ShrekKart_Iphone_Screen_06I admit when I first heard about Shrek Kart I groaned a little, as everything that has anything to do with the Shrek franchise in recent years has been decidedly mediocre. I found myself quite surprised to find that Shrek Kart may actually be a turning point for the Shrekniverse, although few things can undo those terrible sequels to the original (and fairly decent) movie.

Gameloft's Shrek Kart for the iPhone is very well executed, and like most other kart racers, clearly inspired by Mario Kart. In motion, the game looks almost the same, right down to the menu interface, power up blocks, and even the tracks are vaguely familiar. The power ups have been changed around, but all serve the same basic purpose from power ups found in the Mario Kart series.

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Since we'll likely never see a Mario Kart game on the iPhone, I'm perfectly fine with this. Like most iPhone racers, the game is controlled using the accelerometer and the controls work just as well as you would expect. Other functions like braking and using power ups appear as on-screen buttons.

Four game modes are included: quick race allows you to just load up the game and play a track, tournament has you playing a series of tracks for points, challenge mode offers several timed challenges like picking up a number of power up blocks as quickly as possible, and last, but certainly not least is arena mode.

ShrekKart_Iphone_Screen_10Arena mode works similar to Mario Kart's battle mode, except instead of using three balloons for your health, you have two scores: Thumbs ups and thumbs downs. You get a thumbs down when you get taken out by someone else's weaponry, and you get a thumbs up when you take someone else out. I strangely almost prefer this to Mario Kart battle mode, because you will never just be sitting there waiting for the game to finish in multiplayer. Regardless of how bad you're doing, you can at least keep playing.

Speaking of multiplayer, Shrek Kart will be released with local bluetooth and WiFi multiplayer. The following gameplay video showing a race and an arena match was recorded on a 2nd generation iPod Touch:


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Shrek Kart is by far the best Shrek game I've played, but that's not saying a whole lot -- but it's also a fairly competitive iPhone version of Mario Kart. While it lacks the internet multiplayer of Krazy Karts, Shrek Kart, oddly enough, seems to have a lot more character.

  • DannyV

    All I have to say is, this looks way better than that Konami kart game. For being such a big developer Konami didn't put much work into the graphics.

    • Jon

      I agree. I was a little disappointed with the graphics too. Not to mention the sound effects. It didn't really jump out at you the way Crash did. But Shrek looks extremely polished. I really like the little animations of the Shrek characters as they raced against each other.

  • DannyV

    All I have to say is, this looks way better than that Konami kart game. For being such a big developer Konami didn't put much work into the graphics.

    • Jon

      I agree. I was a little disappointed with the graphics too. Not to mention the sound effects. It didn't really jump out at you the way Crash did. But Shrek looks extremely polished. I really like the little animations of the Shrek characters as they raced against each other.

  • ramon

    It is obvious that Gameloft had put a lot more time and effort in Shrek Kart than Konami did in Krazy Kart Racing. To be perfectly honest, I don't mind if this lacks Online Multiplayer, as this feature in Krazy Kart Racing is buggy anyway.

    • Peter

      I wanted BT or wifi local play :) works better and you can play with friends !!

  • ramon

    It is obvious that Gameloft had put a lot more time and effort in Shrek Kart than Konami did in Krazy Kart Racing. To be perfectly honest, I don't mind if this lacks Online Multiplayer, as this feature in Krazy Kart Racing is buggy anyway.

    • Peter

      I wanted BT or wifi local play :) works better and you can play with friends !!

  • TKO

    I gotta agree with y'all ..sounds a *whole* lot better than Krazy Kart. Konami did that on the cheap: original (mono!) music, graphics, etc. Doesn't look like they updated much on it at all. Besides which, it wasn't *good* compared to the modern Mario Kart game type.

    Got a whole lot more faith in GameLoft. These guys seem to make good games. Doesn't matter if most of them are derivative: the original IP owners tend to do sloppy iPhone ports. I'd much rather have a good pretender.

  • TKO

    I gotta agree with y'all ..sounds a *whole* lot better than Krazy Kart. Konami did that on the cheap: original (mono!) music, graphics, etc. Doesn't look like they updated much on it at all. Besides which, it wasn't *good* compared to the modern Mario Kart game type.

    Got a whole lot more faith in GameLoft. These guys seem to make good games. Doesn't matter if most of them are derivative: the original IP owners tend to do sloppy iPhone ports. I'd much rather have a good pretender.

  • Capone

    Of course it looks better than KKK. TouchGen found out that Gameloft will update Shrek Kart later and will add online multiplayer in this update. Can TouchArcade confirm that?

    • arta

      LOL@ "KKK"

  • Capone

    Of course it looks better than KKK. TouchGen found out that Gameloft will update Shrek Kart later and will add online multiplayer in this update. Can TouchArcade confirm that?

