Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
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  1. Cheat Code Central
    Slot car racing is bloody boring enough without have to replicate it in a videogame. What's next? Snail racing?... It stinks.
  2. 40
    Even though this is a budget title at about 20 bucks, there's no way the graphics and the frustrating gameplay justify the expense. You're better off saving up for something with more lasting appeal and more, well, fun.
  3. Game Informer
    Okay, what we're dealing with here is a racing game that doesn't let you steer. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS?! You can't steer... It's kind of like making a platforming game where you can't walk. [Sept 2003, p.121]
  4. The very definition of a stripped-down budget title, as practically every aspect that would make a game fun or interesting is missing.
  5. Unforgiving AI, lack of play options to customize your game, and the annoying fact that you can’t restart a race during a championship really can make the game more aggravating than enjoyable.
  6. 45
    This is the very definition of a budget racer and I don't mean that in a good way. Basic arcadey track designs mix with stupidly simple controls and poor graphics for an end experience that falls somewhere below the average.
  7. Even at its sub twenty dollar price, Slot Car Thunder leaves me shuddering in a corner searching for a happier place. If the gameplay was at least competent...
  8. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Everything about it screams budget ,sure, but there are much worse full-priced games on the Xbox. [Oct/Nov 2003, p.99]
  9. For a $20 game, the environments look pretty dang good. You will be racing over and under tables and beds and plants plus whatever else they throw at you. I wouldn't say its eye candy, but they look good.

Awards & Rankings

#79 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Fishhead
    Jan 30, 2004
    When the game loaded i thought my machine had crashed !!! after playing it i wished it had.. duff !
  2. Green
    Oct 24, 2003
    Game Informer's review is moronic. It is a SLOT CAR game, since when can you steer a slot car. I think this review should be removed Game Informer's review is moronic. It is a SLOT CAR game, since when can you steer a slot car. I think this review should be removed from Metacritic, the reviewer is obviously an idiot. Sure this game doesn't have the greastest graphics but it is easy to pick up, fast and best of all fun. Multiplayer is great. Full Review »
  3. KevinS.
    Oct 22, 2003
    One of the best games for the Xbox. Sure graphics are poor but it's only $20 bucks and is fun and simple.