STK offers an online multiplayer mode, a local multiplayer mode, and a single player mode against AIs with both custom races and a story mode to complete to unlock new karts and tracks. It features Grand Prix where the goal is to get the most points over several races.
Its 21 tracks will take you in varied environments. From the beaches of sunny islands to the depth of an old mine, from the streets of Candela City to peaceful countryside roads, from a spaceship to the mountains, you have much to explore and discover.
The game also features additional game modes besides normal races : time trials, follow-the-leader, soccer, capture-the-flag and two types of battle mode.Find more here!
The GPU is usually the limitation for STK's performance. Cards meeting the minimal requirements have the OpenGL support to run the game, but require low resolution and low graphics for smooth play. Cards meeting or exceeding the recommended requirements can run STK's most demanding track at 60FPS/1080p with the modern rendering pipeline on graphics 4.
- Recommended: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950, AMD Radeon RX 460, or stronger; At least 1 GB VRAM (video memory).
- Minimal: NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX, AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or Intel HD Graphics 4000; At least 512 MB VRAM (video memory).
The CPU performance might be the limitation depending on graphics card and graphics setting, mostly for online play which is more CPU-intensive. Good CPU performance helps insure high framerate and more importantly smoothness. For STK, single-thread performance is paramount.
- Recommended: Core i5-2400 single-thread performance or higher. This includes AMD Ryzen desktop CPUs, most Intel desktop CPUs since 2012 and recent mid-to-high end mobile CPUs.
- Minimal: Any Intel or AMD dual-cores processors. Very old models and low-clocked mobile parts may struggle, especially in online play.
- At least 1 GB of free RAM
- Disk space: 700MB
- (If you prefer playing with a joystick) A joystick with at least 6 buttons.
In 2006, Joerg Henrichs (a.k.a. "Hiker") picked up SuperTuxKart, fixed the outstanding bugs and performance issues without any involvement of the original game designer or the Game of the Month project. With the help of "Coz" a first release of STK was done in September 2006.
In May 2007, version 0.3 was released. It added high-score lists, a new track (Island), the time bomb, MacOSX support, and OpenAL support.
In February 2008 version 0.4 was released. This version used Bullet Physics to improve the collision handling. "Auria" joined and started improving tracks (Shifting Sands, Lighthouse).
Version 0.5 was released in May 2008. It included many improved tracks, unlockable challenges, Follow-the-leader game mode, and more translations (OS language detector and matching to closest translation).
Version 0.6 was released on January 22, 2009. It had significantly improved gameplay; better physics with Nitro and skidding. The sound system was also improved, more interesting music was added and many new tracks and karts were added. It also saw the first special multi-player arena for 3-Strikes battle and new items/powerups to use.
Version 0.7 was released on December 20, 2010. It contained several significant improvements including: a new 3D rendering engine, Irrlicht, a new GUI (Graphical User Interface), new kart and track animations, new tracks, karts and items/powerups, and support for shortcuts/alternative paths. Versions 0.7.1, 0.7.2, 0.7.3 were released shortly after with more improvements.
Version 0.8 was released in December 2012, adding a story mode and new challenges, improved AI and skidding, reverse mode, new tracks and music. The menus were also improved. This was followed by 0.8.1, which added and updated tracks, added the Soccer and Egg Hunt modes, and other graphical and gameplay enhancements.
In 2015, we released version 0.9, a groundbreaking release powered by a brand new game engine called Antarctica, adding advanced graphical features which would have been impossible in previous versions. These features include dynamic lighting, instanced rendering (allowing for a large increase in vegetation), and more. More information is available on the Antarctica: Overview page. 0.9 has been followed by three point releases, which have added additional features and new tracks.
In April 2019, we released version 1.0, with for the first time support for online multiplayer. Besides this major feature, there have been new tracks and updated tracks, the addition of SuperTux challenges in the story mode, many balancing tweaks, and many more improvements and fixes.
Hiker then officially announced his choice to retire from the project after leading it for 13 years. Auria also stepped down from her role of co-lead but remained involved with the project.
The project's lead was transferred to Benau, a major code contributor since 2017, and Alayan, a major contributor for 1.0. Deveee, an important contributor for several years who is responsible for the Android version, remained in the team.
In January 2020, version 1.1 was released. The gameplay was not changed, as all 1.x versions are compatible. The major changes for this version were improved networking code and major UI improvements especially on big resolutions, along many bugfixes and enhancements.
In August 2020, the most recent version, 1.2, has been released.For more details, please see the changelog, the blog posts or the list of resolved issues on STK's GitHub.
Some very old versions of STK tried to mimic Mario Kart, but this hasn't been the case for a very long time. We sometimes look at it for inspiration, as we do with other kart games, but this is it.Not only are there many significant differences in gameplay, but SuperTuxKart is evolving its own way and we are not trying to make it any closer to Mario Kart.
The speed limit and speed boosts are exactly the same for all the karts, AI or human. In lower difficulties, the AI might even slow down on purpose. The powerup probabilities when grabbing a gift box are also identical. There are minor differences in how quickly the karts can steer from a direction to another, but it gives no meaningful advantage to the AI and isn't meant to.
The AI can sometimes have superhuman reflexes to use powerups, but if a human presses the right button at the right time, he can achieve the same result. There is also a lot of room to outsmart it.If you struggle to beat the AI, focus on improving your driving to crash as little as possible while going fast, and learn to use skidding. On higher difficulties, skidding is essential to beat the AI.
%APPDATA%/supertuxkart/config-0.10(you can enter that in the Explorer and it will take you there)
- On Linux: It is either in
$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/supertuxkart/config-0.10(first choice), ~/.config/supertuxkart/config-0.10 (second choice) or in ~/.supertuxkart/config-0.10 (third choice).
- On Mac OS X: It is in
~/Library/Application Support/supertuxkart/config-0.10. Note that this directory may be hidden.