Most of the story from the series has been passed into Hot Wheels: World Race
the game. In the show, a genius by the name of Peter Tezla has discovered a series of tracks created by an ancient race of people known as the Accelerons. Tezla has named these tracks Highway 35. He has gathered 35 people together and broken them up into five different teams. These teams are the Wave Rippers, Scorchers, Road Beasts Street Breed and Dune Ratz. These people are to race on these hidden raceways hoping to gain the title of the world's best racer. Tezla has charged these drivers with finding an object known as the 'Wheel of Power,' which is at the end of Highway 35.
And even though there is no Wheel of Power in the game, the vehicles and some of the tracks come directly out of the show. When you first start off, you will have only a few vehicles to choose from, but as you progress through the game you will unlock new vehicles, tracks and gallery objects.
There are several modes in Hot Wheels: Challenge Mode, League Mode, Multiplayer Mode, Quick Race and Time Trial. The meat and bones of this game lies in the League Mode. Here you will progress through three different difficulty levels (Rookie, Veteran and Expert), each with different requirements to progress to the next race. For example, in the Rookie mode, you need only to complete the race to progress, but in Veteran, there are many instances where you have to finish in second or third place.
Time Trial and Quick Race are just what they sound like. If you don't feel like committing yourself to a league series of races, then choose the Quick Race option. Or, race against the clock in the Time Trial.
The Challenge Mode acts as a training mode for the game. Here you will learn five basic concepts that you will use time and time again. You will find out that to earn Nitrox2 you need to either grab yellow rings, or perform stunts in the air. You will also grab burning wheels to open up shortcuts in the track, as well as use your Nitrox in order to reach shortcuts.
The Multiplayer aspect splits the screen so that you and a friend can race in any of the unlocked tracks with any of the available cars.
The handling of the cars was pretty dead on when you considered each vehicle's stats. There were some moments when the performance of the car out right surprised me. For instance, there was one car that felt rather slow but when I came in second place in the Veteran League, I was impressed.