• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from MONTREAL

    The ai system in the cars are amazing they never stop working that always stay on the track there great .

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT!

    • Written by from Danville

    Some of the one star reviews say the cars come off the track, race is coming etc. Race mode is now avalible and the track needs to be flat and cleaned to prevent cars coming off the track. I liked it and it is worth the $200

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Alta Lona

    All I have to say is AWESOME. This design and concept is revolutionary to the future of gaming and well, most all industries. It is crazy to think of the technology that goes into this. And the craziest thing about it is that it works without a flaw. It's simply awesome!!!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing short of amazing!

    • Written by from Homestead

    These robotic cars are simply awesome! There is nothing on the market like Anki drive. The cars can think for themselves and you compete against them and friends. I just only imagine what this company can do in the future.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was skeptical at first, but I LOVE IT!

    • Written by from Prior Lake

    At first, when Borris got up on stage at the Keynote and talked about his first product Anki Drive. I honestly did not know what that meant, how was this gonna help, what was this gonna do? Would this be fun? Would this hype run out after we played a few times. Well, friends, this is a keeper.

    I play this all the time. I take it to parties and get the whole house watching as I show it off. This is something everyone is interested in when explained well. You need to understand what you are getting for $200. The ability you have and the inspiration it could spark. Imagine if your kid plays Anki Drive and decides he or she wants to be a software engineer and make Apps or products like this someday. Now, you have inspired them, and what that can do for them, let alone the WORLD is huge. There are so many more things to this product, to this company besides a vinyl mat, and fancy robot cars. They care about the customer, and they care about making a difference in the world. Anki Drive is just the beginning. I cannot wait to see whats next.

    As always, I only recommend buying from an authorized seller such as Apple or Anki themselves to ensure you get the real thing and not some knock off from someone other than Anki.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    March 2014-Developers have apparently taken the money and run-

    • Written by from Cordillera

    Bought from the Apple store in Boulder , Colorado for grand kids for Christmas of 2013.

    Looks pretty exciting at first start up of game.

    We were Impressed as the tutorial on the downloaded iphone app sets up the cars and does a demonstration on the track of the cars and the "battle" game concept where the cars can shoot at and disable each other as part of the game.

    The story of new start up of Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intellengence school students idea conceived in a coffee shop and $50 million in funding, coupled with an a product delivered to market sold only direct or from Apple stores gave their first product some serious credibility.

    After running the cars around the track and enjoying the novelty, as soon as you want to change players, or try the
    other car on your iphone, some of the shortcomings and incomplete aspects of the game/software start to become apparent. Of the three modes- practice, battle and race, only practice and battle are enabled. The "race" mode software or concept is listed as "coming". Getting the cars to talk to different iPhones with the apps installed becomes a real headache. Investigation reveals that once the cars are "initialized"', there is no such thing as resetting to factory defaults and getting the cars to work properly becomes more pain than any fun the game can provide.
    The support , online FAQ's and answers to simple questions at that time were pretty much in a beta state not ready for prime time.

    Understanding that this was a new innovative product probably rushed to market for the Christmas season, the promises online of "future updates", the buggy nature of the software and lack of online support, we decided not to return the game and wait for the developers to work out the issues with the first issue of the product. We optimistically bought two more cars and put the game on the shelf to patiently wait for the developers to catch up and work out issues that would accompany such a product after such a wide release.

    It's now been four months since we shelved the game- we pulled it and the two new cars out this weekend.
    We deleted the old app and downloaded it again and charged all the cars. It struck me strange that the charger provided for a game capable of four cars had only three micro/mini USB leads- Hopefully just another oversight that has been rectified in the latest version of the game ( I thought at the time).

    Unfortunately, after a few glitches starting the game and getting the original two cars to work- we found the "race"
    mode was still not available and no apparent way to add the two new cars to the game. We got on the support website
    to find that most of the original inadequate posts and answers were unchanged and the most recent posts and answers were 5 months old. It appears that nearly no work or effort has been expended to resolve the issues with last years
    Iteration of the game or to update the website.

    I can only speculate on why such a potentially promising product was left in such an unfinished marginally useable manner, and wonder if Tim Cook of Apple , who gave his endorsement and distribution of the product, is aware of the products departure from Apples previous standard of quality for inclusion in their store offerings.

    I would highly recommend against the purchase of the product. as your support may only extend the original
    developers celebration of their perceived success somewhere on a sailboat in the Carribean and may extinguish any hope that the $ 350 early purchasers of the game spent will be not wasted.








