Whether it’s the home run contest in Super Smash Bros., fishing in Ocarina of Time or Mercenaries in Resident Evil 4, some mini games within games have been absolutely fantastic. These mini games usually have little or nothing to do with the actual games themselves. In some cases, full fledged games can even be played within other games loading sequences. For example, Galaga was playable during Tekken (1995) loading screens (You could even unlock a costume for one character by completing all eight levels). There have been some truly amazing mini games within games over the years, but for me, Motor Kombat in Mortal Kombat Armageddon has proven to be one of the absolute best.
Mortal Kombat Armageddon released in 2006 and was the seventh main installment of the popular fighting game franchise. Mortal Kombat Armageddon, chronologically the final Mortal Kombat in the story line featured the largest, most varied roster of fighters in the entire series. All of the classic fighters returned, but a slew of new and some unfamiliar characters made their debut. Mortal Kombat Armageddon also introduced some new features like the “Kreate a fighter” option which allowed for custom fighters with custom moves, a first in the series. The game also featured a pretty well designed fatality creator which, like you guessed it, allow for custom fatalities to be made out of various brutal move-sets. One of Mortal Kombat Armageddon’s best features though, was the mini game Motor Kombat.
Motor Kombat was a mini racing game designed in Mortal Kombat Armageddon which Ed Boon compared to “Mario Kart”. The mini game featured a smaller roster of characters each with their own unique kart and special move. Similar to Mario Kart, characters would race around these tracks, forcing players into brutal traps as well as using their special moves to gain ground in the race. The game featured online play, as well as couch co-op for up to four players on Xbox and two players on PS2. Motor Kombat actually had a ton of depth, and could have easily become its very own game in the franchise. You have to admire Ed Boon and the team at Netherrealm Studios for creating such an amazing and addictive mini game, inside of a great full fledged fighting game.
Motor Kombat in Mortal Kombat Armageddon has to be one of, if not the best mini game within any game, ever. The game featured its own set of rules and such depth for a mini game. I would even go as far to say that I would enjoy a stand alone version of Motor Kombat, similar to what was made in Armageddon. Mortal Kombat Armageddon was also a fantastic fighting game, one of the best in the series. It featured a rich amount of characters and customization options. The game was available on the Xbox, PS2 and later, the Wii. If you haven’t played the game, I would recommend you experience it for yourself, both Motor Kombat and the main game.