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Anki - Overdrive starter kit

Experience racing excitement with the Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit. It includes two robotic Supercars powered by A.I. and 10 track pieces that allow you to create up to eight track options for hours of fun. The Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit app includes five game modes, including: Race, Battle, Battle Race, King of the Hill and Time Trial that test your racing and battle skills.
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Anki robotic Supercars (2 pcs)
    • Curved track piece (6 pcs)
    • Four-car charging system
    • Riser piece (2 pcs)
    • Straight track piece (4 pcs)
    • Tire cleaner

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (294 out of 318)

    Features


    Unrivaled Supercar tech

    These are not just cars - they are robots programmed for battle and controlled with your mobile device.

    Cutting-edge features

    Each Supercar is loaded with cutting-edge features, including an optical sensor, dedicated CPU, and two high performance motors for precision maneuvering with one-millimeter accuracy.

    Intelligent gameplay

    Challenge friends or fight AI opponents that learn and adapt to your tactics to better hunt you down. You can customize Supercars with weapons and build-outs, and compete in a variety of modes.

    Simple setup & play

    Connect the durable magnetic track pieces in seconds to build one of eight unique battle tracks. The Anki OVERDRIVE mobile app automatically connects your Supercars and teaches you the game.

    Endless expansion

    With continuous software updates and accessory add-ons, the gameplay always stays fresh. You can customize weapons, add expansion cars and Supertrucks, and build jumps and curves into your track for a whole new challenge.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 318 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the most amazing toys I've ever seen

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      evlwevl
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      In the 70s, I had my share of slot car tracks, slotless tracks, and other racing sets that were popular back then. I thought this might be a fun toy I could share my love racing with my two kids and I was not disappointed. my kids are 9 and 10 years old and they loved it even when dad left them alone to race by them selves. Packaging: Upon first opening the box, the packaging is well thought out and sturdy which I like because I like to keep store my sets back in the original package when possible. Quality: The track pieces are made from a thick flexible vinyl with printed surface decoration that looks like something out of a Tron movie. The ingenious part about this track is the way it snaps together. No complicated clips, rubber bands or difficult pin devices here, just put the track pieces near each other and the magnets snap themselves together perfectly. This makes changing up the track layout simple and quick. With this set you can make over passes but there are add-ons you can buy to create jumps and banked curves as well. The cars themselves are incredible. I never thought I see the day where toy cars of this size have their own microprocessors and cameras onboard. Pro Tip: vacuum your carpet or sweep your hard floor before you setup the track because static electricity from the vinyl will bring carpet fibers on the surface of the track which are not best for the little cars. Gameplay: You will need a portable device to operate each car, It appears any tablet or smartphone will work, Download the software and your off to the races. Each racer can customize their driver profiles and keep track of their added weapons and purchased items(you purchase items through the points you collect while racing). One person can set up any number of types of races and duration and the others join in. We had 3 cars on the track at the same time, but I believe you can have a lot more. You simply put the car on the track and it will find it's own way to the starting line and even change direction if need be once the track is scanned for one lap. Ingenious!! Racing: While driving the cars, you have enough control to to change your speed and run in any of the 3 invisible lanes for passing purposes and each car comes with it's own speed characteristics and weapons payload which can be purchased with the points you've collected while playing. For younger drivers, the cars will stay on the track in one lane even while the portable device is hands off. Recharging of cars is done by snapping them into the charging base which can charge up to four cars simultaniously. Charging takes about 7-8 minutes and run time is around 15-20 minutes depending on your throttle. Various game modes can be selected like catch the flag or just plain racing where all car add ons can be voided. Sometimes a car will get knocked off the track and it will try to find its way back on or spin in circles till you pick it up and set it back on the track. Amazing!! No searching for out of control cars under furniture like the old days. Summary, This toy is great for kids and adults alike. The construction build is very sturdy and the gameplay much more dynamic than just watching cars drive around a track and the game is never the same with all the parameters you can change. I highly recommend it and there are a number of add-on track pieces and extra cars available to make the gameplay even more customized.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      New age toy for new age kids

