WowWee a company based, privately in Hong Kong, which focuses on breakthrough technologies, WooWee are best known for the RoboSapien (http://wowwee.com/robosapien-blue) and their robot MiP (http://wowwee.com/mip).
As Technology and Virtual Reality keep moving forward, WooWee opens up a virtual world of battle cars, with their R.E.V Robotic Enhanced Vehicles. 2 cars pack into one package, one white, one black, with instructions to boot, something you do not see that often.
Take control of the most advanced cars on the market, well toy cars, be warned though ‘Batteries Not Included’ neither is a mobile device to run the application to play these cars. So get those legs in motion, find the nearest store that sells Batteries and grab yourself 8 AA batteries, we found the best batteries to have, if willing to order online, are from IKEA, their own brand. I very much doubt you would even be looking at this review if you do not already have a mobile device running either Android or iOS, if not, it’s time to spend even more money on a new smart device.
First, lets look at the App and what the application brings to the table or should I say playing field
First of all 3 Games modes
Arena, it’s the first mode available once you connect up the R.E.V car to your mobile device, take on a fleet of A.I cars/drivers that are hunting you down.
Campaign, is the main game mode, a way to possess and upgrade your car with weapons, defeat drivers, warriors and even bosses.
Drivers are the first and easiest to defeat, prove your worthiness to take on the warriors, a more ruthless, faster, stronger and smarter, but beat these and face the ultimate foe, bosses, cold blooded killers, these are the strongest, fastest and best opponents on the playing field, the ultimate goal.
Before a battle you must choose, your armaments, primary weapons, special abilities and boosters, all of which get added to your car virtually.
Finally available within the app is the settings, which allow you to adjust the volume, update the firmware and also choose dual and single finger controls.
There is also the disconnect button, which as you most likely can guess, disconnects the smart device from the R.E.V Car.
I almost forgot to mention about the sales and marketing of the WooWee R.E.V cars, have to admit the front of the box sells the product amazingly, showing off the cars in all their glory, with the virtual weapons attached and ready for battle. Making sure you know that these cars require Bluetooth, Batteries and a smart device. There is also a flip lid, that allows you to view the cars in the box, behind the plastic protection.
Now we move to the actual play time, I am still a huge kid, even though I should and have always been told, Act your age, not your shoe size, and I always have one word to say to them, NO! I love being a big KID, I love playing with the latest technology, and the same goes with these cars, who does not love playing with remote controlled vehicles? I actually recall my first remote controlled car, it was shit, it drained the battery within hours, the connection between the control stick and the car was limited, overall it was total shit, but I was also young and my family was unable to afford the best of the best, so I was still grateful with what I got.
These cars feel weighty, constructed well, designed to be fun, but still plastic, is this a good thing, being made of plastic? Well, let’s think about it for a min, if they were metal, the paint would easily chip off during battles, being plastic, this would never happen, being metal, though these cars could take more of a bashing, being plastic they would not be able to take as much. So metal Vs Plastic who wins? If you were to make the cars with metal I guess they would make the damage more realistic and give the cars more of a realistic look after being in battle, when using plastic, it gives the cars more longevity and the aesthetics would not change regardless of the amount of damage the car would take during battles.
Playing these cars with the A.I combatants is just as fun, as it would be playing with your friends, however friends are nowhere near as good as an A.I combatant, their reaction time, is almost instant, they can track and follow you so much faster, and keep right up your butt, like a dog on heat.
Set up the battle, all cars are green to go, let the battle commence…. Bang, bang, bang, crash, you are dead as your light turn red, game over. Playing cars in a virtual world is fun and enjoyable, seeing what your cars are doing in the real world, compared to what they seem, to be doing in the virtual world, which is, blowing the living hell out of eat other. If I was asked to describe this toy/game I would say, it is a virtual world of Death Race, a film starring Jason Statham, a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory, without the gore.
After many hours of play time, and batteries depleted after about 15 hrs, these cars are so much fun, but having to constantly purchase batteries is a pain in the butt, when many robots come with lithium ion batteries as standard which allows you to charge up and save money. Some investigating done, found out that you can purchase the lithium ion chargers separately, not a happy bunny, these should be put in as standard and add a little to the selling cost, as it would make sense, batteries would cost more in the end, compared to say, an extra £10.00 on top of the selling costs.
- The perfect example of how to bring video games back from the solace of the modern console and PC arenas to the family environment of the living room.
- Can be played both with friends or alone against a well-built AI opponent.
- Futuristic-feeling technology, from infrared sensing, to the AI, to the app used to play and its features.
- The next level of racing, incorporating video game-style power-ups into the races in a seamless and highly enjoyable form factor.
- Easy to learn how to play, with a simple but effective app control system that allows even non-gamers to join in on the fun.
- Requires Batteries – Should of used Lithium Ion (Li–ion) Batteries Rechargable instead as standard
- Price without Rechargeable Pack, might put off people, due to the cost of having to purchase batteries over and over again
- The app control system is not quite as intuitive as a games controller for racing.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.