Video games are great, but sometimes on-screen action doesn't cut it when it comes to play time. We're talking about a good $300 to get the most out of it, and while Anki has a few bundles on offer to alleviate the financial strain, there's no way around it: Overdrive is a costly investment. Anki Overdrive will be available from September, with the starter kit (two cars, a four-car charger, 10 track pieces and two risers) retailing for US$150. To avoid having to review all your cards at least once before you can study on the other clients, Anki can generate the images in bulk for you. The cars moved incredibly fast, hugging the curves with g-forces that would crush any human driver tiny enough to fit inside. Also, Anki has a feature where you can see which days coming up will be big days. But I found that, for me, even 20 cards per day would eventually add up to a lot. As a kid, if I didn't have someone to hold a controller, I was racing solo around a course of my design.
If you're interested in getting information from your statistics other than what Anki provides, you have several options. Open the STARTER KIT, unroll the track, and unleash two unique robot car warriors: BOSON, the Fast Attacker, and KOURAI, the Agile Striker. With the whole system controlled, monitored and run by software you can see that there are bags of potential for where Anki Drive could and probably will go. But sometimes it can be useful to step outside of these normal limits, such as when you need to revise for a test, focus on particular material, and so on. To make this possible, Anki provides a different type of deck called a filtered deck. Of course, that one took an hour to set up and the cars usually broke down in between every race. Each mode supports up to four cars at once, either controlled by individual human players with their own devices or by the app itself. Via the app your cars battle and race your cars against the app or another place.
You can still motor through them when you feel like it – or you can do a specific number per day like you would for new cards. Also, no matter how you slice and dice it, Anki and other flash card programs are an artificial environment. In other words, the cars only know where they are when they're on the encoded racetrack; on an old-fashioned tabletop, they're dead in the water. However, skipping days is the worst thing you could do for Anki, and it's easy to skip a day entirely if the Due pile is too daunting. The latter point is important, since Anki Overdrive has a secret, unseen weapon: weapons. Students can either use the computer program or the application on their iPad to review their Anki Deck. Because the youngsters are going to have an advantage over the older folks when playing Anki Overdrive.
The line and the right axis shows the cumulative total for each type of review as time progresses across the graph (so at 0 days, it would display the number for the entire time period displayed on the graph). Anki Drive has been available in the US for almost half a year now but it's soon ready to hit the UK. In preparation we went hands-on with the technology to test it out and see how much fun it really could be. Not that this self-driving feature prevents the cars from running off the track regularly.
However, if you do the just catch up a bit each day thing, as Damien, kerecsen (above) and others suggest, you may find it psychologically helpful to turn off the display of cards due. While it's best to play Overdrive with and against other humans, Anki provides a surprisingly robust single-player experience too. It took us a few tries to get the hang of setting up a multiplayer game, but after that it felt like a standard online video game lobby.