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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 & Scariness
Racers shoot rockets at other karts and kick them out of the way, but it's all done in a very cartoonish manner.
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Products & Purchases
The game features characters from Disney XD shows, which are available in toy stores and shown frequently on TV.
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.
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.
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