The Weird 90s
One of the really great things about the 90s from a video game perspective is the number of unusual systems that were in production at the time. The Atari Jaguar, which many consider a failure, was (in my opinion, like the 3D0), a really interesting system with some very unique games...many of which were platform exclusives. "Atari Karts" is a perfect example. A very close approximation of "Super Mario Kart" for the SNES, this game features racing with Atari mascots (you are a true Atari fan if you recognize any of them) on a variety of unusual tracks (alien planets, fantasy landscapes, all the usual biomes including lava/ice/desert/etc.) The graphics are updated to "64-bit"...the game runs smoothly and makes nice use of the Jag equivalent of Mode 7 scaling. The sense of speed is good when you open up the better karts in the later cups...but the game is let down slightly by the worst range of power-ups ever included in a racer of this type. If you like classic kart racers, have a Jag, and are into Atari lore, you are likely to have a very good time with this game. Great for two players and works best with the Pro Controller. If you don't want to spend the money, try "Street Racer" for the SNES or PS1...very, very similar experience.
Reviewed by: Jason Hicks from Arkansas on 11/14/2021