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Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway

by Nick DiMola - May 30, 2009, 3:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 20

6

A mildly entertaining racer that is best suited for adolescents with a spark of creativity.

Penny Racers is a brand better known as Choro-Q in Japan. Though the name is tied to many video games, its origin lies in a pullback toy car brand introduced in Japan in 1978. Their popularity remains to this day, thus the numerous games bearing the name. The newest entry, Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway, offers players an unconventional racing game that is more heavily focused on constructing the right vehicle rather than being perfectly skilled on the racetrack.

The game is broken into circuits, each of which contains one or more races as well as one or more mini-games, such as collecting coins on a track, bowling, or pushing a ball to the finish line. Each entry in the circuit, be it race or mini-game, has an associated challenge for which players can earn either a gold, silver, or bronze trophy. Each trophy carries a certain number of Q-Coins which can be spent in the Store to beef up a racer. Completing a race with a gold trophy will also net players a new part for their racer.

As players complete each circuit by receiving a trophy in each race, new parts will be unlocked in the shop for players to buy. One of the hooks of Choro-Q cars in Japan is buying a basic model for the chassis and then replacing certain parts in order to make it your own. Over the course of the game players will be continuously adding new parts to the sides, roof, front, back, and innards of their car, as well as even changing the body itself. Customization is highly regarded, and in fact completely necessary in order to win most races. During the first circuit, players will have quite a hard time competing because of their lowest-common-denominator parts.

Initially, Turbo-Q Speedway is frustrating because the controls (seesaw motion steering) are unresponsive and your vehicle is extremely slow moving, thus making the races seemingly impossible to win. As it turns out, the game basically forces you to lose a number of times in order to earn some coins so that you can replace your junky parts. Upon replacement, your racer will be greatly improved, and subsequently your play experience.Once players install a new engine, and various other parts to increase their speed, charge, and handling, they will find themselves blazing past the competition. With each new circuit, players will need to peruse the store and replace their older parts in order to remain competitive.

Unfortunately, after replacing all of the appropriate parts and making the recommended racer for the circuit, completing the featured races is nothing more than going through the motions. Racers who once consistently lead you are now nearly half of a track behind, making the win a given.

Turbo-Q’s presentation is sorely lacking. The graphics are unimpressive, the music is uninspired, and the sound effects are grating. Even the game's menus look low-budget.

Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway is clearly a game made to appeal to a child old enough to play with and appreciate the associated toy cars. Within that age range, the game will provide ample challenge, as well as the opportunity to learn some of the intricacies of a car while expressing creativity. For everyone else, the game will offer some small doses of enjoyment and accomplishment, but will ultimately be too easy once its basic formula is uncovered.

Score

Graphics Sound Control Gameplay Lastability Final
4 4 7 6 7 6
Graphics
4

The game is full of low-polygon models, as well as low-polygon environments with poor textures that are barely of GameCube quality. The menus are also lackluster, giving the game an extremely low-budget look.

Sound
4

The soundtrack is subtle, never adding to the racing tension and never providing anything memorable. The sound effects made by the racers are obnoxious and do nothing to help the overall experience.

Control
7

At first the game's control is awful, but this is due entirely to the poor parts equipped on your racer. After players suffer through a few races they will be able to replace the parts and in turn the game handles fairly well, though still not optimally.

Gameplay
6

The game's various mini-games are entertaining, but the racing is mostly going through the motions. Players will have more fun customizing their car than doing most of the other challenges in the game.

Lastability
7

With a collection of circuits of up to six events each , as well as countless parts to earn, players will find plenty to do if they seek to earn everything available and continue to customize their racer.

Final
6

Younger players will likely find a number of things to enjoy about Penny Racers once they start tweaking their toy cars. Parents looking for a game to play with their adolescent children could do far worse, but more experience gamers should look elsewhere for their racing fix.

