Of course, F1 Race Stars didn't invent the inclusion of strategy in kart racers. While newcomers can quite happily enjoy steaming around your average kart track firing off koopa shells, seeker bubbles or generic missiles willy-nilly, seasoned players will be used to leaving booby-traps at key points or timing their use of boost for optimum effect.
The visual design is all very solid stuff. The way all the drivers are presented as bestest bestest pals (just like real life) gets a little grating, but otherwise it's solid stuff, nods to Mario Kart and all.
It is not, alas, without its faults. You may well find that you don't want to have to engage your brain when you turn on a kart racer, for one. Sometimes those more strategic elements work against the game, too. We're all used to being periodically hammered without any warning in kart games, but when the game demands a lot of thought and concentration it feels doubly-unfair to be spontaneously beaten to a pulp by every other racer on the track.
Another, more minor annoyance, is the fact that a second player has to sign in with a profile to play – there's no 'guest' option.
If the idea of a smarter karting game appeals to you and/or you're an F1 nut, you'll get a few good hours out of F1 Race Stars. It's a well-designed game, if one that will be a little counter-intuitive to some karting fans. Don't expect it to take you much further than 'a few good hours', though.
+ Interesting use of F1 license and sensibilities.
+ Strong strategic elements.
+ Good track design.
- Not enough tracks.
- Frustrating menu system.
- No drift.
SPOnG Score: 7/10
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