Developed by Creator/{{Codemasters}}, the Micro Machines games took the popular children's toys and turned them into a top-down racer set in a MacroZone. Whether racing 4x4s on the breakfast table or F1 cars in the games room, the Micro Machines series has a great combination of fun, amusing details (such as the cereal boxes with "[[TakeThat 100% Artificial Ingredients]]" written on them) and multiplayer madness.

The games are notable for their main multiplayer mode where players all share the same screen. Instead of being a first-to-the-finish race, players are eliminated if they trail too far behind, until only one player is left standing. That player then scores a point, everyone is brought back into play at that spot, and another round begins. The players keep racing around the course until one has scored enough points to win.

* ''Micro Machines''
* ''Micro Machines 2 Turbo Tournament''
* ''Micro Machines Turbo Tournament '96''
* ''Micro Machines: Military'' (basically Micro Machines for military junkies, or people who enjoyed the tank levels a lot)
* ''Micro Machines V3'' (the first 3D game in the series)
* ''Micro Machines 64 Turbo'' (V3 for the Nintendo 64)
* ''Micro Maniacs'' (featured small people-like things[[note]]They ''do'' have a backstory.[[/note]] rather than cars).
* ''[[RecycledTitle Micro Machines]]''
* ''Micro Machines V4'' (the first game that allowed you to choose your own cars for all races, unfortunately balanced by the removal of characters.)

