Pocket Racers features miniaturised cars whizzing around a series of everyday environments. The player is cast as a spoilt teenager at a party who is transformed into a toy car by of a vengeful demon. What follows is a frenetic race for survival as the ‘Nemesis’ demon sets a series of increasingly hard challenges within the fully interactive … and destroyable! … play areas.
The cars in Pocket Racers represent the soul of the stricken player and can be augmented through the collection of ‘Soul Shards’ which litter the play area. Collecting these allows the user to inflict massive damage on rival cars or the debris that clutters the race area while additional weapons such as nitro boosts missiles and ice can be used to sneak past opposing racers. These extra weapons are left around the courses and must be gathered before your opponents get them.
- The courses range from a messy bedroom a conveyor belt-laden factory and a kitchen and feature sneaky short cuts and hidden extras for the player to find. Pocket Racers also has a number of vehicle styles that are ideally suited to the varying locations. Sports cars trucks 4x4s and Coupes vie for attention while other hidden vehicles can also be unlocked.
- Pocket Racers is an extremely competitive racing game and while it enjoys a taxing solo mode can also accommodate up to four players simultaneously using the wireless capabilities of the PSP hardware. A ‘Tagging’ game where players attempt to colour objects forms the basis of one multi-player mode while a madcap ‘Soccer’ mode also shows off the speed and sensitivity of the game’s controls.