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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic blend of new technolgly with old school fun

    • Written by from Clarksville

    The Anki DRIVE racing game opens up a whole new level of fun for the home. For too long the children (and adults too) have sat in front of a video game console, interacting only with the television screen.
    Enter ANKI Drive. A road race game that goes to new heights with interaction and competitiveness. The game is superb from the minute you open the box. A roll out track that needs no wires to connect. 2 rechargeable race cars with their own cradles. Not only can you play against another friend but you can also set one car as an AI (artificial intelligence) that will make a worthy opponent.
    Anki is not just a simple race around the track game. You control the speed and inner or outer lane position. The idea is to score points on the opposing car(s) to disable them. Flashing lights and sounds add to the fun. You can slow the other car down with your tractor beam. When the opposing car is hit it stops temporarily and the opponent scores a point. You set the game points (standard is 5). When one player wins the losing car spins around the center area.
    The iPhone or iPad interface is great. Your winning points let you "buy" upgrades to your race car at the "garage"
    Anyone can play this. The cars will not go off the track usually unless one car is hit by another. Then the system will announce "return car to track"
    It is about as cool as you can get. Children and adults will enjoy this. game Not a huge learning curve like with a video controller with 2 joysticks and 6-8 ambiguous buttons.
    Anki promises more upgrades to come this year. More racing challenges, and other ways to enjoy the game.
    The cars do not have an overly long charge capability, but they do recharge quickly once docked. Lights go from red to green when charged. Also if you do not have an Apple product you are out of luck, No Android capability as of yet. This could be a negative for some but many people have an iPhone and an iPad for at least 2 person play. Maximum is 4 cars at once.
    At $199 I think you get a lot of technology and fun for the money. A lot of though went into this design. The game is not for little children without an adult there to supervise.
    This is a winner from start to finish.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you EVER wanted slot cars... YOU WANT THIS!

    • Written by from Omaha

    This game is off the charts good! Complex enough to have challenges and differences, but not so complex that you can't teach someone to drive and play in ten minutes. The look of the cars and track, the feel of the user interface and software. They all couple together to make this game amazing to play, and fun to watch. (BUT you WANT to be playing!) I have had this since the 1.0 software and the Anki team have since done two software upgrades. It has gotten better and better with more to come. They have four cars total, with a fifth one being promoted. This is great for family time, or the man cave which is what today's tech SHOULD cater to. Only thing I would caution is that since upgrades are tied to the cars, be prepared for people to want to have their OWN cars with their OWN upgrades. Bought the Starter Set and IMMEDIATELY got Rho and Katal to back it up! If you have kids, or groups of friends with iDevices, this is a way to have a LOT of fun at gatherings! BUY THIS AND YOU WILL ENJOY IT!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny!

    • Written by from Rosemount

    I bought the Anki Drive starter kit along with one extra car this holiday...Totally worth the money.
    The company is still in its early stages so it is exciting to think on what they will do next. It's very easy to get the support you need
    from the company seeing as they have twitter and reply within the day you tweet them. Perfect for the entire family,
    my three year old boys can beat the AI on easy :)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Fun with Endless Possibilities!

    • Written by from Pooler

    So, here is the thing...this isn't just a racing game that you control with an Apple device. It is intelligent, emerging technology, and better than any racing game on your PS4 or otherwise! Not only can you constantly build up and upgrade your device. but the artificial intelligence that constantly challenges your abilities is second to none. Kudos to the folks at Anki for creating a game that can be upgraded and evolve over the OS system. What a fantastic product! I urge anyone to try this out...it will not disappoint!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as cool as you think

    • Written by from Creston

    First off, if driving in an endless circle with no real control excites you, then it is for you. If you want to spend more time retrieving the cars, cleaning the track and charging the cars; again, this is the product for you. Not worth the 340$ whatsoever. Add another $600 for two new iPods for controls and it was not a cheap toy. Even my five year old tires of playing after a few races even if it works properly. Which is almost never. At least the iPods work. Whats interesting is that you don't see a negative review on this product anywhere on the internet other than here at the apple store. Just because it made the keynote speech doesn't mean it is any good.
    Give these cars the ability to drive around my house on a course I set up, then you might have something. As it is, the game and the four cars will be up for sale on ebay very soon. Or just gathering dust under the bed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Game

    • Written by from Ballwin

    Have had it for about a week now. Love it. Everything on my kit works great. I'd encourage anyone to get all 4 cars. It's a lot more fun with 4 racing at a time. Also, in response to people talking talking about battery life. They charge FAST! Also, my cars have an on/off switch. It's a little grey button underneath just behind the rear axle. Happy racing!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excelent game but limited for use

    • Written by from Buenos Aires

    Batteries last in short time, there is no switch to power off the cars, so every time you start to play must charge the vehicles. The cable provided in the starter kit has capability to charge only 3 vehicles, so if you buy the four as I did, you can't charge them all at the same time. I can't understand why a toy with such level of technology at and expensive cost ($340 id you collect the 4 vehicles) is made so incomplete.
    With iPhone 5 you have to turn the passcode lock off, otherwise the car you are using disconnects during the race

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This game is amazing; provided you follow instructions!

