Hot Wheels: Beat That! Reviews

  • PHUTURE 909PHUTURE 909246,023
    14 May 2009 09 Aug 2009
    23 0 2
    Hot Wheels Beat That!
    Ease of achievements[1 easy - 5 hard]: 3.5 (time consuming)
    Overall[1 bad - 5 very good]: 2 (maybe 3.5 if you are a child)
    Hours to 1k: approx 15hrs(updated)

    Welcome to Hot Wheels Beat That! The game tries to bring back the good old memories of playing in one's bedroom with our Hot wheels racing sets, and it does an ok job, but that is as far as it goes. It is a straight up racing game with not much to offer other than a ton of races with side tasks to perform during the races. At first glance it'll look as a very easy straight up 1k, but you'll have to spend about 1hr to complete each required stage.

    Get a calculator because here comes the math smile. The game has three difficulties, Easy(turbo), Medium(nitro), and Hard(inferno). Each difficulty is broken down into four stages: bedroom, mini golf, attic, bowling alley. Each stage is broken down into three areas. Each area has three race types to complete. They include your usual affair of Quick race, Eliminator(knockout) and Rampage(search and destroy). You'll need to finish these races and achieve a certain pole position before the final stage Tournament becomes available. The Tournament is just a quick race for each of the areas of that particular stage. As you can see it'll become quite repetative, quite fast in my opinion.

    You'll need to earn as many flames(the game's version of medals in this case) in order to accumulate enough to achieve the Beat That! rank as well as opening new races, stages and difficulty levels. You'll need,if i'm correct, 720 out of a possible 780. You earn these flames by finishing in first place(3), 2nd place(2) and 3rd place(1) in races as well as completing the misc goals per race(1 flame per goal, 2 goals per race). Some of these goals will require you to drift, draft, land on all four wheels, or use a particular car in a race as an example. You won't know any of this until you actually start loading the race, so if you need a particular car, you'll have to quit and go back to the race selection screen and start all over again if you really want/need that goal. I'm sorry I can't remember that info at this time.

    You'll get new vehicles as you finish each stage. Some of these become quite useful while others just seem to be fillers. Their stats are based on fire power, handling, top speed and acceleration. Some of the "better" vehicles are not really better, they have horrible handling, contrary of their stats, and drive all over the place. Just stick to a car you feel comfortable with unless you are getting smoked by the rest of the pack.

    The game controls are quite easy, after all it's a kid's game. The menus are very minimal as well.

    This review was done by me, Phuture 909, for TrueAchievements.com. It is my opinion and not that of any of the administrators/owners of this site. Enjoy!

    computeNew comments/thoughts/sugguestions to be added:
    Nice review buddy. The only thing I would add is that if I remember correctly, this game suffers pretty badly from that old rubber-band problem see in the worst of racers: the fact that you'll get pretty far ahead, and then one mistake and the rest of the field are right on your tail again. - elSmitmyster

    That and the fact some there are "hidden bumps" in the road that'll throw you off course. Sometimes the boost portals glitch and don't boost you, in my case many times my vehicle was mysteriously "pushed away" from the portals therefore missing it. Also the all-so-annoying corkscrew ramps that you keep falling out off for no apparent reason and the ones that out of nowhere seem to have a "hidden sidewalk" which completely stops you, ugh! - Phuture 909
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    elSmitmysterNice review buddy. The only thing I would add is that if I remember correctly, this game suffers pretty badly from that old rubber-band problem see in the worst of racers: the fact that you'll get pretty far ahead, and then one mistake and the rest of the field are right on your tail again.
    Posted by elSmitmyster on 17 May 09 at 16:34
    splicegraphGreat review, love the fact that you stuck in the "Hours to 1k" approximation, and the disclaimer at the end is hilarious. Intended or not.
    Posted by splicegraph on 09 Aug 09 at 15:19
  • exact0exact0152,834
    12 May 2009
    11 7 0
    Well, there isn't much you can really do with a Hot Wheels car besides race it against other Hot Wheel cars. That's exactly what you do here... over, and over, and over again. Talk about repetition! There aren't that many rooms / tracks and the achievements require you to get "flames" to progress to the next room and/or track. The graphics and controls aren't that great to begin with so it gets really boring quick. After about 2 or 3 tracks, you should have a firm grip on the controls. Don't worry about memorizing the tracks b/c you will be playing the same ones SEVERAL times if you are going for 1000/1000 GS. I really don't see how kids can play this since it is hard to control the car and camera. They will be very disappointed. It is very easy to get stuck and near impossible to catch up once you've gotten behind.

    I just can't emphasize how repetitive this game can be.
    2.0