Apparently earlier this month Deformed kart racers, featuring Fox’s Animation Domination characters (and a few others who never made it to this block but are under the company’s umbrella) has been quietly released. There was a kart racer for every property under the sun…okay, that was twenty years ago. Why here, why now? We decided we needed to look into this a bit further.
What first became apparent is the main reason we hadn’t heard Deformed kart racers before: it’s an Apple Arcade exclusive, at least for now. You can’t play an Apple Arcade game without the required subscription or Apple device to play it – it’s a walled garden.
Deformed kart racers is a mashup of the worlds of King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad and Solar Opposites from Hulu. Each series is represented by five characters each – 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 of one of the shows. Multiplayer supports up to eight riders, but there is also a single player mode.
Not all content is available from the start – many characters, vehicles and tracks are grayed out at first and need to be unlocked. But since this is an Apple Arcade title, you won’t have to pay for this privilege. We suspect that if a more open mobile version is in the cards that will be changed, but in the current version you gradually unlock more of the game by completing daily challenges. The game has simplistic mobile controls, but will support an Apple compatible controller if you have one.
The game could have a lot more than that, if it tried. 20th Television has way more characters and shows than just four. I guess The Simpsons considers itself too big for that, but the absence of any Bob’s Burgers characters confuses us – why Solar Opposites but not Bob? (Incidentally, the movie Bob’s Burgers is out in theaters today – go see it!) They could have gone beyond that too…they could have thrown out the catalog and given us actors from Bless The Harts or Duncanville or l one of those teachers of the very short Sit down Shut up.
But it is what it is. It should also be noted that a much larger universe was represented in animation rejection, a card-based fighter that was released widely on mobile and Steam a few years ago. Point is, Deformed kart racers exists and could be a worthwhile waste of time for anyone with the required equipment.