MiniDrivers
Download
  • Review
  • Download
  • Screenshots
  • Discussions
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers
MiniDrivers

Review MiniDrivers

Brandon Girod
7.3Good
Good graphics, lots of social features
Graphic options default to an automatic adjustment option, graphical performance is lacking, poor controls
I’ll be frank here, I’ve never really played a truly great racing game on any mobile platform. The inherent nature of the device really draws back how it handles and ultimately it seems like they’ll never be quite as good as what a typical controller can pull off. Mini Drivers for Android is a racing game that really proves that point because it’s mechanically sound and has a lot of great concepts but the controls ultimately ruin the experience for me.
After a skippable tutorial you get thrown into a menu screen that gives you a lot of choices between what you want to play… eventually. To start off you have to race in these “tournaments”. As you race in these tournaments you’ll gather currency and stars, both of which are needed for various things. Currency will let you upgrade your car and eventually purchase a new one while stars allow you to participate in more races.
This is an isometric racer and you steer with two directional buttons. Unfortunately directional buttons really suck for steering because you can tap or hold but neither offer the kind of direct feedback you really need in a racing game. The result means you’re constantly oversteering or understeering and nothing ever feels perfect the way they might with a wheel or even just a controller.
The graphics are also really resource intensive and while they look pretty good, I can’t figure out why they would be such a hog when there are other racing games out there that look a lot better and perform as well as they look. The game also comes with an option to automatically adjust graphics based on your phone and it’s set by default. Halfway through my first race my graphics were adjusted to the lowest settings and everything looked super pixelated -- almost like I was playing Super Mario Kart on my SNES.
Mini Drivers is a really cool game in theory but the controls don’t execute that well. There are power-ups to collect and the level design is pretty sound but I always felt really frustrated after a race simply because one bad turn can cost you the game, even if you’re in the lead the entire time.

Final ratings

Gameplay 7/10
Story 7/10
Graphics 8/10
Sound 7/10
Tariq Abdulla
8.0Excellent
Decent animation, lots of levels, two-finger controls
Control needs to get used to, graphics could have been better
MiniDrivers for Android is a game of cute Formula 1 style racing, with realistic weather effects and bubbly 3D graphics. But the racing isn't really so intense: this is more about careful steering to make sure you don't get yourself wedged into a corner. There's a line of "best path" to help you out a bit with planning ahead.
It's on-screen buttons all the way here, with left, right and brake/reverse. The steering can throw you a bit, as you have to remember to reverse left and right when your perspective changes. That's likely going to trip you up a few times and get you stuck. Sometimes you'll be rescued from these situations; but it's annoying when you aren't; especially when the perspective makes it difficult to get yourself unstuck. You can find yourself reversing out of a corner, and correcting the wrong way.
There are some wacky powerups to collect: like oil, boomerangs and force shields. But it feels like you can't really get the angle on your opponents to make them effective. There are both tournament and online season modes available; but you'll need to win some cash to buy your first car for season mode. I was impressed by the smooth graphics, including the fact that you can drive into the water. MiniDrivers has some humour and decent visual appeal, but somehow the racing itself just didn't hook me.

Final ratings

Gameplay 8/10
Story 8/10
Graphics 8/10
Sound 8/10
Discussions
What do you think about the app?
Your rating
sign in with
or send anonymous
No comments yet, yours will be the first
We recommend
  • Frozen Free Fall
    Frozen Free Fall
    Match 3 play with refined animation and excellent graphics
    7.6
  • Dark Avenger
    Dark Avenger
    Exciting action RPG game
    9.3
  • Panda Pop
    Panda Pop
    A family friendly throwback bubble game
    8.4
  • Burger
    Burger
    Assemble burgers as fast as you can
    7.3
  • Alto's Adventure
    Alto's Adventure
    A wonderful looking runner with squandered potential
    8.6
  • 3D Bowling
    3D Bowling
    Bringing the fun of a bowling alley, directly to your device
    7.4
  • Angry Birds Friends
    Angry Birds Friends
    Continuation of the most famous arcade game
    9.1
  • Into the Dead
    Into the Dead
    Unusual action game about zombies
    8.1
  • Hardest Game Ever 2
    Hardest Game Ever 2
    A playful and irreverant puzzler kids would love
    7.5
  • Vector
    Vector
    Amazing arcade parkour simulator
    10
  • Paperama
    Paperama
    Logic, brain teasing, origami fun game
    9.5
  • GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp
    GT Racing 2: The Real Car Exp
    Fast racing, photo realistic graphics, greedy upgrades
    9.0
  • Godus
    Godus
    Have your hand at playing God
    8.7
  • Heroes of Order & Chaos
    Heroes of Order & Chaos
    Fantasy quests with cool monsters
    7.0
  • Call of Mini Infinity
    Call of Mini Infinity
    Space shooter with a multiplayer mode
    8.2
  • Geometry Dash World
    Geometry Dash World
    Can you jump to the beat?
    8.1
  • Empire: Four Kingdoms
    Empire: Four Kingdoms
    Build a shining kingdom from the ground up
    7.5
  • Where's My Water? 2
    Where's My Water? 2
    Sequel to a famous brain teaser game by Disney
    9.2
  • Perfect Kick
    Perfect Kick
    Score penalty kicks against online players
    7.0
  • New Words With Friends
    New Words With Friends
    Words with friends returns again to conquer the world
    7.8