It’s the year 2017 and we are facing an enormous dilemma that affects all people around the world; the kart racing genre is nearly extinct! Sure, we always have Mario Kart, and games like Gran Turismo and Project CARS are helping to keep the genre on life support with bonus modes. However, is that enough to sate our kart racing drought? I say nay, and luckily the indie developers at 3DClouds agree with me as they have premiered their very own kart racer, All-Star Fruit Racing, on Steam Early Access.
All-Star Fruit Racing may be 3DClouds first major project, but they are far from inexperienced in the art of the race. Members of the team have previously lent a hand to games such as Moto GP, Sebastian Loeb Rally, and Ride. The previous experience shines through even just in the trailer for All-Star Fruit Racing. The character models and environments look sharp and stylish and the gameplay looks smooth. Even the amount of karts, tracks, and modes look incredibly promising.
In the trailer we see fully customizable karts, 2-4 player local split-screen, 8 person online multiplayer, 22 characters, 21 tracks, 5 modes, and 5 racing formats. The amount of depth in this title, especially for a developer’s first official attempt, is staggering. All-Star Fruit Racing also adds in a strategic element with their power-ups in the form of The Juicer. Racers will pick up different fruits on the track and fill 4 separate tanks on their kart, allowing players to mix and match moves as well as fill up all 4 tanks for a “Mega Juice” power move.
I’m excited for this one. I may not be the biggest racing fan, but I’m an absolute sucker for a hectic kart racer. Outside of established racing sims tossing in kart modes, the only cartoonish fun outlets we’ve had were Mario Kart and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Both are excellent games, mind you, but variety is the spice of life and All-Star Fruit Racer is adding in a tropical flavor to the stagnating shallow pool of kart racing.
They also win brownie points from me for the clutch Jurassic Park reference
You can test the juiciness of All-Star Fruit Racer for yourself now on Steam Early Access for $14.99 USD, a $5 discount from the planned official retail price of $19.99. You can also follow updates from 3DCLouds at their official website here.