    • Written by from Downingtown

    After reading a few of the reviews here I would have thought this game was riddled with design errors and early adopter bugs. Although nothing is perfect I can say with absolute certainty that anki drive is an incredible piece of technology as well as a great game for all ages. It's addicting, fun, and easy to play; perfect for anyone that has kids or a part of them that never grew up.

    There is just one catch though, you have to read (and follow) the directions. What I have found is as long as you clean the tire of your cars ( with the provided tire cleaner) and keep the mat clean, this game works exactly as advertised. The cars race around and around and rarely stray off course. I myself have 3 cars and even with heavy use (and tons of collisions) my cars race around and around flawlessly. It's when you forget to clean the mat and/or the cars tires that things start to get out of control (literally).

    I know this is a toy, but like anything new, expensive, and cutting edge it requires the proper care to work perfectly.

    I haven't noticed any software bugs but then I started playing with the 2.0 software, and the latest update has vastly improved the already great game play. This game has really impressed my wife and I and we would recommend it to any one.

    One last note, this game does require a large area for the game mat to be placed so just be prepared section off a large area of the floor or the dinning room table. It is easy to store though so even if you don't have a permanent area to place it you still should be able to set it up and use it from time to time.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool Idea But Not Ready for Prime Time

    • Written by from Greely

    We bought this cool looking game for Christmas so our family could play as a family over the holidays. We were shown the game at the Apple store where they had a demo set-up and as a father of two pre-teen girls I watched in glee as they both had fun playing a demo game. I never expected to have the pleasure of getting to buy my kids a racing set and secretly enjoy it the way dads with boys might so I rushed to buy the starter set and 2 extra cars so all 4 of us could play together.
    Unfortunately that was a plan that wouldn't work.
    First problem was that the sales person at the apple store had told us that the app would work on our IPhones (I had my new iPhone 5 with me at the time) as well as iPods and iPads. It turns out that you need very recent versions so my iPad 2, my wife's iPhone 4 and my girls 1 year old iPods don't work with it, so we all ended up playing in single user mode with only my iPhone 5 as the controller - so no family play at all.
    Next - we found that while the game was fun for the first 1 or 2 tournaments - it got pretty boring - surprisingly fast.
    You can't race and try to win the race like normal car racing - it's all about using weapons to disable the other cars ( or get disabled). This seems like a cool idea but gets much less interesting than if say - you could run others off the track using your driving skill.
    The cars charge up fast but they run out of charge equally fast so you are lucky to get 15 minutes of play before at least one car has quit ( if not all of them).
    Another problem is that while the cars are "intelligent", they can't even figure out how to straighten out when they spin off the track or even just into the middle or facing the wrong direction - so a lot of time is spent replacing the cars facing the proper direction - pretty disruptive to the game.
    Finally - the idea that you have to make any in app upgrade purchases for a game that costs $200 (plus another $140 to get 2 extra cars and have a complete 4 car set) is outrageous. You expect this from a game app that you get for free - not from a game that is so expensive to start with!
    The game has lots of potential and the recent app update that let's you stop or even spin around is an improvement but to justify the upfront purchase price - all the weapons should be included and you just would just have to configure each car before a race to make it even and fair (in other words FUN!). Also - if this won't work with older generations of iPads, iPods, and iPhones - it really limits the number of people that will have multiple controllers unless everyone is going to run out and buy a few of the latest generation iOS devices so they can play with friends or family (Apple would love this).
    So unfortunately this game is a neat idea that is fun at first try but it is too expensive, not enough fun for very long and doesn't work with many (even fairly recent) iOS devices.
    Put a tiny camera in each car to give an in car cam view, stop trying to charge extra for upgrades and add more game modes like normal racing and this game has potential but not ready yet and certainly not worth the hefty price tag it currently carries.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is an amazing game, If you have a 5th gen iPod our iPhone 4S and up.

