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.
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.
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.
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.