IMG_0585After a cool teaser video and a load of screenshots, Konami's Krazy Kart Racing [App Store] has been high on my list of games I really wanted to play. As of tonight, the wait is (almost) over, and Krazy Kart is actually surprisingly fun, especially when playing against friends in the various online multiplayer modes.

Konami has tried pretty hard to duplicate as much of Mario Kart as they can, with shells replaced with missiles, mushrooms replaced with a generic speed boost item, the lightning bolt replaced with an item that turns everyone in to pigs, and other fairly blatant copies of Mario Kart power-ups. Instead of the highly recognizable Nintendo lineup or characters, Krazy Kart Racing features a slightly more obscure cast of Konami characters such as Sparkster (from the SNES game of the same name), Robbie Rabbit (the mascot from an amusement park found in Silent Hill), and the frog from Frogger along with seven others.

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The controls work well and feature both tilt steering and touch controls. I've found myself preferring touch controls, but tilt worked fine as well. Acceleration is handled automatically, and there are virtual buttons on screen to brake and use whatever power-up you've managed to pick up.

16 tracks are included, based on themes of the games the characters are from. For instance, Power Stadium is a baseball diamond shaped track to go along with the baseball player racer from Power Touch Pros and there's a Antarctic themed track to go with the penguin racer from Penguin Adventure. These tracks can be played in grand prix, time attack, and free run modes as well as with friends or random people online in the included internet multiplayer modes.

IMG_0573Online multiplayer works without any kind of registration. You simply enter your name, connect to one of the game servers, and from there you can either create or join a game room with other players. Any track that you have unlocked in single player is playable online with up to five other players and/or bots. Aside from the standard race mode, there are two battle modes, chicken and bomb chaser. In chicken, players accelerate down a straight track and slam on their brakes before reaching the end and flying off in to the pool of water below.

In bomb chaser, one player has the bomb and drives around a circular arena attempting to run in to other players to give them the bomb. Whoever has the bomb drives significantly faster than the other players, so it can get kind of hectic at times, but neither battle mode is very interesting and pales in comparison to Mario Kart. Performance online is surprisingly good, although there was a bit of lag when playing in a full game with bots, it was still completely playable. The online system seems a bit buggy still as I experienced a few instances where games wouldn't launch, game rooms becoming unresponsive and it not releasing my username. Once you're actually connected, however, the gameplay seemed to work fine. We mostly tested on Wi-Fi though 3G worked as well.

This video shows the multiplayer modes as well as single player using touch control:


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Our early impressions of Krazy Kart Racing is that it's a fun kart racer, and while it's currently the closest thing to Mario Kart available on the App Store, it's still hard to compare to the original. There already is a menu item in game for downloadable content, so it should be interesting to see what Konami has in store with that. If Krazy Kart's online community takes off, I could see myself spending a serious amount of time racing over the internet. We'll spend some more time with this title this weekend, and we are still looking forward to Gameloft's Shrek Kart which is due next month.

Note: Krazy Kart Racing is not currently available from the US App Store, but has appeared in international stores. With any luck it should appear for download in the US shortly, though there have been instances (such as Silent Hill) where the U.S. release lagged as long as a week after the international release.

App Store Link: Krazy Kart Racing (EU), $7.99 (Only available in some regions)

  • Anon

    This is a straight ripoff from Kart Racer not Mario kart. Kart racer made Nexon almost $600million revenue since '05 or so. Still, on the go kart is always a +.

    • crsrc

      yes, I agree. Also I can't believe EA frickin ripped off madden 09 with the recent release of madden 10. And omg, how in the hell is Apple getting away with such a blatant rip off of the iPhone 3G with their release of the iPhone 3Gs. They aren't fooling anybody with just an addition of an "s" to the name. The madness!!!

      • CaseyLay

        Apple is "getting away with rippoffs", because most of the original game's companies do not care at all about making a game on the iPhone. In fact, they are happy that other companies are doing it for them, so they don't have to. And these aren't technically "ripoiffs", because for them to be so, they need to have sounds, art, or graphics stolen directly from a different game or a non open source engine.

    • GTFOH

      Don't be stupid. This is a Mario Kart rip-off. It was released on the GBA by Konami in 2001 and was the first Kart game for this system. This is just a pimped up version.

      GBA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BicO_bFoWRo

  • Anon

    This is a straight ripoff from Kart Racer not Mario kart. Kart racer made Nexon almost $600million revenue since '05 or so. Still, on the go kart is always a +.

