Anki Overdrive review with video

track from the Anki overdrive starter pack

My older children have been known to grumble that we don’t regularly get sent stuff to review suitable for them, I must admit babies and toddlers are big business and so the bulk of the games and toys we are offered are usually aimed at Rose. So Lewis and Holly were really excited when we were sent an Anki OVERDRIVE to test out.

Actually, to be fair the whole family was chuffed to bits when it arrived, with Mr T and I remembering the days of Scalextric with fondness it was interesting to see a modern take on an old favourite.

The PR described Anki OVERDRIVE perfectly ”If Mario Cart & Scalextric had a baby, this would be the lovechild”

Couldn’t be a more apt!

You get all the fun of a racing car style video game combined with the real and tangible excitement of watching the cars race right before your very eyes.

What is Anki OVERDRIVE?

Anki Overdrive fuses the traditional slot car racing track with video game elements and it’s all controlled through an app on your mobile or tablet. You can battle and race robotic supercars, each car with its own personality and exclusive weapons.

We were sent the starter pack which includes 10 Anki OVERDRIVE track pieces (6X 90 degree curved pieces and 4X straight pieces), 2 supercars, a four car charging platform, 2 riser pieces and a tyre cleaner.

You need to start out with this particular pack as it contains a start and finish track piece that must be used in all track configurations and is only included in the Starter Kit. You can race up to four cars at a time playing against a real life opponent or if you prefer you can take on ‘Al commanders’ in a quest to become champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament. This is all very self-explanatory and simple to get going with. First, you will need to download the free Anki OVERDRIVE app on a compatible iOS or Android device, each player will need their own device to play on.

Gameplay tournament Anki overdrive

The year is 2046, where robotics ultra-corp Anki creates thinking Supercars for a new battle sport called OVERDRIVE. To push the technology and challenge even further, Anki weaponized their latest series of Supercars and created the OVERDRIVE Tournament.

The track allows you to build and rebuild up to 8 battlefields which can be set up practically anywhere. It is just a case of taking everything out of the box, charging the cars for a few minutes and slotting the track together. Building the track takes literally seconds, download the free Anki Overdrive app and you could be playing within minutes of opening the box. The riser pieces come in really handy and enable you to build bridges which is pretty cool.

track from the Anki overdrive starter pack

I’ve watched some gameplay of Anki Overdrive on YouTube and have seen people setting up loads of track going around the whole house, the possibilities with it are totally endless. The track is really flexible and will even go down the stairs without coming apart which is brilliant. I think it would be so much fun to build on the track pieces we have and make a ginormous racetrack!

The cars we received were ‘Skull’ and ‘Groundshot’ every car has the intelligence to think for itself on the battlefield.

Skull car Anki Overdrive

Skull’s Pirate Core lets it sail across the track at high speed while its plasma cannon rips through enemy hulls. Watch out for this down and dirty warrior that plays by its own rules.

Groundshot car Anki overdrive

GroundShock’s Thunderbolt Core lets it electrify the track with split-second maneuvering and lightning-fast attacks. Don’t be in the way when it unleashes its electric blasts. It shoots first and aims later.

Groundshock and skull-Anki overdrive cars from the starter kit

As you can imagine Anki OVERDRIVE was most appealing to Lewis who is 16 and absolutely loves gaming. He set the whole thing up and then gave me a quick lesson as I sat down to ‘battle’ against him. I might have even lapped him a few times! You’ll have to watch the video to find out who won…

Anki OVERDRIVE video demo

This game is super easy to work and is highly portable, we packed it up in the box and took it on holiday it was so much fun and really great to have something so interactive that everyone could enjoy. There is a lot of scope for adding on to your Anki OVERDRIVE by buying accessories or extra pieces of track, getting different cars and so on. I think it could get quite addictive and Lewis has a few bits he wants on his Christmas list already.

Even little Rose got to have a go with it and really enjoyed being part of the family fun. The best bit for her being when one of the cars came off the track and she chased it around the living room (you can see that bit in the video above) hours of fun for the whole family.

This is the Scalextric of the future and we love it!

Anki OVERDRIVE is available from www.anki.com. Also available from Selfridges, Harrods & Amazon. With an RRP of £149.99 for the starter kit which includes everything you need to get started.

*We received the Anki OVERDRIVE for free in exchange for a feature here on the blog

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