“Coffin Dodgers feels like a short demo, certainly not a full game. It’s frustrating and unfortunate because the core mechanics and gameplay are actually really fun, there’s just no game built around them.”
- Developer: Milky Tea Studios
- Publisher: Self-published
- Genre: Kart racing
- Release date: July 8th, 2015
- Played on: PC
- Play time: 4 hours
- Price listed / paid: 9,99€ / Copy provided by developer
It’s not unusual for racing games to feature tournaments you want to win so you can get money, glory, or perhaps even save the world. However, it is rather unusual to be racing for your very life, what little is left of it, at least. The terrific premise of Coffin Dodgers sees you take on the role of a senior citizen, get on your mobility scooter and try to outrace the Grim Reaper in order to live out a few more years in peace. High stakes, then. In true kart racing fashion, you’ll race across several different areas, upgrade and pimp out your mobility scooter and use various weapons to get an edge on other competitors. Whoever ends up last in each area, kicks the bucket. However, the boney man in the black cowl will resurrect these poor souls as zombies so they can still race against you in upcoming races. What a douche.
As soon as you start up you scooter, it just feels good. The controls and the mechanics may not be quite as expertly fine-tuned as in big budget kart racers, but they still feel tight and the driving is definitely a joy. It’s a well-known fact that senior citizens play dirty and it’s no different here. As soon as you start racing, you’ll notice that you can use your cane to knock your elderly peers off their scooters and get ahead in the race. Getting stuck into a pack of racers is hilarious as they will all be waving their canes about and it is very likely that you’ll end up on the ground. Once that happens, it’s even more likely you’ll simply get trampled by other racers as your rag doll twitches about on the pavement. Aside from that, you get some more traditional weapons and gadgets by driving into the classic question mark crate. These aren’t really as inspired as they feature well-known rockets, shields, oil slicks, etc. found in any kart racing game. The weapon that stands out here is the Uzi which you really wouldn’t associate with “homemade” weapons. Although, I found the Uzi to actually be the weakest weapon as it simply takes a long time to knock someone off with it. You know it’s not a particularly good weapon when it’s easier to do a cane drive-by rather than an Uzi drive-by.