Ever felt like you want to go back to the good old days? Just be a kid again with lots of toys and little worries? Most of us have, I’m betting, and while you can’t exactly go back – you can escape into your childhood again for a while, with Tiny Trax.
Tiny Trax is a new VR racing game from FuturLab about miniature remote-controlled cars on toy racing tracks. You can either play in single player mode or in multiplayer mode with up to three other players across twelve colorful tracks that really make me want to be a kid again. The game releases for PSVR today on the Playstation Store.
Check out the trailer below:
Tiny Trax was inspired by classic slot-car toys like Scalextric and according to the developers focuses on fast, full-throttle fun, while still keeping comfort a priority. All of this I’m glad to hear – but fast paced racing games for VR are pretty commonplace these days. So what makes Tiny Trax just a bit more epic? Well, firstly you play the game from a child’s perspective (so close to the ground I’m assuming) and the tracks are not by any means linear – or even horizontal.
Can You Smell The Tiny Tires Burning?
While playing the game you’ll be able to watch your puny little car do cool drift right past your nose, fly over your head as you boost it over ramps and race for the finish line on the jumble of tracks all around you.
As said earlier, the game has both single-player and multiplayer options, and both require a bit of skill to become the best racer on the track. “Tiny Trax is easy to pick up, and rewards dedication & practice using an innovative drifting/boost-recharge mechanic, invented to provide a satisfying and meaningful drift feel within the context of a slot-car racer,” the studio said. There are four cups to compete for and various tiny cars to choose from, like the Mad-Hustle Muscle or the Big Tiny Trouble. I found all the names of the cars I’ve seen so far quite funny but in line with the type of names a kid would probably use.
According to the developers, all the cars in the game perform the same and only your skill will determine the outcome. Since it is a slot-car type racing game you are ‘stuck’ to the track but there are two lanes and the way you drift also makes a difference in the outcome of the race. Like in real life it’s better to steer into bends because the car back-end drifts out as you turn. As for the online multiplayer, you have several options, including quick play where you can look for public races that other players have set up, inviting friends for a private race or join a party and play with them. You’ll also be able to talk to the people in your party.
Please Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Personally, I’m a terrible in-game (and real life, shhh) driver and adding the crazy stunts and roads that twist every which way doesn’t feel like a fit for me. But from what I’ve seen of the game sofar it’s really easy to pick up and even when you feel like you’re driving terribly, the great scenery sort of makes up for it. It certainly doesn’t work that way in real life. It also looks like the developers put a lot of thought and small details into the game – for instance when you’re driving a part of the track that’s under water and you duck your head under the water then the in-game music will actually disappear. Plus the environments overall are quite cosy and enjoyable to look at.
Tiny Trax looks like a fun, cutesy game that both adults and children can enjoy. So if you’re looking for a game that offers childlike fun a little bit of a challenge then make sure to give Tiny Trax a try.