By Jeann Wong
Price: 800 Points
Judging from the latest Wiiware releases, it seems that developers have finally discovered that something different must be offered besides the usual minigames or puzzle clones. As a classic racing game reminiscent of 80’s Super Off-Road, Driift Mania meets this criteria. The game features a top-down view of the entire racetrack, racing Matchbox-like cars on a one-screen course which include cityscape, hills, snowy environments and desert oasis.
32 vehicles are available across small, medium, heavy and special classes. You can choose to race against one or all of the vehicle classes, where additional vehicles are unlocked upon winning. The Wiimote is used on its side, which does offer a few control issues for your drifting. Quickly maneuvering your vehicle around a small course takes a little getting used to.
Aside from the usual single player mode (Championship), Multiplayer is also available which allows you to play against AI and other players at the same time. Team Race lets you race in teams with the winner gaining the most team points. VIP mode selects one player in each team which must be protected from other cars, or a crash will result in a winning point. Driift Mania is unique experience, but control issues may be frustrating.