Summary

Pros
  • Controls work well ... with better parts
  • Deep customization
Cons
  • Horrendous presentation
  • Successful racing requires little more than the right vehicle
Review Page 2: Conclusion

Talkback

ShyGuyJuly 18, 2008

MY cousin is going to go nuts for this.

Dirk TemporoJuly 18, 2008

Quote from: blackfootsteps

What a shame, the sequel to one of my favourite series is an MMO.

MMO confirmed by EA

Look on the bright side. It can't be any worse than Star Wars Galaxies.

GoldenPhoenixJuly 18, 2008

I loved Star Wars Galaxies until they started destroying everything. Maybe this can give a Star Wars MMORPG a fresh start. I can't wait!

ReverendNoahWhateleyJuly 20, 2008

MMO's are remarkably light on story.  I wonder how this is going to mesh with the high storytelling standard set by the previous KOTOR games.

DjunknownOctober 22, 2008

Force Bump!

Behold Star Wars: The Old Republic.

DjunknownOctober 25, 2008

Some more details.

Mop it upMay 31, 2009

Why does the talkback link in the Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway review link to this topic?

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/reviewArt.cfm?artid=18590

StratosMay 31, 2009

And here I thought there was new stuff about this game.

:P

This game might cause me to cave to the MMO monster I have been denying since they were invented. This and Lord of the Rings are sorely tempting me to join an MMO.

GoldenPhoenixMay 31, 2009

Quote from: Stratos

And here I thought there was new stuff about this game.

:P

This game might cause me to cave to the MMO monster I have been denying since they were invented. This and Lord of the Rings are sorely tempting me to join an MMO.

Please buy LOTRO! I play it!

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusMay 31, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Why does the talkback link in the Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway review link to this topic?

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/reviewArt.cfm?artid=18590

Still trying to figure that one out myself....

Not sure how or why it seemed to happen, but here we are.

Aaron will have to redirect the talkback link for me in the database. In the meantime I'm making a new thread in the talkback section if anyone cares.

StratosMay 31, 2009

Quote from: GoldenPhoenix

Please buy LOTRO! I play it!

Yes, but would you play it with me?

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJune 02, 2009

Hey guys it looks great doesn't it the trailer? You probably wont believe me, but I am many of those sith and jedi in the trailer!

My teacher and students/friends were the Sith Lord, I did the motion capture for Twilik, the Blue girl, and im the ony flying with the 2 handed rocket launcher! I'm some more jedi and sith but its hard to point them out.

When the bald sith guy picks up a jedi and throws him down, im the jedi who runs in and we lock Sabers in a stand off.

They wanted real wushu(chinese martial arts) so I with my company IMPACT STUNTS were hired to do that! It was amazing! I saw this a long time ago, but was never supposed to say anything! This was at Blur studios.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJune 03, 2009

Hey guys here is the trailer for the game check it out please!

Now I don't play games like these at all! But those guys are me in this trailer!

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-09-star-wars/49937

CalibanJune 03, 2009

Cool.

Dirk TemporoJune 04, 2009

I like how the choreography in this is better than the choreography in the new movies.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJune 04, 2009

Thank you so much for that compliment! I made some of the choreography! really I did!

Dirk TemporoJune 04, 2009

Yes Caterkiller, we know.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterJune 04, 2009

Hahahaha! Some people don't believe me, sorry...

Quote from: Stratos

Yes, but would you play it with me?

I would, Stratos.



I love LOTRO, although it is a little grindy.  Amazing, amazing game world and just a masterpiece of design IMNSHO.

StratosJune 11, 2009

Quote from: Lindy

Quote from: Stratos

Yes, but would you play it with me?

I would, Stratos.



I love LOTRO, although it is a little grindy.  Amazing, amazing game world and just a masterpiece of design IMNSHO.

Well at least someone will play with me. GP always talks about playing games with me but she never does.  :P

I'm a big LOTR fan so thats a big reason for it having a draw for me. Once I get a new computer I think I'll get LOTRO.

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Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway Box Art

Genre Racing

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na: Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway
Release Oct 07, 2008
PublisherTomy
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