• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    How about the kitchen table!

    • Written by from Broken Arrow

    WOW! Our kids from age 6 to 26 LOVE this game. It is so easy to learn. I fell in love with it after watching the Apple Keynote presentation this summer.

    Today we put it up on the kitchen table. Lots less dog hair collecting on the wheels now.

    We are ready for more cars and move fun!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent with a lot of potential

    • Written by from Dallas

    I already had a positive customer support experience with Anki so I can check off that box. The game was easy to set up. Worked perfectly the first time. The racing mat attracts dust/hair or anything else in the air. I found myself paranoid and trying to wipe the mat a good bit. The game is very fun indeed. Can't way to add another car. The cars do spin out quite a bit and if they run off the track you need to clean the wheels before putting them back on. That is distracting and is almost like a timeout and takes out some of the excitement momentarily. All in all a very fun game with improvements to be made and potential neat ideas for future use. Packaging was excellent but too much. They could save themselves money and still be Apple-esq. I would highly recommend this for adults or kids. Great innovative product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic family fun! Very well executed!!

    • Written by from Germantown

    Got this for my 5 year old for christmas. He loves race cars and since the time I showed him Anki on the web, he craved for it dearly and even wrote a letter to Santa requesting it — I had no choice but to go in for the splurge, with a lot of reservation about the cost firstly and also about the age appropriateness.

    The kit comes in a sturdy box that you will not throw away, as it serves as an optimum storage case for the cars and mat when not in play. The cars charge quickly (~8 min) on their respective cool looking charging pods (yes, no batteries!). When you are ready, just roll the mat out and launch the Anki drive app and you are ready to go! It is quite magical that there is no messing around with wifi set ups or bluetooth pairing — everything just works!

    And my 5 yr old loves the experience, and has figured out a lot of things himself, like keeping tabs on how many more upgrade points he might need to get his next 'weapon' and such. As for the game play, the cars put on quite a show! It is cool to watch or jump in an play.

    Currently the game play only supports a 'battle' mode with the AI or human opponent. Can't wait for the 'race' mode to be released, getting which should be as easy as any other app update. Even as such, it provides a frustration free and awesome experience and therefore, highly recommended!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Fort Saskatchewan

    Best game ever. Period. For those giving this one star because it's "boring" go back to wasting time in front of your playstation or whatever. This game takes the best of both worlds and creates an augmented reality experience that has, in my opinion, yet to be surpassed. The controls are easy to figure out, and as long as you keep the mats and tires clean the cars don't tend to spin out much. Having said that, they're not supercomputers, so one has to expect a couple of hiccups. I found these to be relatively minor and they add a bit of humor to the game. The mat rolls up for easy storage and even the box looks good! This game is a must for anyone who likes to try new things and has an imagination!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A genuinely new experience in gaming & interactivity

    • Written by from Stanford

    Having played video games for some 30 years, I have been thrilled by the "video game in the real world" experience offered by Anki Drive. By being able to perceive and control physical cars on a real track, this game offers more challenges, depth and nuances that I've been able to experience on a computer/console game. The differences in car characteristics call for a variety of strategies that are different for each vehicle - there is a lot more fun, replayability and depth than meets the casual eye. Needless to say, my kids are also riveted.

    All in all an immensely exciting and genuinely fresh new experience in gaming and interactivity.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Family present and big fun

    • Written by from Oak ridge

    I bought this with the two additional cars for a total of around $340. Sort of a risk as it is one game but it was a family gift and the idea was that family could gather around the track once a week for a night of racing.

    We got the cars charged up, had a little trouble figuring out how to get past the intro screens to setup the cars for a device (the trick is to get them charging and stand near them when you start up the app). Beyond that, we got things going and it was surprisingly easy to race and we had a BALL! My daughter, son and I chased around the track trying to knock each other out until there was a winner. I love this. Space is an issue so I am going to build a wooden track to set on top of a table we have. So worth it though and I look forward to having friends over.

    Another down side though, is that the charger can only charge 3 cars at once, and getting all 4 cars means one car is left out (the separate cars don't come with chargers)

    So yes, we bought it, had fun and I am looking forward to race night at our place.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Wooow

    • Written by from Hombrechtikon

    Ankidrive is just amazing! Games with my sons, my girlfriend or my friends is endless fun. The functionality and the finishing of cars (i own all 4 cars), the mat and even the Stocking Box is really upper class! Thanx and go on in this direction. We can't wait an update on the app with more Racing-Modes and other cool features.
    From my sight there is only one minus, the avalaibility just in US & Canada...it was a bit of work to receive AnkiDrive here in Switzerland.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Our Kids Love This!

