What’s been the coolest toy on this block this half term? The answer to that is simple: Anki Overdrive. As soon it arrived in the house for us to review it was out of the box; it’s a toy that just exudes excitement and everyone wants to join in. H’s cousins have been keen to have a go and the boy next door, anyone who sets foot in the house really.
Anki Overdrive is a car racing game that uses tablet or phone technology and combines this with a physical track and cars. You download the free app and you are quickly up and running (there is an android app as well as one for IOS). You race the cars using the app to control them and you can build up experience and collect extra weapons as you go along. It’s really easy to use and very intuitive. There are options to play against the game or against a real life opponent. You do need wifi to play with more than one person, even if you both have apps already downloaded. This isn’t normally a problem though for us, but we did encounter the issue at someone else’s house. It is really quite portable (because the track comes apart and it’s pretty flat) and you can easily take it to a friend’s house or a grandparent’s or even on holiday with you.
The track is really easy to slide together and it connects with magnets, so it doesn’t easily come apart. There are lots of combinations that you can make especially if you buy additional pieces of track. The possibilities are endless and we experimented with using things like cushions to create uphills. It’s a really versatile and flexible track system. The cars will leave the track at times, but this is all part of the fun and doesn’t get frustrating.
The cars are very stylish and there are 2 cars in the starter pack, but you can buy extra vehicles to top up your collection. They need about 10 minutes to charge up for 20 minutes play. If you have more cars you could be playing with one set whilst waiting for the other set to charge. If you don’t have extra vehicles, it will stop play every so often.
Included with the Anki Overdrive Starter Pack are:
2 Robotic Supercars
6 curved track pieces
4 straight track pieces
2 riser pieces
1 four-car charging system
1 tyre cleaner
This is all you need to get you started and you can have a lot of fun with it, but be warned, you will quickly get requests for more track or more vehicles. We love it as racing system and I think we will get a lot of use out of it. I like that it works well for an only child like H when he’s playing on his own, but it does just as well when he wants to play with a friend. You’ll need a separate tablet or phone with the game downloaded if you want to play together. Highly recommended.