Xbox One | 360 | XBLA  PS4 | PS3 | PSN  Wii U | VC    3DS  PS Vita  iOS    PC    Retro    

  » news
  » reviews
  » previews
  » cheat codes
  » release dates
  » screenshots
  » videos

  » specials
  » interviews

  » facebook
  » twitter
  » contests

  » games list
  » franchises
  » companies
  » genres
  » staff

Which holiday game will you play the most?

Halo 5 Guardians
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection
Fallout 4
Assassins Creed Syndicate

Game Profile
Encore Software
King Of The Jungle
GENRE: Racing
PLAYERS:   1-4
September 30, 2003
Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder

 Written by Kyle Williams  on December 02, 2003

Full Review: Racing has never seen this approach before...

There isn't a lot of unexplored territory in racing videogames. Powerhouses like Gran Turismo and Mario Kart have locked up the top spots in most game libraries. So, what does it take for a newcomer to earn a spot amongst the greats? A unique twist, that's what. Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder offers just that with the first slot car racing video game to grace game consoles. What is unique about slot car racing is that, by placing cars on energized tracks, the emphasis is taken off of cornering and handling and is placed on effective acceleration and use of power-ups.

Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder starts off on the right foot by mixing some of the best elements of the top racing and top kart racing titles. There are tons of unlockable cars and tracks and there are oodles of in-race power-ups to collect. The game is effectively difficult and, with everything unlocked, there is a great variety that will satisfy even fickle game players. The game is fun to play in short bursts, especially against three friends. The best part is that the game only gets better as you unlock more items.

Unfortunately, everything that works in Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder is counteracted by the fact that the gameplay gets repetitive. This is due, in part, to the fact that mastering any given race track is simply a matter of memorizing the placement of obstacles and power-ups which is accomplished by running the same track over and over again. To compound this, you have to perform almost flawlessly to unlock additional tracks and cars. The end result is having to invest time mastering every track before you can unlock the next one, a double edged sword considering the repetitiveness. Never has there been a game that I've both wanted to play and not wanted to play at the same time.

Bottom Line
Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder is a great budget title that succeeds in many key areas. At it's heart, Grooverider is fun to play and encourages you to play with a couple of friends. Unfortunately, repetitive gameplay bogs down the fun factor and makes it difficult to keep your game playing motivation going. The final verdict is mixed but, if you have patience, Grooverider is great for someone looking for a change of racing pace.

User Comments

Best PS4 Black Friday deals for Sony console bundles

PlayStation Plus December 2015 Games Revealed by Sony

Minecraft: Story Mode Episode Now Available From Telltale Games

Wear the Fallout 4 Vault 111 Suit in Rock Band 4 With a New Title Update

WWE 2K16 New Moves Pack DLC Now Available from 2K Sports

Just Cause 3 Engine Dev Diary Released by Square Enix

Games With Gold December 2015 Titles Revealed for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Review - Treyarch’s latest offering should please fans no matter how they like to play the Call of Duty franchise

Gears of War Franchise Backwards Compatible Codes Being Sent Out

Beyond: Two Souls Arriving On PS4 PSN Store Beginning Next Week

Home    •    About Us    •    Contact Us    •    Advertise    •    Jobs    •    Privacy Policy    •    Site Map
Copyright ©1999-2012 Matt Swider. All rights reserved. Site Programming copyright © 2004 Bill Nelepovitz - NeositeCMS