Monster Truck Nitro

Common Sense Media says

Physics, handling a bit off in OK racing game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Controlling the trucks is fairly simple, done through minimal virtual buttons on the screen and tilting your phone or tablet from side to side. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app advertises other RedLynx games in the background and on the front page, but not in an obtrusive manner. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monster Truck Nitro is a monster truck racing game that has players jump over various obstacles in a variety of trucks. The game uses semi-realistic physics to convey momentum, but isn't bound by the rules of nature, giving it the flexibility for increased air time. There's a bit of commercialism (advertising other games by the publisher), but nothing especially invasive. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Monster Truck Nitro wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Monster Truck Nitro wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Kids attempt to complete various courses in a certain time period to unlock other tracks. They do this by accelerating using their right thumb and braking with their left (though the brake button is rarely used). Players also tilt the device right and left to control pitch while they're in air. Coming down at the right angle gives you momentum going into the next jump. Along the way, there are nitro boosts that briefly increase your speed. Players can unlock other trucks by achieving gold medals in each track. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Monster Truck Nitro is great quick-hit fun. It's a game that doesn't require a lot of thought and is wonderful in one- or two-round bursts. But play much longer than that and the flaws become more apparent. The lack of sound when you drive is oddly sterile for a racing game. The game's physics don't feel quite right. And the handling of the trucks can feel sluggish at times. 

The game does offer plenty of content, so it's not one you'll finish quickly. The bigger question is will you want to finish it completely -- or will you wander off to another app long before you reach the end of this one?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:October 13, 2011
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:17.90 MB
Publisher:RedLynx
Version:1.8
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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