Codemasters reboots the classic table top racing experience in Toybox Turbos! Collect & customise 35 vehicles, take on 18 crazy tracks & send your rivals into a spin with awesome power-ups, including mines, machine guns & giant car-mounted hammers!
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Release Date: Nov 11, 2014

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Fire up the fun as Codemasters reboots the classic table top racing experience in Toybox Turbos – now updated to support the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) virtual reality headset for incredible immersion!

Collect and customize 35 vehicles in this pick-up-and-play arcade racer. Take on 18 obstacle and short-cut filled circuits built for chaotic, combative competition – speed past spilt sticky jam on the kitchen table, dodge flaming Bunsen burners as you take your opponents back to school and dodge the runaway train as you race around a railway set!

Stay on track by using a range of awesome and ridiculous power-ups to send your rivals into a spin, including mines, machine guns and, of course, giant car-mounted hammers.

Master six game modes in the single-player game, then turn friends into foes in manic four player multiplayer - local, online or with a mix - perfect for those one-more-go gaming session that race into the night!

Toybox Turbos – the top-down racing game bursting with miniaturized mayhem, featuring dinosaurs, combine harvesters, golf-buggies and so MUCH more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 5400+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD2600 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible soundcard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64 bit, Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8 64 bit
    • Processor: AMD Phenom or Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD5000 Series or Nvidia GTX400 Series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard
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Orangeator
9.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
With almost 10 hours of my life wasted on this game I must say I don't regret it. This game is very entertaining and works very well the Steam Controller. It's a great game to play with friends and family on the big screen as well.
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ZombieBear
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
Bought this game solely for VR purposes. Hasn't been updated since 2014 with oculus sdk 0.4
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Grayefc
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 18
A terrible camera ruins this game, it just doesn't allow you to see enough of the track on either default or the overhead view, shame really as i really used to love the Micro machines games....

I'd give this one a miss.
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McIne
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 2
Fun little racing game, really great i VR
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Goose274
3.4 hrs
Posted: July 25
Very great game, don't know why they just dicieded to port it and call it Micro Machines recently, but I'd like the same to be done for PC please if it's not too much to ask cause I freaking love it on IOS.
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✰Steven Universe
9.4 hrs
Posted: July 21
I have 100% in this game. Short and sweet version at the bottom.

This is a fun top down racing game even though it crashes when you first start it. There is a guide to fix this problem. It also randomly exited itself sometimes. It might just be me though. No notification crash screen or anything.

I played this in retro top down camera mode with a controller. Might have been easier with the default, but I kinda chose retro top down on accident and never changed it back. I liked the music for the levels. Especially the boss fights. The boss fights were the most fun part of the game for me. When the boss fight goes into "Playoff Mode" mines are placed on the track making things interesting. Being able to customize the colors of the vehicles you unlock was a nice feature too. Coins muct be earned in each level in order to unlock other vehicles with better stats. I have to say the challenges on each level do get a bit repetitive and it can be frustrating to get the 3 star goal. The tracks designs all have a household environment theme which range from a kitchen to a pool table. They are creative and some have shortcuts here and there which usually need to be cleared by pushing interactive objects, like dominoes, out of the way. There are 7 cups or I guess you could call them track sets. Each cup has 5 challenges and 1 boss fight. Each also has a specific set of vehicles to choose from that revolve around a theme like public transit. The challenges give you a task. Only some are to win a race while others require you to pass other vehicles or escape a blue wave that's chasing you. Each challenge has a possible 3 stars to earn depending on how well you do.

There is also mutiplayer both local and online. You'd think the online would be dead since this isin't a very popular game, but both instances I played online I found games easily. This was just the other day. The online games work much like boss fights on sigleplayer, but each player has their own win tally. Essentially you want to eliminate the other players by either getting so far ahead of them they are off screen or destroying them with items. Each round the last player standing earns tallys to their bar and the losers lose tallys. When playoff mode (tie breaker) is activated you may only gain tallys to decide a winner.

This has Oculus support too if that's your thing.

