While Rally Racers isn’t anything new, it does combine everything you want in a budget family racer. Speed, pick-ups to hurl, ramps to shoot off and tricks to perform – even ramming into boxes of crates, Rally Racers offers the lot. Oh and don’t forget those giant…oranges?!
Rally Racers is not the best cartoon racer I’ve played nor is it the worst. Sitting somewhere in the middle, West Coast Games colourful cartoon caper has its moments of delivering something promising, and it does this by incorporating objectives that earn gold coins. Smash through a certain amount of oranges, perform basic stunts or reach the chequered flag, all need to be accomplished to move up the progression path. Each objective can be earned separately, so if you’ve pimped up your whacky racer enough, doing all three can be blagged in one go.
You don’t need to get involved in the story as it’s about as wacky as the racing. Your brother has turned to the darkside and entrusted his evil gang of henchmen to emulate you. During these lap battles it’s full of very familiar features. You’ll find yourself way up front only to be flattened my something hurled at you from behind. You’ll slap bang into a rock and respawn seconds later as the perusing pack of hungry hounds sail past. The list goes on. Helping regain your position are boosts in the form of Jerry Cans. But one sure fire way to make up lost time is acquiring the Rocket Pack of course. Word of warning though, stick to the track as sloppy drivers get crucified in Rally Racers. Also try and avoid the use of reversing – it’s a confusing feature to say the least. Ouch!
A neat little touch that the developers have added is that it’s not just you racing in your car, you have company. A co-pilot screaming pace notes? No. Here you have a sheep. Well to be precise you have a choice of different livestock, all with the idea that each different cartoon creature brings an extra ability to help you in the race. Whether this feature makes a whole world of difference I’m not too sure.
Repeating races is the way to amass credits. As there is a healthy upgrade system in place, coins can be spent on different cars, performance, new drivers, and the previously mentioned hairy passengers. But is this enough to make you invest heaps of precious spare time into Rally Racers? Well it’s an ok jump in and play game, but it won’t satisfy the more serious petrolhead. Its cute, childish look and budget price does however make an attractive offer for a family purchase or the younger Switch addict, which I’m sure the developers are aiming for. West Coast Games have also confirmed there is to be some DLC coming later this year. Broom, Broom!
Rally Racers is a colourful bash of weapons, wacky four-wheeled vehicles and sheep. For the price you can’t moan too much, just don’t expect a rally classic.
Lizard Rating: 6/10