This app has been around for a while but I'd never given it the time of day, having dismissed Tiki Kart 3D as a mere Mario Kart clone. However, after having caught a glimpse at the impressive graphics I decided to take Tiki for a test drive. Find out more in today's review.
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100)
Android version: 2.3.6
As of version: 1.6
The app loads nice and fast. We were struck right off the bat by the similarities to the aforementioned Mario Kart-type games. As far as the gameplay goes, there's not that much to explain: drive a 'car' and try to make it through tough stretches and obstacles as well as beat your opponent. While you're at it, try and collect the items – disguised as pineapples – along the way. Your vehicle is pretty decked out with rockets and whatnot.
Battle it out against six computer opponents (difficulty levels can be adjusted). Once you've done all the 50cc tracks, two further levels can be activated (100cc and 150cc; more tracks and intelligent opponents).
The levels are nicely diversified and a lot of attention was payed to creating appealing details. The game's graphics are great and there are different carts to choose from.
The Tiki Kart 3D dynamic is pretty addictive and it's easy to get caught up in this exciting game. We also appreciate the tongue in cheek kind of humour.
Sure, the game is a descendant of the cult game Mario Kart, but it still has its own vibe thanks to the excellent graphics. Unfortunately, the app doesn't run very smoothly, not even on the newest high end devices. Furthermore, there's no multi player mode.
Screen & Controls
Controls are key when it comes to racing games. To speed up, simply tap on the display. The same goes when collecting an item. Sensors are responsible for steering—and this is where Tiki Kart 3D tripped us up.
While the steering function seemed to work brilliantly at first, we found it to be rather wonky as soon as we hit the first turn.
Even though everything else functions nicely, we're awarding three stars in this category due to the unreliable steering function.
Speed & Stability
Tiki Kart 3D loads quickly and while it never crashed on us it also doesn't run particularly smoothly, even when we tested it on high end devices. The app lags whenever there are several opponents on screen, as well as when driving round corners.
Tiki Kart 3D is available for free from Google Play. There's a permanent ad banner in Tiki Kart 3D's main menu, but no ads ever pop up whilst playing.