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Digimon Racing Package Art
GENRE
Racing
DEVELOPER
Griptonite Games
PUBLISHER
Bandai
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1-4
CONNECTIVITY
No
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Digimon Racing

Digimon Bosses are draining the world of its digital energy, and the only way to stop them is by... racing go-karts? It's an odd premise indeed, but Digimon Racing still manages to be a fun, if formulaic, kart racer.

visuals

Everything looks pretty decent. A lot of attention has been payed to making the characters look like they're rotating smoothly as they drive around the courses. There's plenty of visual detail to distinguish the tracks from each other.

audio

Music and voice are used appropriately, but there's nothing particularly memorable about it.

gameplay

Everything about this game is reminiscent of Super Mario Kart, right down to the kinds of weapons that you fire at your opponents. However, a few new twists help to distinguish this game from the pack of kart racers. Jumping is much more important in this game; not only do you jump much higher in this game than in Mario Kart, but some tracks actually require you to leap over bottomless pits as you race. Also, driving over certain parts of the track will build up your fractal energy, allowing you to digivolve into a more powerful form, complete with a custom attack.

The game will take you through nine cups, each with four three-lap races. At the end of every cup, you'll find a boss character. These boss battles tend to be rather unique and often frustrating. You drive around a closed arena, avoiding the boss's attacks, picking up weapons, and waiting for the boss to expose its weak side so you can attack. When you beat the boss, the next cup becomes available. There are also Quick Race and Time Trial modes if you don't have the time for a full cup race.

Eight characters are available from the start, with three secret characters waiting to be unlocked. The cartridge save keeps track of an impressive amount of data, including trophies won, best times, and characters unlocked.

multiplayer

Up to four players can play a cup race or a quick race. Each player needs a copy of the game to do so.

overall

Did the world need a Digimon kart racer? Not particularly. But as Mario Kart clones go, this one's pretty decent. If you're a big Digimon fan, you can put a couple more points on the score. Otherwise, you can probably live without this one.

final score 7.0/10





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