It’s a great time to be a fan of downhill arcade racers. In addition to Slopecrashers later this year, Tray Racers was shown off earlier today at the 2022 Future Games Show. From the creators of PHOGS, Tray Racers — not to be confused with the 1997 PlayStation game Ray Tracers — is a post-apocalyptic game where you, well, race down hills on trays.
As an arcade racer, Tray Racers has a lot of the features you would expect — tricks, speed boosts, and different characters to choose from. There are a few differences, though. First, there’s character customization — you can slap different clothes and hairstyles on your Rocket Power-looking child racer, which is neat. Also, each race in Tray Racers takes place on a randomly-generated course. That’s likely going to give the game much more of a party feel than even other arcade racers like Mario Kart. Whether that’ll give the game longevity and make it stand out or cause players to lose interest over time remains to be seen.
It seems like the game is leaning into “wholesome” vibes, which might not be to everyone’s tastes. Things are pretty cutesy, and there are little between-game features like petting a creature called “Scrump” and playing musical instruments. But it isn’t just aesthetics. Unlike a lot of arcade racers, there’s no way to hinder other players — that means no bananas, no stars, and especially no blue shells. All of this makes it seem like Tray Racers might be a good game to play along with kids or in a less competitive setting.
Tray Racers is available to wishlist now on Steam and is currently set to launch in 2023 for PC and Nintendo Switch.
This coverage of the Future Games Show is part of Fanbyte’s Hot Game Summer coverage, where we’re bringing you recaps and commentary on this summer’s game presentations like Xbox’s showcase, the PC Gaming Show, and the all-encompassing Summer Game Fest hosted by Geoff Keighley. If you’re interested in seeing all of Fanbyte’s coverage, check out our Hot Game Summer 2022 hub.