Disney Super Speedway

Common Sense Media says

TV favorites drive your kid's car in fun, easy racer.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. The tilt controls are easy to use and, other than picking up items and avoiding obstacles, there's little else to manage. Most of the instructions are either clearly given in the tutorial (which an adult has to read to pre-readers), or much of the game can be learned intuitively during play. The Newbie course may be challenging for younger kids on the spectrum of recommended ages for this app, but there's no pressure to increase speed or any penalties for not making it to a next level.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

In-app purchases range from $.99 to $9.99 but are not required to enjoy the game. Disney Channel characters, like Phineas & Ferb and Fish Hooks are the race car drivers so there is some brand promotion on the app, including billboards for Disney Channel shows along the racetrack.

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. 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 Disney Super Speedway is a racing game that includes some Disney Channel character favorites as racers that kids can choose from. The game is a pretty standard racing game: Tilt the mobile device to steer, collect things along the racetrack for points/coins, progress through more difficult levels of racetrack courses to unlock new levels. The unique draw on Disney Super Speedway is that kids can choose characters -- including from Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja or Phineas & Ferb -- to be their race car drivers and can also customize their car. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. This is a fun racing game for younger kids who like Disney Channel characters.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Disney Super Speedway wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Disney Super Speedway wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

First, tap on the main screen to watch the tutorial or jump right into the Newbie Circuit. Choose your character and customize your car, choose pre-race options (modes), and tap Go! As you tilt your mobile device to steer the car, you move forward around the track, picking up points and avoiding obstacles. You can press pause at any time. At the end of each race, players see where they placed against the other racers, and how many points were earned. Coins can be earned by collecting certain things during a race, or purchased as in-app purchases.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There are many more creative, challenging racing apps available than this one. But for younger kids who are Disney Channel fans, DISNEY SUPER SPEEDWAY is an easy, free app that doesn't require any in-app purchases, even for multiple play sessions of fun. The tilt controls are easy to use, and the game's margin of error in steering is very forgiving. Other than picking up items and avoiding obstacles, there's little else to be concerned with (acceleration isn't in the control of the player other than through a "drifting" button that players can press, but even then it doesn't speed up to the point where it becomes difficult to control). Most of the instructions are either clearly given in the tutorial (which an adult has to read to pre-readers), or much of the game can be learned intuitively during play. Not too challenging, just fun racing with character themes.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 30, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:66.50 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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