With Team Sonic Racing postponed much to my dissapointment and the Christmas market open, Nickelodeon Kart Racers has a unique opportunity to fill the Kart racing void without any competition and please fans of the genre. Can it manage it? Read on to find out..
Lets be honest here, Nickelodeon Kart Racers was never going to change the world nor was it ever going to take the crown from Mario Kart. However, what it actually does do is surprise us with how playable it actually is. Now it might be simplistic in its approach but simplicity doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and an all round competent Kart racing game in which the whole family can enjoy.
Let’s start with the positive points Nickelodeon Kart Racers has a few positives going for it. Handling and basic gameplay feels smooth throughout and isn’t too far off what we know and love from other kart racing games. They have the basics locked down and this can feel satisfying racing and drifting around the courses. It’s a standard Kart racing fare, as you pick a character, collect items and coins placed around the tracks and you try to take opponent’s out and race to the finish line. While I found myself having bursts of fun, it was my nephew I was playing with that got the most from the game. Which seems fitting from a game with Nickelodeon in the title.
The game modes are generously spread out across your standard Grand Prix, time trials and different co op modes. It was also nice to see split screen with upto 4 players included as this allowed more members of the family to join the fun. You also get to pick one of twelve characters from four Nickelodeon franchises so im sure everyone will find their favourite.
Once your character is picked, you’ll get to race around 24 tracks from varying locations of the Nickelodeon universe. My only complaint here is some of the courses seem a little bland and lifeless despite a cartoony artstyle, but overall not a bad effort here at all.
You drive around the course collecting coins so you can purchase Kart parts to modify your racer. This is a very basic idea ripped from every other Kart game that came before it.
I should also inform you here that there is no online play. All of the fun to be had will be with your family and friends around the same TV.
So in summary, Nickelodeon Kart Racers isn’t a great game but, it is a game you’ll find yourself having fun with, especially with your family. And while Nickelodeon Kart Racers won’t ever replace Mario Kart or Sonic All stars Racing as your favourite Kart racer, in all honesty it isn’t supposed to.
Nickelodeon Kart Racers isn't a great game but, it’s a racer you'll find yourself having fun with, especially with your friends and family.