Everyone’s favourite open source kart racing game is gearing up for a new release and if you’re feeling bold you can take it for a test drive.

SuperTuxKart 1.2 features a number of key improvements when compared to the previous release, which the team unwrapped near xmas of last year.

For instance, the game now boasts better gamepad handling. This includes much-needed hot plugging support so that you can connect/disconnect controllers during the game without needing to restart it. The game also adds the ability to use SDL2 controller mapping (which is ideal if you’re using an Xbox-style controller).

Visual quality is another area that’s been improved. SuperTuxKart uses a new “modern” theme that, aside from looking a bit fresher, should look much sharper too. This is becasue the theme now uses SVG icons instead of PNG assets, allowing for seamless scaling on high-resolution displays.

While there are no new tracks in this release there is an improved Pidgin kart; a wider array of camera modes and settings to tailor your experience; and the option to use add-on karts in online multiplayer races.

To get some hands-on experience with all of these changes (plus many more) do scoot over to the Sourceforge page to grab a release candidate build for your platform of choice.

Prefer to use a PPA? You can install the latest developer build on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS by running:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev
sudo apt install supertuxkart

By the way, I really enjoy SuperTuxKart’s online play but I am terrible at it! If you ever see me in a race (I use the username @omgubuntu) please accept an apology in advance for whatever car crash (literally, even) unfolds. I’d blame the game but, alas, it’s definitely me — I’ll have to file a bug with myself!

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