|Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D|
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D title card
|Platform(s)||iPhone OS, N-Gage, Zeebo|
|Release date(s)||NA July 9, 2008
EU June 9, 2008
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D is a 2008 racing video game published by Activision and developed by Polarbit for the iPhone OS, N-Gage service, and Zeebo. The game was released on the App Store in Europe on June 9, 2008 and in North America on July 9, 2008. The game's story centers on a racing tournament held by antagonists Nitrous Oxide, Doctor Neo Cortex and Ripper Roo in an attempt to banish the titular character, Crash Bandicoot, and his friends from their island home. The game was relatively positively reviewed. Despite the title, the game doesn't appear to share much similarity to the 2003 game, Crash Nitro Kart.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D is a racing game in which the player controls characters from the Crash Bandicoot universe, most of whom race in karts. The game employs tilt-screen controls, allowing the player to steer the kart by tilting the iPhone or iPod Touch in a steering wheel fashion. The karts accelerate automatically. To get around tough turns on a track, the player can initiate a "power slide" by tapping and holding a finger on the screen. The game features a number of racing modes (including a story mode, a quick race mode and a tournament mode) and a total of 12 tracks to race on. 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. Special "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.
Nitrous Oxide, the main antagonist of Crash Team Racing, teams up with Doctor Neo Cortex and Ripper Roo and stages a kart-racing tournament to bring Crash Bandicoot and his friends out of hiding. The winners of the tournament will be crowned "Kings Of Kart Racing For All Eternity", while the losers will be banished from N. Sanity Island.
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". The game is currently the highest-selling paid program on the iPhone App Store.