Sometimes, you go through the game, spend a few hours on it and can not understand why it exists. Games based on movies and cartoons produced less and less, but if they appear, it is most often associated with the rental of the same name paintings in theaters. But what the creators of Nickelodeon Kart Racers wanted to achieve is unclear.
What year is it?
And it’s not so much as this racing arcade, which I will talk about later, but in its content. A total of 12 characters are offered here, taken from the animated series Nickelodeon: “Spongebob Squarepants”, “teenage mutant ninja Turtles”, ” Hey, Arnold! and those babies!”. If the first two are more or less at the hearing of a modern child, then the last two certainly know the unit — the last of their series came out as much in 2004. We remember them, and the target audience of this creation is unlikely.
I naively assumed that Nickelodeon Kart Racers would be a ticket to childhood, an opportunity to nostalgie at times when I was ready to get up early to watch these cartoons (except “Oh, these kids!”— very kind of his style). But the result was quite different — this is the most ordinary race that scares low quality performance already in the start menu and does not bring any emotions. No joy, no anger, nothing.
This is largely due to the fact that there is virtually no difference between the characters. They have their own vehicles, some gain cubes on the track are available only to certain heroes, but the rest of the game would not have lost anything if together Sponges Bob and Arnold there were ordinary people, robots or animals. That you control Donatello, says only sitting in the car model-replace it with any other, and the result will be the same.
So you can describe the whole game in General, especially the track. The environment is taken from the same animated series: a school where Arnold studies, a toy store and a lot of monotonous sewers. But everything looks as boring as possible, there is no atmosphere, and the graphics are so bad that sometimes it is very difficult to understand which way to go after the next turn. It seems to be a mini-map is, and the signs on the walls, but still sometimes have problems — all mixed in one pile.
Gray and miserable
Gameplay Nickelodeon Kart Racers is no different from other imitators Mario Kart. In the main menu, there are only three modes: the championship of the four races, a quick race and a race against the clock, where you try to beat your own records. In the Championships, 10 characters earn points several times in a row, depending on the occupied place, after which the owner of the highest number of points is declared the winner.
On the slopes lay the cubes with images on them are question marks — if through one of them to drive, will be available for a bonus boost. You either throw the object, or a jar of soap bubbles put in the middle of the road, or for a few seconds set on the back of the machine shield, absorbing other people’s attacks. The set is so meager and banal, as if none of the developers did not even try to come up with something original-they just took everything that was already invented before them. And if someone gets damage from your projectile or fall into the trap, you will not know about it — there are no special effects.
The only good idea associated with slime — if you drive on this green substance, the left side of the screen will begin to fill the acceleration scale. Some tracks are almost completely covered with slime, and when it hits the ground vehicle is funny transformed into a boat with a motor. But all this, of course, is not enough to not get bored after a few races — although there is a race to the knockout, and a kind of slalom with the need to pass to the right or left of the buoys, everything is played exactly the same.
Even on the tracks scattered coins needed to buy improvements, including the upgrade of wheels and engine. With their help, the speed increases, it becomes easier to control the car, and with good tires you will not enter so much when driving on mucus. That’s just need to all not — high difficulty level I was able to win the championship with an ordinary jalopy, it could not modify. Even there, opponents bump into walls and fall into traps, to say nothing of easy tournaments, where opponents are even more stupid and helpless.
No more content in the game there, even the introductory video the authors did not bother to add. Last year’s Cars 3 is also not enough stars from the sky and gave not the emotions that you get after a couple of races in Mario Kart, but there at least tried to offer a lot of interesting entertainment. Immediately outside the dull Championships have nothing to do, but the game is still asked for $ 40, although even with a free hand, it would not be of any value.
Here, everyone tried to make the most of the budget. It’s in the press releases you promise 24 tracks — in fact half of them are nothing different from each other. The characters do not speak, instead of voiced replicas need to read the text appearing at the bottom of the screen “clouds”. The animations are repeated after the first round, the music gets boring, there is no online multiplayer. There is a split screen mode, though thank you. That’s just with the graphics or get confused in the twists and turns you’ll more often than when playing alone.
It is unlikely that we will ever know why Nickelodeon Kart Racers was created. Perhaps the President of Nickelodeon lost the argument with colleagues? Or friends took him to the “weak”? Modern children are not interested in these characters, adults will be ashamed to spend time here. What happened-a real garbage: empty, primitive and unworthy of attention.