Realism in racing games is something many developers are striving for. But not H2 Interactive, which has gone back to a few decades with Super Pixel Racers.
Utilising cartoony pixelated graphics and a top-down view, there are clear nods to classic racers such as Micro Machines and Super Off Road, especially as the 'thumping' soundtrack (the developer's words, not ours) is of the 16-bit variety.
Being released in modern times means Super Pixel Racers benefits from a few advances in gaming, including online multiplayer for up to eight players. Or you can keep it old-school and enjoy four-player local racing.
Racing takes place in various areas, ranging from desert dunes to city streets, all with changing weather conditions along the way to mix up the handling.
The ability to fine-tune your vehicle should add some longevity, especially as there are numerous car types to choose from, including Pixel Hot-Hatches and Pixel Sports Cars. Each one can take damage so being super aggressive may not be the best idea.
If you prefer, you can drift around like Ken Block, which rewards you with a nitro top-up. Use said nitro and you get a temporary speed boost, just like in the Fast & Furious movies.
Super Pixel Racers is available from the 31st of October, 2018, on PS4 and Xbox One, priced at nearly a tenner. We are currently playing the Xbox version (currently unavailable on the store) so expect our verdict soon.