While its novel style has some charm the bland and uninspired play leave it a bit flat
While I’m a fan of games that are weird or unusual there’s definitely still a need for the underlying gameplay to be solid in order for the experience to have merit. Obviously inspired by Mario Kart Double Dash, SkyDrift has elements of that series that are easily recognizable and some of the settings and tracks even feel vaguely familiar. What’s missing is any sort of nuance or charm though as mechanically the racing itself is clunky, the power-ups are generally lackluster and unintuitive, and the experience as a whole is a bit of a head scratcher. You can compete locally or online (I don’t imagine this particular game will fare well in the longevity department but could be wrong) as well as take on the Campaign mode but it’s honestly overall a pretty bland affair. Perhaps Touhou or more general fans of anime may like the quirkiness of it all but from a pure gameplay perspective there are better Mario Kart-alikes on the system.
Justin Nation, Score: