Enigma Studios’ upcoming Mini Wheels is a kart racer that decided to take a different approach with the genre by turning it into a story-oriented affair. Players will follow Pipo, a toy of Mick. Pipo will end up lost in the house and must race other toys in order to make his way back into the hands of Mick.
It kind of sounds like Diddy Kong’s Racing, which had a similar setup. Players will race as miniature vehicles through massive rooms themed after household areas, including bedrooms, kitchens, basements and toyboxes.
There’s an announcement trailer for Mini Wheels that you can check out below.
We don’t get to see much of the game, but we do get a small taste of what the character roster looks like, and there are a few characters obviously themed after popular miniatures, including a garden gnome, a marionette, and a crazy duck.
As is typical with many kart racing games, Mini Wheels will feature power-ups for players to acquire and use it as a way to take advantage during a race, along with multiple game modes beyond the story mode, including a capture the flag mode, a burnout mode, and a boss battle.
The standard racing mode will also feature both local four-player split-screen play along with online multiplayer modes.
The Unreal Engine 4-powered racer isn’t due out until late 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC, but it will feature VR headset support once it does become available, making it one of the few kart racers to support the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. I’m not entirely sure if the VR will offer first-person racing or if it will still have the standard chase cam view enabled. Nevertheless, I’m sure Enigma Studios is banking on wider VR adoption rates by the end of 2018 to help sweeten the deal for potential consumers.
In the meantime you can wishlist or follow the game via the Steam store page.