    • crsrc

      yes, I agree. Also I can't believe EA frickin ripped off madden 09 with the recent release of madden 10. And omg, how in the hell is Apple getting away with such a blatant rip off of the iPhone 3G with their release of the iPhone 3Gs. They aren't fooling anybody with just an addition of an "s" to the name. The madness!!!

      • CaseyLay

        Apple is "getting away with rippoffs", because most of the original game's companies do not care at all about making a game on the iPhone. In fact, they are happy that other companies are doing it for them, so they don't have to. And these aren't technically "ripoiffs", because for them to be so, they need to have sounds, art, or graphics stolen directly from a different game or a non open source engine.

    • GTFOH

      Don't be stupid. This is a Mario Kart rip-off. It was released on the GBA by Konami in 2001 and was the first Kart game for this system. This is just a pimped up version.

      GBA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BicO_bFoWRo

  • Shinto

    Can I ask what is worst in Krazy kart than in Mario kart? I am curious after reading the impressions

  • Shinto

    Can I ask what is worst in Krazy kart than in Mario kart? I am curious after reading the impressions

  • Morris

    The original Konami Krazy Racing dates back to 2001. It was a launch game for Game Boy Advance. It even had the same theme song as this iPhone game. So I'm not certain how Konami's ripping off Kart Racer. Nevermind that Kart Racer is also a blatant ripoff of Mario Kart. How do you ripoff something that's already a ripoff?

  • Morris

    The original Konami Krazy Racing dates back to 2001. It was a launch game for Game Boy Advance. It even had the same theme song as this iPhone game. So I'm not certain how Konami's ripping off Kart Racer. Nevermind that Kart Racer is also a blatant ripoff of Mario Kart. How do you ripoff something that's already a ripoff?

  • Bob

    This or wait for shrek racing? Shrek looks graphically better.

  • Bob

    This or wait for shrek racing? Shrek looks graphically better.

  • Acidbottle

    i dont care if games are rip offs, why are so many people hung up about rip offs!

    is it worth the steep asking price, thats all i wanna know ;)

  • Acidbottle

    i dont care if games are rip offs, why are so many people hung up about rip offs!

    is it worth the steep asking price, thats all i wanna know ;)

  • Tyler_HH

    This on looks like a slightly polished version of crash bandi..
    Multiplayer without the use of bluetooth? Shrek will offer this feature.

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

      Yup, multiplayer should be included...

      • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

        my bad... I mean Bluetooth multiplayer :)

  • Tyler_HH

    This on looks like a slightly polished version of crash bandi..
    Multiplayer without the use of bluetooth? Shrek will offer this feature.

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

      Yup, multiplayer should be included...

      • http://www.iphonelife.com/werner.ruotsalainen Menneisyys

        my bad... I mean Bluetooth multiplayer :)

  • jackson

    for some reason i want this way more than shrek kart. i dont think these graphics are worse either. shrek karts are a little more real looking since its being based on real places from the movies, while krazy kart has that fun colorful feel to it with the different courses and characters that i like better. i also loved crash kart so that made me want it even more. cant wait till it hits america!

  • jackson

    for some reason i want this way more than shrek kart. i dont think these graphics are worse either. shrek karts are a little more real looking since its being based on real places from the movies, while krazy kart has that fun colorful feel to it with the different courses and characters that i like better. i also loved crash kart so that made me want it even more. cant wait till it hits america!

  • eggzbacon

    These graphics are WAY better than Shrek Kart

  • eggzbacon

    These graphics are WAY better than Shrek Kart

  • FreeFrogger

    Played it and its typical konami garbage. I give it a one star rating and it tends to freeze my device. This is the second konami game where the game has frozen my iphone. It is very frustrating. Stick with Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart and its much better. Waste of money.

  • FreeFrogger

    Played it and its typical konami garbage. I give it a one star rating and it tends to freeze my device. This is the second konami game where the game has frozen my iphone. It is very frustrating. Stick with Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart and its much better. Waste of money.

  • jpxdude

    I recognised the song instantly after watching the video, and realised that I got this for my japanese GBA nearly 10 years ago lol. The sound and graphics do seem a bit more polished this time around though!

    From what I remember of the design from the original WAI WAI Racing, the track design and gameplay are actually pretty good, at least better than diddy kong racing and crash bandicoot! For the price it actually seems worth it, especially with the online gaming, so I may take the plunge myself.

