The premise in Beach Buggy Racing is as simple as most kart racers. Race your way to the top, climbing the ranks, upgrading your rides, and unlocking new characters along the way. You start from humble beginnings with simple cars, using your natural skills to start placing in events. Races, Eliminations, and more are present in the lineups. Races and Eliminations are classic, good fun. The balance of the competition is pretty fair, coming off as a decent challenge instead of being heavily favored one way or the other. These events are often hectic and fun when you consider the arsenal of 25 different powerups that you can use, which is a massive list. From heat seeking skull missiles, boxes of chickens, and giant wheels, there are all sorts of wacky items you can pick up. During the race, using these make things both fun as well as frantic, but towards the end is where they can become a real pain. While within seconds of the finish line, you can often expect things to go quite wrong if you are near some of your opponents, which can sometimes be frustrating when you drop from top three to bottom three in an instant.
By far the best feature of the game is its local multiplayer, which lets you and friends race with or without computer opponents. Racing with extra opponents is always the best route to go, and having this multiplayer mode on hand is great for taking on the go. I had a blast racing with my brother-in-law while visiting some family. The sessions are just the right length, and competitive kart racing is always a fun time. Note that there is no online multiplayer features present, which is fine from my perspective, as I honestly do not think I would have dabbled with it.
Beach Buggy Racing is a great, casual game. Nothing beats grabbing a few controllers and going at it on the tracks with some friends. The controls are smooth, the game as a whole is really fun, and there are very little issues with the gameplay. Though not perfect, it is noteworthy, and at about $10 it is a very fun lineup to add to your collection, especially if you are in the same boat as me when it comes to not wanting to buy Mario Kart yet again. Beach Buggy Racing is a very solid kart racer, and if you have the funds, you should definitely make this a beach worth visiting.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review
Final Score: 7.5/10
+Great Local Multiplayer
+Budget Friendly Package
-Poorly Balanced Boss Fights