Voofoo Studios is known for the great hits, Pure Pool, Pure Chess and Pure Hold’em. Voofoo Studios is back with a new game and very different than the previous ones. The developer brings a racer, but with a twist, it’s a top-down racer called ”Mantis Burn Racing”.
The game is fantastic. Let’s see what the game is about, shall we?
The game features easy to navigate menus which highlight the game’s content, Career, Local Race, Online Race, Garage, My Game (features settings, stats and Credits).
Your main objective for ”Mantis Burn Racing” is to simply reach to the finish line before your opponents.
The game’s ”Career Mode” is based on 3 categories Rookie, Pro and Veteran. These categories include seasons which include packed up events. The events are split into types. Your first event type would be ”Race” which is a standard race to the finish line over 3 laps. Another event type which is next is ”Sprint” which is a short race to the finish line over 2 laps. ”Endurance” event type is next which is a long race to the finish line over 5 laps. ”Race Leagues” are next which is a set of races to the finish line, the driver who will have the most points is the winner. A event type called ”Accumulator” will require you to reach 10.000 points for the win, the 1st place earns points quicker than the last place which is the slowest way to earn points. The event ends once 10.000 points are earned by a driver. Another fun event type in the game is ”Knockout”, your objective to this game mode is to be the last driver standing. Each lap the last place vehicle is eliminated from the event until only the winner remains. Next up is ”Overtake” which requires you to overtake a specific amount of cars, the first driver who will complete the overtakes wins. Next one would be ”Time Trial” which requires you to beat your personal and other oponnent lap times to get the win. The final, but not least event type is ”Hot Lap” which requires you to set the fastest lap time in the track, but the time counter and other drivers are your opponents. You will have to keep the fastest lap time until the time counter is up for the win. In order to progress through your career you will need to earn ”Gears”. A specific amount of ”Gears” are earned by completing challenges. Most of these require you to always win the events, but there are some others that will test your driver skills in many ways.
”Mantis Burn Racing” features a variety of cars which are split into 3 different weights ”light”, ”medium”, ”heavy” and 3 classes, ”Rookie”,”Pro”and ”Veteran”. Each vehicle have its own unique strenghts and weaknesses. You can buy new cars and upgrade your own in ”Garage”. You can also paint your vehicles as well. To buy new vehicles you need to use your ”Gears” currency. Vehicles will only become available to buy once you reach a required XP level. Voofoo Studios is nice enough to give your first vehicle for Free, so you can have a good start.
You can upgrade your cars as well, but the upgrades can be earned from the career grid, some may be found in your path, but some others may require you to fill in whole sections by completing all of the events.There are 5 different types that you can upgrade for your car. You have the ability to scrap your purchased and used upgrade parts for ”Gears” currency. To place your upgrades you have a hub for each car called Upgrade Dial which consists of sockets which you can equip your upgrades to your car, but to unlock the levels of the hub, so you can have more sockets, you will have to pay with ”Gears” currency.
There are 8 tracks in total in ”Mantis Burn Racing”. Each track is based on different environments such as a desert town, caves, a marina circuit, streets of New Shangri-La, forests, mines, a refinery and a Plaza. The tracks are very well designed and made, but they aren’t enough of them, each event in Career Mode feels repetitive after a while as each event takes place in the same tracks over and over again.
The game features each week a Weekly Challenge in which everyone can take part, complete the required objective and earch ”Gears”.
”Mantis Burn Racing” comes with an Online Multiplayer mode as well. You can race with other players and friends on the tracks and event types found in the Career Mode. It comes with local play for cough play with your family or friends using a controller for each.
The gameplay is very fun and the handling to the cars is arcadey of course and it’s pretty good. The controls are very easy and responsive. The game comes with ambient-electro soundtrack written especially for the game, some times some tunes are kind of annoying and I end up turning off and on the music in the game.
The game is perfect gameplay-wise, but it ends up repetitive, because of the few tracks which are available. I wish it had more tracks, the game would be perfect if that happened.
I give ”Mantis Burn Racing” a 8/10, because of the limited number of tracks included in the game. Voofoo sudios promised to add more free and paid DLC to the game, so I’m looking forward to that and what projects they will be bringing next.
***Reviewer’s note: I have spent more than 15 hours playing the game. The game copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of the review.