Excerpt: I can see Trackmania DS becoming an instant classic in the year of our Lord 2009. What makes Trackmania DS so interesting to us at Family Friendly Gaming is Atlus is not known for this kind of a video game. So I did a double take to make sure I had the publisher right. Sure enough it is Atlus, and this is very encouraging. It is great to see a publisher like them spread their wings, and actively fly towards families.
Conclusion: Concept: Bring the popular PC racing franchise to DS
Graphics: Simple, yet surprisingly smooth
Sound: Zippy engine noise mixed with Euro techno
Playability: Racing controls smoothly. The same cannot be said for the track editor
Entertainment: You'll be fine if you focus on the racing mode
Replay: Moderately High
Conclusion: So, yes, while Trackmania's much-loved online gameplay isn't available here, local multiplayer is at least an option. Stadium races can be shared between friends via single cart download play, or up to four players that all own copies of the game can compete in the full roster of courses and multiplayer game types. Where you'll probably end up spending most of your time, however, will be in the single player mode.
Ingenious, compelling race game lets you build racetracks.
Common Sense Media
8 May 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that even though the "E" rating suggests the game is fine for young players, the construction of the tracks requires some sophistication that younger players won't have. Kids as young as age 4 can race, but to appreciate the full benefit of what this game has to offer, it is best played by kids 6-up.
Excerpt: Trackmania has gained quite a following on the PC over the last few years. Releasing the brilliant Trackmania Nations for free helped a lot, but the fun arcade racing with an emphasis on time trials had a lot to do with it. There's also a big community of track designers, so you're never short of new content. In theory, the game seemed like a great fit for the DS.
Summary: Trackmania is hit or miss for me. The standard arcade racing is simple, if shallow, fun. The platform levels are a unique attempt to do something different, requiring you to navigate tricky tracks filled with sky-high jumps and fifty-foot potholes, these levels' cheap ''deaths'' are little too frustrating. The puzzle bits allows you to assemble uncompleted tracks and make race courses with a limited toolset.