By now you would have thought the PlayStation Vita would be washed out with awesome little racers all cueing up on PSN, but sadly not. Well now for us driving fans it’s time to wave your fists in the air as finally we get something to wrap our racing hands around. Table Top Racing slams its mightily tiny motors on table tops and brings a fine banquet of racing content to the handheld.
Table Top Racing looks pretty awesome, which is definitely the first thing to bring a smile to your face. All the cars look like they came from your favourite toy box, ranging from shiny, tiny detailed ice cream vans to pimped up muscle and sports cars. The second childlike grin comes from the delightful table mess constructed in a way that creates your racing track. Races take place on tables and work surfaces as you would have guessed; whether it be a handy man’s workshop, a sushi lover’s paradise, or a kid’s play room. No matter what your surroundings, each course comes jam-packed with visual obstacles. When playing the barbecue table, it’s the first time I’ve ever got annoyed by a meat patty. Oh and don’t get me started on that bottle of ketchup. You get the picture.
Table Top Racing offers heaps of content including Championship, Drift Events, Special Events and a showroom full of crazy vehicles which all come with different stats. Early on it’s bumper to bumper as your racing car possesses the speed and acceleration of your Granny’s Hillman Imp. Pick ups line the route, giving you opportunities to grab missiles, speed boosts, EMP’s and other tricks to help you nestle into first place. Races are short, fun and frantic – and just like in Mario Kart, when you’re craving for a banana you get given something totally useless.
Earning coins by placing in the top three lets you upgrade and puts a stop to getting stuck in a rut. The game also includes micro transactions, if you want to take the short cut instead of the scenic route. Without spending real coppers there is a certain amount of grinding involved, but because of the games charm this is a walk in the park.
At times you do forget you’re racing on a table as the tracks don’t throw too many testing corners at you. You’ll rarely see yourself careering off the edge into oblivion – it’s more like smacking into a hammer or ramming into a glockenspiel. If you’re wanting to place on the leaderboards then skill and use of power ups is crucial. Taking the correct racing line and not clipping a lemon is imperative!
After a short burst the lack of depth hits home, but despite the game’s little misfires Table Top Racing is a pocket rocket of a game. It’s also the first time I’ve ever drove past a Big Mac without wanting to stop.
Lizard Rating: 7.5/10