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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


KartRider 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, 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

DetailsGame Details

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (16 online)

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

Developer: Nexon America (@Nexon_America)



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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.

Play StylePlay Style

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:

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 Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

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.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • 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.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our KartRider Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nexon_America) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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