301237iPhone developer Eurocenter has applied their expertise in online gaming to a new Kart racer called Cocoto Kart Online. Eurocenter is a 20 year old company that has had decades of experience with multiplayer games and since 2008 has been working on the iPhone. Their previous online games have included Ace Tennis, Adrenaline Pool and the frantic deathmatch game DinoSmash.

This time Eurocenter teamed up with Neko Entertainment to port their Wii/DS title Cocoto Kart Racer to the iPhone. This Mario Kart-alike features 10 tracks with 12 unique animated drivers. Most notable, however, is the addition of online multiplayer with both racing and battle modes.

Neko Entertainment and Eurocenter teamed up to bring the most console-quality like kart racer to the iPhone and iPod touch. Drive in volcano worlds, in the sky, up in the trees, slide on ice, use turbos, take shortcuts by jumping over platforms. 12 unique drivers are fully animated. The online mode includes multiplayer races and battle mode where you try to shoot the opponents 3 times.

The developer shows the game in action:

The game has generated quite a following in our forums and our brief time with the game has demonstrated a really great online experience. Our matches tended to find other players quickly, and even when it didn't, it allowed me to play single player while it kept looking. Game controls offer both touch and tilt steering with auto-acceleration optional. Collected power-ups are triggered by shaking the device. While this sounds unappealing at first, only a slight jiggle is really required as shown in the video.

Predictably, reviews of the Wii/DS version were handicapped with unavoidable comparisons to Mario Kart which is also available natively on those platforms. But for the iPhone platform, online multi-player Kart racing for $0.99? Seems hard to go wrong.

App Store Link: Cocoto Kart Online, $0.99 (Launch price)

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  • rich_952000

    Get it, period. Best damn game I've played on my device.

    • Capone

      I wouldn't go so far as to say that. Check out Rolando, for example. ;-)
      But if you like kart racers, this game is worth a look. Especially for that price.

  • rich_952000

    Get it, period. Best damn game I've played on my device.

    • Capone

      I wouldn't go so far as to say that. Check out Rolando, for example. ;-)
      But if you like kart racers, this game is worth a look. Especially for that price.

  • panacea

    Is there no way to record video-out on the iPhone?

    Why is every demo video taken by an external video camera?

  • panacea

    Is there no way to record video-out on the iPhone?

    Why is every demo video taken by an external video camera?

  • Jon

    For $0.99, it's a very well done game. Online multiplayer is included so don't pass this up.

  • Jon

    For $0.99, it's a very well done game. Online multiplayer is included so don't pass this up.

  • Gryphon23

    Krazy Kart is so much better when it comes to steering and single player mode. But this game totally dominates with its online multiplayer! Easily worth the $0.99 being asked.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I actually disagree -- I found Krazy Kart's courses to be messy and graphically poor, and the steering difficult because of the poor framerates (even on a 3gs). I like Cocoto's single player much better (for one, you can destroy obstacles in Cocoto, some thing that, as far as I know, you can't fo on Krazy Kart).

    • TKO

      Yeah, I have to totally disagree with that too. Krazy Kart is just *terrible* (IMHO of course) Unless you like (mono!) music and annoying sound design taken straight from the original 8/16 game, with old-Mario style 45/90 degree 8x8pixel-tile mostly-flat tracks. I'm not sure if it was the controls or badly designed tracks, but no matter how much I tried it was random-death time. No, Krazy Kart was a blight on the Mario Kart clone map. Please never mention it again.

      Now *this* game, on the other hand, I actually found myself having fun with it. Lots of control options, easy to change them, quick loading tracks (and the tracks feel like N64/Cube/Wii era Mario tracks in design.) I wasn't winning at first, but I was still having fun because it didn't feel unfair. (and I didn't feel I'd been ripped off for a Krazy price.) :)

  • Gryphon23

    Krazy Kart is so much better when it comes to steering and single player mode. But this game totally dominates with its online multiplayer! Easily worth the $0.99 being asked.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I actually disagree -- I found Krazy Kart's courses to be messy and graphically poor, and the steering difficult because of the poor framerates (even on a 3gs). I like Cocoto's single player much better (for one, you can destroy obstacles in Cocoto, some thing that, as far as I know, you can't fo on Krazy Kart).

    • TKO

      Yeah, I have to totally disagree with that too. Krazy Kart is just *terrible* (IMHO of course) Unless you like (mono!) music and annoying sound design taken straight from the original 8/16 game, with old-Mario style 45/90 degree 8x8pixel-tile mostly-flat tracks. I'm not sure if it was the controls or badly designed tracks, but no matter how much I tried it was random-death time. No, Krazy Kart was a blight on the Mario Kart clone map. Please never mention it again.

