Super Street: Racer (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Josh Di Falco 29.12.2019

Review for Super Street: Racer on Nintendo Switch

With the large abundance of racing titles available in today's climate, finding a point of difference between different games becomes quite difficult. While some titles go the rally route, others focus on track-racing. Super Street: Racer takes the vehicular racing to the streets - and the point of difference here requires the abundance of customisation options available to build a dump of a car into the ultimate racing machine. Race across various different events and different racing modes, to earn enough money for upgrades, while unlocking new events to partake in. With a bevy of other racing titles already available on the Nintendo Switch, here's a dive into what makes Lion Castle's Super Street: Racer stand out from the pack.

From the outset, Super Street: Racer introduces the first task of choosing from a few different beat-up looking car models - and then racing with it. All of these base cars look like something out a car dump yard - a sight for sore eyes. However, this is the crux of this title, as completing events allows for future car customisations to improve the on-road performance, while also making the car look the part as well. The career mode is ripe-filled with events upon which to earn money and experience from.

Super Street: Racer focuses on the real-life scene of car tuning, modifications and upgrades. It's a simple set-up with a simple goal - win the events to earn money to purchase upgrades to win the more advanced races. This is designed around putting together the ultimate car piece-by-piece. Lion Castle has ensured that even those who aren't as knowledgeable with the minute details of car parts can still understand what's going on. In the garage, the car's attributes are neatly displayed, and adding new parts shows just which attributes will improve because of it. This isn't dissimilar to systems found in other racing titles, so it's great to see that feature continue here.

The racing itself throws back to the older arcade-style of racing games - the way that the cars crash is reminiscent of Daytona USA, but with much better graphics. The art design and texture has that "grainy" look to it, like it was purposely designed to be rough around the edges, with a similarity to Destruction Derby. Lion Castle hits all the right notes for those who desire a simpler, but rougher car racing game that deals with cars rescued from the dump, rather than professional cars on a race track.

Screenshot for Super Street: Racer on Nintendo Switch

The two main issues with Super Street: Racer is that there isn't a lot of car bases to choose from or tracks to race on. It doesn't take long before the same tracks are popping back up in career after only a couple of hours. However, beyond the lack of track variety is a fun career mode that features 12 events, with five different races in each. There's the stock-standard 'time trials' and 'circuit' racing to choose from, as well as 'Eliminator' which is a survival-based mode, while 'Joyride' is about accruing the most points possible by destroying environmental obstructions. Some events even have a "boss" race at the end, which is a 1-vs-1 match against a harder AI, with the next event unlocking after beating it.

The difficulty isn't all that tough on medium - however, ramping up the difficulty after getting comfortable with the controls and the gameplay, does make Super Street: Racer much more fun to play. However, beyond the career mode, the only other mode is split-screen racing with a second driver, while multiple career profiles can be created with different cars, that can all sit in the garage to show off to friends. All the building blocks for an enjoyable racer is here, albeit with some noticeable slowdowns or frame-rate dips, while navigating the customisation menus can cause small freezes.

Controlling the car isn't always as clear cut either. While the vehicle performs well when turning at most corners, sometimes the controls don't quite work as intended. Bumping into an AI car or getting bumped can cause major spin outs, while mistiming the crucial corners can result in a devastating crash, which can throw the whole race into disarray - but for the most part, the controls and response works as it should.

Screenshot for Super Street: Racer on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Super Street: Racer for the Nintendo Switch caters towards that diehard audience who prefers to build up a car taken from the dump yard and turn it into a road-machine. Scrounge up the money by winning events to purchase new pieces to improve a vehicle is the aim, and despite that sounding challenging, it's an easy and quick thing to do. The fun is building the car and racing it on the track, but without an online component to it, it does lack in that final part of showing off a creation to others.

Developer

Lion Castle Entertainment

Publisher

Funbox Media

Genre

Sport

Players

2

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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