Turbo Kart Racer
Copyright/Publisher: Players/Interceptor Group, Release Year: 1990,
Programming, Design and Graphics: Paul Black,
Music & Sound Effects:
Sonic Graffiti, Genre: Racing Sports, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
According to Players, kart racing is 'the MOST EXCITING MOTOR SPORT known to man today',
which is no doubt why it gets so much coverage on TV! But hype aside, there's thankfully
little scenario. The game is basically an overhead-view, multidirectionally scrollinh
reace game with a split-screen which makes two-player games possible.
Three karts take part in the race qualification for the next race resting on beating
the computer cars. There's various objects littering the track which can be picked
up: wrenches allow add-ons such as extra speed, acceleration and so on to be purchased.
Kart scores high for presentation, with two ways of controlling the kart (either
rotate and forward to accelerate, or simply push in the direction you want to go), a
track demo, a monochromatic 'race complete' screen, practice option, high score table and
the option of continuing on the last track you reached.
But what about gameplay? Well, to begin with your tiny kart is tricky to control,
resulting in plenty of frustrating crashes. However if you persist, getting to know
the tracks and control system, the game opens out into a surprisingly playable little
Later tracks are more sophisticated, stopping the helpful arrows on the road and
adding walls which open and close. Add an excellent two-player mode (very useful when
the computer players are so tough) and you get a budget bargain!