Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
|Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D|
|Publisher||Vivendi Games Mobile|
April 29, 2008
June 9, 2008
July 9, 2008
January 6, 2009
|Console(s)||Symbian, iOS, N-Gage, Zeebo|
|Input||Controller (Zeebo only)|
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D is a racing mobile game that was developed by Polarbit for Symbian phone, iOS, N-Gage, and Zeebo and published by Vivendi Games Mobile. Since March 2, 2010, when Activision acquired the Crash Bandicoot franchise, all instances of Vivendi Games Mobile were replaced with Activision except the intro, which retains the original Vivendi Games Mobile logo.
Initially, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D launched for Symbian devices on April 29, 2008. The European release was helped by a marketing campaign with contests that had prizes modeled after Australia, and funded wireless application protocol advertising banners across several mobile entertainment sites. Vivendi also organized Crash Bandicoot Grand Prix in certain parts of Europe, where selected fans and key players from the video game industry got a chance to play against each other in kart tournaments. On January 6, 2009, the game was released for N-Gage, and featured exclusive tracks.
The story centers on a racing tournament held by Nitrous Oxide, Doctor Neo Cortex, and Ripper Roo, who share a goal of banishing Crash Bandicoot and his friends from N. Sanity Island. The winners of the tournament are crowned "Kings of Kart Racing for All Eternity," while the losers are banished from N. Sanity Island.
The iOS version of Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D utilizes tilt-screen controls, allowing the player to steer the kart by tilting their device in a steering wheel fashion. The karts accelerate automatically. The player can have their racer perform a power slide by tapping and holding a finger on the screen, allowing their racer to get around tight corners. The objective of every racer is to win first place in a race.
There is a story mode, a quick race mode and a tournament mode) and a total of 12 tracks to race on (although the N-Gage version includes some more). Scattered throughout the tracks are weapons that can be picked up and used against the other racers in a bid to hinder their performance, such as bombs and oil slicks. Speed zippers can be found on the ground that can, if driven over, boost the player's speed for a short time. The same effect can be achieved by picking up a certain power-up off the track and activating it.
As of iOS 7, the game crashes when the MP4 intro loads, thus making the game unplayable. As of July 25, 2018, the game is no longer available on the App Store.
Levi Buchanan of IGN, giving the game a score of 7.8 out of 10, commended the game as "the best racer in the App Store right now," noting the game's "tight controls" and "lots of tracks to unlock."
In April 2009, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D was reportedly the best-selling paid app on the iPhone App Store.
- "Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart: Mobile bandikarting in 2D and 3D incarnations.". GamesIndustry.biz. Published April 29, 2008.
- "Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D N-Gage version launches, complete with exclusive tracks". GamesIndustry.biz. Published January 6, 2009.
- Cifaldi, Frank (April 14, 2009). "Apple: Crash Bandicoot most downloaded paid app on App Store". GamesIndustry.biz.
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