Cartoon Network Racing
Cartoon Network Racing is a racing video game developed by Eutechnyx (PS2) and Firebrand Games (Nintendo DS version) and published by The Game Factory on December 4, 2006, in North America, and on February 9, 2007, in Europe. The Wii, Xbox, Gamecube, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance and Playstation 3 versions were planned but cancelled. The gameplay is similar to Nintendo's 2003 game Mario Kart: Double Dash, but the characters and racetracks are from Cartoon Network's original animated television series. The six series featured are Courage the Cowardly Dog, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, I Am Weasel, Johnny Bravo, and The Powerpuff Girls.
|Cartoon Network Racing|
European PlayStation 2 version cover art
|Developer(s)||Firebrand Games (NDS) |
|Publisher(s)||The Game Factory|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2|
There are two characters the player must choose: a driver, who drives a go-kart, and a co-driver, who uses all weapons and has two "toon powers". There are tournaments which players must race a series of races and win with the most points. Battle modes in arenas let two teams battle in different modes, and Cartoon Eliminators are endurance races where last kart in each lap is eliminated. The karts have three stats: acceleration, speed, and handling (if chosen as driver). If co-driver, they have two toon powers that fall into four categories: Shield, Attack, Boost and Flight.
In the DS version, there are 20 characters, and each character gets their own kart (the Powerpuff Girls have separate karts, unlike the PS2 version). The characters each have one toon power that can be used when their toon power bar is filled up. There are 1-8 players available in this version. Unlike the PlayStation 2 version, there are two mini-games and three cartoons.
There is a gallery in the PlayStation 2 version that contains two cartoons for each show. The first cartoon can be unlocked by completing each cartoon-themed tournament while the other can be unlocked by winning the super tournament with the driver of the show you want to unlock.
|Show||Unlocked in 1st Tournament||Unlocked in Super Tournament|
|Dexter's Laboratory||"Dexter's Rival"||"Mandarker"|
|Cow and Chicken||"Black Sheep of the Family"||"Child Star"|
|I Am Weasel||"Enemy Camp"||"My Friend the Smart Banana"|
|Johnny Bravo||"Doommates"||"Johnny's Telethon"|
|The Powerpuff Girls||"Telephonies"||"Tough Love"|
|Courage the Cowardly Dog||"Robot Randy"||"The Magic Tree of Nowhere"|
The Nintendo DS version features "Dexter's Rival", "Telephonies" and "Black Sheep of the Family" (named as "Black Sheep" on the Extras menu), unlocked similarly to the PS2 version.
Lucas M. Thomas of IGN criticized the DS version for its similarities to the Mario Kart series, especially Mario Kart DS, as well as for having no characters from Cartoon Network shows that were airing new episodes at the time such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Camp Lazlo, and My Gym Partner's a Monkey. GameSpot's Aaron Thomas pointed out the same version's resemblance to Mario Kart, but he explained that a younger audience would find the game more enjoyable than an audience of serious gamers would.
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