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CSR Racing

Decent racer marred by relentless push for in-app purchases.

What parents need to know

Educational value

CSR Racing wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The game is largely about upgrading your vehicle, but beyond that it's about timing. Players must tap the screen at the right moment to shift gears or lose momentum. That's difficult to master, but it's fun to try. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Your "agent" refers to you as "babe" in some interactions. 

Not applicable

In-app purchases are aggressively marketed at every turn -- including in-game characters taunting the player with sayings like "You should buy some cash to afford upgrades" and "Can't you afford upgrades?" 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 17, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:78.90 MB
Publisher:NaturalMotion Games Ltd.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Kid, 8 years old September 25, 2012


What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byPhil B January 19, 2017


This can be a fun game, but highly unstable. BEWARE of spending hard earned cash on keys. I purchased $75 worth of silver and bronze keys. I collected the silver keys and redeemed them. However, the prizes I received disappeared. The 1200 bronze keys were not redeemed and they disappeared. Tech support states that they were redeemed properly when in fact they were not redeemed. I can't prove otherwise. So, they stole my money and basically accused me of lying. What do you expect from a highly unstable game. WiFi is sketchy at best. Game locks up far too many times. Game shuts down and kicks you out to your home screen. Inability to play across devices without syncing problems. Poor support; they never fixed any of the many problems I had experienced. Always told to wait for the update. Or, we're working on it. I had enough and deleted the game. I can't stress enough to beware spending real cash. There is a very real possibility it will be stolen. Their servers are highly unreliable. Again....BEWARE!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism