As someone who is admittedly terrible at Mario Kart, I didn’t feel good about mastering Doodle Kart by j2sighte. While my fears were realized, I would ask prospective players not to let that discourage them from the app, as my inability to play is borne of an inherent suckage at racing games, and not a design flaw.
The game has a number of playing options: you can play alone, versus the CPU, or with another player via Bluetooth. You can also choose to hand draw your own car, import one, or use a default design. There are 5 different levels of difficulty to select from, ranging from “super easy” to “nightmare.”
The objective of the game is to get around the track in the fastest time to win the race. There are 5 laps to complete, during which a small mini-map on the upper right hand corner will indicate your location on the track and position among the other cars (unless you are playing solo, obviously). If you turn on the “items” option, you can pick up weapons along the way and use them to impede the progress of other cars. To see the game in action, check out this video.
Other features of the game include:
- A pause/resume game option
- A choice between landscape and portrait mode
- The ability to control direction by either touch or tilt
- 25 different tracks
In order to advance from one stage to the next, you will need to win the game in championship mode. After you have unlocked a stage, you can always go back and start from that stage as opposed to the first level. To unlock something called “dark mode”, play and win gold in all stages.
All in all, this is a good racing app, and I am bound and determined to conquer it at some point, even if that doesn’t happen until version 18.0.
Doodle Kart is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.