Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway

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Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3 Slime Speedway

Think Karting games and odds are high, top of the list will be Mario Kart, the gold standard of fast, fun and arcade fuelled driving thrill. And rightly so, but while this behemoth of a series has been holding the limelight, another series has been chipping away in the background.  A series developed by Peru based studio Bamtang Games – Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which has just seen its third instalment released – Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway which, let’s be honest, must be doing something right if it’s on its third outing.  The game is a Nickelodeon fan’s dream, as it has dozens of tracks and characters from what feels like countless Nickelodeon series’, if you name it… odds are its here in some shape or form.  Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko’s Modern Life, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Korra, Hey Arnold! and Rugrats, the list goes on and on… so if you’re a Nickelodeon fan, you’re in for a huge treat.

On the gameplay front Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway takes a more Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed path, than a Mario Kart one in ways and ends up somewhere in-between both.  You build up a crew, before the race from an eye watering 90 strong list, with each character having their own abilities and powers.  And depending on their role it will affect which power you have access to and which become passive bonuses.  You can drive a kart or a bike and you can even tweak it to your own taste, with a limited yet fun customisation element.  Then you’re off to the races across 36 different Nickelodeon themed tracks.  With a mix of classic tracks from older titles, as well as a few new ones to keep long term fans interested.  Your goal beyond winning is banking slime tokens, which you can use to unlock new racers but beware there is a heavy grind here if you’re aiming to unlock everything on show.

Mode wise Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway is a standard mix of on and offline fair, with a few arcade combat ones thrown in for good measure, that are a laugh with mates beyond just the standard karting action.  It’s a fair selection of modes, but none really blow you away and all feel a little undercooked.  This is a feeling that bleeds into the controls as well, as a karting game should be extremely tight and able to turn on a dime, but here it’s just all a bit spongy and the hop to power slide move was so hit and miss it was unreal, often sending me into the side of a wall for no reason.  This is all made more maddening by the games physics that feels like it’s built in a bouncy castle, as you pinball your way through sections… only to fly off into the air for no real reason the next.

Visually it’s colourful and bright and fully embodies the source content in spades.  Whereas sound is a bit of a damp squib on all fronts; from the library sounding soundtrack, to the poor voice acting from a questionable selection of “sound-alikes”, which is a shame as this is the first game to feature voiceovers.  Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway is a rough and ready karting title, it’s a love letter to all things Nickelodeon, but is wrapped around an extremely questionable racing core that really needs tweaked and refined.  Oddly this has the feeling at times of a budget offering, but is a full priced title, which throws up even more questions about things.  Unless you are a Nickelodeon uber-fan, this one is best left in the pits for now.

An Xbox review copy of Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway was provided by Bamtang Games PR team, and is available now on Xbox, PC, Switch and PlayStation for around £40.

The Verdict

4Poor

The Good: Love for all things Nickelodeon | Some fun vs modes

The Bad: Controls, physics, sound | Poundland sound-alikes

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