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Tiki Kart 3D for Android review

Free

Manufacturer: ARB Studios

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Tiki Kart 3D is a fun and easy to pick-up game for Android devices. It's pretty much just a rip-off of Mario Kart...but unfortunately it's not quite as good.

For a game that's 18MB and completely free to download, Tiki Kart 3D is pretty good. The graphics and sound effects are excellent, and the game is fast paced and engaging. There's only one problem though…you steer via your Android device's accelerometer, which isn't nearly as responsive as you'd want it it to be, especially when your going for the all important win - but we'll get to that in a bit! See also Top ten Android apps.

The app provides you with eight different karts to race in and 15 different race around; like Mario Kart the races are split into three different speeds - 50cc, 100cc and 150cc . This is an ample amount to get your teeth stuck into and to enjoy the game with. Like all good games Tiki Kart 3D keeps you hungry for more, and won't let you move on to a 100cc track until you have graduated from the 50cc race with a top three finish. See Stick Cricket for Android review.

Each Tiki kart is slightly different too, so you can match your racing style to your vehicle - if like us, you're having trouble with the tilt steering, choosing a kart with better handling is a good idea. But if you're a bit of an Alain Prost or Stirling Moss, then you might want to opt for something a little nippier. See also Samsung Galaxy S3 release date, specs and rumour round-up.

Again, like Mario Kart, you collect randoms bonuses as you go round the track - the only difference here is, that instead of a box with a question in the middle of it, you have to drive into a giant floating pineapple…which is easier said then done. Once you manage to collect a 'pineapple' it's blind luck whether you get a speed boost or a trap to lay. Traps include, oil, a spring that flips an opponents kart, a mine and some smiley faced balloon that doesn't appear to do anything.

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Tiki Kart 3D developers ARB Studios have chosen to 'bring the karts to life' by basing them around a volcano theme - which is fair enough if, like Mario Kart, gamers are familiar with the characters in the game. However, the chances are that this is your first time experiencing the Tiki brand. If it is (like it was for us), then trying to familiarise yourself with restricted views of the backs of wooden masks is a bit of a big ask. Call me bias towards Mario Kart if you like (I probably am), but it would have been nice if the different racers were easier to tell apart, experiencing any sort of emotion beating or losing to wooden masks is non-existent…nor can you plot your revenge on a certain driver as you won't be able to tell who crashed into you.

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Now onto the games only major problem…the steering. It's hard to imagine why any games developer would want to solely rely on a device's accelerometer to control a game. It just doesn't work, especially in a fast game like this. Having to tilt you device for three or four hectic paced laps, results in you twisting your neck and arms into knots. A simple update that gives users the option to select a touch steering option would be very welcome. Visit Best Android apps

While we're on the subject of possible improvements, it would be great to hook up devices over Wi-Fi and race against your mates. It's not beyond most device's capabilities and (along with fixing the steering) would probably make the game a long term chart topper.

Tiki Kart 3D review

Tiki Kart 3D for Android Expert Verdict »
Size: 18MB
Requires Android 1.6 and up
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

For a game that is essentially a rip-off of Mario Kart it's not a bad effort. The gameplay is fast, the sound effects are ok and the graphics are good also. Steering is the only major issue with the game, but it's free so we can't complain too much. A solid effort and well worth a download if you like racing games with a twist.

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