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Little Racers
Developed by Milkstone Studios
Released on March 26th 2009
Sold on XBLIG for 240 MSP
Review details
Reviewed on March 15th 2011 by Martin Caine
First impressions
The box art for Little Racers is one of the few that actually shows some real gameplay footage. Not only that but it's a nice looking and immediately lets you know what the game is going to be like. Upon loading the game you're prompted to choose storage device, personally I prefer to do this after the 'press Start` screen but it doesn't matter to most people. The intro screens are well designed and the intro music is nice which makes for a good first impression.
Trial experience
After opting for quick race and a well thought out player sign-in screen you're immediately dropped onto the starting grid and about to race! The track it has chosen is a pretty simple one with few turns and I quickly outpace my AI opponents and win the race. This just shows that a lot of thought has been put in to Little Racers as the controls were very easy to pick up and I was drifting round corners and pretty much going full blast all the way round. Great so far!

Now I think I'll try a championship, after selecting the option you're presented with a number of options for changing the way the championship plays, the options cover pretty much everything you'd want to vary the gameplay. Next you get to select your car and customize it. There's a lot of unused space on this screen but I assume that's for the other 3 players you could potentially be playing with, so not too bad.

On to the race, and again it's pretty easy to win and I take the lead in the championship! The next race is a completely different situation, I keep going off-track and missing corners and end up not even completing the race! The track has much thinner roads and tighter corners and goes to show the variety the game has. You can't expect to use the same driving style on every track.

On to another race and it's the same one I played in my quick race, so again I win, but hitting the sides a lot less often. I'm already learning how to control the car better and I've only been playing for a few minutes. I quickly win the race and the trial ends.
Overall thoughts
Little Racers is a great little top down racing game. It feels a lot like the old 16-bit era racing games and I love that about the game.

The cars seem fast and easy to drive while still allowing you to drift wide round corners and do equally sharp turns almost on the spot. A lot of thought has been put into the way the cars drive and it shows. Collisions with other cars feel solid and applies quite a bit of force from car to car, often shunting one of them away. It's not realistic but it's predictable once you're used to it and the collisions seem very accurate.

The tracks all seem very well designed, great art work and overall track design makes for fun driving while trying to learn your way around the tracks.

The trial experience leaves you wanting to go on playing, and you get a feeling that you could be playing the game for hours on end given the huge number of tracks and options available.
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