In this review we are going to tell you a bit more about the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit, which is a huge hit with kids, we are going to give you an overview of the features and also taking a look at customer opinion to see what they have been saying about it to give you a more informed buying decision.
Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit Review
Here is an overview of the features:
Use your mobile device to take command of real robotic Supercars in Anki OVERDRIVE
Build up to eight battlefields in seconds with the Starter Kit
Battle and race against friends or AI controlled vehicles
Anyone who is into cars or racing is sure to really love this set, you can build your own customized racing track easily by snapping the pieces together on the floor, and there are add-on segments to create the race track you really want, as complex as you like.
When you have built your track, you will need to download the Anki OVERDRIVE app on your iOS or Android device so that you are ready to start racing, the track isn’t like traditional electrified ones, it’s the cars, and you get two robotic super cars in the kit which will run for about 20 minutes after a full charge which will take about 10 minutes on the included charging dock.
The cars will do a couple of slow laps at first so that they get to know the track then you can start racing and steer them by tilting your phone or tablet leaning into turns or position yourself behind your competitor, you can also use weapons to create a battle, Wi-Fi is required for battles between iOS and Android devices, and there are endless ways to play.
|Anki Overdrive Starter Kit||Real FX Racing: Slotless Racetrack System||Scalextric Team Mini Challenge Set||Carrera GO!!! - Race for Victory Track Set|
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The kit comes with Skull and GroundShock, robotic Supercars with their own unique weapon systems and the technology to intelligently think for themselves on the battlefield, and have their own exclusive weapons to use against your rivals, and you can upgrade your Supercars speed, weapons, and defenses.
2 Robotic Supercars
6 curved track pieces
4 straight track pieces
2 riser pieces
1 four-car charging system
1 tire cleaner
The Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit has had great reviews from customers who have said that the app really enhances the experience, and have said that it is really good fun as the cars are fast and able to do combat, the tracks are easy to design and set up, it has had mainly 5 star ratings.
You can also add to the kit and purchase many more accessories like expansion tracks and super cars, adults as well as kids will really enjoy the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the usual run time and down time for recharge? Does each car have a charger?
Cars run for about 20 to 25 minutes then need a charge. Charging time is about 8 minutes or less. The starter kit comes with a four car charger (so one charger that can charge up to 4 cars at a time).
Will this system run in Australia with a us to Australia power adapter?
This system should work just fine in Australia, need a smartphone and that is about it.
how do you know when you win does it tell you on your device?
During the race, you always know your position as it is written 1st, 2nd… Along with the number of laps remaining. A voice also tells you if your position changes.
At the end, it does tell you if you win. Moreover, all the cars stop except the winner’s which go for a final lap to celebrate:)
Can you go too fast for a corner or does it automatically slow down and keep you on the track?
It doesn’t slow down around the corners – the speed is regulated so you don’t take the corners so fast that you lose control. Sometimes you get bumped off the track; in our experience that’s really the only time the cars come off the track is if you get bumped.
Is it pretty sturdy or should I buy the protection kit from amazon?
I have not had it or long; however, it is pretty sturdy. I am not sure it would survive rough play by pre-schoolers! I would recommend play with children old enough to take care of their toys and use them only for racing on the track. As for protection kits in general, I don’t buy them as if the materials are shoddy I should already be protected by consumer protection laws, my credit card company, the companies customer service and by Amazon. I also take good care of items like this.
My son has the original anki drive mats and cars. will the cars he has now work on the new piece together track?
According to Anki Overdrive FAQ:
You’ll be able to command Anki DRIVE cars in Anki OVERDRIVE in Open Play.
Open Play in OVERDRIVE includes classic DRIVE modes – Battle and Race – as well as exciting new gameplay including King of the Hill and Time Trial. In Open Play, you’ll be able to compete against friends and/or AI commanders.
Anki OVERDRIVE features a Tournament mode exclusive to OVERDRIVE cars and tracks; Anki DRIVE cars are not compatible with this feature.
Tournament is a campaign mode based on the new robotic Supercars, where you will compete against elite commanders to become champion of the OVERDRIVE tournament.
You can drive Anki OVERDRIVE cars on Anki DRIVE tracks using the new OVERDRIVE app in Open Play mode.
The new OVERDRIVE track system can only be used in the new OVERDRIVE app.
Would a 5 year old be able to use this? he can work an ipad/ipod/iphone. how frustrating is it to operate?
My 5 year-old loves it. He doesn’t win first place very often, but he loves disabling other players cars or using Guardian’s scramble power to make other players lose control of their vehicles and fall off the track. He asks me every day if we’re going to play it and can set up the track himself.
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