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Dethkarz is a fast, arcade-like racing game with futuristic cars and tracks. All courses are set high up in the air with slopes sides and gaps, and there is no invisible wall, so missing a corner leads to a deep fall where the car is picked up by an aircraft and placed back on the road. There are four main tracks (Metro City, Grand Keys, The Pole, and Red Planet) with three variations based on length, and three main game modes: Time Trial (with ghosts for the best times), Arcade and Championship. Multiplayer games are also supported.

Races are won by finishing first or by taking out all other cars before the final lap is completed. There are various power-ups such as a regular and an antimatter shield, a stealth mode (no collision with other cars is possible), quick repair, and nitro, as well as offensive pick-ups such as regular, heat-seeking and guided missiles, and a cluster bomb. These are presented as small cubes on the courses and the colour tells the player which kind of power-up it is. Only one power-up can be picked up at all times and when a new one is collected before it is activated, the earlier one is discarded. Cars also have a less powerful weapon by default: a pulse laser or a plasma cannon. Using it drains an energy meter that slowly recharges, and instead of bursts or short attacks it can also be charged to unleash a much more powerful attack. The use of weapons can be disabled in the options to make it a regular racing game. All courses have a pit lane where damage is restored by driving over highlighted areas. Cars are divided over four different teams with three tiers of cars. The statistics based on difficulty, speed, handling, acceleration, armour and the strength of the weapons. New tiers are unlocked by winning championships.


Dethkarz Windows Twisty roads and volcanos (Red planet stage)
Dethkarz Windows Another view, unleashing a contact burn weapon
Dethkarz Windows Getting aerial
Dethkarz Windows Keep your speed up for those gap jumps

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Gaming Entertainment Monthly 1998 91 out of 100 91
Power Unlimited Feb, 1999 9.1 out of 10 91 Apr 14, 1999 18 out of 20 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan 29, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Dec 01, 1998 B+ 83
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1998 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1998 80 out of 100 80
PC Joker Nov, 1998 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Jan 08, 1999 5.7 out of 10 57


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Erwin Bergervoet (397) added Dethkarz (Windows) on Jan 26, 2001