One of the many games that could use a neutral sign, instead of just thumbs up or down.
The value of this game depends on your needs as a gamer, and on your age too.
I've got it from a bundle and I'm happy I didn't pay the full price, but at the same time I'm happy to own it, because sometimes I just want to play a casual, easy game just to relax for a bit, and this is especially good at it.
In fact, this game is even too easy if you're an experienced gamer as me, and probably even as an average one, but you know, sometimes you don't have the mood to get into simulators or hard games, and just want those 30/60 minutes of relax with an easy and fun game.
Thanks to the good graphics and catchy soundtrack, playing this game is fun and puts you in a good mood.
You've got a good selection of cars which you need to purchase with the money you collect by playing, and a positive thing is that they really feels different and there's usually one to match your preferred play style, or even to match the needs of certain tracks. You can also upgrade some aspects of them, but at a certain point you'll have to buy a better one anyway.
The game spreads into many levels of increasing difficulty, each of which has 6 tracks to play. The game mode can be any of the few that the developer created, like normal races, elimination, time attack and so on.
The variety of the tracks is decent enough to me: they can have one of the few backgrounds available (like kitchen, garage and what else), and each has an assortment of different tracks available, and I guess you play at least once for each game mode on each track of the campaign.
To beat your enemies you have to play well or you won't have many chances, unless you use a car that's so much more powerful, but that obviously cannot be done on the latter tracks. You can also collect power ups and use them at your will, and you can find both attack and defense ones. The last thing is the boost, which can be used only when it's full and can be refilled through a powerup or through jumping/sliding.
This game comes with online/local multiplayer, and even with a track editor with Steam Workshop support, so there's a good amount of toys to play with.
Other things worth noting, that cannot be found so often even in mainstream games, are a replay system, and even a photo mode.
It may sound like such a great game from this description, and in fact the potential is there, but there's also many things done wrong here.
The main problem is the engine used: Unity. Once again, it can deliver a game quicker than using a better one, but the problems it gives to the users are too many, especially on bigger projects.
Super Toy Cars suffers from the usual performance problems that all Unity games suffers, although here they aren't as bad as in other games, but in a racing game, a framerate stutter can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle.
This is an arcade racer so that's less important, but since I can play GRID2 in full HD, with 16xAF and 4xAA, with all settings to High and some to Ultra at a stable 60fps with the graphics you all know, I know that the very simple special effects used in this game (fake env-mapping for example) and the simple models should run smoother than it does, especially since this game is more suited to kids, and you usually don't give your kids the most powerful pc you have around to play with.
The physics are also quite bad which, paired with really weird track objects bounding boxes, it can lead to moments of frustration.
You may want to cut corners sometimes, because the game seem to push that strategy with a lot of cars that slides while just steering, and the fact that you obtain boost by doing so, and that you even have a button on your gamepad just for sliding, but the objects put on the track have strange bounding boxes which sometimes are smaller than the objects themselves, and sometimes are bigger, which leads you to hit your head into invisible walls that just shouldn't be there.
The cars also becomes less controllable at times, especially while jumping and when the framerate stutters. Weird behaviors can also be observed while hitting other cars or any other object in the game.
Other Unity-related problems are lack of support for dinput and older xinput gamepads (needing you to use x360ce), some weird audio-related glitches and general stability. The game didn't crash often (like twice so far in-game), but it crash on exit for some reason, like other Unity games that I have (no profile data loss anyway).
I can't comment on the multiplayer as I could never find anyone playing this game and I don't have anyone to play with here.
I can't comment much on the track editor either because I don't have time to learn how to use it, but I can comment on the fact that I hoped it would be easier to use. One little thing the devs can do is to add some tooltips on its GUI so that you can easily know what each button does, but I guess it won't need a lot of practice or a lot of reading to get used to it.
The whole in-game shop is also looking like it was rushed, because you just can save up to power up your current car and you'll be able to win so many races, which leads to you save enough to buy a car powerful enough to win another 1/3 of the game. You can basically win the whole game with just 3 cars, and by that time you'll have enough money to buy the rest of them with their powerups, but that's probably because the game is easy and therefore more suited to kids.
In fact, I see this game like a little gem for kids, as they can play a game that is easy enough for them, play local multiplayer or online with their little friends, and spend additional time using the built-in track editor to make their own track, that can be shared on the Workshop for everyone to enjoy (or hate).
I have to thumb down this game because for my age and likings, this game does too many important things (for me) wrong and it's also too easy and short, but it would probably be a thumb up if I were a kid or if I had kids.
I also know many people of my age that just can't drive serious racing games, and this game may be good for them too (lol).
There's many other arcade racers out there which does things right, like Little Racers STREET, so consider the alternatives before buying this, unless, as I said, you need a game for your (young) kids.