TrackMania Wii Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 7.9
Sound 7.0
Total 7.9
Distributor: QVS
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Edward Smith

7.9


Trackmania

One of the PC's most wackiest racing games has arrived on the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii that definitely creates a new league for this popular racing series that features larger than life jumps and a track editor that easily allows the gamer to create their own unique challenges.

Features

  • 3 solo modes (Race, Platform and Puzzle) and nearly 200 progressively difficult spectacular tracks.

  • 6 environments and 6 completely different vehicles to drive and play; Desert, Rally, Island, Coast, Snow and Stadium.

  • An incredible 3D track editor and hundreds of available blocks to create your own tracks simply using the Wiimote.

  • Play in mulitplayer with up to 4 friends on the same console, or compete with players from all around the world using Nintendo Wi-Fi!

  • Share your craziest tracks with your friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi.

  • Earn Coppers by winning medals in solo or multiplayers, and unlock new tracks, blocks and skins!

  • Play as you want: Pad, Wiimote, Nunchuk or Wii Wheel!

At its core, Trackmania is a racing game but unlike traditional racing games where you must get from point A to B in a realistic driving world, Trackmania is more akin to the outrageousness of stunts and things you would expect to see in the Guinness Book of Records. Nothing is more fun than hitting turbo and watching your car reach insane speeds as it loops the loop or flies over a ridiculously high and long jump.

At times the gameplay is frustrating, especially when you crash or don't judge a jump properly as your car sores in the air or does a 360 loop but it's all part of the fun. The races also include a variety of goals to complete and prestigious gold medals to collect but sometimes this is easier said than done. Apart from racing others or ghost cars... there is a weird puzzle mode that is akin to a casual game but does help break things up a little. Just be warned, some of the puzzles may make you think twice... or thrice!

As you do progress, the levels become more difficult but thankfully the learning curve is relatively low. Only on a few occasions did I suffer from game rage and had to slam down the Wiimote... but what game doesn't have this? In terms of controls, you can use the Wiimote to play in the traditional Wii sense but it also supports a classic controller configuration which is more fun in my books.

The gameplay of Trackmania is quite diverse which range from traditional F1 tracks to more almost Super Mario type worlds of colourful islands and crazy jumps which sometimes require perfect timing to land your vehicle. Although it's fun as a single-player game, where the title does shine is via the multiplayer which boasts 4-player split screen (awesome on a 50" LCD) or up to 6-players via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Another cool aspect of the game is the track creator which is a breeze to create your own tracks that can also be shared with the community. As the PC had an awesome Trackmania community, some of the tracks that I have seen are quite impressive and actually put a certain number of the original tracks to shame. Creating tracks with the Wiimote is perfect as well. However with 200 tracks included in this game... you might not want to put your skills to the test until you've finished the game.

Graphically, the Nintendo Wii version is a little lacking from the PC version but even so, it contains enough detail to keep things interesting. The backgrounds are a little lacklustre and Spartan but overall, it works well. The soundtrack is classic Trackmania and the sound effects are great, especially all the crashes and sounds of race cars.

In the end, Trackmania works quite well on the Nintendo Wii and although a fun experience in single-player, multiplayer is where the game finds its feet for us. However successfully finishing the single-player game will give you an edge on the competitors. The gameplay has been dumbed down a little from the PC game but it still works with the Wii controllers. Definitely a fun racing experience!






 
 



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