This is a fun little top down racing game with toys and creative level design based around household items. If you like online and local multiplayer you will get more entertainment out of this too. It's not too difficult of a game either. Also, if you liked Micro Machines you should definitely try this!
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Alien
6.1 hrs
Posted: July 17
very entertaining with 4 players
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エズィデニアサ
4.2 hrs
Posted: July 15
Product received for free
This game is Great, I mean don't get me wrong the initial price is terible but if you happen to get it in a sale you are in for a threat. It might just shaking keys for some hours but it is. Also get some friends with it. The Astetics of the games a very apealing, I mean the definition isn't very high but the envirements are great!.
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PowerFlower
5.2 hrs
Posted: July 13
Toybox Turbos isn't the longest game in the world counted on available courses, but it is incredible fun to play. The controls aren't real because they aren't meant to be. You play toy cars and they behave that way.
While the game isn't that long, it still contains tons of playing hours just in single player mode. Added bonus are both internet and lan play, which I haven't tried. I'm a solo player, but I could see how it could be fun to play against your friends too.
I probably wouldn't get it for the normal price of €15, but if you find it cheap in a sale or bundle, it's definetly worth the time to play it.
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ZERO
13.4 hrs
Posted: July 12
Very inexpensive cheap fun game to play wiht friends. Online play pretty fun just wish they had battle race as well. Overall its a great game to pass the time
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
75 of 91 people (82%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2015
It's Micro Machines.
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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Absolutely fantastic party game. If you enjoyed playing micromachines 'way back then' you will instantly feel right at home with Toybox Turbos. The main singleplayer mode is pretty fun and gets you accustomed with the gameplay pretty quickly but it does feel like they could have done a bit more with it.

The main fun of this game comes from the elimination multiplayer which can be played against the AI, up to 4 friends on the same screen or online. What's better is that you can party up with two or three friends on one screen and play online with other opponents.

Matchmaking works pretty well. Haven't really had any connection issues connecting to other players and the game is mostly lag free. The few times the lag was noticeable, it was relatively miniscule and never really affected the races.

Overall a surprisingly well put together game that captures the feel and the nostalgia of the old Micromachine games.
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Ask yourself a very simple question: Do you love the old Micro Machines games?

If the answer is yes, then chances are you'll love this too.

It's pretty much everything you loved about the old games: fast, close and fun races; innovative tracks based on breakfast tables, playrooms, school rooms and pool tables.

You can even set the view to the classic 'top down', which makes it a lot easier to spot short cuts but isn't really how the game is meant to be played.

The single player campaign is rather short. I finished it in less than four hours, which is something to be aware of.

I also found online to be a little bit buggy and laggy, though this could have been my connection rather than a server side issue. I'd have to play more to find out.

I haven't played local multi-player yet but it should be a hoot!

If you're not sure, try the demo. For me it turned this game from a 'wait until it's on sale' to a 'I need this right now!'

It may be a short and quite simple game, but it's very, very sweet.

I can't wait to get this game on with three other peeps, it'll be an absolute blast!
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
88 MPH

Charge your flux capacitors because we're going back in time.

It's 1994, Blur's Park Life is echoing in through an open window, a portable TV chatters away to itself in the corner advertising a new show called FREINDS.

A movie stub for Pulp Fiction sits on a desk and a fresh faced future games reviewer is hunched over a keyboard playing a game called Micro Machines on his shiny new Pentium PC.


Everybody Be Cool!

Micro Machines was cool.

There's no denying the attraction of racing a toy car around a kitchen table, the track made from kitchen utensils, spilt sugar and the like, so much fun!

You could tear around a corner, skid on some milk and fly off the edge of the table!
There was nothing else like it.

It was a ground-breaking game which helped establish the top down racing genre. A genre which hasn't seen too much love in more recent times.

That is until now!


Back to the Future

Back in the present, it's easy to look at Micro Machines with rose tinted glasses.
It was a different time back then, games were simpler, mechanics less sophisticated and consumers less demanding.

How would a game like Micro Machines stand up in todays market?

