What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that CSR Racing is a street drag racing game that aggressively pushes players to make in-app purchases. It's virtually impossible to progress in the game without dedicating hours to the early (easy) stages or buying upgrades for your vehicle -- and younger players might not realize how much they're spending to advance. Some characters border on stereotypical caricatures, which could offend some players. And players can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players attempt to conquer a series of opponents in street drag races and build a collection of vehicles in the process. Racing is done by maintaining your vehicle and adding upgrades, then (in race) shifting gears at just the right moment by touching the screen. Upgrades range from nitrous oxide boosts to stronger engines. All totaled, there are 25 story-related racers to beat, as well as an unlimited number of side street challenges. Racers can only compete in up to 10 races, though, before they \"run out of gas\" and must purchase more or wait a set amount of time for their tanks to refill.
Is it any good?
CSR Racing, if it were a straight racer, would actually be a lot of fun. There's a solid ladder of in-game competitors and an abundance of other races to keep you busy (and build up your in-game cash balance). It's quick-hit gaming, doesn't require you to focus on steering, and captures the adrenaline rush of drag racing.
Unfortunately, it's an app so heavily weighed down by its relentless attempts to reach into your wallet that it's hard to enjoy the good parts. There is, perhaps, no game in the app store that is this aggressive with in-app purchases, even going so far as to have characters taunt you for not upgrading. It's also worth noting that some of those characters border on stereotypical, which could offend some players.