Tiny Derby from Triple Boris is an arcade-style game in which you must help out the yellow cubes beat the bad guys in a variety of races. Learn more in our Tiny Derby review!
As soon as you start Tiny Derby and select the first of the 120 levels on offer, you will, be given a short tutorial on what you need to do. The goal is simple: make the good guys win the race! You need to use the items at your disposal to place them either with the left analog stick and the face buttons or by using the touchscreen when playing in Tabletop or Portable mode. Some items will boost the good guys, while others will hinder the bad guys… and that’s pretty much all you need to worry about at first!
More items will be introduced as you progress through the game. For example, you will get the Knockout item which will temporally knock out a racer. You need to be careful with this one since if you don’t time it right, you might end up sending a good guy straight into this, costing it the race! Another item is the Swap which, as the name suggests, will end up swapping the racer with the last competitor in the race. And once flying racers are introduced into the mix, things will start to get a bit hectic!
If you want to 100% the game, you’ll need to help the good guys win first place for every single race in the game, on top of completing some extra objectives for some of the races, so that you can get all the stars for the level. At first, this is not going to be a hard task, but as you progress in the game, there will be more bad guys running in a race, as well as more items to place on the track. On top of this, races will start to have more items already placed on the track, several of which are not good for the good guys, so you will need to balance things out and use boosts to regain the advantage you might have lost.
Overall, Tiny Derby is a fun arcade-style release with 120 levels to offer, seven bad guys to compete against, each with different gameplay mechanics, and five hazards to use. It’s a game that is easy to understand, and both control options work great. The one complaint I have about the game is that it only has the one song playing during every single race, which certainly gets old after ten races or so. The good news I that you can just turn off the music so that it doesn’t end up getting on your nerves.
This Tiny Derby review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Triple Boris.