Death Rally

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Part racing game, part all-out brawler.

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Ease of Play

The controls are a bit more challenging than in most racing games because players have to control their weapon commands just as much as their directional and acceleration commands. In the end, it's a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time -- it feels awkward at first, but becomes natural once you get used to it.


This is an intense racing game filled with weapons and explosions. It's not a competition to see who is the fastest racer; it's a brawl to see who can create the most explosive mayhem. Players equip their vehicles with all manner of machine guns, rifles, and bomb launchers and are encouraged to go wild when they hit the race track. That being said, all of the violence is contained on the track, and instead of people shooting guns at one another, it's cars and trucks shooting. That drastically diminishes the impact, although it isn't completely detached from human violence, because icons of the drivers occasionally appear over their cars.


Characters occasionally use the words "damn" and "hell" in dialogue.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Death Rally lives up to its name in that it provides a lot of frenetic action with weapons and explosions. However, the depiction is contained exclusively to vehicular destruction. There is no human violence, except for the fact that driver icons appear over the cars during the race. The action is presented from a top-down perspective, and there are no glorifying visual effects like zooming in or slow motion. Nevertheless, this is a racing game where the actual racing takes a backseat to the combative action. Players can customize their cars with gun turrets for maximum destruction.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byantoineisthebest July 3, 2011


great game for kids

Is it any good?

It would be difficult to call DEATH RALLY a true racing game, a shooting game, or a fighting game, but it has elements of all those genres. It's a unique game, and scores points for that reason. Even though it does glorify vehicular destruction, it's a far cry from games like Grand Theft Auto because the scope of violence is limited, and is presented as a functional element of the game -- taking out other cars makes it easier to win the race. The intensity of the constant explosions adds an element of excitement, without being gory or over-the-top, and helps to differentiate this title from other games. In the end, the violent theme should not be overlooked, but it's presented in a way that makes it edgy without being gratuitous. For appropriate audiences, it's an enjoyable experience.

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For kids who love racing and action

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