  • jpxdude

    I recognised the song instantly after watching the video, and realised that I got this for my japanese GBA nearly 10 years ago lol. The sound and graphics do seem a bit more polished this time around though!

    From what I remember of the design from the original WAI WAI Racing, the track design and gameplay are actually pretty good, at least better than diddy kong racing and crash bandicoot! For the price it actually seems worth it, especially with the online gaming, so I may take the plunge myself.

  • Yagami_Light

    It doesn't have anything from Metal Gear? Why would Konami not use its best franchise?

  • Yagami_Light

    It doesn't have anything from Metal Gear? Why would Konami not use its best franchise?

  • eggzbacon

    Haha Arn got pwned in the vid

  • eggzbacon

    Haha Arn got pwned in the vid

  • Moroboshi

    Is this actually a port of WaiWai Racing (as seen at launch on the GBA)? I haven't played WaiWai racing for years so can't recall the tracks.

  • Moroboshi

    Is this actually a port of WaiWai Racing (as seen at launch on the GBA)? I haven't played WaiWai racing for years so can't recall the tracks.

  • Kiwii

    Wow...
    Konami Krazy Kart
    AKA
    K.K.K

    Anyone else notice that?

    • crsrc

      You're definitely on to something. Konami is just a bunch of Japanese white supremacists.

  • Kiwii

    Wow...
    Konami Krazy Kart
    AKA
    K.K.K

    Anyone else notice that?

    • crsrc

      You're definitely on to something. Konami is just a bunch of Japanese white supremacists.

  • dk206

    it doesn't look fun.....to be HONEST

  • dk206

    it doesn't look fun.....to be HONEST

  • President of Earth

    I bought it!

    It plays quite choppy on my 3GS, but it shouldn't. It really needs an update to make it run at 60 frames/second or else its unplayable.
    The tracks an charackters are quite boring too and it has nothing from metap gear solid.
    Konami, you suck quite much nowdays...

  • President of Earth

    I bought it!

    It plays quite choppy on my 3GS, but it shouldn't. It really needs an update to make it run at 60 frames/second or else its unplayable.
    The tracks an charackters are quite boring too and it has nothing from metap gear solid.
    Konami, you suck quite much nowdays...

  • Sticktron

    Save your money, get Crash Bandicoot, which has more precise handling, less godawful music, and feels more like Mario Kart.

    The multiplayer is very weak too.

  • Sticktron

    Save your money, get Crash Bandicoot, which has more precise handling, less godawful music, and feels more like Mario Kart.

    The multiplayer is very weak too.

  • Anonymous

    Disappointing. If this were actually developed by Konami it'd be special, but this seems no where near as good as the original Konami Krazy Racers on GBA back in 2001, not to mention it smells of cheapness (reused music and poor track design). It seems to be an imitation of the Game Boy Advance original, and a poor one at that.

    Doesn't help the original Wai Wai Racing theme is not used with the same love as on the GBA version.

    Shame, this had the potential to be great.

  • Anonymous

    Disappointing. If this were actually developed by Konami it'd be special, but this seems no where near as good as the original Konami Krazy Racers on GBA back in 2001, not to mention it smells of cheapness (reused music and poor track design). It seems to be an imitation of the Game Boy Advance original, and a poor one at that.

    Doesn't help the original Wai Wai Racing theme is not used with the same love as on the GBA version.

    Shame, this had the potential to be great.

  • Jules

    Frames/second BAD.

  • Jules

    Frames/second BAD.

  • TKO

    Frame-rate seemed okay on my iPhone 3G ..I'm glad I know the music came from an old title, coz it sounded horrible to me through headphones: mono, and just annoying. Some of the in-game music was better, but the overall sound-design just put me off. Controls don't feel right: tilt controls are too sensitive (I'm constantly oversteering) and I want to move the touch controls (why can't I steer with my *right* hand?) Track design isn't fun either ..disorienting and very 90degree/45degree design. I'd like some curves please. Also those water traps and mole-holes just ruin the game: I still ended up in the water after turning in before the corner just coz of those stupid ramps.

    So yeah, this is a Mario Kart rip-off ..but *old* mario-kart, before the tracks became curved, 3d, and much more fun. I played one grand-prix series, tried some trials (my god the bomb-mode is boring), deleted the game. ..Total waste of 8 bucks for me.

