GBAtemp Recommends! Karnaaj Rally

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  1. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    [​IMG] GBAtemp Recommends! Karnaaj Rally
    G.R. Issue #23 (GBA)

    Welcome back to GBAtemp Recommends! Our popular weekly magazine feature in which we recommend classic Game Boy Advance titles big and small! Oops, we're a bit late. But don't worry, we'll have another issue tomorrow at the usual time.

    GBAtemp Recommends!

    Karnaaj Rally
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    A definite nominee, if not winner for WORST BOX ART of ALL TIME, I really have no idea how Jaleco expected any copies of Karnaaj Rally to be taken off the shelves, except to be laughed at. Awful box art aside, Karnaaj Rally is a pretty decent little racer that bares a lot of similarities to Micro Machines (or the lesser known title - Death Rally (PC)). So if you enjoy careering around a track whilst unloading all sorts of weapons on to your enemies in a neat top down racer then this might be the game for you.

    The gameplay boils down to some weird geezer who wants to become the top racer, so he enters a series of races in order to bestow that prestigious title. You'll get to upgrade your wheels as you earn money for coming first, or you can even earn money by placing bets on various aspects of a race. Each race consists of four laps, and there are a variety of different locales (22 different tracks) to hoon it around in. You'll encounter all sorts of weapon upgrades and illegal modifications to use to your advantage, and on top of that, each track has different hazards scattered around the track to avoid. The tracks themselves, while not overly long, (but are 4 laps), are well designed with some fun twists and turns to drive around.

    What makes Karnaaj Rally stand out from most other top down racers on the GBA are the controls... The cars all handle extremely tightly, and you'll have no problems drifting around corners and boosting between cars to take the lead. The games graphics are also very impressive, and each stage is well presented and even manages to pull of some neat 3D visual effects such as overhanging trees or billboards. Sweet sweet eye candy, but nothing more.

    Karnaaj Rally is one of the better racers on the Game Boy Advance, and probably the best top-down racer for the system. Take it out for a test drive and let us know what you think!

  2. VatoLoco

    VatoLoco Don't crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers.

    Jan 29, 2008
    United States
    Ya Cant Get There From Here
    Good choice! I think this is a fun one=) i first tried it when Hadrian gave it props in his GBAtemp Recommends thread for Racing Gears Advance.
    I like the Flintstones style theme to the first set of tracks.

    ...and yeah, i agree that is some terrible box art, heh
  3. the_joeba

    the_joeba GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 23, 2005
    United States
    Fargo, ND
    I bet this would look great on my GBA SP:Virtual Boy edition

    HOLY CRAP, IT'S REAL!!! I was positive with box art like that, and the fact that it said that it posted on April 1st, that it was fake.
  4. Bridgy84

    Bridgy84 Yub Nub

    Sep 8, 2003
    United States
    I can't say i have tried this one, but i must say, my god that box art is terrible haha.
  5. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    This one is pretty good. The graphics are nice.
  6. Ferrariman

    Ferrariman Hip-Flop and cRap

    Dec 9, 2007
    Ten bucks I can make a better box with my limited PS knowledge.
  7. Blue Zoidberg

    Blue Zoidberg GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 22, 2008
    United States
    USA, that big island near Cuba
    OMG, there's a Death Rally for the GBA??
    We used to play the shareware of this in my school's computer lab (instead of programming C).
    *runs out to find a copy*
  8. cosmiccow

    cosmiccow Original Hippie

    Feb 5, 2008
    Gambia, The
    wow, very good "Recommends" issue again! thank you for sharing these hidden gems.
    i loved all of them so far - even though i already knew densetsu no stafi and kuru kururin

    can't believe they let this boxart hit the stores.. and whats up with the name? was it intended to sound like "carnage"?

    anyway gonna hunt this down to check it out [​IMG]
  9. enarky

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    Jul 31, 2003
    Oh! I remember I played this back when it was released and didn't find it half bad. Totally forgot about it since then. Thanks for reminding us, I'll give it another few rounds or so. [​IMG]
  10. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    There isn't anything written to imply that there was, and there isn't.

    A great addition to the GBA library, I remember there was some sort of uproar involving someone giving this game a bad score based soley on the cover. I still prefer Racing Gears to this though. The developers also did the Micro Machines GBA port too as well as the might fine GBC shooter, Project-11.
  11. Toni Plutonij

    Toni Plutonij *has TrolleyDave & tiny p1ngy on moderating shelf!

    Former Staff
    Dec 22, 2007
    Depths of Nuclear powerplant
    I've never played or even seen this game..
    But cover artwork is so ugly that it would attract me to this game.....Really, what were they thinking?!
  12. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    its actually the face tht gives it away
    interesting game... surely going to check it out thanks
    all the recommends are fantastic so far
  13. CreX

    CreX GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    April fool? [​IMG]
  14. Smartpal

    Smartpal The Guitar Guy

    Feb 10, 2009
    New Delhi, India
    My God, the box art is horrendous but I guess I'll check it out.
  15. AXYPB

    AXYPB GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 16, 2007
    United States
    I don't know, I still think this box art is the worst ever.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
  16. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

    Aug 2, 2008
    The box art is there on purpose, to attract us, and make us play it forever [​IMG] i think this is worth checking out, still playing Kuru Kuru Kurin [​IMG]
  17. Firedrake1

    Firedrake1 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    United States
    Traverse City, Mi
    never got into racing games, but this isnt half bad!