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Studio Playrise Digital has recently launched a clever new micro-scaled racing game for Apple's App Store, called Table Top Racing ($2.99). As the name indicates, the basic theme for the iPhone and iPad app is that of a kid staging imaginative "races" with toy cars – all along the surfaces of handy, obstacle-dotted table tops. After spending a few days with Table Top Racing, here's what we thought.

Play Notes
  • The overall look and feel of the game is chunky, charming and easy to understand. Menus are simple and streamlined, and designed so that you're pretty much always just one step away from your garage, where all of the important car selecting and tuning happens. The graphics are bright, clear and clean, though hardly cutting edge in the ever-more sophisticated world of tablet/smart phone gaming.
  • Racing action is very simple to catch on to. Races happen in a few different formats, but basically this is a Mario Kart-lite experience. Drive wacky cars, fire weapons or set traps along the track, try to survive the race and finish in first place.
  • Steering is accomplished by way of right/left buttons on the extreme sides of the screen. We played Table Top Racing exclusively on the iPad for this test, and found the steering buttons to be a bit on the small side. It's too easy to "miss" the button zone and then miss your turn as a result. Don't expect your Micro Machine-style racer to handle with realistic physics, either. This wasn't our expectation, and the driving is perfectly satisfying for a game of this type with such stylized handling.
  • Difficulty feels spot-on in this app. It's easy enough to get started and win a few races off the bat, and earning enough money to keep your racer competitive isn't too challenging in the early going. By the later Championships, the going is reasonably tougher. Of course, TTR allows for you to make purchases of in-game coins using real money, too, so you can buy your way into the top-spec cars whenever you get too frustrated.
  • With all of that said, we would def finitely consider this to be an "all-ages" app. Kids should have no problem with the straightforward controls; adults will find even the enough variation in difficulty to make this enjoyable.
  • At $2.99, this feels like a good buy from the App Store. If our weekend's worth of testing is any indication, you'll spend 10 hours or more just working through the Championships, and a few more than that completing every race and buying every vehicle. This is a really good choice if you've got a few long flights, train rides, etc. staring you down, with nothing to while away the time.
In addition to our full-length reviews of big-name console racing games, we thought it would be useful to publish brief Quick Play reviews of interesting new racing titles. If you've got a tip about a new racing, driving or otherwise automotive-themed game for us, or if you're a developer with a new game for us to review, feel free to email me at seyth dot miersma at autoblog dot com.


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      benzaholic
      • 2 Years Ago
      The post feels too much like astroturfing. Unless posted as a comparative review of half a dozen or more similar games, please avoid posting happy little app reviews like this.
      Rukh
      • 2 Years Ago
      This reminds me so much of the NES Micro Machines game that I used to love as a kid.
      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't take any app or company seriously when they don't support Android. Android dominates the market NOT Apple. That's a fact not an opinion. Google market share if you don't believe me.
      chest rockwell
      • 2 Years Ago
      This whole article sounds and feels like an advertisement. I realize that AB does a lot about video games, but this one just reeks of trying to get my $2.99.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somehow when I saw this link on Autoblog I instantly knew it would be a plug for an Apple-exclusive title. I gotta find me another car site.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        I'd love to get into Android reviews, too. Since we just started this, I'm using all of my own hardware; for mobile stuff that means I'm currently Apple limited. As we ramp up to do more, we'll get other platforms involved. Thanks for the feedback.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Some of us are already covering all transportation games (free and price drops only) including apps before Autoblog thought about doing it. Boring car news seems to work for them as opposed to trying to do it all. Wont last long.
      Nick Burcombe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thanks Autoblog for covering our game! Android fans we hope to bring you TTR later in the year. We're a very small dev team and exposure like this is critical for us - Thanks from all of us Playrise Digital.
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you want a challenging FREE racing game, try off road legends. Its on android and ios...fun game
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Maranello
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sounds like your talking about (or almost) my childhood N64 game, Revolt.
      Sam Brace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Table Top Racing for Android is out today! Download it from the Google Play Store for FREE here - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playrisedigital.ttr&hl=en
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey All, Thanks for the comments. Yeah, it feels a little weird for me, too, to have just "one random" app game review out there. Of course, the goal here is to do it more regularly, with the coolest driving/racing stuff we can find, and also to have a shorter form review so we can simply cover more games. That's one of the reasons I wanted the note at the end, to start to develop a new "tip line" for upcoming/new games we might not be hip to. Hopefully these will make more sense as we add context with a greater number of Quick Play reviews. Thanks again for reading, and for the feedback!
        chest rockwell
        • 2 Years Ago
        Fair enough. Respect for commenting on the intentions. As a blog, I'm all for lots if content during the day - even if not everything is interesting to me. Thanks Seyth.
      Nick Burcombe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's the promo video too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5mbgdPqAj4
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