Imagine playing a racing game without having to steer the car very much at all, seems boring right? Well PixelJunk Racers is pretty much that game. PixelJunk Racers is essentially a top down racer that tries to replicate the days of playing with the AFX slot cars. So is the game any good or just another mediocre game on the PlayStation Store?
The set up for PixelJunk Racers is incredibly simple. The game is played from a top down perspective and when you take control of a slot car you can control the acceleration as well as move the car to the left or right lane, in terms of controls that is really all their is to PixelJunk Racers so most gamers should have the controls down pat within the first minute of playing.
In the game players can choose to play through a series of tournaments or with friends. The single player mode is broken up into a series of tournaments with different requirements. To progress in the game you'll need to win a series of races to progress to the next tournament. Those who aren't keen to play a tournament can just jump into a quick race and can select previously unlocked cars or tracks.
The only real variation in PixelJunk Racers are the modes, of which the game has thirty two of them. While the modes can be quite creative they really aren't that different from one another as there is really not much you can change when it comes to racing with little slot cars. The modes range from death race (where players have to smash up the cars) through to rival racers which is just a racing mode, players will have their favourites but most will probably just want to race rather than take part in the gimmicky modes.
One of the main things that hinders PixelJunk Racers is the fact that the game is just a little too boring. It's simple to pick the controls up and most players will be "racing" around the track in no time, but very few players will actually be having a whole lot of fun. The game isn't that difficult and while there is a variety of different modes, they ultimately aren't that different from one another. Graphically the game looks average, with static courses and basic car models. The sound in PixelJunk Racers is also downright awful. The commentary is poor, the cars sound like slot cars (which most people will know isn't a sound you want replicated accurately) and the commentator will force most people to push the mute button after ten minutes.
PixelJunk Racers is a game that is really difficult to recommend to anyone but the most die-hard slot car racing fans. Even at a budget price point the game is just far too simple to be enjoyable. The controls are basic and while the modes in the game can be creative, there is only so much you can do with slot car racing. There are far better games on the PlayStation Store that are worth your money and unless you're a huge AFX fan you're much better off looking elsewhere.