'Anki Drive' App Updated With New Weapons and Upgrades

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Anki Drive, the iOS-controlled AI-based racing game that first debuted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, got a major app update today, adding new weapons, support items, and a new upgrade system.

    Following the update, there are a total of 20 upgrades that can be used to customize cars, in categories like Combat, Chassis, Engine, and Energy Systems. The Anki Cars, which are largely self-operating and steer by themselves via Bluetooth, can be upgraded with different abilities and statistics that make each car unique.

    Additional weapons have been added as well, such as the EMP, which is used by the player to shoot other cars as they race along the track. There are two new support items, the Reverse Drive and the Kinetic Brake, which allow users to do a 180 degree turn or come to a dead stop on the track.

    Players are also no longer locked into specific upgrades as they were in the past and can freely choose to buy and sell upgrades.

    Alongside the update, the creators of Anki Drive have released a few statistics on the game, which has been available for more than two months. Anki users have raced approximately 42 million laps around the track, the equivalent of 540,000 Monaco Grand Prix races. The game's AI, when set to hard, has also managed to win 9 out of 10 races.

    The Anki Drive Starter Kit, which includes two cars and a track, can be purchased from the Apple Store for $199.95. The accompanying Anki Drive app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Anki Drive' App Updated With New Weapons and Upgrades
  2. Lionel Messi macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    Cool toy and amazing features but my baby Thiago now finds it difficult to play with his iPad after this update. He used to play it almost everyday and I occasionally played with him.
  3. 5590982, Jan 3, 2014
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    5590982 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2013
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    But yet you took the time to click on the thread and post a comment? Why not just ignore the article? :rolleyes:
  5. 5590982 macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Good point.
  6. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Besides the statistics provided by Anki it would have been of interest how many kits they sold up until now.
  7. jbro1999 macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    Awesome! Can't wait to get home from work and try it out
  8. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    I suppose, it's not enough that a car go fast and navigate and strategize on its own. It's got to have weapons and kill everybody else on the track.

    Sometimes I think about where this mostly stupid and barbaric species of ours is heading and look forward to an asteroid or a virus or israeli nukes to just get it over with and finish the job already.
  9. windywalks macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2004
    Wow, that was depressing. :rolleyes:

    I'd gladly buy this just for the novelty of it but I can barely justify buying a $200 toy as a grown man having more pressing expenses.
  10. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    Yeah, humanity can be pretty scary. Example: I was once reading comments on a news article about an interesting toy, and one poster managed to go from toys to how optimistic they are about various apocalyptic scenarios. Pretty freaky. ;)
  11. Habakuk macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2007
    Vienna Austria Europe
    Maybe something like this?! It's Big Boy:


    Union Pacific Big Boy 4002​

    (But it isn't $200.) As a model railroad/streetcar/car/trolleybus fanatic (AND racing video games) I am very interested in that AI racing toy. Will gather more information on this.
  12. theanimaster macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2005
    I'm going to wait until they put a camera in these cars so I can have bonnet view. THAT would be cool (and is probably already in the works).

    Otherwise as it is... $200 is too much to pay for what you get. Plus the craftsmanship that goes into those cars speak "Cheap Chinese labour" to me. I'm not paying $200 so that some underage Chinese people can be overworked. If that money were going to US workers though and you have US craftsmanship go into these things... then maybe I'd be swayed.
  13. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Israeli nukes? Oh! You mean the nukes all the countries around it are trying to send at Israel!

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