TNT Racers review

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TNT Racers review

Early on, TNT Racers (the “TNT” is short for “Tracks ’N’ Tricks”) seems best suited for little kids, with its pokey pace and its candy-cannon and confetti-mine pickups. The first 15 solo “challenges” are easy-peasy, sustained only by the tracks’ colorful, cartoonish look. The pace picks up for the remaining 30 events, but once everything’s faster, your handling feels a bit twitchy.

Outrunning opponents ’til they drop off the screen should’ve been fun, but the camera’s swindling behavior is your real nemesis: the damn thing zooms out if you’re in the lead, then zooms close when you aren’t. That means you usually have to outrun the opposition by a whole bunch, while even small distances take you out of contention if you fall behind. Coming back as a ghostly troublemaker to distract the remaining contestants is cold comfort after you’ve been cheated in this way.

The only real reason to try TNT Racers is its four-player online stampedes across nine courses, each with a reverse variant. Simple oil slicks and smoke screens won’t knock your socks off, but at least your fellow humans
can’t cheat.

On Xbox Live Arcade

+ Online races across nine bright environments sprinkled with pick-ups, small jumps, and slight shortcuts.

- Solo challenges swing from tepid and tedious to exasperating.

- Capricious camera is out to get you.

? Why must you pick a control scheme before every race?

5.0

 
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