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Dreamworks Super Star Kartz

 

 

SCORE: 80

 

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Frequently I get the call about reviewing a certain game. There are times I have to fight laughing as it is being described. Dreamworks Super Star Kartz is one of those games. This PS3/Xbox 360/Wii game came in on the Wii recently. This is a kart racing title with characters from Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train your Dragon and Monsters vs. Aliens. This is a very eclectic grouping.

All kart racing games have one gauge to meet. There is one king of the mountain that each and every kart racing game tries to dethrone. Dreamworks Super Star Kartz borrows heavily from the Mario Kart franchise. In some ways it equals it, and in others it falls short. Which sadly is a shame because this title is a solid kart racing game. It does have a few quirks though.

The balance is the biggest problem with Dreamworks Super Star Kartz. I could easily go from first to ninth (last place) after being hit with one weapon. It is very difficult to break away from the pack and have a dominate win. Which I would expect to do in the first few cups. Winning races can be about luck as much as it is about running a good race. You can make no mistakes and still get in third or fourth place.

The characters in Dreamworks Super Star Kartz bring a smile to my face. They do not all fit inside a kart racer very efficiently. However they are all worked in with decent animations. I could never figure out why some hits spun me around, and others just slowed me down. The environments are diverse and reminded me of the different movies.

Dreamworks Super Star Kartz is hilarious. The characters have funny things to say during different instances. Keep bumping into someone and you will get one. Get in first for other comments, and so on. I swapped racers every single time I played it because I wanted to hear what they had to say. King Julien starts the races off with his own personal style.

Dreamworks Super Star Kartz has more than enough races to warrant the price. Expect a Mario Kart level of replay in Dreamworks Super Star Kartz. There is a battle mode for families that have up to four family members who want to compete at the same time. Around half of the characters are available at first, and the rest are unlocked. There are also hidden goodies like movies in secret areas of levels.

Dreamworks Super Star Kartz looks okay, but I feel it is missing some polish that would have challenged the Mario Kart franchise. Deep down Dreamworks Super Star Kartz is about heart though. This game is beating loud and proud.

I learned to look for the speed boosts, and to get the weapons to help me speed up or slow down the racers in front of me. Dreamworks Super Star Kartz is one of those games that teaches players to win at all costs. At the same time there is a lot of humor, and fun to be found in this home console video game. I would like to see Dreamworks Super Star Kartz receive sequels. I can think of some other movie characters that could be included.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 74%
Sound: 86%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: Playstation 3/Wii/Xbox 360
Publisher: Activision
R
ating: ‘E’ - Everyone
{Mild Cartoon Violence}

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