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TrackMania DS review

The cult PC racer goes miniature


  • Blisteringly fast
  • Great track editor
  • Four players link-up


  • Slightly dodgy handling
  • Editor can be fiddly
  • Runs out of memory

If you%26rsquo;re into PC gaming that isn%26rsquo;t strategy, shooters or World of Warcraft, you%26rsquo;ve probably heard of TrackMania. It%26rsquo;s the super-speedy, super-accessible racer where you make your own fun, and as with its big brother, the more you put into the little DS version, the more you%26rsquo;ll get out of it.

There are three game modes which basically involve zipping around the twisty, loopy courses as quickly as possible in a car with the skittish handling of a radio-controlled toy. You%26rsquo;ll fall off the edges a lot because it%26rsquo;s incredibly fast and the vehicles don%26rsquo;t always turn as sharply as you want them to, but you can be back on the course within a fraction of a second simply by hitting the reset button.

Removing the consequences of crashing means you can zoom around with impunity, but it%26rsquo;s much more satisfying when you learn the tracks properly and stop wiping out every few seconds. There%26rsquo;s also a complicated track editor where we made some excellent tracks that gave us the best feeling of videogame vertigo since Stunt Car Racer on the Amiga. If you have a few mates to share and race with, there%26rsquo;s a lot of value to be had from this package.

Nov 17, 2008

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It may not have the most exact controls, but there's many a good time to be had in this portable version of TrackMania, including a track creator and 4 player races via Wi-Fi.

US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date17 March 2009 (US), 14 November 2008 (UK)