- 'Bamar en live', we are in Belgium, 20 minutes away from the French border
20 minutes away from Lille and I am blown away, I experienced something crazy.
I played BattleKart. We are with Sebastien, who got this idea.
How long ago and how did you get this idea
to make, we could say, but you can't, a 'Mario Kart' in reality?
How did you get this idea?
- Well it was 5 years ago, I remember I was on a train from Mouscron to Tournai
and I had this idea of putting a laser gun on a kart
to play a kind of laser game but with a kart
In order to make a fun game out of karting instead of an aggressive sport.
and then the idea evolved to become what it is today.
- Well technically, honnestly
it's very complete. We are really in a video game. There is the sound, there is the sound in the kart also
there are speakers.
There is a lot of information and there is a screen on the kart
that looks just like a video game screen and it displays a lot of information.
What can we see on this screen of the kart?
- Well the most important thing on the display of the kart is to see what bonus
you have access to and what bonus you can use.
It also displays the list of the players with the ranking that's being updated in real time.
It displays your times, your level and the experience you gained.
It displays the amount of laps you drove and your speed.
But the most important is maybe
to know who shot us and which player we managed to shoot.
Because it's the interactionsthat make this game magic
and that when people get out of there
they are so enthusiastic and want to play another game in order to take their revenge
and shoot the guy that just shot them.
- When you are on the track, you can get some bonuses.
Everything that appears on the floor, including the track,
is projected from the ceiling by a projector system.
this allows the track to be changed in between races
and that's really great
So some bonuses appear.
Could you give us some insight about the bonuses we can collect
by just driving on them with the kart?
- When driving on a bonus box, you get a bonus, a button on your steering wheel lights up
and the bonus can be used by pressing on the button.
So, as a bonus, there's the missile
when you fire a missile at an opponent, he virtually explodes.
and he stops, so it allows you to overtake him.
- Yes so, so what's great about this missile is that it can cross the entire track.
That means that if you're on one end of the track, far behind an oponenent at the other end of the track
you can shoot him. And you see the missile
cross the track, it's remarkable.
but clearly, you need to determine the movement and the speed of the missile.
You're very good at this. We raced against you and we got wrecked.
- Yes, obviously the experience is important here
But it is true that the missile is relatively slow
so it is not particularly easy to shoot long distances.
But it allows you to have a lot of fun
Then there is the machine gun, that shoots 20 rounds
And here the bullets are slightly faster so when you keep the button pressed
in order to shoot the 20 rounds at once
you're almost certain to hit a rival.
Then there is the turbo, of course. And it gives an insane speed boost
to the point that we recommend not to use it in the sinuous parts
otherwise you quickly slew round.
- It means that the power of the kart is limited and when you activate the turbo
it is more powerful and you can really feel it.
the kart goes at en extreme speed.
- When you press the button to activate the turbo you're really being pushed back into your seat
so it really gives you extreme speed sensations.
And you're able to overcome an opponent
The next bonus is the oil puddle.
You will be able to spill the oil behind you, but as the bitumen is black
the puddle is white, obvioulsy, to make it visible
and when an opponent drives into the oil puddle he will lose control of his kart.
One of two rear wheels will begin to break
so it will slow him down as well as it will deflect him from his path
but don't worry, there is an anti-collision system that prevents you to go crashing into an other player.
but the interaction is very realistic
- So what's great is that
when you register on the BattleKart website
or when you come here, you create an account and all of your games are stored
and you'll earn experience points, and change levels.
And this is where you can unlock new bonuses. Right?
- Yes that's right for the time when people are level 1, they have access to 5 bonus
because explaining more than 5 bonuses would make the briefing particularly long
and it would get hard to understand
however once you start gaining experience and levels
you'll be able to unlock new bonuses and new game modes.
and discounts in the bar and on the races. So it's motivating anyway.
- Prices start at 18 euros but if you buy the full experience,
that costs 36 euros, you have 3 races and an extra one
for which you get a whole new game mode
Tell us about that.
- Well it's the brush mode.
In this game mode, there is no circuit drawn, you are in an arena.
all karts drive in all directions and you are divided into teams of two.
Each team has a colour
the goal is to colour as many pixels a you can with your kart
- What's remarkable is that you imagined this before Splatoon.
and it reminds us a bit of platoon.
So we are in the kart, we repaint the track
and obviously you can drive on the paint marks of the other teams
and in the end it's the team that painted the most that scores..., it's a bonus point?
But it does not change the ranking?
- Yes, it's taken into account for the ranking
There is a chance factor because the teams are determined randomly
and so you need to get a good teammate who will work in teams
to manage to win this last round in order to fetch
these last points needed to finish first of the ranking.
- Anyway, I am blown away, it's very complete.
We might think that it's something cobbled up but when you play, you
really thought of everything.
It's amazing to play at. the karts are great.
There are the names of the participants. And something great compared to thermal karts
is that you do not wear a helmet. It doesn't make any noise so you can talk to each other,
tease each other, look at each other and this changes everything.
- Yes that's right, it's the interactions between the players that make it a fun game.
There are other advantages to electric karts. We can heat the building in the winter.
and driving a kart in winter, in a building that's ventilated. It's freezing.
There are no odours, you're not dirty when you leave
So there's really only advantages.
Thank you Seb. Congratulations to you, it's called BattleKart, it's located
20 minutes away from Lille, in Belgium and perhaps an opening
in France one day?
- Yes, there are already a lot of people interested in opening centers in France.
But for now I can not say more.
- OK, see you soon anyway on the blog bamarenlive.com