      Now *this* game, on the other hand, I actually found myself having fun with it. Lots of control options, easy to change them, quick loading tracks (and the tracks feel like N64/Cube/Wii era Mario tracks in design.) I wasn't winning at first, but I was still having fun because it didn't feel unfair. (and I didn't feel I'd been ripped off for a Krazy price.) :)

  • zrgrvsh

    I really like the game. Very quick loading times, it takes ~15 seconds from starting the game until i am ingame in a online-multiplayer-race. Good job, incredible for 99cent :)

  • zrgrvsh

    I really like the game. Very quick loading times, it takes ~15 seconds from starting the game until i am ingame in a online-multiplayer-race. Good job, incredible for 99cent :)

  • Kes

    The external camera let's you see the movements and touches needed for the game to get a sense of the control.

  • Kes

    The external camera let's you see the movements and touches needed for the game to get a sense of the control.

  • Fritz

    I have had a few online-matches, but Capone got off:-(;-). But why are only head-to-head duels online allowed?

    • Capone

      It surely wasn't the last time for me playing online, we'll probably meet again. ;-) When I play online, there are mostly 1 to 3 other players around, so this is not limited to 1 vs. 1.
      I think I go online in the next minutes, as bomber said he fixed some bugs. The game crashes way too often, maybe this is fixed now...

  • Fritz

    I have had a few online-matches, but Capone got off:-(;-). But why are only head-to-head duels online allowed?

    • Capone

      It surely wasn't the last time for me playing online, we'll probably meet again. ;-) When I play online, there are mostly 1 to 3 other players around, so this is not limited to 1 vs. 1.
      I think I go online in the next minutes, as bomber said he fixed some bugs. The game crashes way too often, maybe this is fixed now...

  • DeShaunz

    See this is why people was bitching about that flash game being $2.99!! This game has 20 times the content as that game and it's 99 cents!! It wasn't about being cheap. People just wanted bang for their buck. It's like this: would you buy a Wii for the price of an Xbox 360 or PS3? I sure as hell wouldn't! I'm not trying to bash that game it's great but it's really only one level. I know Adam said they're going to be adding more to it but that's like they're selling a demo for the price of a full game. You wouldn't buy an incomplete car... Anyway sorry for the rant and going off topic.

    Now I would pay $2.99 for this in a heartbeat. It is a lot of fun, I just got done playing it for an hour. Everyone with an iPhone should buy this. It's a steal.

  • DeShaunz

    See this is why people was bitching about that flash game being $2.99!! This game has 20 times the content as that game and it's 99 cents!! It wasn't about being cheap. People just wanted bang for their buck. It's like this: would you buy a Wii for the price of an Xbox 360 or PS3? I sure as hell wouldn't! I'm not trying to bash that game it's great but it's really only one level. I know Adam said they're going to be adding more to it but that's like they're selling a demo for the price of a full game. You wouldn't buy an incomplete car... Anyway sorry for the rant and going off topic.

    Now I would pay $2.99 for this in a heartbeat. It is a lot of fun, I just got done playing it for an hour. Everyone with an iPhone should buy this. It's a steal.

  • Anonymous

    Waiting for Shrek Kart...

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      If you like online gaming at all, it makes no sense to pass up on this one. It's really an amazing value.

    • OmaGawd!!!

      I guess well just have to wait and see but I'm betting that this kart racer will still be better,

      • arta

        Dude it's a freaking DOLLAR! You telling me that you can't spare or gather 100 cents in the weeks it'll take for Shrek Kart to come out, especially for stellar online?

  • Anonymous

    Waiting for Shrek Kart...

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      If you like online gaming at all, it makes no sense to pass up on this one. It's really an amazing value.

    • OmaGawd!!!

      I guess well just have to wait and see but I'm betting that this kart racer will still be better,

      • arta

        Dude it's a freaking DOLLAR! You telling me that you can't spare or gather 100 cents in the weeks it'll take for Shrek Kart to come out, especially for stellar online?

  • Johnny California

    This game is far from perfect!!!

    At first the .99 cent price tag might attract people to buy the game, as I did… yet once i began to play the game I witnessed countless flaws that ruin the over experience of the game…

    For starters all 3 control schemes that the game offers aren't very responsive to the karts… it just feels sluggish!!! especially if your going at max speed and want to make a right turn… most likely you'll slam the wall… at times i turned my ipod 360 style to make the kart turn faster!!!

    Second, the presentation just lacks polish!! the menu just sucks and the way the buttons are presented in game is laughable. There are some mayor slow downs in game. And some of the level aren't solid designs. It seems like a rush job… though i must admit some of the character designs are pretty cool!!

    Third, the games to hard in grand prix… the stupid AI zooms right passed me as i take the lead for 3 sec!!! not cool

    On the plus side the online is pretty fun and easy to use… I like the way the game mimics Mario Kart Wii in the sense of watching gamers play while you'll wait for your turn… And its only .99 cents!!!

    Thank god its on the apple platforms!! cause updates are a must now a days for any broken game!

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      "...specially if your going at max speed and want to make a right turn… most likely you'll slam the wall"

      That's call paying at least a modicum of respect to physics -- something that I like in this particular kart racer. I have an idea for you: when you're about to take a 90º+ turn, slow down. Works like a charm. And, BTW, you never have to turn your device 360º to do anything; that's not how the accelerometer works.

      You are right that it's not perfect. The cool thing is that the developers have been gathering comments on the forum and are making revisions (some of them on the fly, since with the online component they can actually change game parameters without resubmitting.)