Similar titles have been few and far between over the last decade, maybe that's for a reason, or maybe we've all forgotten how much fun this type of game is and it's time to rediscover the genre...


Spiritual Successor

It seems like you can't read a review these days without coming across the phrase "Spiritual Successor".

Civ Beyond Earth was the "Spiritual Successor" to Alpha Centauri, Next Car Game is the "Spiritual Successor" to the Flat Out series, Evil Within is the "Spiritual Successor" to Resident Evil 4, the list goes on and on.

Not being one to buck the trend, I'm going to jump on the reviewers phrase of the moment and call Toybox Turbos the "Spiritual Successor" to Micro Machines.

It's with this in mind that I approach Toybox Turbos with some trepidation.

I loved Micro Machines, so could this be the reinvention I'm hoping for or a hollow copy that will diminish my fond memories of the franchise.

Let's fire it up and find out!


Everything including the Kitchen Sink!

The first track you'll come across will have your toy car of choice racing around a breakfast table, tearing around dirty plates, avoiding the odd stray baked bean and negotiating the various utensils as you try make it across the water-filled kitchen sink.

You'll find various little gift boxes floating around the course which, if you manage to pick up, will temporarily modify your vehicle by giving you a speed boost or bolting some sort of weapon to your roof enabling you to try and take out the cars in front (or drop mines to take out the cars behind!)

You'll also find gold coins littering the track which you'll want to try to collect.


Toys R Us

After each race, the coins you've managed to collect will be added to your total kitty which you can then use purchase new vehicles.

There are 35 for you to choose from, each fitting into one of seven different categories from construction vehicles to race cars.

As you browse through the selection you will be treated to a view of each toy packaged in its own toy box which will open once you purchase it.

It's nice touches like this that really help Toybox Turbos shine.

There are slight differences in the handling of each vehicle too, a tractor isn't going corner the same as a race car, even if it is a toy.


Track and Field

Toybox Turbos fields 18 tracks, all of them bright, colourful and well designed.

You'll be racing around school desks, kitchen tables, science labs etc. each with their own short cuts to learn and each with their own special touches to make you smile.

You'll jump over ramps made from cake, be fired into the air by toasters and dodge run-away trains. You can tell that a lot of time and effort has gone into creating these tracks and it really shows.

Sure I've got my favourites but all of them are fun to race around, just don't spend too much time admiring the scenery or you'll miss your turn or find yourself trapped behind a stubborn baked bean.


This ruler isn't big enough for the both of us

It's not just about classic races either, there are end of level bosses, time trials, overtake challenges and escape runs to name but a few.

If this isn't enough to keep the game fresh for you, then you can take your driving skills online and invite 3 friends to join the fun.

There's nothing more satisfying than ramming a competitors taxi cab off the edge of a school ruler bridge before accelerating away over a text book and there's not many games you can say that about!


Eye Spy something beginning with Oculus

Another plus is the fact that Codemasters have announced that Oculus rift support is planned for this title.
I'm not sure how this is going to work with this genre but it doesn't stop me being excited about it!


Toybox (Micro) Troubles

With regards to criticisms, I'm really going to have to nitpick here.

You'll unlock all of the content pretty quickly, but after you finish the single player challenges you'll want to take this online anyway so I don't really see that as an issue.

There's a first to the edge of the screen race mode which can be awkward when your winning because you can't see what's coming next.

That's really about it, neither of these things are real issues and I only mention them for the sake of balance.


Toybox Micro Turbo Machines

Back at the begging of this review I was nervous that Toybox Turbos might take something away from my fond memories of Micro Machines and I'm happy to say that this wasn't the case at all.

This is a title that knows what it wants to be and doesn't fail to deliver.
It's an honest, charming and nostalgic experience which captures the feel of the original micro machines titles perfectly.

Whether you were around for the original micro machines or not, I still think you'll find a lot to enjoy here.

If you're looking for a fast, frantic and above all fun filled little arcade racer then you've found it!

