In my honest opinion racing games fall into two really rough camps. The first of these is the Forza, GT camp of ultra-reality and cars that look like they’ve actually just come off the lot. This isn’t really my thing. If I wanted that kind of realism, I’d learn to drive. The other camp is the one I really like. This is home to games such as Mario-Kart, F Zero and even to a degree Twisted Metal. Let’s leave the uber-reality at home and just have a bit of fun. The game I’m going to tell you about definitely falls into the second of these two stables and involves large amounts of something that we don’t see focused too heavily on in a racing game: Fruit. This game has … fruit. It’s called All-Star Fruit Racing and it’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Switch, this July.
All-Star Fruit Racing is a colourful karting romp designed for all ages and abilities. You are invited to drift through looping bends, soar over monumental jumps and defy gravity itself around tubular tracks in a game bursting with championships and various modes of play.
You’ll be taking part in a bumper career mode which will see you pick your favourite character and aim for that elusive first place trophy across a series of grueling championships. In your frantic battle for the top, you will be able to unlock new playable characters, championships and parts for your kart. This, however, is by no means where the fun will stop. Completing this mode will just be the beginning of your journey and besting the game won’t mean you can call yourself champion of champions just yet. You can go on to create your own championships across three different difficulty settings and speeds, allowing you to fine tune your challenge. If you’re looking for more, you can also dive into other game types including Dragster Races, Hill Climbs and time attacks.
This title fully supports both local and online play so you really don’t need to go our there alone. You can take on friends and family in two, three and four split-screen action or take on the world in eight player online showdowns. This online mode appears to be available on all systems but the Switch. Even so, with all this possible, including the other modes I’ve mentioned, there should literally be something for everyone.
All-Star Fruit Racing takes place over twenty-one courses and five stunning worlds. These are based on the four seasons plus a series of Special Islands. While racing through these zones you will speed up volcanoes, around the twisting bodies of giant snakes and between huge, kart crushing snowballs. You won’t be doing any of this unarmed, either. This title sports the innovative Juicer power-up system. By collecting different fruit for your juicer, you will be able to custom-combine your juice-tank’s power to be able to set loose a series of combo-powerups. Whether you unleash a volley of different power-ups or save the juice for one unique Mega-Juice move is entirely up to you. Just remember that if the other racers can’t race, that first place medal suddenly becomes a lot more achievable.
Lastly, there is a really nice level of customisation being promised with this game. As I noted briefly earlier, you can unlock new parts as you play to allow you to redesign, rebuild and recolour your dream kart. Over 32,000 combinations await you in the All-Star Garage, so you should have no trouble looking like the winner that you know you truly are.
This may sound a little bit like some other racers that we’ve seen on the market and know and love very well. Let’s not go judging anything too soon, though. It only takes a game to be just different enough to make it an absolute smash. Whether All-Star Fruit Racing comes out ahead of the pack or falls swiftly into last place remains to be seen. We’ll definitely know either way for sure this coming July.