplayer is nice, however, but it all feels the same as single-player. Instead of racing against all CPU’s, you have one to three human players also in the mix. No matter what, though, there are always four racers, unless you are doing a time-trial to compete on the online leaderboard.
Controls are yet another area of simplicity in TNT Racers. For single-player, you use the Wii U GamePad. You may play on either the TV or GamePad screen, which is nice. In fact, I often found myself playing “off-TV” for the convenience factor. In multiplayer, you can grab a Wii Remote or Pro Controller, which also works well. Personally, I liked the Pro Controller, though, for the analog stick steering. Use one button to accelerate, use the stick to steer, and use a shoulder button to fire your weapon. There is a brake button, but let’s be honest, no one uses a brake!
Graphics and Sound
Would you like to know another area of simplicity in TNT Racers? You would? Well, if you guessed it comes in the area of graphics, you would be wrong. The game has great detail in its cartoon-like courses. In fact, the only downside is that you are often focused so much on the game, in order to not fall behind, that you miss the gorgeous scenery.
If you guessed that other area of simplicity is in the music and sound department, you would be correct. There are a few recycled tunes that play quite often. In fact, you might find yourself wanting to mute the game or play your own music instead of hearing the same song over and over. The sound effects are adequate, but they are nothing too overwhelming.
Final Score: 6 out of 10
TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition is a fun racer for Wii U, but it is not for everyone. While its simplicity is nice in some areas, other areas demand more detail and complexity. While you will probably have more fun with a game like Mario Kart, if TNT Racers ever has a free demo, you should at least try it out. For most, it will be forgotten. For a few, though, it may be exactly what they have been wanting.
Pros and Cons
+ Innovative to the racing genre.
+ Simple controls.
+ Online leaderboards.
+ No story.
+ Beautiful graphics.
– Repetitive music.
– No online multiplayer.
– This style of racing game may annoy many players.
– Different modes were not that different from each other.
FIRST 3 TUTORIALS (recorded by me via AVerMedia Game Capture HD II)