190179The battle of the iPhone Kart racers continues with the release of Shrek Kart [App Store] to the App Store.

Shrek Kart contains 10 different karts, 11 different powerups, 15 tracks, single player and arena modes. There is local 6-way multiplayer but no online play. While it might have been an instant purchase in the past, the recent release of Konami Krazy Karts and surprise release of online multiplayer Cocoto Kart might make your decision harder.

Here's a hands on video:

We'll provide a closer look after we've had some time with the game, but early impressions are being collected in our forums.

App Store Link: Shrek Kart, $4.99

  • Colorsound

    Actually, I'm not sure about early impressions being collected in the forum.

    I think out of 50 posts, there may be 3 impressions.

  • Colorsound

    Actually, I'm not sure about early impressions being collected in the forum.

    I think out of 50 posts, there may be 3 impressions.

  • Marc

    Early impressions aren't very reliable anyway. Early adopters tend to be excitable and overly positive.

    I'm waiting for Gamelofts inevitable price drop. Already have Cocoto keeping me busy.

    • Capone

      I think that IS the price drop. If Eurocenter didn't get ahead of Gameloft, we probably had to pay one or two bucks more for Shrek Kart. ;-)
      But if you're busy with Cocoto Kart, stick with it until you're finished. I only bought Shrek Kart today, because I already mastered Cocoto Kart. Nontheless Cocoto Kart is kind of ageless, as the online mode is always fun. :-)

  • Marc

    Early impressions aren't very reliable anyway. Early adopters tend to be excitable and overly positive.

    I'm waiting for Gamelofts inevitable price drop. Already have Cocoto keeping me busy.

    • Capone

      I think that IS the price drop. If Eurocenter didn't get ahead of Gameloft, we probably had to pay one or two bucks more for Shrek Kart. ;-)
      But if you're busy with Cocoto Kart, stick with it until you're finished. I only bought Shrek Kart today, because I already mastered Cocoto Kart. Nontheless Cocoto Kart is kind of ageless, as the online mode is always fun. :-)

  • Robert M.

    I've played a few rounds and I think it's a lot of fun. The graphics are some of the best that I've seen on my iPhone. The controls are pretty responsive and the drifting is easy to pull off. Once you get the hang of it. Oh and if anyone wondering there is no voice acting. Unless I'm missing something....

    The only downside is the no online multiplayer but other then that I think it's better then Cocoto Kart.

    And this is no more a kids game then say Mario Kart...hell you could call any cart game a kids game. Don't they all have colorful tracks and cute racers? So everyone should stop with that. Overall it's pretty good.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I agree with everything you've said, except that I think that Cocoto's single player is better than Shrek's. Cocoto has a faster frame rate, more competitive play, and a gives you more of a sense of speed. Shrek is still a very decent game, though. You can read my more detailed impressions here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=556911&postcount=56

      • Robert M.

        It did seem slower. I'll read your impression.

    • Mike

      You're assuming they were referring to the cute and colorful graphics when they were probably referring to the depth of the game mechanics or the intensity of the gameplay. Mario Kart can get really twitchy and difficult on 150cc and depending on the game in the series there can be a lot of strategy involved with the item usage and managing your powerslides.

      I don't plan on buying Shrek Kart ever (Gameloft + licensed Shrek game = no thanks), but from the video I can see that the tracks are super-wide and the karts move really slow, and I doubt the game mechanics go any deeper than what was shown there. That sounds like kid's game territory to me.

      • Robert M.

        This game can get really hard too. But I understanding what your saying. I think it's a fun game but hey...whatever.

  • Robert M.

    I've played a few rounds and I think it's a lot of fun. The graphics are some of the best that I've seen on my iPhone. The controls are pretty responsive and the drifting is easy to pull off. Once you get the hang of it. Oh and if anyone wondering there is no voice acting. Unless I'm missing something....

    The only downside is the no online multiplayer but other then that I think it's better then Cocoto Kart.

    And this is no more a kids game then say Mario Kart...hell you could call any cart game a kids game. Don't they all have colorful tracks and cute racers? So everyone should stop with that. Overall it's pretty good.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I agree with everything you\'ve said, except that I think that Cocoto\'s single player is better than Shrek\'s. Cocoto has a faster frame rate, more competitive play, and a gives you more of a sense of speed. Shrek is still a very decent game, though. You can read my more detailed impressions here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=556911&postcount=56

      • Robert M.

        It did seem slower. I'll read your impression.

    • Mike

      You're assuming they were referring to the cute and colorful graphics when they were probably referring to the depth of the game mechanics or the intensity of the gameplay. Mario Kart can get really twitchy and difficult on 150cc and depending on the game in the series there can be a lot of strategy involved with the item usage and managing your powerslides.

      I don't plan on buying Shrek Kart ever (Gameloft + licensed Shrek game = no thanks), but from the video I can see that the tracks are super-wide and the karts move really slow, and I doubt the game mechanics go any deeper than what was shown there. That sounds like kid's game territory to me.