    • Written by from San Mateo

    Our 5 and 8 year olds love this! They can't stop talking about it - including to their friends at school. For those that might think these are the slot car type toys we played with as kids - they are not. These cars drive themselves, learn and compete and I don't think you can appreciate the technology until you see the cars stalk, evade, tractor-beam and fire all on their own. To me, a measure of a new gift/toy is how long the kids play with it/how long it holds their attention - and our kids really like this.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME

    • Written by from Calabasas

    This thing is great! It's amazing to be able to play a video game without having to stare at a screen. I really hope that this is the direction that the video game industry is headed in.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it all but the price!

    • Written by

    Awesome product, easy to set up. Follow the tutorial on the app you down load and then you are ready to play. My 7 year old uses his mini iPad and loves it. Now we just have to start earning points and getting up grades. It's a little pricey, maybe a lower price would get more to buy and better feedback of issues or to spread the word on this product. I think this is the new future of gaming and hope it keeps developing. The bad thing for the consumer is you have to have at least one expensive apple product to control it and then the starter pack $200 and then another $140 for the other 2 cars. Apple has billions and should lower the price some to get this out and going and I believe it will take off with maybe some advertising???? Just waiting for upgrades and more products and tracks etc! Just hope the price comes down!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    this is an awesome product!!!!!

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    I bought this for my 13 year old for Christmas and we all ended up playing with it. I've never seen him so engaged. We were laughing that we had never seen him clean anything before (voluntarily) but he carefully dusted down the track after each session. And his friends loved it too. They forgot all about xbox and playstation. It's brilliant that you can earn points to improve the cars, and play against a car driven by 'artificial intelligence.' He's already trying to figure out how you get access to the add on car that can only be purchased by achieving a certain level. It's like it was created by the mind of a 13 year old gamer on steroids. Fantastic toy for kids and adults!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!

    • Written by from Orange Park

    I purchased the Anki Drive for my husband, age 50, for Christmas. It's unbelievable and exceeds all expectations.
    With all due respect for the reviewer that said Anki was "boring" after a few minutes, I would guess this reviewer was someone watching and not participating This is in no way boring! The cars move so fast and have so many weapons on them, participants have no time to get bored. i do not play or enjoy video games or racing (even Nascar bores me) but Anki Drive is addictive! On the "easy" settings, the cars will allow you to win races. That's kind of fun and you earn points that you then redeem to "purchase" car upgrades (no additional money required for this). Each car seems to have different upgrade potentials making each car very unique. (My first upgrade made "my" car super fast and my husband's more like an armored vehicle so it's hard to take out) We can race/battle against each other or against the car itself. My husband immediately purchased an additional car to expand the fun!
    On 'moderate" settings, the cars are out to get you and it's amazing! I read the cars scan the track 500 times per second. I can't even imagine getting to the advanced setting! Having said that, in the 'easy' mode, any small child or senior citizen can play. If they can hold an iphone/ipad, they are playing. The cars run the race on their own so even a 2 year old could "participate" in the race. AWESOME FUN! I highly recommend getting one!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Addictive!

    • Written by from Buckeye

    This was a hit at Christmas. All ages were engaged. The older adults could not believe that the young family members were able to play a game that looked so advanced. I heard comments like "I feel like I am at a ride at Disney World". If you can afford to, I highly suggest you get all 4 vehicles.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Creative and original concept-super fun for all ages!

    • Written by from Deatsville

    Bought this as a last minute, extra Christmas surprise that I hoped the entire family would enjoy. Shipping was super fast and the components are well packaged in a box you can use for storage when it is not in use. Thanks to the other reviews, which I had read prior to purchasing, I understood that each car/driver must go through an orientation process that would take at least 10 minutes each. This process was painful waiting time for the kids but critical to the success of the game and those who paid attention quickly became leaders as the real races began. Once the orientation was done, my husband and I quickly took the game away from the kids and raced against each other gleefully. The kids were begging for a turn! I can see the advantage of adding additional cars to increase the competition and family togetherness.

    The cars do run out of charge quickly, but they also recharge very speedily as well. I found that the need to recharge gave me a much needed break from the action and kept me sharper "at the wheel."

    This would also be a cool and entertaining activity at work for celebrations. I foresee an annual tournament and reigning Anki Champion. In a very technology-filled Christmas, this gift received The Most Favorite Gift Award!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super product!

    • Written by from Prospect

    Bought it for my 5 year old. Quick and easy setup, and he was able to use it with almost no assistance from me.

    Fun, intuitive...just an all around GREAT product!

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