Parents' Guide to

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

All-ages arcade kart-racing game makes a solid comeback.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

A great racing cartoony racing game

This is a remake of a racing game based around characters from the Crash Bandicoot franchise. Since I've loved the Crash franchise since it debuted back on the original PlayStation when I was a kid, I decided to try it. It plays very well. However, it feels like another Mario Kart ripoff. But that does not take away much. I also got it because it was the one Crash game I didn't have as a kid.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 6+

Easy to play, hard to master.

A little bit too hard for kids ages 6 and under but aside from that there's only one thing and that's microtransactions. Microtransactions are in this game and they are NOT micro. They can cost up to $11.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (13):

Though this is a remake of a twenty-year-old game, it still manages to be a lot of fun, and not just in a retro/nostalgic way. Like the original Crash Team Racing, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a cartoony, arcade-style go-kart racing game in which characters from the Crash Bandicoot series engage in what's essentially their version of Mario Kart. Not only do they drive circles around twisty tracks — some of which have branching pathways — but they also try to get an edge by using weapons against each other, triggering defenses to protect themselves, and using boosting pads build into the tracks for when they want to get extra speed to get ahead.

As for what this version has that the original did not, well, not only does it look and sound lot nicer thanks to upgraded visuals and audio, but it also now lets you race against people online. It also includes tracks and other items from the 2003 sequel, Crash Nitro Kart. But as fun as this all may be, it does have some minor issues. While you can switch the gas pedal from one of the front buttons to the right trigger, making this more like most racing games, you can't do the same with the brakes. It also doesn't help that the button you use to do a little hop is also used to power slide around corners, which makes it trickier to do the latter. Even with these minor quibbles, though, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled still has enough of the original's charm and challenge to delight fans of cartoony racing games, whether they're too young to remember the original, or too old.

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