Disney XD Grand Prix

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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So-so kart racer loaded with fan-favorite characters.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Rather than using the phone or tablet's gyroscope to steer, users swipe the screen -- and not in the direction you want to move. This takes some realignment of your brain and can cause early frustration. 

Violence

Racers shoot rockets at other karts and kick them out of the way, but it's all done in a very cartoonish manner. 

Sex
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Consumerism

The game features characters from Disney XD shows, which are available in toy stores and shown frequently on TV. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney XD Grand Prix is a kart-racing game featuring many of the characters shown on the network's cartoon programs. The game, as with most kart racers, features opponents using power-ups to get ahead of other racers -- and to slow them down in comical ways (such as a boot kicking them out of the way or throwing a banana and causing them to spin out). It does raise awareness of the programs, but odds are your kids already know these cartoons. 

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What's it about?

Players choose from a variety of racers, featuring characters from Phineas and Ferb, Wander Over Yonder, and more, and customize their vehicles before taking part in a variety of racing scenarios, ranging from traditional racing to determining how many coins you can collect along a track. Some of the controls are standard, such as the jump buttom at the bottom left corner or the power-up at the bottom right. But, to change lanes, you'll flick the screen up or down rather than side to side or by using the phone or tablet's gyroscope, which can be confusing at first.

Is it any good?

Fans of Disney XD programming are a lot more likely to enjoy DISNEY XD GRAND PRIX than casual watchers. Although it's hardly a bad game, it's only an average kart racer -- and players who have spent time with Mario Kart or other high-quality titles will feel a bit let down. 

There are a good variety of games, but the controls take a while to get used to -- and the graphics aren't exactly captivating. Still, little of that will matter for the target demographic, young kids who want to race as some of their favorite characters. And parents can relax knowing the game doesn't have any truly objectionable content -- or, refreshingly, in-app purchase options. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how things that are acceptable in cartoons are not OK in real life. 

  • Families also can talk about responsible driving. 

App details

For kids who love racing and arcade games

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