WipEout designer's Table Top Racing game accelerating onto the App Store on January 31st
by Jon Mundy 24/1/2013
Product: Table Top Racing
Developer: Playrise Digital
Publisher: Playrise Digital
Format: iPhone, iPad
Networking: wireless (adhoc),wireless (network)
Back in the mid-'90s, Nick Burcombe served as lead designer on a fantasy-racing home console game called WipEout.
You may have heard of it.
Fast-forward a couple of decades, and Burcombe is preparing to launch another slick racing game. This time, however, he's designed it for a pair of much smaller devices. Yep, the iPhone and iPad.
You see, Burcombe's now heading up Playrise Digital, an indie mobile games developer in Liverpool.
Top of the range
The company's first iOS game is Table Top Racing, which marries the slick 3D pack racing and devious combat elements of Mario Kart (and indeed WipEout) with some miniaturised magic.
So, yes, as you might have gathered from the game's title, Table Top Racing has more than a whiff of Codemasters's Micro Machines about it.
Rather than zooming around futuristic cityscapes, though, you're zipping around kitchen and restaurant tables in Table Top Racing.
As well as boasting such (un)exotic settings, Table Top Racing will offer a host of amusingly named automobiles in which you can tear around.
There's the VW camper van-styled Hippy Bathday, the bright pink Jeep-like NamGan 4x4, and an ice cream truck called the Whippy Kai Yay. Those are the three that have been revealed on Playrise Digital's Facebook page. We can't wait to find out the names of the others.
The developer has just dropped us a line to let us know that Table Top Racing will be whizzing onto the App Store on January 31st.
Stay tuned to find out if this game can possible live up to all those lofty '90s reference points. We're sincerely hoping it can.