Cars Daredevil Garage

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Racing fun for youngest car lovers requires patience.

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age 7+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

No reading necessary and no way to lose. Kids simply tap controls to power and spin the car.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Somewhat playable without in-app or store purchases. In-app purchases are protected by a numbe lock code. Cars by Disney is heavily cross-marketed.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cars Daredevil Garage is a virtual car-racing game that can incorporate actual Mattel die-cast Cars toys. The app comes with one car, Lightning McQueen. Kids can scan their own compatible cars (the scan works best on a white background, such as a piece of paper) and add them to the garage; parents can purchase other virtual cars in-app; or kids can unlock more cars by playing and earning high scores. One world is included with the free download, but other worlds can be purchased in-app.

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What's it about?

Lightning McQueen from the popular Cars movie is included in CARS DAREDEVIL GARAGE, but kids also can scan their compatible Mattel cars to race in the worlds. After scanning and selecting a car, kids choose a track. The car races along the toy track -- set in a play room or backyard, for example -- stopping for kids to direct them in a blast, a twist, or a turn. Each run is rated one, two, or three stars, and once kids have earned enough points, they can unlock another car to use in their races. Dozens of cars are available, grouped by category in the garage.

Is it any good?

The "magic" of seeing a favorite toy come to life on-screen will delight fans, but they'll need to practice a bit of patience while they wait for the races to load. The games are playable without in-app purchases or actual die-cast cars, but putting the toys into the game is a big part of the fun. Still, the scanning process is tedious, requiring a steady hand and adult assistance. Also, the games can take quite a while to load, counting down from 10 each time. Playing is so simple that this is probably best for toddlers and young preschoolers who love Cars, but they'll likely love it a lot.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about directionality as kids play. Use the terms right and left when kids choose which direction to have the car spin.

  • Pull out wooden blocks, paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes, and other supplies to build your own racetrack with obstacles, and let kids play with their cars on it.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (To get cars, kids scan Mattel cars or make in-app purchase.)
  • Release date: July 30, 2015
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Size: 186.00 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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For kids who love car racing

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