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When you've only got a couple of gameplay modes on-hand, the stale taste sets in. Toy Story Racing is a nice diversion, but it's not going to hold your attention for very long. Still, the trip through is unique and challenging, and Tiertex has built the game upon a strong engine to make it look as good as it can.
With all that said, Toy Story Racer isn't the best of the Mario Kart clones. In fact, for most players, Wacky Races or Woody Woodpecker Racing are much better alternatives. However, the 3D visuals and cartoon-style charm contained within Toy Story Racer do make it an excellent choice for children, Disney fans, or Game Boy fanatics who enjoy visual gimmicks. The inclusion of a few GBC-rendered Toy Story music tracks doesn't hurt either.
All Game Guide
The look of the game is quite good, with the faux-3D effect looking better here than it has in other games of this type, thanks to bright, colorful, oversized objects that swoop by you and stand in your way. This style is still of questionable worth, however, as it is obviously not true 3D, and the frame rate is low enough to disorient you on many occasions. It doesn't quite do enough to suck you into the world, and ends up feeling more like a gimmick than a viable racing engine. Still, if you can get past that fact, you might be able to enjoy yourself with Toy Story Racer's very simplistic gameplay, especially those in the younger age groups who might not be ready for anything more complex.
Super Play (Sweden)
Ful grafik, dålig musik, totalt obefintlig kontroll och variationslösa banor bidrar till att göra det här spelet meningslöst. Det är faktiskt inte kul ens om man älskar karaktärerna.
Game Informer Magazine
Toy Story Racer has an intriguing mix of not-too-involving gameplay and yet is semi-competitive. Zooming your way around the title's tracks, it won't take you too long to get into the flow of the racing, as you never really careen out of control. Still, some sections of the races do present quick turns and tight curves. By offering up more road pitfalls (like reverse steering or reducing your speed) than weapons or bonuses, your job is simply not to lose to whoever is hugging your butt. Activision has never met a license it didn't like, but I'd bet that Toy Story Racer won't be in your good graces. If your eyes strain while you concentrate on the screen, don't mistake this for actually getting sucked into the game.
Game Informer Magazine
First off, I’d like to apologize to Rare, because this makes Mickey’s Speedway USA look like Gran-freaking-Turismo 3! Since it is against Game Informer regulations to give negative scores, Toy Story Racer actually forced me to go back and raise Mickey’s by a couple points. Making a decent handheld kart racer must be harder than it sounds.