Summary: A unique twist on handheld racing games, Pocket Racers redefines the term "road rage" by offering players the chance to drive for their soul against a powerful evil adversary in detailed racing environments, either solo or with friends.
Excerpt: A let-down in almost every category, Pocket Racers manages to be especially disappointing in its front-end presentation. The opening movie for Pocket Racers is downright strange. A big truck pulls up outside a house where a party is going on. A phantom figure starts loading cars onto the truck. Then a weird character transforms the people in the house into cars. It's like an episode of Scooby Doo without the funny parts... Who dunnit? Who cares.
Excerpt: Konami is a very hit or miss publisher. There rarely is any middle room with their games. Either they are good or bad. You have excellent, industry-leading franchises like Metal Gear, Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, Winning Eleven and Gradius. Then you have games like last year's Nintendo DS flop (also a racing game) Dragon Booster, King Arthur, Karaoke Revolution, practically every Frogger and now Pocket Racers.
Excerpt: If you hear the name "Pocket Racers", the first thing that comes
to your mind is most likely "Micro Machines clone." For the most part,
this game is pretty much just that, a game following the footsteps of
toy racer games that came before it. Micro Machines, Hot Wheels, and
now Pocket Racer. So what does this game do to make itself stand out
from the glut of other mini-sized racers on the market?
Excerpt: Every now and again a game comes along that changes all the rules and challenges all conventions. This game is the complete and utter opposite of that. However, it’s not completely bad — just mostly. Coming straight from the pages of classics such as Monster in My Pocket and Micro Machines , this game is betting that everything is cooler when it’s tiny. And while it does a few things differently, it all feels very familiar in so many ways.
Conclusion: The ropey plot thinly disguises a blatant clone of a classic racing game. It’s so obviously a Micro Machines rip off that it’s just insulting. So whilst Pocket Racers is not entirely terrible, there’s really no reason to buy it over Micro Machines.