Monday, 29 August 2016


We were sent a selection of the fabulous Anki OVERDRIVE products to share our thoughts on here.

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The boys have had Scalextric sets before but its always been a bit hit and miss as they tended to get extremely frustrated when the cars repeatedly came off the tracks and they would soon tire of racing.  Not to forget how much of a challenge it was getting the car to sit nicely in its lane, it was such a temperamental toy to own – I was secretly pleased when I got to chuck it in the bin!

Anki OVERDRIVE on the other hand is in another league completely, its so sophisticated, the cars only very rarely leave the tracks and when they do you simply pause the race, return the car and continue as normal!  You do not have to worry that the other player is progressing whilst you attempt to re-join the race.  On top of that you get to benefit from advancements to your speed, defences and weapons when you race (after visiting the garage on the app) and you definitely get caught up in all the excitement of the race with the music and sound effect effects.

The tracks were easy to connect, we had the ones included in the starter pack (£149.99) and also additional collision (£29.99), speed (£19.99) and corner (£19.99) sets.  I would recommend buying as many as you can afford as they make the tracks you build much more interesting.  We are looking forward to buying the launch kit, as the boys are eager to add some jumps to the battlefield - ideally the more taxing the better!  I am surprised by how long Anki OVERDRIVE has kept them occupied; they have been singing its praises to everyone too!  Eldest insisted his best friend came round immediately to have a go and he left on a high (and with an extensive Christmas list for his mum no doubt!).

Before you race the cars cleverly go round to map the track, I think that in part helps them stay on course!

Two cars are included in the starter pack but we would recommend buying two more if your budget allows, its something else seeing four cars line up ready to race!  It might seem like expensive kit but I promise you this is the most advanced racing set you will find.  The whole set seems a quality product that really does perform well.

The app is free and available to download on both iOS and Android devices, we have it on a couple of mobile phones and an Ipad Mini, and as a result we haven’t had a problem having too few controllers so all four of us can get involved.  

I like that you can also race against the AI – perfect if you have one child at home and they can still have a proper race if your busy doing other things.

Eldest has made a little video below to show you more, but suffice to say we are all very impressed with Anki OVERDRIVE.


  1. I've not heard of this before but it looks fabulous fun, we have nothing like this in our house. Mich x

  2. Brilliant! My oldest son has been going on about Scalextric for ages, but I think this looks even better!

  3. I dare not show this to the boys as they will be really angry that we didn't get this to review Their best mate has one and they all LOVE playing it.