Anki Overdrive | Review

I remember getting my first race car track when I was a little girl – I loved everything about them! The speed of the cars, the adrenaline of who was going to cross the finish line first – it was such a buzz. Through the years I have owned a few and even had a few for my own children, but each of them all came with their own flaws. They just weren’t with the times, you know? We are in the digital age after all! 

So, when we were kindly sent Anki Overdrive to review, we had no idea it would change our love of race car tracks as we know it. The first thing to blow my mind about this product was quite simply, the packaging. I have never seen packaging like it. Everything had it’s all space and each part was nestled perfectly within the box. Even how the track pieces were packaged was awesome. 

The second part of this product to blow our minds that it doesn’t come with remote controls. Oh no! You use your phone – and yes, you heard me right – your phone! You need to download the free app, Anki Overdrive which is available for both iOS & Android devices – however, it is only compatible with very up to date tablets & mobiles. Sadly for us, we only had one mobile in the house {a Samsung Galaxy S7} that was compatible with the app – our iPad 2 nor the children’s Amazon Kindles were not compatible which meant we could only play with one car on the track at a time. But fear not…fun was still to be had because you can play against a computer!

We had a look over the instructions and took out the 2 cars supplied and placed them on the charging station. As the cars were charging we took out the track pieces and if you’ve ever put together race car tracks before, they can be hellish – this one, however, slots together beautifully! Minimal effort and all thanks to the magnetic panels at the end of each track piece. Each piece of track is also flexible and flat which just makes the whole assembly process so much easier. 

Anki Overdrive combines both the race car track element with a video game feature, and as a gaming family – this excited us the most! Once the cars were charged and ready to go, we opened up the Anki Overdrive app on my phone and I connected to my chosen car on the track via Bluetooth. Amazing, right? 

The first thing to do with my car was to command it to test the track – you choose this via the app and of the car goes, examining whatever track layout that you have chosen. Very cool, I’m sure you’ll agree. Once the track has been tested you can choose a campaign to do, or a race. I went with an open drive option just to get a feel for it – and you don’t control your cars {per say!} you can accelerate, brake, change lanes on the track etc and even fire weapons which can upgrade the more you play. 

The cars provided also act like characters within the game – the weapons that you have {as I said before} can be upgraded the more you play which can also help to boost your speed and even stun your opponent. You can even earn credits by winning races and battles which allow you to look into upgrades. You can also unlock more intense races too!

Now it’s time to race! You can change lanes as I’ve mentioned before but when racing against a friend or the computer this also allows you to knock into the other car, making it lose health and all of this is monitored via the screen on your phone. 

Overall, we love Anki Overdrive! It’s insanely easy to set up, so much fun making different track sets {ideas are on the back of the box} and racing each other with speed, weapons and jumps on the track is SUPER fun. Anki Overdrive starter kit RRP £149.99 and I have to be honest, it’s an amazing price for this kit. It includes everything you need to get started which will allow 8 different track setups as well as two cars to race with. 

Disclosure: We were kindly gifted this Anki Overdrive Starter Kit for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, photos & opinions are entirely my own. 

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9 Comments

  1. Abbi Chalk
    07/11/2017 / 11:46 AM

    Wow, I love the idea that you use an app to control this – technology is crazy! I think my brother would love this so I have definitely added it to the Christmas list!

  2. 07/11/2017 / 3:00 PM

    I hadn’t heard of these until a couple of weeks ago, it looks so much fun, will definitely get my little man one in a couple of years x

  3. 07/11/2017 / 7:55 PM

    This looks brilliant – I love the innovative idea – I think my kids would love this!

  4. 07/11/2017 / 8:12 PM

    I have this for my son all wrapped up ready for Christmas so its great to hear its been such a hit! I can’t wait to have a go myself too lol!

  5. 08/11/2017 / 10:30 AM

    I’ve seen a couple of people review these now and they look great – I bet my kids would love it!

  6. 08/11/2017 / 12:15 PM

    The Anki Overdrive seems to be everywhere at the moment and it does look fabulous, I know my boy woudl have enjoyed it when he was younger. Mich x

  7. 09/11/2017 / 8:02 AM

    That looks brilliant. We have a, um, rival version and it’s a bit underpowered in comparison!

  8. thenafranssen
    14/11/2017 / 9:46 AM

    This looks really cool. Isn’t technology awesome? I wouldn’t even know how to use it probably but my kids would pick it up in a second!

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