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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
This game is awesome! The handling of the vehicles is perfect for this type of game. Multiplayer is the best part if you have local or online or mixed. Just needs some outdoor courses like maybe a back garden track or even an icy outdoor track. Well worth the money. If you get this on sale I guarantee you won't be disappointed
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
There is a reason why I'm writing this review right now. This game is on -75% discount sale. If you don't get it, you're missing out on the greatest fun evaaaaaaaaaaah!

OK, I know you might be thinking 'this guy's been playing for only half an hour and he's rushing me to spend 3,5 €!"

You might be right. But I've spent hundreds of hours playing Micro Maniacs on PSX, spin-off to popular Micro Machines series. If you've played that one or any of the Micro Machines titles - this is it - MM license free Micro Machines game. Same excitement, same fun...

Some games are games. But some games are feel good games.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
TL;DR Surprisingly solid, enjoyable game. Graphics are spot on, handling is just right, difficulty has challenge without being too hard. Features 4-player local/online multiplayer with plenty of options and tracks. Also top-down retro view for fans of the old Micro Machines games. Would recommend to people who like fun!

I've spent the past year looking for modern-day Micro Machines-alikes but nothing comes close to the originals, I found myself replaying those instead. When I saw that CodeMasters were making a new game (albeit with the license), I was incredibly excited but also very weary. Turns out though, that it's a fantastic little game.

The difficulty is not overboard like the old ones tended to be but still challenging enough, I often found myself tantilisingly close to a higher place on the online leaderboards too, which added some extra life and replayability to the game.

I realised all too late that you were able to change the camera view to a retro-topdown one but I was surprised actually by how much the new camera view suited the game, I'm usually strictly retro-isometric but I'd happily play this game as-is!

Altogether, this is a well put together title which has clearly had some love lavished upon it, especially considering the low pricepoint. You aren't paying the triple-A money of the original games but you certainly get the quality. The graphics are just right, the handling is great and there are several noticably nice touches in the track design.

I've yet to try out the multiplayer but that is usually where Micro Machines games shone so I have no real worries there.
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36 of 48 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Great oldschool fun game :)
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
Toybox Turbos is essentially a rebooted version of the old Micro Machines games in all bar the name. These were fantastic top-down view racing games that used everyday locations to create the race tracks. Toybox Turbos continues that trend and adds vibrant levels with plenty of new obstacles to make things more interesting (or irritating, depending on your preference).

The game modes are split into Classic (a simple race to the finish line), Escape (outrun a wall of death for as long as you can), Time Trial (complete a number of laps with no competitors as fast as you can), Overtake (as the name suggests, overtake as many AI cars as you can in the time limit) and Elimination which is typically a boss battle. On these the goal is to either destroy your opponent or get far enough ahead that they fall off the screen. Both players start at 5/10 points and you gain a point for getting ahead/lose a point for falling behind. First to 10 wins. These can be a bit irritating if you use the classic top-down view as you often can't see far enough ahead to dodge obstacles in time. Still, it's a minor flaw.

I've not tried the multiplayer yet but the single player is great even on its own. If you're looking for a casual, fun to play racer in the vein of Mario Kart and/or were a fan of the original Micro Machines games then do yourself a favour and pick this up. Great little game. Little...get it? I'll show myself out.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Toybox Turbos
Developer: Codemasters
Publisher: Codemasters
Genre: Top-down Racer

General Impression
Toybox Turbos is a very nicely detailed 3D top-down racer with plenty of diversity to overlook its few glitches that pop from time to time. The opponent AI was surprisingly prompt and really challenges you on rare occasions. Not many enough though, as once you unlock more power-ups and upgrades, Toybox Turbos can become too easy to beat. And single-player mode is the one you’ll be playing the most since sadly, the MP segment and playerbase is deficient and largely abandoned by now. However this does not remove any replayability value from this game, which can be tremendously fun once bought on offer and played in local co-op.

Strong Points
+ Vehicle and track diversity.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements.

Weak Points
- Too short and easy to complete.
- Multiplayer community is lacking in numbers.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for SUPER Giveaways.
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