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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About This Game

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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Wakka360
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This was a fun little game that reminded me of the old Micro Machines games on the Gameboy. It's fairly easy to play and easy to get all of the achievements. I bought it on sale and highly recommend it.
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WishManiac
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It reminds me the Micro Machines a lot.Getting back to your childhood is always good.
7.5/10
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KCW
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
So they didn't call this Micro Machines V5, yet it's still Very much that but they went with another name.
Toybox Turbos.

Bought it during the 2016 Summer Sale, and also gave it to my friends. Creating Multi is a bit confusing looks very unfinisched in that sense. And first time around also felt some Rubberbanding. Day afer we played again no rubberbanding.

I have played MMV3 quite a bit almost had every Cup. And that game was very much twitchy gameplay. Tons a fun.
This comes very close to it, feels a tad bit slower can't explain why or how. But its fun and miss allot of tracks variaty that V3 had.
Then again this game is cheaper in comparison and you get still tons of crazy fun Top Down Racer, just not as much cars/tracks. Hopefully Codemasters will continue their Top Down Racing games in the future and hopefully expand on this one. With either an actual expansion or later iteration. Where i personally hope they keep it a bit crazy and hopefully add cool features.

Is this game worth it, i say yes at the current writing of this playing experiance i don't have many hours in it yet. But i still intend to put more Hours in it and ofc play with my friends and hear them Rage/Rant/Cheer/Laugh how cool/unfair/annoying and what not the game is.
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ChrisP
( 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 Howl Reviews.
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Such Player
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Micro Machines nostalgia, totally worth it if you can pick it in a good deal (e.g. bundle...). Not an overwhelming game, though.
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Sonlir
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
A pretty nifty game and a spiritual succesor to Micro Machines.
It's main drawback is the length of the single player experience and weaksauce variety Previous games had boats and helicopters you aren't going to encounter here.

And i mentioned the game being short. I literally completed the game before i got all the steam cards.
That's how short the single player is.
Still that's fair since the game is more geared for wacky multiplayer fun than single player AI bashing so the game supports. Just get the game when it's on sale for $5 if you only want to play alone.
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Tenguninja
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
i was surprised to learn this game was made by the same people who made micro machines but once i started playing it, it was clear that this is just a modern micro machines, i recommend if anyone of you had micro machines on the snes or mega drive growing up that you purchase this game, its a brilliant piece of retro gaming with a modern twist :)
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MorEqual
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
The game is fun, though I don't think it brings anything new to the genre. The first half of the game is incredibly easy. The second half has some tricky parts, and the final boss was fairly satisfying and not too infuriating.

4 hours is the amount of time I needed to get every achievement and unlockable, except the online race one, as nobody plays it online, so I need to find someone for that.

So yeah, it's a relatively fun, relatively easy, rather short game. But thumbs up.
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Hassan
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Nice and smooth game. This is a "don't make me think" type of game, and it's perfect at that. You're not going to look forward to achieve anything in here, just plain fun.

I would say the price is a bit high, but it's worth getting on sale.
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NoFoxGiven
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
It looks like it's pretty much supposed to be Micro Machines with new looks.
I decided to play it, because I used to love Micro Machines, just to feel a little nostalgic.
And now I'm a sad noob, because this game is dedicated for kids and I cannot outrun a tank with an ambulance.
The game is pretty fun.
Nobody plays multiplayer anymore.
That is all I can think of.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 11 people (91%) 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 Howl Reviews.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
68 of 83 people (82%) found this review helpful
11 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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32 of 34 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 38 people (87%) 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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31 of 35 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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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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35 of 47 people (74%) 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
3 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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