    • Written by from Laval

    Since my son got his Anki Drive system on Christmas, he's been playing daily racking-up the points to customize his cars. We now have three cars, because the AI system is awesome enough so that both my son and I like to take on the AI system together. See if we can beat it. It's loads of fun and reminds me of my old groove racetracks of old... Minus the groove, and the clicker, and the artificial intelligence and the machine guns... LOL! Thank you Anki Drive!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not staying on track :-(

    • Written by from VICTORIA

    I got the anki Drive and I was impress with the quality of the packaging and recharge station. I install everything. It was ok for 6-7 minutes, after that the cars wouldn't stay on the track. The next time I've try to use them, one of the car was not recognize by the app rending Anki Drive unusable. I used it once more, the cars were finally recognized, but they would not stay on track. Very very disappointed.

    (It was also hard to manage to have the app on the ipad (it finally work, alot easier with the Iphone). In order to do it: Know that you won't find an app ANKI DRIVE for Ipad, but you can transfer your iphone app on the ipad and it works.)

    But I had to return this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My son loves it and the customer service has been outstanding.

    • Written by from Greer

    We bought this as a Christmas gift and my son loves it. Anki customer service alerted us to a potential problem before we even opened the gift on Christmas Morning. They took steps that really surprised me to make sure my sons Christmas was awesome.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Control issues

    • Written by from Marysville

    Every step was followed to the letter in initial setup and I also consider myself a very tech savoy individual in the troubleshooting aspect. I've seen a few reviews stating that their cars just keep spinning and leaving the track, this is exactly the problem we are having. We were so excited to receive and play this game and have essentially "parked" it because we can't figure out how to play for more than a minute without things going crazy. I will be sending back if I can not find a solution on a forum soon. Track clean, wheels clean, track flat, cars charged and everything still goes haywire?

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cars are great. Game play software is bad.

    • Written by from Paonia

    If Anki improves the software this could be a great game, but in it's current incarnation, it's half-baked. Read on! Review based on 20 hours playing.

    Okay, the cars whiz around the track with amazing intelligence. That part is great. Shooting and disabling the enemy (i.e. wife and daughter) is great. HOWEVER, the game concept is stupid. The designers got stuck in the "power up and attain magical abilities" video game paradigm. They've confused the racing game with Super Mario Brothers. Here's the theory behind their game play: as you play and win, you get points. You can trade the points in for upgrades to your cars. These upgrades include powerful armor (that makes you harder to kill), stronger weapons to counter armor, and the ability to do U turns and sudden stops. I've got to admit the U turns and stops are cool.

    Apparently the marketing theory is that serious gamers will buy the cars, upgrade as much as possible, and then compete with each other. I can imagine a 12-year-old boy rubbing his palms together in glee, chortling "I now have the neutron bomb upgrade. I can take out anyone!" But what kind of fun is it when you can cream the competition and the game isn't fair?

    So what's the problem? The software designers got carried away with cool features (i.e. the upgrade system) and forgot about game play. The problem is that you can't remove "fixed" special weapons from the cars, and you can't remove armor. For example, to start, we had three cars, two whose special "fixed" weapons are tractor beams, and the third whose special weapon is a shield. The tractor beam slows down the car in front so you have a better chance of shooting it. The shield lets you take a lot of hits without being disabled. It quickly became clear that whoever had the shielded car had a huge advantage over the 2 cars with tractor beams. You could basically shoot the shielded car forever without disabling it. As you can imagine, this caused some bad feelings!

    The obvious problem to the upgrade model is that 1) someone gets more points, 2) they upgrade, 3) this gives them a big advantage so they get still more points, and 4) they win more games get more points, upgrade more, etc. So they basically run away from the competition and become unbeatable. For example, our sneaky daughter, after racking up thousands of points, upgraded her armor a lot, making her car almost unkillable at the weapon levels of the other cars. The weaker cars had to use the dubious strategy of running around the track as fast as possible like small terrified rodents.

    So this isn't really a family game, or even a game for friends, because you can't level the playing field. Anki should develop software that allows the players to reset the cars to defaults, where everyone is even. Or better yet, allow adding and removing weapons and armor without the stupid point system. (I know the programmers put a huge amount of thought and skill into developing the point system, but that doesn't negate the fact that it makes the game play terrible.) If you could equip a car with whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted, it would be easy to level the playing field. For example, you could assign handicaps to better players by giving more abilities or weapons to poorer players (like poor old dad, who, after all, foots the bill). It would be fun to play a game in which one person said, "I want to play this game with no shields, a powerful weapons, and the ability to stop dead." And another player says, I'm going for powerful shields and the ability to U turn." It's sad that such a potentially awesome game is crippled by the myopia of the developers.

    They did just release a software upgrade that does allow removing some upgrades. But the critical special weapons and armor is still not removable. I'll upgrade this review if they do a significant upgrade of the software.

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