Nickelodeon Kart Races 3: Slime Speedway PS5 Review – Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway is a racing video game developed by Bamtang Games and published by GameMill Entertainment. It is the third entry in the Nickelodeon Kart Racers series, following Nickelodeon Kart Racers and Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix. It feels like a lifetime ago that I played a family fun racing game, but will this game live up to the likes of other animated race games such as Team Sonic Racing and and CTR Nitro-Fueled?
Nickelodeon Kart Races 3: Slime Speedway PS5 Review – First Impressions
After fighting with the kids for the controller to give this game a play, I spent a good half hour or so selecting my character and vehicle as the choices are plenty and there are some well loved characters from times gone by. I ended up choosing Leonardo from TMNT. After choosing, you are then asked to choose three non-playable crew members to assist with support moves, adding a much-needed layer of skill and strategy. Your chief gives you a button-activated skill, such as a speed boost or the ability to drop hazards, which becomes active after you’ve collected enough slime whilst racing on its cartoon-inspired tracks. Meanwhile, the other two crew members offer gameplay tweaks (such as random boosts or upgrading items) that can complement your racing style.
Nickelodeon have given us a range of different game play options with this game, there’s single player, multiplayer and even an online mode. I jumped straight into the single player mode where I selected the beginner slow option. 4 different tracks per cup, there will be endless hours of fun racing through different slime splatters, twisty slime slides and the obvious obstacles that other players will throw at you to get you to crash. Watch out for the short cuts and you may just beat those pesky riders and come out with a gold trophy! This level is definitely for the beginners of the racing world though, I found myself getting bored with the drag of it and moved up to the faster cups pretty soon after.
The controls of the game are simple and easy to use, meaning even my 3 year old gamer in the making got to grips with racing pretty much straight away. It won’t be long until he is going head to head with either myself or his Dad and beating us.
Nickelodeon Kart Races 3: Slime Speedway PS5 Review – Issues
Unfortunately, there have been a couple of minor glitches that I have come across; my kart has fallen through the map on a couple of occasions and I’ve been bashed straight through walls by other racers, but these have been few and far between.
The graphics and colours are outstandingly bright and cheerful, which gives a feel of re-watching those old nicktoon classics and going right back to my childhood.
The problem with this game is that it aimed big; a little too big and missed the mark. The framerate suffers with issues in a game that has so much action on screen at the same time. You also get the feel that these games have been done bigger and better now. Mario Kart 8 will always be the benchmark for games like this and even this long after release Mario Kart 8 still holds up well. This doesn’t feel as polished or as well executed.
The addition of voice acting is great, but it doesn’t really add that much to the game and listening to a lot of the characters, they don’t sound quite right from their respective cartoons.
Nickelodeon Kart Races 3: Slime Speedway PS5 Review – The chequered flag
While on the surface of things you have a fun game, its certainly not one of the better ones out there. It is fantastic for the kids but with the issues I encountered I got too distracted with it. There are better games on the shelves but this is still a fun game if you are not expecting perfection.