Family Racing Car Fun with Anki Overdrive

*We received the Anki OVERDRIVE Family Bundle in exchange for this review. All opinion are honest and my own.

Being outnumbered by boys in my household you can well imagine the type of toys we have. They evolve around “transport” a lot. Trains (SO many trains), Fire Engines, Aeroplanes and their current favourite Racing Cars!

I first heard about Anki OVERDRIVE when Mr H sent me a YouTube video telling me that we “had” to buy it when it was released in the UK. After watching the video I was in agreement because it looked awesome and so much fun! We both loved slot car racing when we were children, and Anki looked to have updated it for the modern day.

Fast forward to the Summer holidays and we were very lucky to not only be invited along to a pop-up event at Westfield London to check out this amazing racing game first-hand, but we were also sent the Anki OVERDRIVE Family bundle to review too.

What is it?

Anki OVERDRIVE is essentially a super cool racing game where you can race either against the “computer” or with each other on track pieces that are held together magnetically.

What’s in the box?

The family bundle comes with the following:

  • Starter Kit (4 straight pieces, 6 corner pieces, 2 cars, 3 accessories)
  • Corner kit (2 corner pieces)
  • Speed Kit (2 straight pieces)
  • Launch Kit (2 cars: Thermo and Nuke)

How does it work?

The interchangeable track has infrared technology that each car scans before the start of each race. This means you can create a racetrack in any shape or size to suit the size of room you are in. Cars are controlled via an app either on your smartphone or tablet (the app is available both for iOs and Android) where you tilt your screen to move the car from left to right on the track. After downloading the app you can customise the look of your “commander”. You can then match them to a car of your choice. Each car has their own personality and driving style and when matched with different commanders creates a unique style of driving.


There are currently four different modes of play – Race, Battle, King of the Hill and Time Trial. The beauty of it being an app is that it can be updated and added to at any point. The app allows you to earn bonuses through racing so you can earn powerups and weapons for your car too.

The boys were only interested in the Racing mode so this was our most popular option when playing. The cars need to be pre-charged before you use them, it takes around 5-10 minutes to fully charge them and they last around 20 minutes before needing to be charged before use again.

What did we think?

We absolutely LOVE Anki OVERDRIVE. As a family, we are all hooked on it. It’s one of those games where you can really get competitive about winning. We have spent many a Sunday afternoon setting up a track and racing against each other and have literally had hours of fun with it. E has really gotten into racing cars recently so this has just fuelled his passion for it even more.

Things we loved

  • Racing four cars in one go
  • Using sneaky tactics to “knock” other racers of the track
  • The freedom to create any combination off race course
  • The design and look of the cars

Check out the video we made and see the track in action

The Anki OVERDRIVE Family Bundle costs £299 and although it is expensive I think it is worth every penny. (The starter kit is priced at £149.99 and comes with two cars and 8 track layouts) Adults are set to enjoy it as much (if not more) than the children and I do think it would make a fantastic gift for a birthday or Christmas. This could be something a family could club together money for. If you love slot car racing I do not think you will be disappointed.

Anki OVERDRIVE is available to purchase on the Anki website.


  1. It looks fab for boys, well any child really not just boys I think my girl would love it, she loves cars! Its cool that it has an interactive element via the smartphone too. it does seem expensive but if its a present thats really loved and enjoyed by all then it could be worth it. #KCACOLS xx

  2. Very interesting to read and see it. I had no real understanding of what it actually looked like, despite seeing the advert on TV lots of times! ~KCACOLS

  3. What boy wouldn’t love this. The pop up event sounds fab #KCACOLS

  4. Becky @ Educating Roversi

    It’s like a modern Skylectrix!y hubby would love this, let alone my son. Might have to look into it for xmas Thanks for co-hosting #KCACOLS

  5. Wow, this looks great. Cygnet is only two at the moment so he is a bit young for this but I am looking forward to when he is old enough. Pen x #KCACOLS