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!!This game series provides examples of:
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[[folder:The series as a whole]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Some lengthy character descriptions and backstories, among other things.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anne, Mike, Joel and Emilio mysteriously disappeared between the original and ''V3''. Not counting all the new characters brought in the games inbetween.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In the first game, particularly the destruction cars, the computers have a considerably faster acceleration than you.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: The characters were updated for the re-release. Some of the more boring characters were removed. For instance, Jethro, who just happened to be black in the original, seems to be from Jamaica and a fan of reggae.
* {{Exactly What It Says On The Tin}}: Anyone with a basic knowledge of the English language would assume that is is indeed about small automobiles/aircraft/combat vehicles/whatever they think are "machines".
* TheGenericGuy: Anne. Also Mike, to a lesser extent. Tellingly, neither of them made it through to ''V3''.
* LevelAte: Several racing environments, from the kitchen to the breakfast table to eating out at restaurants.
* LevelEditor: Included in Micro Machines 2 for the PC, and Micro Machines Turbo Tournament 96 for the Genesis
* MacroZone: naturally.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Spider is essentially [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]].
* PalmtreePanic: The dune buggy levels. Pails and sand castles serve as obstacles, and the tracks are drawn in the sand.
* PolygonCeiling: The fact that ''Micro Machines V3'' averted this makes it one of the two best-remembered games in the franchise (aside from the original).
* RubberBandAI:
** In the original game, a car that was behind you would be faster than if it was in front of you. It didn't matter how far ahead/behind they were, however, so if that wasn't enough, there was no further help coming. It also featured a rather hilarious, and unintentional, [[UnstableEquilibrium inversion]]: if you put the fastest drivers in the fastest cars, the speed boost from being behind would be more than the AI could handle, causing the cars to leave the track and fall even further behind.
** The games had another catch-up mechanic in the form of the game's camera; the further ahead the player is, the less they can see in front of them, putting them at a disadvantage unless they had the track memorized.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The series actually has a modern day successor under the name "Toybox Turbos", released in 2014.
* StylisticSuck: Nicknames that compliment the characters such as Ace Spider and Fab Bonnie eventually become mediocre things such as Able Chen and Fair Anne, and ultimately insults like Poor Dwayne and Dire Walter.
* ToyTime: Again, several racing environments, from the sandpit to the bedroom to the games room.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: Not directly, but it sure is easier to place in the faster races if you know the maps.
* VehicularCombat: The tanks in the first game can shoot (meaning the best thing you can do is take an early lead and then run the rest of the race backwards - tanks are equally slow in both directions), and the various weapons in the 3D games.
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* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Micro Maniacs is ''people''. Most people don't even know it's part of the franchise at all.
* BackStory: Every character is given one. There are a lot of accidents.
** V4 was in a motorcycle accident.
** Pyra had a lab accident involving combustion.
** Maw-Maw is a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix and Match Critter]].
** Twister was a crazy twit.
** Beatbox was a DJ who wanted to be able to play more effectively with elements of TheSpook.
** Waldo was a rival scientist who had an accident with his own shrink ray and got [[IncrediblyLamePun picked up]] by it's inventor.
** Mesme was a CreepyChild who suffered a NoodleIncident.
** Dynamo was a crashed alien.
** Roach was the doctor's nephew and an insect torturer who is suffering karmic punishment.
** Toxin was a mercenary who tried to steal the Minimizer. Dr. Minimizer gave away the plans in exchange for Toxin's cooperation in the experiment.
** Project X is AllYourPowersCombined with a lot of CloningBlues.
** Amazingly, Vortex is the only character not to have suffered an unfortunate accident. Instead she was just taught how to make ''gravitational singulaities at will''.
* CuteMute: Mesme.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Very much so compared to the main series.
* ExcusePlot: Subverted - while the plot is just a justification for tiny people running around, it's as developed as a real plot and has a resolution for every character.
* {{Expy}}: V4 of Spider.
* TheGhost: Dr Minimizer. He does have backstory other than being the inventor of the Minimizer - he's Waldo's rival and Roach's uncle.
* HairTriggerTemper: Project-X, apparently.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Project-X and Maw-Maw were created by Minimizer and given those names, while Dynamo, Waldo and Mesme are known by their real names (albeit with OnlyOneName), but V4, Vortex, Pyra, Beatbox, Twister, Roach and Toxin never have their real names mentioned. [[note]]Although Roach's surname is probably Minimizer.[[/note]]
* MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial: Inverted - all the secret characters are men.
* MultipleEndings: One for every character.
** V4 goes destiny-seeking with a motorbike Dr. Minimizer made from the rest of the crash parts.
** Vortex gets honour degrees and becomes an astronaut where she leads the first ever mission into a black hole.
** Pyra takes a nice holiday in a volcanic lake.
** Waldo tries to turn himself into a giant with the Minimizer, but accidentally turns himself into a baby and destroys his power suit.
** Maw Maw escapes and eats cake. (Well, it ''is'' Maw Maw.)
** Twister gets action figures made of, becomes a household name, and gets very rich.
** Beatbox opens a club with Maximized hi-fi.
** Mesme brings her teddy bear to life after Maximising it to prevent her nightmares.
** Toxin gets a three year cold and goes to jail.
** Roach tortures everyone else (so is presumably the first to be Maximized).
** Dynamo goes home.
** Project X clones itself and leads a rampage, but Dr. Minimizer puts a stop to it.
* MyBrainIsBig: Mesme's brain ''sticks out of her head''.
* NoMouth: Mesme doesn't have a mouth.
* PlayingWithFire: Pyra.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Vortex and Pyra are almost the same, except for the exact details of the accident. Of course, they're not twins.
** Also Project-X and Maw-Maw, who are siblings, both being the creations of Dr. Minimizer. While Maw-Maw is a courageous guard animal, Project-X is an aggressive SuperSoldier.
* RealIsBrown: Perhaps not brown specifically, but it's definitely much duller and less colourful than the games before and after it.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Roach.
* ShockAndAwe: Dynamo.
* StylisticSuck: ''Micro Maniacs'' made everyone ugly, as part of the DarkerAndEdgier style. Debatable with Vortex and Pyra. Vortex is only offset by the striking two-tone skin, but even then she is quite the stunner. Pyra is almost statuesque ... until you remember that she is literally living fire and probably a virtually-hollow skin. Roach was probably quite handsome before his karmic punishment, and we have no idea what V4, Twister or Beatbox really look(ed) like.
* VisualPun: The races are real world environments - because they're ''Micro'' Machines. Most characters have puns based around their character woven into their backstory (mostly because Dr. Minimizer likes to use the cause of death as the motif for the second life, and because said death is often the direct cause of rebirth).
** V4's bike accident made him a bike character (Dr. Minimizer reconstructed him).
** Vortex was playing with black holes.
** Same with Pyra (but with fire).
** Waldo had a Minimizer copy accident (making him a science themed character).
** Roach is undergoing KarmicPunishment.
** Beatbox with his speakers (it was his wish).
** Toxin was possibly suffering from a cold.
** Maw Maw, Project X, Twister, Mesme and Dynamo already were how they are, so this trope doesn't apply to them.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Beatbox, apparently.
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"[[MotorMouth Andrememberifitdoesn'tsay"MicroMachines"]]... It's not the real thing!"
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