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Excitebots Trick Racing
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: The WMG saw Excitebots Trick Racing for sale on Black Friday, and checked to make sure it had not already been reviewed. For some odd reason Nintendo had quietly released this sequel (of sorts) to Excite Truck. When Family Friendly Gaming does not report on a game, it is always reason for caution. After reading this review, you will know whether or not you should spend your money on this Wii game. The vehicles are part robot, part vehicle, and they look like animals.
Summary: About 10 minutes into this game, I thought Monster Games had taken leave of its senses. Instead of a monster truck, I'm racing a goofy, frog-shaped ersatz Transformer? Two hours later, I was hooked. While it still features the fun, speed, and deforming environments from Excite Truck, the game throws you curveballs at every turn.
Conclusion: Concept: You spend as much time dealing with all the crazy goings on as you do racing. That's a good thing
Graphics: Things haven't changed much from the first game, but I'll take the basic look given all the action onscreen
Sound: I wanted to turn the sound off because the music was so bad, but I couldn't because the gameplay sound effects are useful
Playability: The mid-air spins reveal an inconsistent and underdeveloped trick system, and the cars intentionally feel...
Conclusion: The Wii has a great controller for racing, but so far it hasn't seen too many good racing games. Excite Truck was one exception, and ExciteBots is most certainly another: it's enjoyable, fast, challenging, and delightfully absurd. It's not a perfect game by any stretch, but it's definitely worthy of a place in any racing fan's library.
Excerpt: To get an idea of how much better Excitebots: Trick Racing is than its predecessor, Excite Truck, think about them in terms of children's toys. Trucks are good, wholesome fun, but there's only so much an active imagination can do with them. On the other hand, transforming robot cars are creative and complex on a whole different level. So it is with Excitebots.
Pros: Controls are well-tuned to fit the fast-paced action, Great sense of speed, Bizarre minigames and goofy bots spice things up, Earning stars is addictive and fun, Six-player online races are challenging and lucrative
Cons: Local races limited to two players, Bar spinning is tricky to get the hang of, You'll want more racing locales
High-octane racing game leaves you charmed and breathless.
Common Sense Media
26 July 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that while there is a bit of fantasy violence, it's only of a cartoon nature. Players will whack others to make them crash so that they can get ahead. This game can be played online, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under the age of 12 unless supervised.
Excerpt: Excitebots: Trick Racing is a new title brought to us by the creators of the classic Nintendo game Excite Bike. Excite Bike was one of the first games I owned for my Nintendo and I remember spending countless hours creating my own stunt tracks to put my dirt bikes through. With Excitebots: Trick Racing being released for the Wii, those fond memories came to mind and created quite a bit of nostalgia me.
Excerpt: I’m going to be very honest here – I wasn’t expecting much from ExciteBots when I first received it for review. I didn’t overly enjoy ExciteTruck either since I never really got into it. So, as you could expect, I was skeptical as to how a game made by the same developer in a similar vein was announced and released within such a short time frame. Needless to say, ExciteBots is a brilliant game with some unique twists to the racing genre that really sets it apart.
Excerpt: Without a doubt, fans of Excite Truck will find the unexpectedly announced ExciteBots: Trick Racing to be a thrill ride. The second Excite title in just under three years improves upon its predecessor in most regards with faster gameplay, extraordinary over-the-top tracks, an updated robotic theme, and unique online play.