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KartRider (2020) is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift mechanics to gain speed like that game.

It's gained a huge following of 300 million players and distinguishes itself by being free to start playing cross-platform racing experience. There are highly competitive leaderboards where players work towards the exclusive Speed Mode with more precise controls, an advanced drifting system and no items or assistance success on the track is determined by skill.

KartRider has been around since 2004 but is now coming in two new forms:
  • KartRider: Drift (2020) on Xbox One and PC
  • KartRider Rush (2020) on Android and iOS

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked KartRider 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Race game with Simulation, Sports and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 16-player online game. You can play split-screen, or go online against up to 16 players in solo or team events.

Cross-Platform: You can play KartRider Drift with people on different systems, PC and Xbox.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Although the races are quite short, to get good at the Speed Mode races will take players hundreds of hours.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

KartRider Drift is Rated PEGI 3 for occasional very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. This game features very mild violence. This violence is directed at cartoon-like humans and fantasy characters. Violence and reactions are unrealistic in nature. For example, karts fly up when hit by weapons and characters turn blue when hit by lightning. Weapons are often over-the-top, as are reactions to them.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

KartRider Rush is rated PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Kartrider: Drift

XBox Store Xbox One Free
PlayStation Store PS4 Free
Steam Store PC Free
App Store Mac Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
Items purchased are for cosmetic reasons only. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/05/2020, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (16 online)

Genres: Action, Race (Simulation, Sports and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Nexon America (@Nexon_America)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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