      • Robert M.

        This game can get really hard too. But I understanding what your saying. I think it's a fun game but hey...whatever.

  • Capone

    I played some tracks in grand prix mode now, and even if you chose "easy" you have a hard time to win. It gets easier when you're familiar with the controls though.
    Gameloft once again turned on their copying machine (sic!), so this is as close to Mario Kart as it gets.
    I have to admit, the tracks are really, really beautiful designed, and there are different routes or shortcuts to take. This is a new dimension compared to the other fun racers on our platform.
    It's a shame that Gameloft can't keep up with the competition when it comes to support or online functionality, though.
    Nontheless, if you're a friend of fun racers, you shouldn't miss this. It's beautiful, challenging, full of content and, most importantly, big fun.

  • Capone

    I played some tracks in grand prix mode now, and even if you chose "easy" you have a hard time to win. It gets easier when you're familiar with the controls though.
    Gameloft once again turned on their copying machine (sic!), so this is as close to Mario Kart as it gets.
    I have to admit, the tracks are really, really beautiful designed, and there are different routes or shortcuts to take. This is a new dimension compared to the other fun racers on our platform.
    It's a shame that Gameloft can't keep up with the competition when it comes to support or online functionality, though.
    Nontheless, if you're a friend of fun racers, you shouldn't miss this. It's beautiful, challenging, full of content and, most importantly, big fun.

  • Andi

    super-auto-buy for me =)

  • Andi

    super-auto-buy for me =)

  • Brian

    No online multiplayer

    Instant super-auto-not buy.

  • Brian

    No online multiplayer

    Instant super-auto-not buy.

  • ryan

    looks good but my 3g just can't keep up anymore tired of wasting my money on low framerates :(

  • ryan

    looks good but my 3g just can't keep up anymore tired of wasting my money on low framerates :(

  • dumas1000

    As far as the "promise" of multiplayer, just stop. I implore Gameloft to just stop. For the love of God, you are insulting your fanbase. There will never be a promised multiplayer update for Farrari and there will never be once promised DLC for Guitar Rock Tour 2. And now they've promised online for NFL 2010, Shrek Kart, Modern Combat. Never gonna happen. Just stop, Gameloft. This is a pack of lies, and you know it. Gameloft does not update their games. They just don't. It's bad business to give additional content away for free, so Gameloft ain't gonna do it. It's also bad business for Gameloft to provide multiplayer servers, for free, so they ain't gonna be doing that either. And that goes for NOVA and MC. Gameloft only cares about their bottom line, about maximizing their profits. They continue to make baseless bold-faced lies in order to move sells and it's basically impossible to call them on it since they're more or less invisible, and for good reason.

    • Jorge

      LOL. Chill out dumb ass, I mean dumas. If you dont like Gameloft, then don't buy their stuff. They do however have some of the best games for the iPhone, easily. I even bet you have most of their games. None the less, chill out. It;s just a video game on a phone.

    • Greg

      Agreed. This is the one thing I can't stand about Gameloft.

  • dumas1000

    As far as the "promise" of multiplayer, just stop. I implore Gameloft to just stop. For the love of God, you are insulting your fanbase. There will never be a promised multiplayer update for Farrari and there will never be once promised DLC for Guitar Rock Tour 2. And now they've promised online for NFL 2010, Shrek Kart, Modern Combat. Never gonna happen. Just stop, Gameloft. This is a pack of lies, and you know it. Gameloft does not update their games. They just don't. It's bad business to give additional content away for free, so Gameloft ain't gonna do it. It's also bad business for Gameloft to provide multiplayer servers, for free, so they ain't gonna be doing that either. And that goes for NOVA and MC. Gameloft only cares about their bottom line, about maximizing their profits. They continue to make baseless bold-faced lies in order to move sells and it's basically impossible to call them on it since they're more or less invisible, and for good reason.

    • Jorge

      LOL. Chill out dumb ass, I mean dumas. If you dont like Gameloft, then don't buy their stuff. They do however have some of the best games for the iPhone, easily. I even bet you have most of their games. None the less, chill out. It;s just a video game on a phone.

    • Greg

      Agreed. This is the one thing I can't stand about Gameloft.

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

    Just added a new high-quality, (Bluetooth) multiplayer, stereo, HD video of the game to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH56UzW5C0A . There is a 3G S on the left (bottom if you watch the video in portrait mode) and a 3G on the right (top).

    In a nutshell: on the iPhone 3G, it’s not as slow as many think. There are much worse games in this respect; for example, Marble Blast Mobile by GarageGames. Nevertheless, Cocoto Kart Online by Eurocenter is much-much faster.

    Also see my latest comments in the “iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible” at http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?p=557518 .

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

    Just added a new high-quality, (Bluetooth) multiplayer, stereo, HD video of the game to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH56UzW5C0A . There is a 3G S on the left (bottom if you watch the video in portrait mode) and a 3G on the right (top).

