Right from the get-go, TTR World Tour’s title screen is a foreshadowing of the fun you are to have with the title. It features a flashy, miniature car and some electrifying but fun songs to get you pumped up to race. A brief tutorial will show you the ropes, allowing you to get a feel of how these Hot-Wheel sized cars are going to handle, as well as allowing you to test out their combat capabilities. After that, you are free to do as you please. There are three modes of play, with the first being Championships. These are your standard career paths that many games in the genre feature, allowing you to climb the ranks, get money, and improve your cars and add to your garages collection. There are three tiers (amateur, pro, and expert), each of which feature select cars that can be used within them. Each tier has a set amount of races for you to place top three in before competing in the actual championship, which you must also place top three in to unlock the next set of events. A variety of races can be found here, ranging from standard circuit races, eliminations, time trials, and even drift events. As you progress through the ranks, the difficulty will increase and your skills will most certainly by challenged. If you like a challenge, you most certainly will be a fan of the games second main offering which is “Special Events.” Here you take part in specialty races that feature specific rules and restrictions. A lot of these are challenging and allow you to gradually earn new events by way of leveling up. This makes the experience system have a reason behind it and gives players the chance to effectively earn new pieces of the game.
But enough about the very minor setbacks, let’s get back to what makes TTR so good. One of the shining forces of the game is its character. TTR has lots of charm, and you will see it in every inch of its eight courses. While eight may seem like not a lot, there are various versions of each track, amounting to an actual count of 32 tracks when taking that into consideration. It is awesome to see these different tracks in multiple ways. Some of my favorites were the yacht, which featured knock of fancy brands of real life delicacies, as well as the Yo Sushi level which is themed after a real life U.K. food chain. This level is probably the most detailed, with vibrant T.V. screens in the background, sushi littering the polished granite counter top, and even sushi transporting conveyer belts that will give you a small boost. I absolutely adore the levels and all the little secrets they hold.
Table Top Racing World Tour offers a fantastic experience for fans of the genre. It is most definitely deeper than the typical game in the genre would be, offering a surprising amount of variety. This variety is backed by mostly solid controls and just an overall fun vibe. The game looks great, and sounds even better, boasting an over twenty song track set list that offers some great electronic and dub step like beats that are absolutely fitting for the overall scope. There is not much to complain about, but so much to compliment when it comes to Table Top Racing. As the genre becomes older, it is fantastic to see a game like this stick to the roots while embracing a modern look, sense of depth, and overall approach.
Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8.5/10
+Lots of Variety
-Lack of Local Multiplayer
-Some minor technical issues