      It should be stated over and over again: as it stands today, Cocoto is the most polished Kart Racer on the iPlatform. Period. It's only one with online play. Period. And for now it's only .99.

  • Johnny California

    This game is far from perfect!!!

    At first the .99 cent price tag might attract people to buy the game, as I did… yet once i began to play the game I witnessed countless flaws that ruin the over experience of the game…

    For starters all 3 control schemes that the game offers aren't very responsive to the karts… it just feels sluggish!!! especially if your going at max speed and want to make a right turn… most likely you'll slam the wall… at times i turned my ipod 360 style to make the kart turn faster!!!

    Second, the presentation just lacks polish!! the menu just sucks and the way the buttons are presented in game is laughable. There are some mayor slow downs in game. And some of the level aren't solid designs. It seems like a rush job… though i must admit some of the character designs are pretty cool!!

    Third, the games to hard in grand prix… the stupid AI zooms right passed me as i take the lead for 3 sec!!! not cool

    On the plus side the online is pretty fun and easy to use… I like the way the game mimics Mario Kart Wii in the sense of watching gamers play while you'll wait for your turn… And its only .99 cents!!!

    Thank god its on the apple platforms!! cause updates are a must now a days for any broken game!

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      "...specially if your going at max speed and want to make a right turn… most likely you'll slam the wall"

      That's call paying at least a modicum of respect to physics -- something that I like in this particular kart racer. I have an idea for you: when you're about to take a 90º+ turn, slow down. Works like a charm. And, BTW, you never have to turn your device 360º to do anything; that's not how the accelerometer works.

      You are right that it's not perfect. The cool thing is that the developers have been gathering comments on the forum and are making revisions (some of them on the fly, since with the online component they can actually change game parameters without resubmitting.)

      It should be stated over and over again: as it stands today, Cocoto is the most polished Kart Racer on the iPlatform. Period. It's only one with online play. Period. And for now it's only .99.

  • bravetarget

    Not the best ripoff of mario kart.

    Steering could use some adjustments.

    I really get annoyed that you lose your weapon everytime you hit an obstacle.

    Also, the first 20 minutes I played online I got disconnected 3 times. Not sure who's end that is on.

    • PeterM11

      why does any Kart Racer have to be a rip off of Mario Kart???

  • bravetarget

    Not the best ripoff of mario kart.

    Steering could use some adjustments.

    I really get annoyed that you lose your weapon everytime you hit an obstacle.

    Also, the first 20 minutes I played online I got disconnected 3 times. Not sure who's end that is on.

    • PeterM11

      why does any Kart Racer have to be a rip off of Mario Kart???

  • OmaGawd!!!

    Holy shizite! THIs IS THe best iPhone multiplayer online racing kart game ever like hands down, seriously I think this is like a surprise to everyone, the underdog kart game for the iPhone If you will because shrek kart nor Krazy Kart can beat this!!!

    • TKO

      Um, that's too many qualifying words there .. isn't this the *only* iphone online multiplayer racing kart game for the iPhone so far? :D Not that I disagree. It's a freaking awesome game. (And I haven't even tried the multiplayer.) Definitely well worth the asking price. IMHO any Mario Kart fan should definitely be checking it out.

  • OmaGawd!!!

    Holy shizite! THIs IS THe best iPhone multiplayer online racing kart game ever like hands down, seriously I think this is like a surprise to everyone, the underdog kart game for the iPhone If you will because shrek kart nor Krazy Kart can beat this!!!

    • TKO

      Um, that's too many qualifying words there .. isn't this the *only* iphone online multiplayer racing kart game for the iPhone so far? :D Not that I disagree. It's a freaking awesome game. (And I haven't even tried the multiplayer.) Definitely well worth the asking price. IMHO any Mario Kart fan should definitely be checking it out.

  • OmaGawd!!!

    Oh yea and use the on screen nav controls instead of the tilt ones because they are a bit hard to use but the touch controls on the other hand are perfecly tuned

  • OmaGawd!!!

    Oh yea and use the on screen nav controls instead of the tilt ones because they are a bit hard to use but the touch controls on the other hand are perfecly tuned

  • Jonna

    Great game but crashes often in single player and while playing grand prix difficulty level is set way too high and annoying join dual battle messages pop up while playing the game making me lose a few times.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      You can choose to play offline when you first start up the game, which will get rid of the intrusive invites. You can get rid of the crashes if you turn off the music -- but I agree: it would be great if they fixed that problem, since the music is pretty nice.

  • Jonna

    Great game but crashes often in single player and while playing grand prix difficulty level is set way too high and annoying join dual battle messages pop up while playing the game making me lose a few times.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      You can choose to play offline when you first start up the game, which will get rid of the intrusive invites. You can get rid of the crashes if you turn off the music -- but I agree: it would be great if they fixed that problem, since the music is pretty nice.

  • zachary

    oh my gosh best game ever got all charters got the super kart and got to 1000 watch out ill beat u

  • Zachary

    oh yeah it is 2.99 now then 99 cents so have fun