Table Top Racing

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Table Top Racing Review

There are plenty of racing games for the iPhone and iPad, covering the gamut between racing sim, street racing, and sci-fi. The recent release of the disappointing Dreamcast port, ReVolt, reminded us that there’s not much in the way of toy and RC racing games. Thankfully, Table Top Racing takes care of this problem quite handily. It’s a lot like ReVolt in terms of the taking arcade racing and shrinking it down, but the game is much more polished and playable.

Table Top Racing lets players choose from (and unlock) an eclectic collection of Matchbox- like cars– ranging from ice cream trucks to racing cars– and race them all around the house. Starting in the kitchen, racers will zoom through an array of familiar environments that might be mundane for a full-size person, but offer tons of great obstacles when playing as a tiny car. Unlike most racing games that strive to attain console-style gaming on a touch screen, Table Top Racing comes from some impressive PlayStation pedigree–its development team actually includes members who helped create the WipEout series.


The result is a surprisingly excellent arcade racer that plays well and offers plenty of variety. There are 10 upgradeable cars to play with on eight tracks set all over the house. The game features four championships to conquer in addition to over 30 special events and achievements to unlock. There are also six different game play modes– ranging from time trials to weapon-based racing variants. Power-ups are another feature in the game and include speed boosts, rockets and grenades, EMP blasts, and other fun toys.

As usual for an iPad and iPhone racer, acceleration and braking are automatic and steering is controlled by either tapping the left and right side of the screen or using gyro controls. We preferred the touch controls, but the game is responsive either way. If there’s a noteworthy flaw here, it’s that the game doesn’t quite feel as fast as we’d like. The frame rate is rock solid, however, and the graphics are excellent as well. Cars and tracks have plenty of detail and the audio is excellent.


The other major selling point for Table Top Racing is the inclusion of four-player online races. Matching games through Game Center, TTR proved generally stable and terrific fun when playing with others online. We did encounter some occasional lag and jumpiness, but not enough to ruin the experience.

Without a doubt, Table Top Racing is one of the most polished and entertaining arcade racers in the App Store. With its great variety and mix of single and multiplayer game modes, it’s an incredibly well-rounded release that’s recommendable for casual and hardcore driving fans. Playing with tiny cars on the go has never been so much fun.

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Game of the Month, February 2013: Table Top Racing

February turned out to be a pretty slow month for Must Have games here at Slide To Play. Still, we handed out Must Have scores to five titles, and one of them stands above the rest. It’s a racing game that may not take place on a large scale, but it packs all the fun and excitement of a great kart racer and shrinks it down to the size of Micro Machines. Our Game of the Month for February 2013 is Table Top Racing, by Playrise Digital.

Table Top Racing is a kart racer (think Mario Kart), but instead of transporting you to a faraway land like the Mushroom Kingdom, the game takes place in common household environments like counter tops and garage workbenches. It’s a clever idea that makes each track seem familiar yet new and exciting.

The small scale isn’t the only thing that makes Table Top Racing stand out. It also packs an array of crazy vehicles to drive, eight colorful tracks, and six game modes– all of which you have to master to motor through the campaign. And when you’re ready to take your skills to the real world, you can compete in online races through Game Center with friends or random opponents. It all adds up to a killer package, and our favorite game released in February.

Another great game to land on the App Store in February is Little Inferno, a port of a Wii U downloadable game from the Experimental Gameplay Group, who also made World of Goo. Little Inferno is a bizarre and creative title that takes place in a cold post-apocalyptic world. The gameplay consists of thumbing through catalogs and ordering things like dolls, magnets, and batteries. When these items arrive, you toss them into the fireplace. Combining items as they burn earns you combos and extra money, with which you purchase more items to burn. Then letters start to arrive, and the storyline starts to fall into place. Little Inferno is a fun game that actually has something to say.

Congratulations to Playrise Digital, the makers of Table Top Racing, and the Experimental Gameplay Group, the company behind Little Inferno, for bringing us our favorite games this month! Meanwhile, you should also check out these other Must Have iOS games that we reviewed in February: Puzzle Retreat, Dungelot, and Roar Rampage.