WHEN I was a kid the best thing to own was a Scalextric racing game.
I would spend hours watching my cars spin off on the corners narrowly missing the cat and picking fluff from the contact brushes.
I loved banking the track up the settee and watching the cars struggling to get up and over. Those were memorable days, until the cat had his revenge and relieved himself on the track - it never ran the same after that.
Scalextric is still around and has a wide following but what do you do when you haven’t the space (or the patience) to set up the track?
Well of course you get a racing console game, but where do you get that same sort of thrill? Forza 4, DiRT 3 and F1 are all well and good, but they are more simulators.
Well look no longer my friends because Digital Reality and Playbox have come up with the answer - Bang Bang Racing, a top down view racing game that is quirky, fun and a great homage to all those classic racing games like Super Sprint and RC PRO–AM.
It’s been out on Android for a while now as Bang Bang Racing THD and now it finally comes to XBLA®, PSN® and Windows®.
With four different race car classes, N-Dura, Evo GT Protech and Apex there’s plenty of variety including 20 cars, different liveries and nine courses with more than 50 different configurations.
With a nice split screen multiplayer option, Bang Bang Racing is a barrel load of fun.
The objective of the game is pretty simple - just finish first! Easier said than done, because this racer is not that easy.
It’s an adrenaline-fuelled race to the line and with plenty of action including exploding barrels and serious twists and turns, the controls are straight forward.
The right and left trigger operate the gas and brake and the A button operates the turbo, which does replenish as you go along.
Talking of the turbo, you can only use this in short bursts so learn to use it wisely. The steering is done with the left stick and takes a few goes to get used to.
Bang Bang Racing might look like a push over but you have to really put some effort in if you want to win. Getting in first place is easy, staying there is the problem.
The AI cars are totally unforgiving and you really have to concentrate if you want that podium spot.
The more you crash, the more damage you do and the slower your car goes.
This can be sorted easily enough with a quick run through the pit area, but remembering to do it in the middle of an hectic final lap is not quite so easy.
The graphics are great and the whole game has a fun look to it. It reminds me of Micro Machines from a few years ago.
Bang Bang Racing for me is brilliant racing game, full of fun and excitement. Even as a single player game it does the job, it’s just a pity that it hasn’t got any online play.
The multiplayer is also fun but a little hit and miss, but still fun on a wet afternoon (of which there have been plenty lately).
I give Bang Band Racing 8 out of 10 because it is a fun game and worth the money, with just the lack of online play letting it down.
Developer: Playbox, Digital Reality
Publisher: Digital Reality
Release Date: June 6, 2012