  • TKO

    Frame-rate seemed okay on my iPhone 3G ..I'm glad I know the music came from an old title, coz it sounded horrible to me through headphones: mono, and just annoying. Some of the in-game music was better, but the overall sound-design just put me off. Controls don't feel right: tilt controls are too sensitive (I'm constantly oversteering) and I want to move the touch controls (why can't I steer with my *right* hand?) Track design isn't fun either ..disorienting and very 90degree/45degree design. I'd like some curves please. Also those water traps and mole-holes just ruin the game: I still ended up in the water after turning in before the corner just coz of those stupid ramps.

    So yeah, this is a Mario Kart rip-off ..but *old* mario-kart, before the tracks became curved, 3d, and much more fun. I played one grand-prix series, tried some trials (my god the bomb-mode is boring), deleted the game. ..Total waste of 8 bucks for me.

  • abugida

    I think a comparison to Crash Kart would have been more meaningful. As is we have another TouchArcade review telling us that a game is "actually surprisingly fun" which doesn't mean anything. I will wait how the customer reviews pan out before buying Krazy Kart.

  • abugida

    I think a comparison to Crash Kart would have been more meaningful. As is we have another TouchArcade review telling us that a game is "actually surprisingly fun" which doesn't mean anything. I will wait how the customer reviews pan out before buying Krazy Kart.

  • DrNeoCortex

    I bought this. Meh. It's ok. Geez I just wish they'd just update Crash with a muliplayer option though instead. CTR still has the best handling controls of all the kart racers.

  • DrNeoCortex

    I bought this. Meh. It's ok. Geez I just wish they'd just update Crash with a muliplayer option though instead. CTR still has the best handling controls of all the kart racers.

  • Paul I Am

    Looks good to me, but the price is a bit steep at $7.99. I think I will wait for the eventual price drop before I buy it. Perhaps by then there will be updates that improve the game?

  • Paul I Am

    Looks good to me, but the price is a bit steep at $7.99. I think I will wait for the eventual price drop before I buy it. Perhaps by then there will be updates that improve the game?

  • P0tent1al

    Frame rate choppy
    Front end title music -seriously annoying
    track design - ok
    race tension - lacking
    Race power ups -needs work
    I am seriously disappointed with this purchase.. get Real Racing or Need for Speed if you want a premium price racer.

  • P0tent1al

    Frame rate choppy
    Front end title music -seriously annoying
    track design - ok
    race tension - lacking
    Race power ups -needs work
    I am seriously disappointed with this purchase.. get Real Racing or Need for Speed if you want a premium price racer.

  • Bullfrog

    Ringo insider states it will be in US in the 1st week of sept for $8. RU kidding me get Crash bandicoot nitro for $6 and need4speed $5. Much better experience that this stupid konami game.

  • Bullfrog

    Ringo insider states it will be in US in the 1st week of sept for $8. RU kidding me get Crash bandicoot nitro for $6 and need4speed $5. Much better experience that this stupid konami game.

  • donkeyfrog

    Release the madness. I just got a copy and it will go live in the US on Sept 3. for $8. The game is terrible and have to agree with bullfrog. Buy crash bandicoot nitro. This game has caused my iphone to crash 2 times since i tried to play. Now, terrible programing and surprised it passed the submission process. Better luck next time konami

  • donkeyfrog

    Release the madness. I just got a copy and it will go live in the US on Sept 3. for $8. The game is terrible and have to agree with bullfrog. Buy crash bandicoot nitro. This game has caused my iphone to crash 2 times since i tried to play. Now, terrible programing and surprised it passed the submission process. Better luck next time konami

  • Tonysucker

    Just played it and reset my device several times. It is Big disappointment. Apple Insider states that it was rejected several times in submission process. The wifi doesnt work. Buy need for speed.

  • Tonysucker

    Just played it and reset my device several times. It is Big disappointment. Apple Insider states that it was rejected several times in submission process. The wifi doesnt work. Buy need for speed.

  • momomarine

    The game is doing well. Konami is planning to have another sports entertainment mobile app with verizon wireless on their app store. Watch out with access to carmello anthony and wait wait Kobe bryant. Its big time sports entertainment- konami style. Should be available end of sept or early oct via Verizon.

  • momomarine

    The game is doing well. Konami is planning to have another sports entertainment mobile app with verizon wireless on their app store. Watch out with access to carmello anthony and wait wait Kobe bryant. Its big time sports entertainment- konami style. Should be available end of sept or early oct via Verizon.