Let me say first, I'm a huge fan of Micro Machines (and their speed talking spokesman- remember him?). I collected them like a madman and was even into the playsets and the Star Wars/Trek stuff. It was a great, great, line of toys with a lot of imagination that you don't see too much of anymore.
So how does this all fit in with Little Racers STREET? Basically, I got the same feeling from LRS that I did with Micro Machines all those years ago. It also doesn't hurt that the game has a 'mini' look that would fit right in with those 'mini' toys. It's a really nice look too, I suppose that doesn't hurt either.
In fact, the first thing I noticed when I fired the game up was the graphics. I was honestly expecting something along the lines of a Super Nintendo-esque 16bit look with the subject matter (top down racing), but what developer Milkstone did here is anything but.
The cityscape looks terrific with really well crafted roadways, terrain, and buildings. Likewise, the weather effects are something special. Rain, snow and the like all look appropriately realistic- and they even affect the roadways! Raining? Get ready for some slick driving.
|Nighttime in the city.|
One thing that kept me playing, even through the repeats, was the race lengths. They're short and tight with an emphasis on beating out the pack and overtaking the leader. Even across multiple laps, I never felt like things were dragging on since the courses themselves were compact and well designed.
After you complete a race, you'll head into the garage. From there you can buy more cars, enhance your current ride, and even customize your racer. It's pretty robust for something like an Indie game and impressed me with the sheer ambitiousness of it. If you're looking for something ultra-deep like a Gran Turismo, this isn't it- but for what it is, you're getting a lot for your
|Red lines are like barricades. Don't hit 'em.|
I can't tell you how many times I was sure I was looking at my vehicle only to realize, as I crashed into the wall, that I had lost it. And when you crash, you come to a pretty quick stop. If you glance the retaining wall, it'll just slow you down, but smack into it head on and you're looking at a second or two of non-motion- deadly in a race.
|These cars don't 'do' offroad.|
There is so much to like about Little Racers STREET though, that I almost feel bad about pointing out its negatives. This is a fun racer that is absolutely perfect for either a quick game here and there, or a full fledged play session to advance up the ladder and blow past your rivals. At only 80mspts, this one's almost grand theft auto and is well worth a try.
- Jason M
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