The hit mobile series Table Top Racing is making its console debut this year with the release of Table Top Racing World Tour on PS4 – and we've managed to get exclusive access to bring you the first ever gameplay footage of the Micro Machines-style mini racer.
To date, Table Top Racer has been downloaded over 9 million times on mobile platforms since its release 3 years ago from Playrise Digital, a Liverpool-based studio founded by none other than Nick Burcombe – a man best known for creating a little-known series called WipEout.
While the winning formula of mini cars, powerups and larger than life tracks hasn’t changed too much, Table Top Racing's jump to consoles means we can expect vastly improved graphics, more extravagant car and track designs and multiplayer support for network and 4 player split screen play.
Our first preview video showcases an early alpha version of Table Top Racing World Tour, giving you a first look at some of the cars, tracks and game modes that will feature in the final game when it lands on the PSN store – Playrise are hoping for a late March release.
We particularly like the look of the cars, which have some pretty obvious real world design inspirations from classic road cars. Among the iconic lookalikes you can spot in the video are a BMW 2002, a vintage Ford F-150 and a Porsche 911 – Playrise Digital clearly have some passionate petrolheads on-board. Another surprise addition is the RV from Breaking Bad – sorry, I mean 'Braking's Bad.'
Running on more powerful hardware means the track designs have improved dramatically since I played the Vita version of Table Top Racing, with more elaborate environments full of obstacles to avoid and shortcuts to find which adds some much needed variety to the races. One track even lets you race around an authentic recreation of a Yo Sushi.
As Rocket League has shown, these games are an absolute riot when played with other people: to capitilise on this, Table Top Racer World Tour will feature 4 player local split screen and online player. Because nothing beats screaming at your friends after they deviously take you out with a powerup yards away from the finish line.
There's a lot of competition in the mini racing genre with Toybox Turbos, Supertoy Cars and of course Rocket League to name a few, but what we've seen so far suggests that Playrise Digital could have another hit on their hands as the series expands its audience. It's certainly refreshing to play a more casual racing game in contrast to some of the serious simulations that are flooding the market right now.
You can expect to see more of Table Top Racing World Tour very soon in our upcoming coverage, including an extensive developer interview with Nick Burcombe who talks us through his latest project. We're big WipEout fans here at TeamVVV, so naturally the subject of the much missed anti-gravity series may come into the conversation too.
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