• 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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  • 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.

    21 of 40 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT PURCHASE

    • Written by from Belvedere Tiburon

    Many people including myself are having serious technical problems with Anki. The main issue is that the cars spontaneously begin spinning like tops on the track and then often shoot off the track and need to be physically picked up and put back on. The company continues to tell multiple people mentioning this problem in the forums that they should clean their tracks/cars. From firsthand experience this does not appear to be a problem with the track but rather seems to be some sort of issue related to the software or sensors on the cars. Our Anki Drive has only been used twice because every time we try to play we end up having to replace cars on the track every 10 seconds or so. Obviously, this makes the game pretty much unplayable. Very cool concept but, so far, not well executed. I recommend that prospective buyers stay away until the company clarifies what is wrong and offers an actual solution.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    • Written by from Medfield

    Absolutely no fun at all. Apple must be paying people to write these reviews. Played it for about 20 minutes and did not enjoy it. You can barely control the cars pretty much set the speed and try to get behind the other players and press a button to "disable" them. DO NOT BUY THIS

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not exciting or fun!

    • Written by from Hillsborough

    First off, who is writing these reviews? And do they actually own a Anki Drive? We purchased one for our 13 year old son for Hanukkah. We were so excited to give it to him, but once the track was set up, and the cars charged... it was simply SO UNEXCITING! You download a program from your iphone to control the cars, but after a couple of minutes... boring... very boring. Also, it's a large tarp-like track so to keep it out all the time you need lots of space. I think, truly, the only one who had fun with this expensive toy was... our cat! She liked watching the cars spin around. Bottom line is this sleek toy is boring, expensive, large, and basically uninteresting! Such a major disappointment from Apple!

    30 of 97 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not very good.

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    We played with this for less than 10 minutes and two cars stopped working just flashing colors plus way way too hard to figure out how to work this, should be simple right out of the box. Cant believe the reviews written cause it was a disaster for us.

    30 of 110 people found this useful