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Bloodborne-inspired PSX-style racing game Nightmare Kart is now available

Bloodborne-inspired PSX-style racing game Nightmare Kart is now available

I haven’t played Bloodborne and so references to its world or characters don’t mean much to me. Kart racers, as for them? There, I’m in my element thanks to a lifetime of Mario Kart, Diddy Kong Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. These are the games that have me interested in Nightmare Kart, an aesthetically pleasing PSX racing game formerly known as Bloodborne Kart, which is out now.

Here is the launch trailer:

Nightmare Kart launch trailer. Watch on YouTube

The free game features 21 racers, 13 karts, 15 tracks, and split-screen multiplayer. More unusual, it also has a full campaign mode “with boss fights”.

At the time of writing, you can download Nightmare Kart from Itch.io by specifying your own price. It will also be available via Steam “once the game is released from build review prison.”

Nightmare Kart is a creation from the creators of Bloodborne PSX, a similarly styled demake that retains the third-person action of its inspiration. Its go-kart racing spin-off started as an April Fool’s joke during development. Kind of. “Bloodborne Kart” is also a long-running joke within the Bloodborne community in general.

The change to “Nightmare Kart” and the removal of other, more direct references to the FromSoft game were the result of Sony lawyers contacting the developers. Will I miss these references? As mentioned above, I wouldn’t recognize them whether they were there or not, but I’m happy to still have the opportunity to speed through gothic horror race tracks.