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Fast & Furious Takedown

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Flawed, uninspired driving game runs out of gas.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls but they are annoyingly awkward.

Violence

While there are violent car crashes, you never see the driver being injured or killed.

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Consumerism

Based on a long running movie franchise. Players can buy in-game currency, or earn it by playing. This currency is then used to purchase new cars, or to upgrade and customize the ones you own.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fast & Furious Takedown is a driving game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content, though it may encourage would-be drivers to break the speed limit or drive recklessly. Players can use in-game currency to purchase new cars, or to upgrade or customize the ones they already own, and this currency can either be earned through playing or bought with real money. The game is also connected to the popular movie series. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Inspired by the movies, FAST & FURIOUS TAKEDOWN has you working with Luke Hobbs, Mr. Nobody, and the rest of the family to take down a terrorist known as The Wolf. To do this, you have to engage in a series of street races, as well as use your car to knock The Wolf's associates off the road and out of the way before they can do any serious damage to the city of Los Angeles. Based on your progress, you'll earn cash to purchase new cars or enhancements to the vehicles in your garage.

Is it any good?

Like the worst of the movies that inspired it, this driving game is more frustrating than fun. In Fast & Furious Takedown, you join Letty, Hobbs, and the rest to engage in some street races, while also taking down a terrorist who shares your love of fast cars. But from the start, this driving game has some serious problems. For starters, the default controls — which have you sliding your fingers to steer, brake, and boost — are really awkward, even if you adjust the sensitivity. And while the tapping controls aren't as awkward or oversensitive, even they don't work as well as those in other racing games.

It also doesn't help that the tracks are rather boring and needlessly wide, and that the computer-controlled competition really needs to go to driving school. That said, things do get better when you race against people online, or do one of the missions in which you have to knock the terrorist's henchmen off the road. It's here that having wide tracks is actually a benefit, since you have more room to maneuver. But even this mode becomes redundant after a while, especially since most of the cars pop if you hit them once. In other words, Fast & Furious Takedown is more like the disappointing 2 Fast 2 Furious than the exciting Fast Five.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about driving safely. In Fast & Furious Takedown, you have to break the speed limit and drive in an unsafe manner, but considering the large crashes you can get into, does that make you think driving so recklessly in real life might not be so much fun?

  • Since you can earn the in-game money you need to buy new cars and then spruce them up by playing Fast & Furious Takedown, does it make sense to spend a lot of real money for improvements?

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