developer: Wired Productions
publisher: THQ Nordic / Nordic Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: split screen, players: 1-4
Jungle Kartz, released on PC and Wii, is the response of Wired Productions and Nordic Games to the extremely popular go-kart racing series like Mario Kart and ModNation Racers.
The action is set on a tropical island. The animals living there enjoy various motor sports, especially go-kart racing. The best drivers are waiting for the tournament to start. The winner will win the title of the king of the jungle.
Players have at their disposal 8 characters (Sass, Zero, Gus, Ashley, Sal, Dixie, Rocky and Bob), each with unique skills. Also, each character has 4 favorite tracks, where they gain a slight advantage over their competitors. During the game, you can drive a total of 10 go-karts (two of them are initially unavailable) - from small and maneuverable to heavy but fastest.
Jungle Kartz has 8 thematically diversified locations (Tropic Bay, Arctic Point, Deep Forest, Rift River Valley, Cinder Flow, Homestead Ranch, Redstone Canyon and Ra Desert) giving the player 32 tracks.
The game offers three game modes: Quick Race, Time Trial and Tournament, in which you can compete with computer artificial intelligence or other players. Both the driving physics and the controls have been simplified as much as possible.
The audiovisual layer of Jungle Kartz clearly stands out from competitive productions. The three-dimensional graphics don't have many detailes, and the quality of the animation leaves a lot to be desired. Friendly heroes and bright colors may appeal to less demanding young gamers.