Jon Goes to the Movies - LEGO Racers

Jon Goes to the Movies - LEGO Racers

There sure are a lot of Lego video games. Some of them are even based on movies! But today, I wanted to look back on a game I actually played when I was a kid. So let's talk about LEGO Racers.

LEGO Racers is a kart racer developed by High Voltage Software and released in 1999 for the Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Windows. It follows the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule for its take on the kart racing formula. You race across multiple tracks, against either friends or computer opponents, competing for first place. You can collect your items, like missiles and speed boosts, and if you collect up to three white items, you can use a more powerful version of the regular item. If you ever played Diddy Kong Racing, it's basically like that. One notable item is the highest power Speed item, which just warps you further down the track. It's so overpowered that most computer opponents can't even catch up with you.

I never played LEGO Racers much with other people; it was hard convincing my siblings to play anything I wanted, so I mostly played against the computers. Even with my not-great playing skills, I never had much trouble with the game due to the aforementioned warp item. But the main appeal of the game was building your own driver and car to play with. This part is still really fun to play around with! You start off with a nice amount of parts and with every set of tracks you beat you unlock more parts, giving you lots of reasons to go back and keep building more cars. Everyone says something different about whether or not how you build the car affects how it handles while playing it, and I could honestly never tell if it did or not.

LEGO Racers still holds up fairly well, but if I'm being honest, it's not as good as Diddy Kong Racing or Mario Kart 64. I still love it, and I'll go back to it every few years and just as much fun with it, but it's just not as polished as other, better kart racers were. It's hard to explain; you'd have to play it yourself. Of all the games I've talked about on this series, I believe this is the one that could benefit from a modern version. But if you own or see a copy, I recommend picking it up, even if it's just to build cars.

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