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Our overall verdict "gold"

Mantis Burn Racing first appeared on PlayStation 4 in 2016. It turned heads. UK magicians VooFoo honed down the top down racer genre and delivered an impressive slick and solid ride. Now with the release of Nintendo Switch, Mantis Burn Racing gets to shine on a new console.

Mantis Burn Racing is a top down racer; think dusty tracks, tight racing and insane drifts. This racer has a lot to offer. The main single player mode rolls out a well-constructed path of destruction and exhilarating races. Overtaking opponents while power sliding round corners feels super good here. Whether you’re playing on the go or even better with the Pro Controller, everything connects to bring a whopping great smile to your face. It really is a responsive and beautiful ride.

Tracks are detailed, with shortcuts to work out. Taking out rows of wooden fencing and debris helps find those precious shortcuts that wipe seconds off your time and help to rack up XP.

Helping you stay ahead is a single burst of speed, but this depletes quickly and can’t be relied on to win races. Tracks come with intricate turns, corners and the odd obstacle. Smack into a wall or take a corner too wide and you’ll see the faltering pack swiftly overtake you. Make no mistake, you’ll pay for your mistakes here. Mantis Burn Racing wants you to learn each track thoroughly in order to gain the game’s reward features. Instead of race wins being rewarded with standard silverware however, Mantis Burn Racing features Gears. Each race has a number of Gears to win. On top of that, different classes of vehicles open up and give the chance to sling faster cars around each track. Some vehicles are light and have the weight of a Tupperware box, while others feel heavy and sturdy, which turns out the be pretty handy for barging through the pack and sending your rivals off the track. There’s a lot of fun to be had mastering each type of vehicle and also upgrading each one. More fun is offered in the form of multiplayer, with a 4-player local split-screen race, and also extensive online modes for up to 8 players too.

Anything half decent on the Switch seems to have a hefty price tag, but this one is definitely an exception to that rule. Considering all the content and the love that’s been put into this game, not to mention the lengthy career mode, VooFoo have brought a killer racing game to Nintendo Switch for peanuts.

Conclusion

Once you’ve got the last moon in Mario Odyssey, smashed through MK8, and poured your love into Zelda, Mantis Burn Racing is your next essential purchase on Switch. It’s up there with the ‘big three’. Another class act from VooFoo; well, you wouldn’t have expected anything less, would you? Tight racing, beautifully laid out tracks and addictive gameplay, Mantis Burn Racing is the best racing experience on Switch. Fantastic.

Lizard Rating 9/10

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Blondlizard

Blondlizard is from London, England. His love of gaming continued onto the Sega Mega Drive, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, PlayStation 1,2,3 and 4, PSP and PS Vita. Blondlizard loves his racing games and is yet to play a RPG, but tells us he is willing to change.