Do you suffer from the dreaded and painful Floating Steering Wheel Grip, bane of the hardcore Wii gamer?  Do you weep when you must power off Mario Kart and head out the door for school or work?  Well, if you're an iPhone or iPod touch user, Polarbit is here with the answer: Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D.

The nefarious Nitrous Oxide has joined forces with evil genius Dr. Cortex and his demented side-kick Ripper Roo, in a plot to beat the Bandicoots into submission once and for all, and at long last clear the way for world domination. In order to lure Crash and his gang out in the open, they stage a Kart tournament. The winners will be crowned “Kings Of Kart Racing For All Eternity”, the losers will be banished from N. Sanity Island.

Join the zany inhabitants of N-Sanity Island as they slip, slide and skid their way around wild tracks set in environments ranging from the Egyptian desert to Outer Space! Dodge rockets, falling meteorites and boulders as you fight for your place at the top of the podium.

Polarbit, the development house responsible for the popular iPhone jailbreak title Raging Thunder, is developing a high-end, 3D version of Vivendi's Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 for the iPhone, to be published by Vivendi.  Pocket Gamer had this to say about an earlier smartphone version of the title,

...Nitro Kart is a massive game with plenty to unlock, which gives you enough of an incentive to want to keep playing. Not only are there four cups to play through - each of which has four tracks - there's also a Challenge mode where you complete specific tasks, many of them unrelated to racing, in order to collect Wumpas to buy new karts.

These challenges provide loads of variety, and while we struggled with some due to their demanding criteria, they're a welcome diversion from a straightforward bout of karting.

Given the degree to which the iPhone is the superior gaming platform relative to any other smartphone, it seems this will be a rather solid addition to the iTunes App Store's games lineup from a developer that's clearly excited about the platform.

Gameplay is simple and straightforward: tap the screen to start, tilt left and right to steer, tilt forward and back to control speed.  As can be seen from the demonstration video, the graphics are rich, the framerate is fluid, and the music and sound effects aren't lacking.

Key features, as Polarbit tells it:

  • Stunning, console quality graphics
  • Twelve beautifully crafted tracks
  • The famous Crash Bandicoot cast of characters
  • A host of weapons, items and power-ups
  • Fully configurable controls

So, thanks to Polarbit, you'll never need to leave the kart behind...

  • jdmoney

    looks very cool.

  • jdmoney

    looks very cool.

  • http://www.iphoneclub.nl/ Gerrit

    is this game a only iphone game. (multie platforms)?

  • http://www.iphoneclub.nl/ Gerrit

    is this game a only iphone game. (multie platforms)?

  • WiseWeasel

    Looks awesome, but there's no mention of network-enabled multiplayer... Please tell me I can play with other iPhone users over WiFi!

    • Jjjjjjj

      yes on number 2

  • WiseWeasel

    Looks awesome, but there's no mention of network-enabled multiplayer... Please tell me I can play with other iPhone users over WiFi!

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  • reverie

    Excuse me, but the gameplay looks boring. There was nothing going on in the race. I'm also skeptical about the fact that tilt controls both direction and speed. This will be quite hard to keep under control for more than a few minutes at a time. My hunch is that the game will fail.

  • reverie

    Excuse me, but the gameplay looks boring. There was nothing going on in the race. I'm also skeptical about the fact that tilt controls both direction and speed. This will be quite hard to keep under control for more than a few minutes at a time. My hunch is that the game will fail.

  • Rich

    Using the accelerometer for game control is cool but what happens when you try to play these games in a moving vehicle that is constantly accelerating, decelerating and turning. There is no way for the iPhone to know the difference. Has anyone tested this yet?

  • Rich

    Using the accelerometer for game control is cool but what happens when you try to play these games in a moving vehicle that is constantly accelerating, decelerating and turning. There is no way for the iPhone to know the difference. Has anyone tested this yet?

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  • bob

    yes it can cope with all that rich^ but what i was going to add is that of all these tilt based race games, not one developer has though to use the the accelerometer as a screen controller at the same time, so that the view remains flat despite the tilt of the iphone, This would help a lot, they can have that one for free.

  • bob

    yes it can cope with all that rich^ but what i was going to add is that of all these tilt based race games, not one developer has though to use the the accelerometer as a screen controller at the same time, so that the view remains flat despite the tilt of the iphone, This would help a lot, they can have that one for free.

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  • TheBird

    This is the type of game I'm looking forward to come July 11th

  • TheBird

    This is the type of game I'm looking forward to come July 11th

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  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    See another gameplay video here:
    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=VRhbhT5HQJ0

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    See another gameplay video here:
    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=VRhbhT5HQJ0

  • Si Brindley

    @bob: Yeah - I thought that as well, but actually you don't need to rotate the phone around it's z-axis (changing your view), you can rotate it around the y-axis instead (i.e. just tilting it), so it's not really an issue.

  • Si Brindley

    @bob: Yeah - I thought that as well, but actually you don't need to rotate the phone around it's z-axis (changing your view), you can rotate it around the y-axis instead (i.e. just tilting it), so it's not really an issue.

  • feri

    please send me
    tanx

  • feri

    please send me
    tanx

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  • Teddy

    I know you have to collect the word crash to unlock caracters but I've done that in every cup ( all 3) and how do you get ripper roo and I really want him
    Anyways were was Titan Bandicoot and there are alot of other crash characters that weren't in there and it only had 6!
    It also needs more cups
    Mario kart has 8 cups and like 30 characters!
    Although it was beter than most apps.

  • Teddy

    I know you have to collect the word crash to unlock caracters but I've done that in every cup ( all 3) and how do you get ripper roo and I really want him
    Anyways were was Titan Bandicoot and there are alot of other crash characters that weren't in there and it only had 6!
    It also needs more cups
    Mario kart has 8 cups and like 30 characters!
    Although it was beter than most apps.

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  • sseexxyydude

    Does this game have Wi-fi? Please somebody go on Youtube and answer my question. Write to "sseexxyydude"

    http://www.youtube.com/sseexxyydude

  • sseexxyydude

    Does this game have Wi-fi? Please somebody go on Youtube and answer my question. Write to "sseexxyydude"

    http://www.youtube.com/sseexxyydude

  • KC

    Can you get this game on and iPod Touch?

    • sseexxyydude

      yes

  • KC

    Can you get this game on and iPod Touch?

    • sseexxyydude

      yes

  • Sophia

    How do i dowload this Game onto a Ipod Touch?!..I've been 2 Every website and it still isnt working?!.

  • Sophia

    How do i dowload this Game onto a Ipod Touch?!..I've been 2 Every website and it still isnt working?!.

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    This game is top banana

  • http://www.thesupermariobros.com James Norris

    This game is top banana

  • http://www.3d-monitors.com Vicente Breece

    3d technologies is getting more and more awesome! I have been following the media of late, soon there will be 3d smartphones and 3d gaming devices.

  • http://www.3d-monitors.com Vicente Breece

    3d technologies is getting more and more awesome! I have been following the media of late, soon there will be 3d smartphones and 3d gaming devices.

  • http://www.3d-monitors.com Dong Trenbeath

    man 3d is taking off. they now have touchable 3d and they are coming out with 3d screens that you dont need glasses for. insane stuff. i still think its a little bit of a gimmick however.

  • http://www.3d-monitors.com Dong Trenbeath

    man 3d is taking off. they now have touchable 3d and they are coming out with 3d screens that you dont need glasses for. insane stuff. i still think its a little bit of a gimmick however.

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