Excerpt: Imitation in gaming is not always a bad thing and some times, by learning from the mistakes of their inspirations, they can even be bettered. On the other hand, being brave enough to copy a well regarded game is asking for trouble, particularly if the results are undesirable. Heracles Chariot Racing is obviously inspired by Mario Kart and is a cheaper WiiWare alternative, with characters from Greek mythology replacing Nintendo‘s famous cast.
Conclusion: Conclusion With some fantastic games around on WiiWare, there are better purchases than Heracles Chariot Racing. Even for a WiiWare title, this game is sub-par. Whatever possible enjoyment that can be found is tarnished by outright bad design choices. Heracles ends up being lackluster and has little to redeem itself when surrounded by better (and often cheaper) games on what is becoming an increasingly competitive platform.
Conclusion: It's okay to copy Mario Kart, certainly many games (Motortoon Grand Prix, Crash Team Racing) have done it well, but to work as a title and provide the consumer with a hook for entry, Heracles falls way short of the mark. Its hook is its aesthetic, which wears quite thin under the shallow and uninspired gameplay. Nothing more is offered in terms of substance or, beyond a few fun bits of four player battles, a reason to return.
Conclusion: Heracles Chariot Racing provides a cheap, easily accessible kart-racing experience, but does nothing else to distinguish itself. As a WiiWare game however, it stands above the crowd in terms of value and content.
Conclusion: While Heracles Chariot Racing does not include classic characters like the Mario Kart series and is not on par with the visuals as in Mario Kart Wii, this title has solid gameplay mechanics. The controls are spot on and once you get past the learning curve you are good to go and ready to take on anyone. The lack of online play for the multiplayer mode hurts this title somewhat, but the amazing price makes up for it. For 800 Wii points or $8.00 is all this game costs.