Available On: Android, iOS
Price: Free, Micro Transactions
Tiki Kart 3D will appeal to every mobile gamer out there who was a huge fan of the Mario Kart game back on the Nintendo 64 (and even more recent versions). One thing that is annoying right off the bat is that the game is plagued with ads. You can remove the ads, but it is actually quite expensive, as it requires that you pay for at least 12,500 Tiki Coins with real cash to remove the ads. That equals out to $2.99. Albeit expensive, removing the ads makes the game a more enjoyable experience. On the bright side, the developers have placed the ads in a way that they do not interfere with the actual gameplay, which is a huge plus if you think how other developers use ads (e.g. Angry Birds).
As I mentioned above, those who are huge fans of Mario Kart will enjoy Tiki Kart 3D. The game is almost identical to Mario Kart. Granted, for it to be legal they had to change the theme, but in terms of gameplay it’s pretty much identical. Pineapples will offer you special abilities to deter progress of your competitors (e.g. oil spills, speed boosts for your racer and etc). Now, some of the abilities are extremely fun to use, but they feel a bit overpowered. Firing a rocket at another racer will destroy your racer, then you will have to wait a good six or so seconds before you’re able to get back in the race. These abilities are meant to slow down racers to give other racers a chance, not cause a loss for the affected racer. Abilities aren’t that unique either. Most of them feel like a rendition of Mario Kart, which I’m not sure I like. While having a skinned version of Mario Kart is nice, I like to see some sort of uniqueness in the games I play.
Just like Mario Kart, you can pick your own characters. In Tiki Kart 3D you can also pick your cars, and some of these cars are actually locked until you can pay to unlock them with Tiki coins. Same thing goes for the characters. Some of them are locked, which can be unlocked through the use of Tiki coins. From my understanding of the game, the only way to get Tiki coins is to pay real money for them or complete free offers (e.g. signing up for a Netflix subscription through the game, taking a survey and etc).
Tiki Kart 3D is a fun game, especially for it being free. It’ll really hurt your pocket if you decided to start buying coins and all. There are a few similar games that look a bit better than Tiki Racing 3D, but for now, I’d only play this game if you want a quick Mario Kart fix. Tiki Kart 3D will leave you wanting more though, which was sad since this game felt like it had a lot of potential.
Tiki Kart 3D is a free game, so it really causes no harm if you want to give it a try. Like I said, I recommend this game if you want a quick Mario Kart fix.