Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D for iPhone review

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D was among the first games to hit the App Store when Apple’s online emporium opened its doors a year ago. Since then, updates from Vivendi Games Mobile have been few and far between. So as other racing games have revved their way onto iPhones across the globe, how well does this year-old racing kart game hold up?

Pretty well, actually. Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D is an imaginative game that puts you in the role of Crash and his friends as they compete against Oxide and his allies in tournaments, story mode and time trials. These take place across 20 unique tracks, each featuring power-ups, power-downs, obstacles and weapons.

Though not exactly cutting-edge, Nitro Kart 3D does offer good graphics, better sound, a good physics system, and responsive touchscreen controls. There’s a step-by-step tutorial that lets you get a feel for the level and controls while learning the basics.

A kart racing game is nothing if it’s not fun, and despite some early reservations, we wound up getting sucked into Nitro Kart 3D. The levels get progressively harder as you go.

Nitro Kart 3D could stand an update. Although it mostly behaved under the iPhone OS 3.0 update, it did crash to the Home screen once and lagged when quitting to accept an incoming phone call. This, combined with an occasionally stilted frame rate, a lack of a throttle control and the fact there’s no multiplayer mode, shows that there’s work to be done.

OUR VERDICT

Even with these drawbacks, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D remains a fun title for the iPhone. Its £3.49 price tag is reasonable and with a few code fixes, a good thing can become that much better.

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