Red Bull is a company that specialises mainly in the production of energy drinks whose marketing campaign claims that the drink will give you wings, but they also enjoy sponsoring a wide array teams and vehicles as well as the hosting of extreme sporting events such asRed Bull X Fighters.
These ventures into the world of high-octane entertainment makes this wing-giving company the ideal architect (or at least sponsors of an architect) of some even higher octane racing entertainment in the form of Red Bull Kart Fighter, a game that sports a somewhat retro look but has a modern feel about it. It is polished, addictive, and extremely professional in appearance, and it is quite obvious that it is made by a developer that knows what people want in a karting game.
The game possesses all of the characteristics of a traditional racing game in that you use the directional arrows to guide your vehicle around a selection of racing tracks with view to winning the race or at least positioning as highly as possible in them. There are a number of modes that also provide some welcome variety such as time trial, challenge, and career mode, but nothing so far is exactly out of the ordinary for a racing and/or karting game.
What makes the game distinctly superior to many racing games out there is the racing-RPG-style career mode that allows you to indulge heavily in the development and improvement of your career and vehicle in true Gran Turismo Style. Career mode allows you to customise your vehicle's colour and then enter into races in order to earn money and also a place as close to the top of the podium as possible. Earning money allows you to then spend it on upgrades to your car. You can swap out the car's wheels, tyres, chassis, gears and bodywork, and can eventually upgrade your car to a superior - yet noticeably harder to control - model such as the Super or the V8 version of your original kart.
Another notable feature of the game that makes it feel superior to most other titles is the fact that you can use the spacebar to drift around the corners in order to out-manoeuvre your opponents. The steering and the guiding of your cars around the corners is incredibly challenging, with the way that you control your car around the corners often being the deciding factor in whether you attain first or second position within the race. Emphasis is really placed on the fantastic physics and general feel of the movement of the cars around the tracks, which is noticeably more realistic than many standard racing games on the internet.
Red Bull Kart Fighters' variety of game modes, realistic vehicular physics and retro look are just a few of its features that make it one of the best karting games available, but it also has the appeal of more significant console-based titles like the aforementioned Gran Turismo. The game demands some fairly accurate and skilful manoeuvring, with a well-timed drift or sneaky overtaking of an opponent can turn the race on its head on the very last corner or straight, making the game truly unpredictable at times. You'll struggle to find a karting game with as much depth and brilliance of Red Bull's Karting Game from developer Kempt, as it has all of the ingredients for a successful and addictive karting game.