Do you have a competitive family? We do they all love to compete with each other they get a little bit too competitive sometimes. We have tried various car racing games over the years and recently introduced the boys to them. When asked would we like to try out Anki Overdrive in our own home I was so happy. We have tried to play it several times at different events and loved competing with each other Kaitlin was really good at it when she tried it at Digital Kids Show last year.
Anki Overdrive arrived last week just in time for half term fun with the kids. We waited for the twins to go to bed one night before setting it up. If you read our blog you will know they like to be involved in everything we do. Set up was so easy, the track has magnetic pieces that slot together. It’s quite flexible and unlike other car tracks we have played with before. The track is smooth and has Infra red technology built-in.
Image Source – Anki Website
Each piece has Infra-red encoding patterns embedded in the track, with an IR transparent ink top coat for traction and protection. The codes serve as markers of lane position (there are 16 possible lanes), and track piece type and orientation. The Supercars translate this information to determine where they are in relation to the overall track, how fast they’re moving, and which direction they’re headed.
Before I had even un packed all the track Kaitlin had downloaded the app and set herself up. She couldn’t wait to start playing. We set the track up as below but there are 8 different tracks you can build with the starter kit. You can also add more track and make an even better race track. See the Anki website for further information in relation to the Speed Kit, Corner Kit, Collision Kit and Launch Kit.
The cars are driven using an app which you download on either an apple or android device. These are not included with the set but most households have a phone or tablet of some kind which will be compatible to play. You will also need Wifi if you wish to battle with friends and families.
The cars charge super quickly, the instructions say 8-10 minutes which I think is amazing. We popped ours on charge as soon as we opened the box and by the time we had built the track and registered new accounts the cars were ready to go. They lasted for a quite a few battles, not sure how many exactly as we did put it away after a while. It certainly wasn’t one game and then recharge though which is good.
Every battle/race you take part in you can earn coins/points which can go towards pimping up your vehicles in the garage. You increase your levels and the cars capability each race. As we are beginners we are still working it all out yet, so will report back at a later date regards this.
The Anki Overdrive starter kit is priced at £140 and you get a lot for you money. See below list:
STARTER KIT INCLUDES:
- 2 Robotic Supercars
- 2 riser pieces
- 6 curved track pieces
- 1 four-car charging system
- 4 straight track pieces
- 1 tire cleaner
- An Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit is required to play.
- Each player must have a compatible iOS or Android Device.
- Wifi required for battles between iOS and Android devices.
Our family would recomened this as a great family activity game. We have has lots of fun playing and know we will have lots more fun. Think additional track and cars are already on the Christmas list to santa.