IMG_0585Konami has finally released Krazy Kart [$7.99] in the U.S. tonight. The game was originally launched internationally just last week. The initial impressions were favorable but with some more mixed reviews as people spent more time with the title. Most seem to agree that it doesn't quite capture the magic of Mario Kart, but we're not even sure if that's a realistic measure of comparison.

Krazy Kart Racers features a slightly 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. The controls work well and feature both tilt steering and touch controls. Acceleration is handled automatically, and there are virtual buttons on screen to brake and use whatever power-up you've managed to pick up.


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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.

Perhaps the most disappointing reports, however, from the early international adopters are the buggy multiplayer options and a lack of competitors to play against. However, since the majority of App Store downloads seem to come from the U.S., the selection of players should improve substantially with the U.S. release. The buggy and crash-prone online interface is unfortunate as online multiplayer is Krazy Kart's distinguishing feature from other App Store kart racers. With the U.S. release, we will continue testing to see how this influx of users affects game finding and online play.

Strangely the U.S. release is only compatible with iPhone, and not iPod Touch. While likely a mistake on Konami's part, one you should be aware of. Konami has addressed this issue and it is now compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.

App Store Link: Krazy Kart Racers (U.S.), $7.99, Krazy Kart Racing (EU)

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm... I think I'll wait to see how Shrek Kart is. Plus, as TA says, it's not yet compatible with the iPod Touches.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm... I think I'll wait to see how Shrek Kart is. Plus, as TA says, it's not yet compatible with the iPod Touches.

  • TKO

    This is actually a fortunate bit of luck it isn't available for touches, and wasn't available in the US store initially: It's crap. Seriously, it's not good. The music is in mono(!) and annoying, the tracks are old-school mario style (45 degree angles, with simple textures and no curves), the sound should be turned off at the earliest opportunity, and the deaths are unfair (both from the bad track design + tight camera and the weapons.)

    I like Mario games .. I'll even like the mediocre ones. This doesn't even rate that high. At the current price it's a total ripoff. ..Hopefully a lite version will appear so people can discover this for themselves.

    Yeah, I'm hoping Shrek will be better too.

  • TKO

    This is actually a fortunate bit of luck it isn't available for touches, and wasn't available in the US store initially: It's crap. Seriously, it's not good. The music is in mono(!) and annoying, the tracks are old-school mario style (45 degree angles, with simple textures and no curves), the sound should be turned off at the earliest opportunity, and the deaths are unfair (both from the bad track design + tight camera and the weapons.)

    I like Mario games .. I'll even like the mediocre ones. This doesn't even rate that high. At the current price it's a total ripoff. ..Hopefully a lite version will appear so people can discover this for themselves.

    Yeah, I'm hoping Shrek will be better too.

  • Dan

    Something just got added to my bargain bin!

  • Dan

    Something just got added to my bargain bin!

  • zeb

    Wow I'm surprised it's that bad. I really wanted this one too. Oh well. Thanks for the review.

  • zeb

    Wow I'm surprised it's that bad. I really wanted this one too. Oh well. Thanks for the review.

  • Keith

    It states on Itunes that it will work for the Itouch? Why is everyone stating that it wouldn't?

  • Keith

    It states on Itunes that it will work for the Itouch? Why is everyone stating that it wouldn't?

  • Jailbreak

    this game is not bad. it as good or bad as crash racing and it is compatible with ipod touch.i got it and it works plus its gonna hve dlc

  • Jailbreak

    this game is not bad. it as good or bad as crash racing and it is compatible with ipod touch.i got it and it works plus its gonna hve dlc

  • CasHx

    Y are guys givings this game so much negatives i think its an awesome games runs smoothly and i love multilayer it took 20 sec for the room to full and love differnet game modes like chicken lmao so funny.

  • CasHx

    Y are guys givings this game so much negatives i think its an awesome games runs smoothly and i love multilayer it took 20 sec for the room to full and love differnet game modes like chicken lmao so funny.

  • Joshua

    Is there a difference between the EU version and the US version? Or are they both the same, just released at different times?

  • Joshua

    Is there a difference between the EU version and the US version? Or are they both the same, just released at different times?

  • yoshi1080

    This game is really not good. The J-Pop music is awful. The special items are not only unoriginal and unfunny, but their icons are also so unrecognizable that Konami included a tutorial to explain their functions! The gameplay is inferior to Crash Bandicoot with odd jumps and weird turning (no calibration available). The graphics are only slightly better than Crash Bandicoot but stutter heavily the first seconds after startup on my iPhone 2G. The game just doen't have any charm. It's still much better than Cro-Mag, but in my opinion Crash Bandicoot is still unrivaled. Krazy Kart Racing only shines in size since it really has a ton of maps and racers.

  • yoshi1080

    This game is really not good. The J-Pop music is awful. The special items are not only unoriginal and unfunny, but their icons are also so unrecognizable that Konami included a tutorial to explain their functions! The gameplay is inferior to Crash Bandicoot with odd jumps and weird turning (no calibration available). The graphics are only slightly better than Crash Bandicoot but stutter heavily the first seconds after startup on my iPhone 2G. The game just doen't have any charm. It's still much better than Cro-Mag, but in my opinion Crash Bandicoot is still unrivaled. Krazy Kart Racing only shines in size since it really has a ton of maps and racers.

  • http://www.posimotion.com Posimotion

    I just took the chance to download this game and play it between our busy schedules. I have always been a huge fan of the Mario Kart series and although this is not the best replacement in the world, I really enjoy it a lot. It has a good amount of racers / races and actually sips when it comes to battery drain. Real big ups to Konami.

  • http://www.posimotion.com Posimotion

    I just took the chance to download this game and play it between our busy schedules. I have always been a huge fan of the Mario Kart series and although this is not the best replacement in the world, I really enjoy it a lot. It has a good amount of racers / races and actually sips when it comes to battery drain. Real big ups to Konami.

  • blrhead

    Wow.... seriously, .. this game is bad..... I was expecting something fun and exciting, but all I got was a version of Crash with different characters. I didn't realize it was by Polarbit until I started to play the game... I am very disappointed and would like my money back, but oh well.... in the trash bin

  • blrhead

    Wow.... seriously, .. this game is bad..... I was expecting something fun and exciting, but all I got was a version of Crash with different characters. I didn't realize it was by Polarbit until I started to play the game... I am very disappointed and would like my money back, but oh well.... in the trash bin