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  • Summary: From the Kinect Joy Ride creators comes Joy Ride Turbo, a controller-based arcade racer delivering precision handling and crazy stunts and promising more thrills, speed, & mayhem. In the new Stunt Park, you’re free to show off. It’s a vibrant playground for your car - jump off cliffs, shoot from a cannon, & more. Plus, explore and find collectibles that unlock cars – giving you an edge for faster races and death-defying tricks. Race new tracks, old favorites and 3 modes of play: Battle Race, Pro Race & Time Trial. Challenge family & friends to local 4-player split-screen or race up to 8 on Xbox LIVE. With Joy Ride Turbo, everyone’s in the driver’s seat in this madcap kart racer. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    80
    Is Joy Ride Turbo worth checking out? Absolutely! It doesn't reinvent the wheel and actually seems quite content to imitate the standard Mario Kart formula. However, that formula is pretty well realized, and even without an interesting license to back it up, it's a lot of fun to play with friends.
  2. May 29, 2012
    78
    Joy Ride Turbo isn't perfect, but does wind up delivering a more satisfying racing experience than its predecessor. It controls far better with an actual controller than without it and is delivers a lot of fun. The only qualms I have with it are the sterile world, busy work caused by searching for car parts, and forgettable music.
  3. Jul 9, 2012
    76
    Finally a fun racer with a great local multiplayer mode. Despite some sound issues and a flawed online experience, Joy Ride Turbo profits from the Kinect cut and delivers a fine racing game.
  4. May 23, 2012
    70
    This time around, it feels like an actual game and not just an extended tech demo. If you can shift down your expectations somewhat (and give up your dreams of breaking any land-speed records), Joy Ride Turbo delivers a solid arcade-racing experience.
  5. Jun 22, 2012
    60
    Joy Ride Turbo gets rid of motion controls and adopts the digital format, allowing it to become much more accessible and fun immediately. Due to its limitations, it's more recommended to children and casual gamers.
  6. Jun 12, 2012
    60
    Joy Ride Turbo is a good karting game that eliminates Kinect from the ecuation, thus improving control. However, it is still too simple and lacks content, and doesn't bring anything really new to the genre. Despite this, it can bring quite a lot of fun.
  7. May 31, 2012
    50
    It's a competent racer that could have benefited from better race and track design to make the experience a bit more enjoyable. Bland tracks, similar variations on popular power-ups, and no real sense of accomplishment for unlocks makes for a very boring racer indeed, and the lack of development into the game's one truly fun mode is a crime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 7, 2013
    9
    If you're looking for a racing title that's cheap, challenging enough for an adult yet easy enough for a kid to enjoy, this is a great fit. The races bring a little of that Mario Kart flavor, and the stunt parks are fun for gamers of all ages. A little more diversity in the tracks and another stunt park would bump this up to a 10. Expand
  2. May 23, 2012
    9
    Forget Sonic & Sega All Star Racing, you will found much more fun here!! Great Graphics, excelent controls, a lot of cool cars and you drive with your avatar!! Very very nice game. The multiplayer split screen bring a forever value replay for this game. Cheap and great, score of microsoft studios. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2012
    8
    This game might not be Forza 4 but for a Mario cart clone and the simplistic fun that comes with crashing into your friends and blowing them up, it's an enjoyable game for 800 MSP. It brings back the now forgotten four player split screen mode and local competitiveness. It puts the avatars to good use and the stunt parks you'll find yourself spending more time in than you thought. The Achievements gives the game some good replay value but even without it, it's 800 MSP, if u played it for one week and never again it would be good value. Solid 8/10 Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2012
    8
    A surprisingly satisfying experience. Got it for 400 MSP, thanks to the Deal of the week, and it's been totally worth it. The presentation is totally fine, graphics are ok for the price and the gameplay itself is just addictive. Even though it's not a game I'm going to spend tens of hours with, it's still a great choice for anyone who likes polished arcade racers. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    7
    I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH FUN THIS GAME IS!!!!! Keeping in mind it is a $10 game I went in with no expectations. The graphics are nice. They have a Looney Toons look in a way. The courses are well designed with short cuts and decent variety. I especially like the Chinese Dragon tracks. There a little on the short side and a few tracks are either way to cluttered in sections and one track is an actual raceway where you basically bounce off the wall but it is a good time none the less. But as a whole I really love the look. The power ups are standard for these types of games. Nothing really stands out and they do not have the glamour of a Mario Kart. They also do not seem to dictate who wins a race. They do not ruin the game either so it is a trade off. Since you use your avatar if you have complaints about the driver than....well? Sorry. The cars are a little to hard to unlock and the game is way to easy til the last series of races. Then it just gets annoying.Not hard. Just annoying. There is also 2 open world tracks for tricks and finding power ups. It is a decent add to the game and a clever way to upgrade your vehicle but it gets a tad boring after a while. But it is the only way to get the upgrades. The main problem with the game is there just isn't enough tracks. But it is $10. I would gladly pay for more but I doubt it will sale well enough to get them. Still a good game. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2012
    7
    Check out the video review:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2KEXu1276E&feature=plcp Joy Ride Turbo is an Xbox Live Arcade Version of a
    Kinect launch title, Kinect Joy Ride. Kinect Joy Ride was widely criticized by critics for it Expand
  7. May 24, 2012
    6
    A fairly enjoyable Mario Kart clone for XBLA , but not as polished or rich in content as Nintendo's classic racer . The tracks are fun and interesting , and it's nice to see avatars put to good use . All the usual game modes are here , from championships to time trials . A separate stunt park mode also attempts to keep things interesting . The biggest problem of course is that this should have been a free game , a gift from Microsoft with premium DLC content . Somewhere along the line they changed their minds , giving us firstly a badly controlled Kinect version as a full retail release , and now charging 800 points for this new joypad friendly joyride. For free this would be a 9 / 10 , but at this price point - 6/ 10 Expand