Pocket Racers review

Like a really bad Micro Machines

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Retro-'80s cover art

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    A lot of cars

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    Laughable story


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    Steep difficulty curve

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    unresponsive controls

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    Useless weapons

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If there's one genre the PSP does well, it’s the racing genre. No inherent control issues; no really bad graphical limitations; the system has the power to pull off a convincing sense of speed through decent enough environments. And it’s almost like the developers of Pocket Racers went out of their way to make sure their game suffered from all the problems mentioned above. This game is atrocious.

Since Codemasters has the lock on the Micro Machines license, Pocket Racers instead depends on an embarrassingly bad - as in, so embarrassingly bad it's actually fantastic - back-story to explain the situation. During a totally rockin' party, you and your friends are attacked by a dark stranger bent on stealing your souls. He does this by turning you all into tiny cars - yes, you read that correctly - which must then race each other through a series of mundane events if they ever hope to survive.

Wow. And you thought Katamari Damacy's plot setup was far-fetched.

More info

DescriptionAn evil nemesis crashes a party and turns all the guests into miniature cars. Navigate haunted halls as you race for your soul in this bite-sized title
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)