Turbo: Super Stunt Squad will surprise you if you think it’s just a silly game for kids. Each time you start up a round you are given a short amount of time to make your way through an obstacle course which mixes racing with free-roam, trick-based concepts reminiscent of the Tony Hawk skateboarding video games of ‘yesteryear’. This includes everything from grinding, half-pipes, ‘verts’, and a lot more.
Some of the action from old toys like Micro Machines and Match Box cars are going to be seen in this game as well. The developers have literally packed so many tricks and objectives in each level that you’ll be playing them over and over again before you get it right. At first the controls may make you a little frustrated, but once you master things it’s pretty smooth. Riding through spills give you a turbo boost, and there’s more power-ups in each level than you can count. Figuring out how to get to higher ground and which of your multiple paths is going to take you to victory in itself is a challenge.
You can switch between Timed Mode and Free Play mode in order to either complete objectives to unlock the next stage or just check out the many things there are to do in each level such as finding hidden areas, trophies, stunt jumps, collectibles, and more. You can pick from a number of characters each time you play the game. Each character has its own strengths and weaknesses, and all of them are snails which you might recognize if you had a chance to check out Turbo: Super Stand Squad the film.
Rather than go the typical route and make a video game directly based off of the Turbo: Super Stunt Squad film, the team behind this game put a lot of effort into making a ‘gamer’s game’ type of experience which will challenge gamers of all ages. You can’t just blow through this title, which may or may not be a good thing depending on what your expectations were. I consider this mainly to be a strength of the title since it offers more replay value and diversity tasking you with performing special jumps and gathering up all of the pickups each level has to offer.
The weak point of this game however, is definitely its controls. Even if you master the game you will find yourself experiencing problems with hit detection of your snail against certain objects, and the controls to maneuver don’t always make it easy to work around this. When you bump into walls (which are sometimes invisible barriers that are around an object and not precisely wrapped around the object) you will sometimes have your snail turned to face the wrong way. This can lead to some frustrating moments, but also makes it even more sweet of a feeling when you finally pull off the jumps and clear the obstacles you were trying to overcome. The graphics are pretty decent, but if you grabbed this game you probably weren’t expecting too much in that department. What is appropriate for this game is the level of fun factor. You feel pretty rewarded when you accomplish things in this game.
Engine Performance: No major glitches were experienced during our play-through of this game.
Final Verdict: Overall, Turbo: Super Stunt Squad might be overlooked by a lot of people who think this game is just a kid’s game for families who have seen the film. The game deserves more of a look than that, but unless you’re a hardcore gamer who remembers what it was like during the PlayStation 1 days when 3D gaming was first making its console stride the controls and clipping might annoy you too much to go on. Overall this game has fun moments though and if you enjoyed the film it’s definitely an extension of that experience which will not just be a carbon copy. There is plenty to do to get your money’s worth out of it, and it’s age appropriate for your whole family. In total Turbo: Super Stunt Squad earns itself 7 points out of a possible 10 and is hereby awarded the RGN Bronze Game Rating.
Overall Score: 7/10
RGN Rating: Bronze Game
Developers: Monkey Bar Games / Torus Games Pty. Ltd.
Publisher: D3 Publisher Inc.
Available On: Wii / Wii U / DS / 3DS / PS3 / 360
Played On: PlayStation 3
Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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