Technology has increased and with it, so have our tastes and desires. Remember when getting a Barbie or Train Set was the very epitome of “Totally Awesome Christmas Present”? It doesn’t seem so much any more and that’s because our tastes have changed…or at least this generation’s tastes have changed; I for one wouldn’t mind a train set now, considering how expensive the components were as a child and how I had always longed for a network of trains running throughout my house.
Needless to say, Hornby, Lego, K’NEX and other such toy set makers that thrived in those golden days, have been forced to change their business strategies in order to keep up with the change in tastes and habits in order to appeal to those outside the niche nostalgic collectors, one such example is Anki Overdrive.
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Anki Overdrive is by no means a cheap commodity, just the starter pack is (before temporary discount as of writing, was
£149.99 until 14/06/16) £134.99 alone and that doesn’t even include all the extras you might want to buy and include in order to increase the fun and longevity of it all, but value for money is the most important factor here.
Is Anki Overdrive worth your money?
In order to determine that, you’d probably first want to know what you are dealing with and the answer to that is simple, or at least simple if you read the title and know what in tarnation scalextric sets are. Well for those of you born in the late eighties and early nineties (and of course before that) if you can put aside thoughts of drone racing and Xbox One Forza for a short second, you might be able to just about recollect the memory of those race tracks you could race plastic cars on and they’d cover an entire circuit built by you and even extended by you. There are so many cool videos of these on Youtube. They were a tremendous amount of fun…until of course the likes of World of Warcraft, Tekken and Halo took over.
Well now that I’ve jogged your memory, let’s return to why Anki Overdrive might be worth not only your time, but quite possibly your money. First of all, the cars for the races are very well designed and even come with driver profiles (for each one, as though each car has a personality of its own), speaking of which, they are rechargeable, so no worries about pesky batteries or ensuring it is connected to the track, a good thing too, because the limited railway-like track is no more, replaced with cardboard tracks that the car can ‘sense’. This means that they drive unrestrained by the confines of the tracks of yore and require only you to download the Anki app to your phone. Yes, that’s right, Anki Overdrive is modern and makes full use of all that mobile technology the kids are into these days.
The other great thing about this is that you have the choice of race or battle and while the battle mechanics could leave wanting for more a little, it’s pretty impressive that it’s at least included, creating a blend of video gaming and physical racing that reminds us of Mario Karts.
The tracks allow for plenty of customisation and its possible to get up to four cars on the tracks for some pretty intense and fun filled races.
The community is active, the races are interactive and the fun will only continue as Anki develops on the ideas, so whether it’s about time you jump back into the Scalextric scene or not, one thing is for sure, Anki Overdrive is unlike anything you have tried before.
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