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      Anil
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      Have bought this for my 10+ year old son - he wanted to do gets very badly as he heard about this from some of his friends on this. We have used it for over 3 months till now (yes, I played with him on this as well) and have been enjoying it so far. The start up kit has just 2 cars and it seems very constrained on what you can play. But later we realized that you could do a lot of things with just 2 cars. I would really give them 5 stars for the great product they had - but had 2 biggest problems with it. 1. Cars constantly keep slipping away from the car. Cars seem to just move away from the track on their own. Have reached out to the customer service to understand the problem. While the customer service have been very prompt in answering the queries- they have asked me to send a video of cars slipping & tipping over (they couldnt believe that it could really happen) and that surprised me quite a bit. Either that they didnt test the cars in all the tracks or that they use the same answer for all the questions. 2. App on the phone is required to be used for playing. App is not any close to being best-in-class. It was a struggle to figure out on how does all the extras that are being bought apply to the cars. We have clicked (bought) various extras using the points only to realize that those extras dont work for that car. Or if I have to use that extra (like a new weapon) I have to buy a new toy car paying another $45 car!!!! I would still recommend this to a friend who is looking for a new age toy for his kid to get 'newness' out of the whole thing. But that is it, it is not worth so much money.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      old school meets new tech

      Posted
      xspoon
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      Coming from the days of slot cars (back in the day) I wanted to find something similar for my kids. Well after watching some videos and examining Anki - Overdrive I came to the conclusion that this is the real deal. The integration of slot-less computer based race cars is a great new approach to rejuvenate this fun past time. Today racing has been brought into the future with AI and functionality based controlled on mobile devices. The competition can be based on single player to multiplayer car racing. Where back in the day it was slots and speed to race Anki up'd the strategy of speed, weapons (if you choose), and slot-less lane changing to compete. My 4 kids love the racing and love the cloud based tracking of their performance. We purchased the starter kit from Best Buy which has plenty of track to start with and 2 cars. We all went through the intro (training) which was another nice feature that Anki thought through to bring a beginner up-to-speed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun for the family

      Posted
      HighDesertGamer
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      I remember having slot cars growing up and when I saw Anki Overdrive I had to try it. Out of the box, the set will provide hours of racing and the track segments are very easy to rearrange. Players do need their own smart device (iPhone, iPad) to control the cars. We ordered two more cars so everyone in our family can play at the same time. Cars are "upgraded" via the app. So basically the app controls the abilities of each vehicle. The ability to change lanes and use weapons during the various game modes ensures that each driver stays alert. You can even have A.I. Controlled "commanders" controlling up to three of the four cars on track. Putting the track away takes as little as a minute due to the excellent design.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Like old school slot cars, only better

      Posted
      LowdownJT
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      This was a Christmas gift for my 11 year old, and it has been a lot of fun to play. Very easy to set up, change track layouts, and cars charge quickly. The starter kit provides a lot of options, and we are already looking at adding to the set. We have used the iPhone app to play, and the app works well to control the cars. As players win races, they get power ups and weapons for their cars, so it's always changing. The build quality seems pretty good, cars are light plastic and the track is flexible and connects with magnets. It is a little disappointing to see that new cars run about $50, especially since it seems like most of the functionality is in the free application, so for now we will just be happy with the 2 cars it came with.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great fun until it wasn't

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      Marshall421
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      I played with this track and loved it. The track was just big enough to have a pretty good verity of tracks to make. But if you want to buy more tracks to make it even more fun, you have to spend more than this starter kit was. If you want to but two cars so you can race with the most cars at a time(4), and then add a few straight and a few curves tracks you're spending $200. But then if you want to add the jump or the cross another $30 each. I was close to spending $300 to make a pretty awesome track, but about 5-6 hours of total racing, one of the cars went haywire. I tried cleaning the wheels, and blowing dust off the sensor, clean the track, but nothing. The car would just spin in one spot.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect Gift for 10yr old Grandson

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      Soobie
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      I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my 10 yr old grandson. I waited until now to leave a review to make sure I could give a fully tested review. Turns out, this was his favorite gift! It is so easy to put together and he has had lots of fun changing the layout of the track. We purchased just the starter kit, which at first we were worried wouldn't be enough, but it comes with 2 cars and enough track for 8 layouts, which was plenty for lots of fun. We will be adding more cars and other track options to the kit for his birthday just to see what he comes up with next! It has been a great activity for all family members to play together. We would highly recommend this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Overall a good toy

      Posted
      ABCD
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      I bought this track for my 8 yr old son for Christmas. Overall, he has enjoyed it. I wish a few things were different, but he doesn't seem to mind all that much. The charge on the cars lasts for like 10 min. So every 10 min he's charging the cars for 10 min. Which seems a little excessive to me...but he doesn't seem to mind. The other thing is he wants to do jumps but the only way to keep the cars on the tracks is with an additional rail track- which while I understand they are trying to make money- I would be nice if it came with it. He likes the fact that the cars come with different weapons and their own unique features. Overall it seems to keep him entertained.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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