Smurfs Kart is launching on 22nd August for PS5 and PS4, bringing disruption to the ongoing Game of the Year debate. All insincerity aside, the arcade racer from French duo Microids and Eden Games first launched on Nintendo Switch last year, and is now getting a wider release across PlayStation and various other platforms, including PC.
There are few surprises here: expect turbo starts, drifts, shortcuts, and special powers. To be honest, as far as these kinds of titles go, this doesn’t look like an egregiously bad one – and that’s reflected by its reviews on Nintendo’s hybrid hardware, where it scored a fairly middling 66 on the back of 14 or so reviews. The very definition of acceptable albeit uneventful.
The full game will have 12 playable Smurfs and a further 12 themed race courses, as well as split-screen multiplayer, unlockable art work, and a time trial mode. You can check out some footage of the PlayStation version in the trailer embedded above.
Some real gaming news! Finally!
I find the way Papa Smurf's hat moves in the wind a bit unsettling.
If it was still 1983 my sister would be very excited about this game.
Why are there so few decent Mario Kart challengers?
How much do they expect parents to Peyo for this smurfy Mario Kart knock-off?
Serious question: Has there been ANY real game-changing innovation to kart racers since, oh, about 1997 when Mario Kart 64 released?
Boost from the start…
Drift around corners…
Pick up items on the track to increase speed or shoot projectiles or lay down mines…
Race from a behind-the-kart 3rd person view on cartooney-looking tracks…
Compete to earn points on races to win a cup championship…
Smurfs should’ve just sold their rights to Nintendo to add playable Smurf characters into the next Mario Kart game. They’d get more press and player goodwill from that than they ever will from this hackneyed, by-the-numbers snoozefest.
I really hope I’m wrong and this game turns out to be a gem. I just don’t see it.
@Anti-Matter One for you here, buddy!
@jgrangervikings1 ModNation Racers let you build your own tracks to share, which few others seem to have attempted. It had a ton of customization for the characters and karts, too, but it was the racetrack customization that set it apart.
Otherwise...no, they're all various attempts to copy the same formula.
@RobN The loading time set it apart too
@__jamiie Because Nintendo has the budget and the public to focus on a kart game, other companies can't take the same risk because it's a niche genre.
Finally the PS5 version of Smurf Kart.
Thanks for the information. 😄
Got this on Switch last year. It's a pretty decent game, not too bad. But it lacks content. I hope they maybe add some new courses for this.
@Nintendo4Sonic - I also bought this for Switch, it’s not too bad. Feels almost like a polished tech demo compared to Mario Kart.
@RobN - ModNation Racers wasn’t too bad, I wish they made a new one.
Hard pass for me, unless there's a story mode with cutscenes.
Tap here to load 14 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...