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Altogether, Grooverider Slot Car Thunder is a fun, if bare bones, racer with a new twist on things. Bargain priced, you get what you pay for usually. That said, this is a game that deserves not only a sequel, but one that’s beefed up as well. There’s a solid little game here, trying to burst out.
GameZone (Oct 07, 2003)
Well, slot car racing has finally been done for Xbox, but the plusses of the game unfortunately get run over by the issues. If you have $19.99 burning a hole in your pocket and you are a big, BIG fan of slot car racing, go ahead and give it a whirl … you may really enjoy it. Even for fans mentioned above and non fans alike, I would definitely recommend that you spend $3.00 to rent it prior to buying it though, just in case. You may just save $16.00 to get a couple of actual slot cars to use on the tracks that may still be collecting dust in your parent’s basement.
IGN (Mar 11, 2004)
Well, you get what you pay for, I guess. This is the very definition of a budget racer and I don't mean that in a good way. Basic arcadey track designs mix with stupidly simple controls and poor graphics for an end experience that falls somewhere below the average. Slot Car might be willing to brave some the backward design choices and mechanical defects and find some entertainment here, but most would do well to look elsewhere -- far away, if possible -- for their racing fix.
GamerDad (Jan 21, 2004)
This one is about as clear as it gets. Except for the annoyance of the tinny engines revving all around those tracks, there's nothing here to worry about. Nothing of substance, either. This one got thumbs down all around here. The girls will play it if the guys are hogging Final Fantasy, but that's about it.
GameSpot (Oct 07, 2003)
Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder is the very definition of a stripped-down budget title, as practically every aspect that would make a game fun or interesting is missing. If you're a slot car enthusiast who's dying for a chance to take your hobby to a console system, or even if you're just a fan of cart racing titles and are searching for something a bit different, don't bother with Slot Car Thunder. The game does little justice to slot cars or racing games in general, and it just isn't worth your time.
Okay, what we’re dealing with here is a racing game that doesn’t let you steer. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS?! You can’t steer; you just control your speed with the analog stick and jump tracks with the shoulder triggers. It’s kind of like making a platforming game where you can’t walk. This is an extremely, extremely bad idea for a game. I can’t even really describe this other than to say it’s some kind of unholy mix between RC Pro Am and Frogger, but without any of the things that made those games fun. Not every kid’s plaything makes a good game. That’s why they haven’t made one called “Dead Rat With A String Tied To Its Tail,” and why they should not have made this title.