  6. discombubulated

    Car-tastic. Great stuff, looks fun for boys and girls!. #KCACOLS

  7. This looks amazing Maria! I think my girls would go absolutely crazy if we have this at home! lol, It is very big, though. I don’t think I have space. It looks super fun! Love it! Thanks so much for helping me co-hosting #KCACOLS this week! xx

  8. It looks like something I would have loved as a child as well as some of my friends.
    Most of my girls like dolls and role play, but I could entice them (naughty daddy) #KCACOLS

  9. Oh wow!! That looks like a lot of fun! Great post!

  10. Oh this sounds amazing, my little boy would just love this!!! I’m going to have to add this to his birthday list #KCACOLS

  11. Wow, they upgraded scalextric. Looks epic. Expensive though 🙂 #kcacols

  12. This looks like the toy cars of the future-how rad!!! So expensive, but totally looks like so much fun. I remember the toy cars my brothers used to play with when we were kids, and they were nothing like this! It totally makes me look forward to the types of toys I can buy for my son when he gets a little older. Thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

  13. Oh this is my husbands idea of heaven!! Looks brilliant fun xx #KCACOLS

  14. TheIrishBabyFairy

    This looks like so much fun, can just imagine my husband being the most excited about it! #KCACOLS

  15. Wowsers! I Don’t think I’d know where to start but it looks awesome! I too am overrun by boys so this is a glimpse into my future! #KCACOLS

  16. Harriet Leonard

    This looks amazing, a lot better than the racing track games from when I was younger!

  17. We spent hours on our Scalextric track as kids, so I totally get that this would be fun too! Alison x #KCACOLS

  18. Fran Back With a Bump

    This looks fab for bog kids and boys!! #kcacols

  19. Wow, I can’t believe how far these things have come since the old scalextric! My son would love this! #KCACOLS

  20. Looks pretty cool! I reckon Grumpy Boyfriend would have like that. Even I would have to be honest! #KCACOLS

  21. This looks amazing! I would love it! I mean my kids would. Whatever. #KCACOLS

  22. The Speed Bump

    Never mind kids, the other half and I would play this for hours! It’s like Scalextric on steroids! #KCACOLS

  23. The racetrack looks great fun, I can see why you all love it. This is the kind of thing my hubby and I would get very competitive over lol.

  24. This looks like lots of fun – for girls and boys! #KCACOLS

  25. Rebecca Taylor

    Oh my goodness! This looks amazing! My little boy is also obsessed with anything ‘transport’ but he’s only two (in a week and a half) so this might need to wait a year or so! Thank you for sharing. #KCACOLS

  26. Youngest loves cars so she she would love this racing car. It looks really cool! #KCACOLS

  27. Piglet would LOVE this. Any type of vehicle is right up his street! #KCACOLS

  28. Andrea @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    We are overrun with boys toys here too. This looks like a winner. We were only saying the other day there should be a modern version of Scaletrix available where the cars actually stay on the track! #KCACOLS

  29. This looks amazing! I SO want this. But my daughter is only 19 months old so I’m not sure I can use her as an excuse yet… #KCACOLS

  30. Cool! Such a fun family activity!


  31. Kristin McCarthy

    Looks like fun! I think my husband would enjoy this more than the kids though.


  32. Wow this looks great! I think my husband would love this!!! #KCACOLS

  33. this looks so fab. It would be right up my hubby and eldest’s street! They love racing cars together #KCACOLS

  34. The Tale of Mummyhood

    Looks like great fun!


  35. I’m sure my son will love this when he’s older and daddy more so!

  36. Wow looks super cool and super amazing, I have two kids who cold get very competitive over this one….watch this space! #KCACOLS

  37. Mr TB would love this! He’s such a big kid. I think that even though I we have two girls he’s going to be introducing them to Themis type of game very soon so he can have a go #kcacols

  38. Is it like scaletrix? But also a game on a computer? We might love that. #KCACOLS

  39. I’m not sure about my daughters but my husband would love this!

  40. That looks like a lot of fun. A bit expensive for us and my boys are a bit too young but good to keep in mind. #kcacols

