Table Top Racing finally drives on to Switch and is a welcome addition to the console’s racing line-up, bringing Micro Machines style gameplay to the console.
Created by Nick Burcombe. who was partly responsible for the legendary Wipeout, Table Top Racing first hit consoles back in 2014 on PS Vita, with a full home console release not far behind. The World Tour edition landed on PS4 and Xbox and has now come to Switch.
Fuelling the need for a Micro Machines successor, the game will feel familiar to those who grew up with 90s consoles like the Megadrive where Codemasters diminutive cars provided frantic races around kitchen tables, playrooms and even outside in the garden. That said, it eschews the top down approach for a more modern ‘behind the car’ camera and the tracks are far more detailed than before.
The Nitro Edition on Switch comes with all the tracks from the main game and DLC and it provides a lot of content for your money. With three different stages of car to unlock, from the slower Cult Classics to the Street Racers and finally the superfast Supercars and 8 different areas to race on with 4 tracks each, making 32 tracks in total, there’s a wealth of content to unlock. Add to this the different modes; a standard race, battle, the nail biting eliminator, pursuit mode, overtake racing, timed hot lap, arcade style checkpoint race and a single car time trial.
Buying cars requires cash and you earn this through racing and by finding coins that are dotted around the tracks. This provides the reason for replaying races as well as improving your position. The one niggle here is the occasional difficulty spikes that may put younger or less experienced racers off, but making it through these will give you money for new cars and more reason to continue.
In addition to racing there are, of course, weapons to pick up. Like most modern kart racers these range from missiles to those that make cars behind skid (this time ice is used) and follow the standard pick up and use approach. Nothing new but certainly welcome.
Another great feature is the split screen multiplayer, which works well on a single TV. It’s great fun to play against friends while sat around with a single Switch. Handheld mode also works well while keeping the action running smoothly at 60fps without much impact to graphics (it runs at 720p in handheld, opposed to 1080p docked).
Table Top Racing World Tour is a solid arcade racer that tries to bring some of the fun of old table top racing games back while providing a few new features. Only the price point stands in the way here, this being mostly the same game as the one released a few years ago on other consoles.