    • arta

      LOL@ "KKK"

  • Kintaro360

    Konami is a big disapointment since years and aspecially on iPhone. Look at all the non updated Konami games like DDR an KKK... they could run smoother...

    ShrekKart looks good and made with love!

    • Dan

      kkk? don't you mean KK?

      I don't think konami is a white supremecy group/

      • Jon

        LOL. The kkk reference always cracks me up.

  • Kintaro360

    Konami is a big disapointment since years and aspecially on iPhone. Look at all the non updated Konami games like DDR an KKK... they could run smoother...

    ShrekKart looks good and made with love!

    • Dan

      kkk? don't you mean KK?

      I don't think konami is a white supremecy group/

      • Jon

        LOL. The kkk reference always cracks me up.

  • http://twitter.com/sanuku sanuku

    There will also be a Lite Version after Shrek Kart will be in the iTunes Store available. Gameloft Germany has already confirmed that.

    So let's just wait and see if the Game is worth our bucks since from the first Videos and the Screenshots shown so far i would guess that both, Shrek Kart and Krazy Karts have their own Style so both might be worth it.

    Hard to Judge so far but i'm sure Gameloft knows what we all are expecting from them - nothing then the Best for our beloved iPhone.

    • Capone

      Well, a free demo would be great, because I'm not sure if I like tilt controls. I only played Snail Mail, for example, with touch controls and never used the tilt control.
      But I'm pretty sure I'll buy Shrek Kart. It really looks decent.

    • Anonymous

      The availability of a Lite version will help me to decide on a purchase of an app much faster than on one without. I only recent picked up Real Racing (4 months after release) because there was no Lite version and only because of a price drop. I picked up Vector Tanks almost immediately after trying out the Lite version.

  • http://twitter.com/sanuku sanuku

    There will also be a Lite Version after Shrek Kart will be in the iTunes Store available. Gameloft Germany has already confirmed that.

    So let's just wait and see if the Game is worth our bucks since from the first Videos and the Screenshots shown so far i would guess that both, Shrek Kart and Krazy Karts have their own Style so both might be worth it.

    Hard to Judge so far but i'm sure Gameloft knows what we all are expecting from them - nothing then the Best for our beloved iPhone.

    • Capone

      Well, a free demo would be great, because I'm not sure if I like tilt controls. I only played Snail Mail, for example, with touch controls and never used the tilt control.
      But I'm pretty sure I'll buy Shrek Kart. It really looks decent.

    • Anonymous

      The availability of a Lite version will help me to decide on a purchase of an app much faster than on one without. I only recent picked up Real Racing (4 months after release) because there was no Lite version and only because of a price drop. I picked up Vector Tanks almost immediately after trying out the Lite version.

  • radchad1

    Eli,

    I've read somewhere (I think Touchgen.com), that the game is on track for a 4th quarter release. Can you confirm if that is the case or if the game will be out much sooner? From the looks of the video if that was you playing the game, the game looks to be complete or almost complete. Thanks my fellow Illinois friend.

    P.S. are you ready for some football? The Bears finally have a quarterback it's too bad we don't have enough receivers for him to throw the ball too.

    • Jon

      It'll be released sometime this month. Maybe they're waiting for the iPod event on the 9th to showcase it and then release it soon after?

  • radchad1

    Eli,

    I've read somewhere (I think Touchgen.com), that the game is on track for a 4th quarter release. Can you confirm if that is the case or if the game will be out much sooner? From the looks of the video if that was you playing the game, the game looks to be complete or almost complete. Thanks my fellow Illinois friend.

    P.S. are you ready for some football? The Bears finally have a quarterback it's too bad we don't have enough receivers for him to throw the ball too.

    • Jon

      It'll be released sometime this month. Maybe they're waiting for the iPod event on the 9th to showcase it and then release it soon after?

  • Dan

    is that auto leveling like in Krazy kart? I really hope so, because without it, racing games don't play well. I hope it is, but it does look kinda slow...

  • Dan

    is that auto leveling like in Krazy kart? I really hope so, because without it, racing games don't play well. I hope it is, but it does look kinda slow...

  • Arad

    Eli is such a iphone fanboy, how can you say it compares to mario kart on the iphone when there isn't even a mario kart on the iphone, wow. Mario kart is ten times better that is a fact

  • Arad

    Eli is such a iphone fanboy, how can you say it compares to mario kart on the iphone when there isn't even a mario kart on the iphone, wow. Mario kart is ten times better that is a fact

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    I really hope, that you will be able to set the accelerometer sensitivity like you want. Alle Gameloft racing games have problems using accelerometer controls, being either too sensitive or too unsensitive.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

    I really hope, that you will be able to set the accelerometer sensitivity like you want. Alle Gameloft racing games have problems using accelerometer controls, being either too sensitive or too unsensitive.