Brace yourselves, nostalgic '90s gamers: Micro Machines is back! Well, sort of. Not quite.
Codemasters, who developed the cult classic Micro Machines V3 have announced Toybox Turbos, a new racing IP that bares more than a passing resemblance to its fabled forebearer. Indeed, this looks to be the long-requested Micro Machines remake in all but name, placing you in pint-sized cars racing across child-like courses constructed out of household objects. Its announcement was well timed, too, coming just days after Playrise Digital unveiled Table Top Racing World Tour.
18 tracks are promised set in locations that will be instantly familiar to fans of Micro Machines V3, from the classic kitchen table, a school table and a railway set. 35 cars will be included, ranging from standard sports cars, taxis and ice cream vans, to double deckers, milk floats and moon buggies. Naturally, power-ups will be a central gameplay mechanic (yes that means hammers are back), and traditional four player split-screen is also in.
You can see Toybox Turbos in action in the accompanying trailer, which will no doubt be a nostalgia trip for gamers that found themselves glued to Micro Machines V3 in the '90s.
Compared to Table Top Racing, itself an obvious Micro Machines imitator, Toybox Turbos appear to be have more dynamic tracks: "Players will speed past spilt sticky jam on the kitchen table, dodge flaming Bunsen burners as they take their opponents back to school and zip past the runaway train in races around a railway set and more," the press release reads.
Curiously, Codemasters are continuing to ignore the current-gen consoles – Toybox Turbos is currently only on-course for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, with a Steam release on November 12th priced at £11.99 followed by the console releases soon after. Hopefully a next-gen port will materialise later down the line if the initial release is successful.
As for why this isn't an an official Micro Machines sequel, the license now belongs to Hasbro – the last official entry was Micro Machines V4 back in 2006. Will you give in to nostalgia and pick this up next month?