Apparently earlier this month Warped Kart Racers, starring Fox’s Animation Domination characters (and a few others who were never part of that block but fall under the corporate umbrella) was quietly released. There used to be a kart racer for every property under the sun…granted, that was twenty years ago. Why here, why now? We decided we had to look into this a bit further.
What first became apparent is the main reason we hadn’t heard of Warped Kart Racers before: it’s an Apple Arcade exclusive, at least for the time being. You can’t play an Apple Arcade game without the required subscription or Apple device to play them on — it’s a walled garden.
Warped Kart Racers is a mashup of the worlds from King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad and Hulu’s Solar Opposites. Each series is represented by five characters apiece — Family Guy has Peter, Lois, Meg, Stewie and Brian, while King of the Hill has Hank, Peg, Bobby, Luanne and Dale. Sixteen tracks exist in the game, each based on a specific episode from one of the shows. Multiplayer supports up to eight racers, but there’s also a single-player mode.
Not all the content is available right from the get-go — many of the characters, vehicles and tracks are greyed out at the start and have to be unlocked. But since this is an Apple Arcade title you won’t be forced to pay for that privilege. We suspect if a more open mobile release is in the cards, this will be changed, but in the current version you unlock more of the game gradually by completing daily challenges. The game has simplistic mobile controls, but will support an Apple-compatible controller if you’ve got one.
The game could have a lot more than this, if it tried. 20th Television owns way more characters and shows than just four. I guess The Simpsons considers itself too big for this, but the absence of any Bob’s Burgers characters is confusing to us — why Solar Opposites but not Bob? (Incidentally the Bob’s Burgers Movie comes out today in theaters — go catch it!) They could have gone beyond that, too…they could have dumped the catalog and given us cast members from Bless The Harts or Duncanville or one of those teachers from the very short-lived Sit Down Shut Up.
But it is what it is. It’s also worth noting a much more expanded universe was represented in Animation Throwdown, a card-based battler given a wide release on mobile and Steam a few years ago. The point is, Warped Kart Racers exists, and could be a valid time-waster for anyone with the required equipment.