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Circuit Superstars Review

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A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox One on 🏎️

Circuit Superstars is also available for PS4

Circuit Superstars is rated Everyone by the ESRB

Overhead racers are underrated and Circuit Superstars is quite a promising one so put the pedal to the metal and let's see how she purrs.

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It's nice to be cheered on for a change

I have fond memories of playing Championship Sprint at my local 7-Eleven when I was a kid and since then, I've loved this very specific genre of racing game. There's a certain finesse that's required to guide your vehicle to victory when you're observing it from a bird's eye view and that added challenge really clicks with me. Thankfully, Circuit Superstars does a good job of bringing this old-school formula to the modern age with its tight gameplay, fantastic presentation, and variety of tracks and vehicles. v1d30chumz 3-237-29-69

Playing Circuit Superstars is intuitive as all you do is accelerate, brake, and steer but don't be fooled; it's not an easy game to master. Specifically, you have to hug every corner perfectly and not slip up once if you want to win a race. The fact that it's as challenging as it is may put off more casual racing fans but folks who embrace the notion of practicing and honing their skills are sure to love it.

The variety of vehicles that you get to control in Circuit Superstars is one of its most notable aspects because each vehicle type controls very differently so whether you're sliding around in the mud in a rally car, carefully manoeuvring a truck, or zipping by in a Formula 1 race car; you'll have a great time adapting to the intricacies of how they each control. Speaking of variety, there's an excellent assortment of challenging tracks to master, too, with most of them being quite small yet featuring an impressive amount of detail.

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How am I supposed to get around this mess?

Now that I mention detail, Circuit Superstars is a superbly presented racing game. Everything in it frankly looks adorable with cute chibi-like vehicle models that may have simple designs but the small details like flashing lights and a little exhaust burst when you brake make them come alive. The music is top-notch as well with plenty of upbeat vibes that match the graphical aesthetic wonderfully.

When it comes to content, Circuit Superstars keeps it simple by offering a standard assortment of single player modes that can also be played with up to 4 local players and there's online multiplayer, too. However, I found playing online to be rather annoying because the visuals regularly stuttered and I have a great internet connection so it was frustrating to make mistakes because of this.

On a similar note, Circuit Superstars has some very sensitive mechanics that can be irritating because one simple slip-up can put you to the back of the pack; it's downright unforgiving at times. I wish the core gameplay featured more elements, too, such as power-ups or a boost system. Heck, even the unlockables and customization component are primarily cosmetic which is kind of a bummer.

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I think I'll take a dip in that pond when this is all over

Circuit Superstars is a lovely-looking old-school racer that'll appeal to those who are wanting to hone their skills within an intuitive yet deceptively challenging formula. With that in mind, it feels like the overall package is missing a few too many elements.

  • + Intuitive gameplay set on a wide variety of challenging tracks
  • + Adorable visuals and upbeat music
  • + Nice array of vehicles with unique control
  • - Gameplay has overly sensitive mechanics and could use more complexities
  • - Unlockables are merely cosmetic
  • - Playing online is quite janky
7.1 out of 10
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