CSR Racing

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

What parents need to know

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. 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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?

QUALITY
 

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
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 17, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:78.90 MB
Publisher:NaturalMotion Games Ltd.
Version:1.0.7
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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