Turbo: Super Stunt Squad

Common Sense Media says

Fun movie-based game filled with snail racing and tricks.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a cartoon racing game that lets players race their favorite character from the Turbo movie. The video game doesn't necessarily have any positive messages, but focuses on family-friendly competition. In the movie, there are positive themes such as believing in yourself and following your dreams.

Positive role models

You get to choose your racing character -- all from the animated movie Turbo -- and within this game, they all appear as decent role-models. That said, there is very little known about them, but all seem to be characters who want to win fairly.

Ease of play

This game is very easy to play, using the PlayStation 3 controller in the version we tested. The animated characters can race, jump, drift, slide, and perform stunts.

Violence & scariness

There are some animated crashes in the racing game, but none of them are disturbingly graphic.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is a licensed game based on DreamWorks' animated comedy Turbo, out in theaters at the same time. This is no coincidence. For consistency, the game looks and sounds like the movie, but it is not a repeat, rather an extension.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

While it shouldn't be read into too much, the snail in the movie accidentally gets sucked into a turbo engine and absorbs nitro fuel -- which helps him race faster than the others. A parallel could be drawn to taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs, which allows athletes to gain an edge over the competition.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is a movie-based racer with stunts moves that can be performed when you snail in in the air from banking. The Wii, DS, and 3DS versions contain some "comic mischief" that is not present in the other console versions. There's nothing in the game worth raising an eyebrow over, other than characters dropping salt from under their body to imply feces.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

TURBO: SUPER STUNT SQUAD is a multi-platform video game that fuses cartoon racing -- not unlike the action found in the animated Turbo movie -- with performing stunts in, say, a Tony Hawk-like skateboarding game. Each playable character from the movie -- including Turbo, Skidmark, Whiplash, Smoove Move, and Burn -- has unique moves on the race track and while performing flips and other stunts. As characters rack up points through drifting, grinding, and jumping, they'll also earn special power-ups, new challenges, modes, and ways to customize your character. Locations based on the movie include Starlight Plaza and Dos Bros Taco Stand. The game offers a few different solo and multiplayer modes for players in front of the same TV.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Yes, but despite what you might think by the game's marketing materials, it's not a straightforward racing game -- it focuses heavily on stunts, which is a pleasant surprise. The gameplay is accessible, fun, and somewhat attractive with its colorful graphics. It has many unlockable elements, which add extra incentive and replayability -- including new modes, characters, outfits, power-ups, and more. In fact, kids may enjoy designing and upgrading the character shells and abilities.

The computer-controlled racers have somewhat predictable paths, but you can also team up with a sibling or friend in multiplayer modes, on the same television, on the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U versions (and race with up to four players on the Wii).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about marketing. This video game is based on the movie Turbo and is released at the same time of the movie. Why do you think developers do this? Did you buy this game because you saw the movie?

  • Did you like the racing aspects of this game best? Or the skateboarding-type stunts?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$29.99 to $39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:July 23, 2013
Genre:Racing
Topics:Bugs, Numbers and letters, Wild animals
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii)
for No Descriptors (Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, , Xbox 360)

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