  41. I dont think my girls would get a look in haha the Mr and I would be straight in there! #KCACOLS

  42. wow it is pretty pricey isnt it. but it does look great fun! nice that you can play against the comp too if mummy or daddy dont fancy playing! although i think daddy would be on it non stop! #KCACOLS

  43. This looks awesome! Jhogg would love it – definitely the sort of thing we will want for Piglet when he’s older #kcacols

  44. This looks like a lot of fun and love the interactive element with the phone too. My daughter would lvoe playing with this. #KCACOLS

  45. Oh this is fab! I think all 3 of mine would LOVE this. 😀
    And did anyone say trains? My youngest is obsessed with trains!!! lol So we have quite a few of those yes…hehe

  46. Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Looks great. The perfect mix of scalextric and computer gaming. I can definitely see why the adults would have as much (if not more) fun than the kids!

  47. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Wow, this looks expensive but amazing! As much as I try not to gender stereotype in our choice of toys, there’s no denying that my son is drawn to anything vehicle related! We’re also a family with a bit of a competitive streak, so this sounds ideal! #KCACOLS

  48. Love the look of this, something my husband would love! He loves his racing cars xx

  49. We are the opposite in my house with a majority of women! My 5 year old boy is the youngest and he and his dad would love this! It is a bit pricy but maybe as a joint present? #KCACOLS

  50. chocolateandwineandillbefine

    This looks fab! So hi-tech! I saw this in Harrods a few weeks ago. It looked amazing and I was so intrigued but I couldn’t work it out at all (I decided I just wasn’t cool enough to get these things anymore) – now I get it, so thank you for that! #KCACOLS

  51. Wow we really are moving right head first into the the 21st century with this. It’s amazing! I know my hustand and daughter would love this #KCACOLS

  52. This looks so much fun . My little boy would love it ( and my hubby ) #KCACOLS

  53. This looks wonderful for boys who love their fast cars. #KCACOLS

  54. Gosh this looks fantastic. We had a scalectrix when we were small and it was nothing like this. Looks like you had a fantastic time! #KCACOLS

  55. This looks like so much fun! Mine are a bit young for it just yet but definitely something I’m sure we’d all live to play when they’re bigger. Will start saving up now! #KCACOLS

  56. mummy here and there

    oh my goodness my son would love this, it looks so much fun X #kcacols

  57. That must have been great fun for your little ones. It looks awesome. #KCACOLS

  58. If we had that, my husband would see to it that the children wouldn’t get a look in! Looks like fun 🙂
    x Alice

  59. Oh I saw this at Blog On in May and I must admit it’s so awesome! I would love to have this – for me not for the kids!! #KCACOLS

  60. Michaela - Two Little Paines

    This looks amazing, my two would totally love it …and so would I!

  61. a turbo version of scalectrix! excellent sounds great #kcacols

  62. I’ve not heard of this before, but it looks like so much fun, my 5 year old son (and my husband!) would love it! x #KCACOLS

  63. As a mom of 3 boys I can relate to the type of toys available in my house. That looks incredible, I know my kids would LOVE it. I bet yours did as well. #KCACOLS

  64. I’m defo having second thoughts about getting my boys a Scaletrix – this is much better! #KCACOLS

  65. The Hippy Christian Mum

    Wow this looks so cool! I know my husband would just love to play this! #KCACOLS

  66. Wow! That looks so much more fun than Scalectrix. There are a few tom boys and car lovers in our house who would love to have a go on this! Thanks for review #KCACOLS

  67. This looks absolutely incredible and so much fun too! Something for all the family to get involved with as well 🙂 #kcacols

  68. Oh this looks like lots of fun! I think my husband would enjoy it the most though! haha x #KCACOLS

  69. Not seen this before but it looks like great fun! #LCACOLS

  70. Poppy Reflects

    Love this! It reminds me of (excuse spelling) old school scalextrix.. I always loved a boys toy and so does Taormina x #KCACOLS

  71. This looks fab! My 3 year old niece loves playing with cars on tracks and would absolutely love this! #kcacols

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