    In a nutshell: on the iPhone 3G, it’s not as slow as many think. There are much worse games in this respect; for example, Marble Blast Mobile by GarageGames. Nevertheless, Cocoto Kart Online by Eurocenter is much-much faster.

    Also see my latest comments in the “iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible” at http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?p=557518 .

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

    Just added a new high-quality, (Bluetooth) multiplayer, stereo, HD video of the game to youtube.com/watch?v=zH56UzW5C0A . There is a 3G S on the left (bottom if you watch the video in portrait mode) and a 3G on the right (top).

    In a nutshell: on the iPhone 3G, it’s not as slow as many think. There are much worse games in this respect; for example, Marble Blast Mobile by GarageGames. Nevertheless, Cocoto Kart Online by Eurocenter is much-much faster.

    Also see my latest comments in the “iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible” at http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?p=557518 .

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

    Just added a new high-quality, (Bluetooth) multiplayer, stereo, HD video of the game to youtube.com/watch?v=zH56UzW5C0A . There is a 3G S on the left (bottom if you watch the video in portrait mode) and a 3G on the right (top).

    In a nutshell: on the iPhone 3G, it’s not as slow as many think. There are much worse games in this respect; for example, Marble Blast Mobile by GarageGames. Nevertheless, Cocoto Kart Online by Eurocenter is much-much faster.

    Also see my latest comments in the “iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible” at http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?p=557518 .

  • Markus

    I think you're the one who needs to "chill out", Jorge.. He does have a good point, and it doesn't just apply to Gameloft. I can't count how many games have promised multiplayer modes that they never delivered on (e.g. Archon, Worms), and Gameloft is one of the worst offenders. The thing is their games are usually good already and don't need the multiplayer to sell, but it's annoying to hear empty promises as well as to get your expectations up when it becomes more and more clear they're not going to deliver. It's also just not okay from a business standpoint to consistently make promises they don't deliver on. It's misleading advertising.

    We need to point this out, and it would be nice if the reviewers woke up and mentioned this as well instead of just echoing everything in their press release. If a company doesn't live up to their promises over and over it would be nice if that was mentioned when they did it yet again, just to hold them accountable.

    • http://Talk-a-lot.com anonamous

      YOU'RE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ramon

    I expected this to be released along with Asphalt 5, but it wasn't to be. Now it's a tough choice deciding which to get: Shrek Kart or FIFA 10?

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Why not get both?

  • ramon

    I expected this to be released along with Asphalt 5, but it wasn't to be. Now it's a tough choice deciding which to get: Shrek Kart or FIFA 10?

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Why not get both?

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    There have also been cases when developers promised a new feature, then found out that they really couldn't make it work for technical or other reasons. Then yet other cases when the promised multiplayer DID come out -- Galcon and Galcon Labs come to mind.

  • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

    There have also been cases when developers promised a new feature, then found out that they really couldn't make it work for technical or other reasons. Then yet other cases when the promised multiplayer DID come out -- Galcon and Galcon Labs come to mind.

  • President of Earth

    Mecho Wars also was promissed to get multiplayer...

  • President of Earth

    Mecho Wars also was promissed to get multiplayer...

  • Bob

    So.. Am I the only one seeing an incorrect video posted here?

  • Bob

    So.. Am I the only one seeing an incorrect video posted here?

  • Retrophoenix

    So, I'm looking at Shrek Kart on the US app store right now and it tells me that there is wifi and bluetooth mutiplayer. Can anyone confirm?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Yes, but local only -- no online multiplayer

  • Retrophoenix

    So, I'm looking at Shrek Kart on the US app store right now and it tells me that there is wifi and bluetooth mutiplayer. Can anyone confirm?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Yes, but local only -- no online multiplayer

  • http://Talk-a-lot.com anonamous

    I loved this app on my Ipod. My brother would steal my Ipod just to play that game.IIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEE IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Talk-a-lot.com anonamous

    I loved this app on my Ipod. My brother would steal my Ipod just to play that game.IIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEE IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dana

    But he does have a good point. I still like shrek kart but it gets boring after a while. :)

  • Dana

    But he does have a good point. I still like shrek kart but it gets boring after a while. :)

  • Markus

    I think you're the one who needs to "chill out", Jorge.. He does have a good point, and it doesn't just apply to Gameloft. I can't count how many games have promised multiplayer modes that they never delivered on (e.g. Archon, Worms), and Gameloft is one of the worst offenders. The thing is their games are usually good already and don't need the multiplayer to sell, but it's annoying to hear empty promises as well as to get your expectations up when it becomes more and more clear they're not going to deliver. It's also just not okay from a business standpoint to consistently make promises they don't deliver on. It's misleading advertising.

    We need to point this out, and it would be nice if the reviewers woke up and mentioned this as well instead of just echoing everything in their press release. If a company doesn't live up to their promises over and over it would be nice if that was mentioned when they did it yet again, just to hold them accountable.

  • http://Talk-a-lot.com anonamous

    YOU'RE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!