Mole Kart

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Mole Kart
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Mole Kart icon (top)
Mole Kart 2: Evolution icon (bottom)
Developer(s) Shanghai Shengran Information Technology[1]
Publisher(s) Shanghai Shengran Information Technology
Platform(s) iOS Android
Release date(s) Jan 12, 2012[2]
Genre(s) racing
Mode(s) Single Player
Online multiplayer
Distribution Download

Mole Kart is a Chinese racing video game for iOS and Android.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is a basic karting video game. Players may choose as one of eight characters from the Mole Man franchise. There is Speed Mode, which has no items, Item Mode, which has items which influences the race, and also Multiplayer Mode. The karts accelerate automatically and are controlled by tilting the device. Onscreen controls are available in the games settings menu.

History[edit]

The original Mole Kart was released for the iOS back in January 2012; but due to a claim by Nintendo it was removed from the app store by Apple. However, a new version titled Mole Kart I was re-released in May 4.[3] It is now also available for Android devices.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, titled Mole Kart 2: Evolution, was released on 28 September 2012.[4] 148apps gave the game a positive review, saying that "The brand has finally grown into something worthwhile", as opposed to the original which was a copy of Mario Kart.[5]

Reception[edit]

The game was notorious for being extremely similar to the Mario Kart series; something noted by Slide to Play,[1] Joystiq,[2] G4TV,[6] TouchArcade,[7] and also Destructoid.[8]

The game has received positive reviews from iTunes and Google Play Store users, but it received extremely negative reviews from critics. Phil Eaves from Slide to Play said that "the developers have gone too far in the realm of mimicry." Lisa Caplan of 148apps gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars, calling the game a "blatant knock-off of Mario Kart". A reviewer from iPhoneGamerUK gave it a 3/5, while criticizing the game for being a Mario Kart rip-off, but positively noted that the game was "the next best thing".

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mole Kart Review at Slide To Play". Retrieved April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Hinkle, David. "Mole Kart is the iOS Mario Kart rip-off you never wanted". joystiq. Retrieved April 2012. 
  3. ^ Caplan, Lisa. "Mole Kart I Review". Retrieved June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mole Kart 2 Evolution". iTunes. Retrieved October 2012. 
  5. ^ Grundman, Blake. "Mole Kart Evolution Review". Retrieved October 2012. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Leah. "Shameless Mario Kart Ripoff "Mole Kart" Drives Controversy". G4TV. Retrieved April 2012. 
  7. ^ Hodapp, Eli. "Blatant 'Mario Kart' Clone 'Mole Kart' Hits the App Store". TouchArcade. Retrieved April 2012. 
  8. ^ Sterling, Jim. "Mole Kart, the amazingly shameless iOS Mario Kart ripoff". Destructoid. Retrieved April 2012. 

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