If you had a Scalextric set as a kid, you’ll understand the appeal of Buzz! Junior Ace Racers. That’s not to say you’ll want to play it, mind you, because this game is pitched quite firmly at the sort of age group that’s only just learnt how to stop dribbling down their chins.
The game gives you a series of minigames to play, in multiplayer bouts against friends or the AI. Mostly made up of racing games – in planes, boats or cars – these are best described as Micro Machines without the steering wheel. That’s because the vehicles remain on invisible rails – you just control their speed with the big red button on the Buzz buzzers, and turbo boost with one of the other four buttons. A few other game types add variety to the racing and, largely, these are quite good. It’s the racing ones that get boring and the stuck-record announcer is annoying too. Not bad for kids.
Nov 14, 2008