Formula Cartoon All Stars

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Middle-of-the-road kart racer encourages purchases.

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Ease of Play

Steering controls aren't precise, which makes it hard to master the courses. 

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Consumerism

Upgrades require spending in-game dollars, but best power-ups cost real-world cash. Game includes characters from several Cartoon Network shows. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Formula Cartoon All Stars is a kart-racing game that features popular characters from several shows on Cartoon Network. The game is family-friendly and does not contain any foul language, violence, or other objectionable material. However, kids may want to upgrade their karts, which takes in-game cash; the best upgrades likely will cost more than you've earned, forcing you to pay real-world money.

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What's it about?

In FORMULA CARTOON ALL STARS players race around a series of tracks as one of their favorite Cartoon Network characters, including Finn, Gumball, Mordecai, Ben 10, Steven Universe, and Clarence. Using an on-screen steering wheel, which they control with a fingertip, they'll draft around turns and jockey for position. On the other side of the screen, icons for power-ups pop up when they're acquired, giving players an advantage over other racers. The heart of the game is upgrading your kart to gain better traction or speed, which is done with dollars earned (run over) in races or purchased with real money.

Is it any good?

This by-the-numbers kart racer doesn't try to shake up the formula, relying heavily on its broad assortment of characters and offering alluring, hard-to-earn upgrades. While there are a large number of track variations (the publisher says 75) and speed trials to shake things up a bit, it's ultimately a game that feels like a lower-quality version of something you've played many times before. Some users will find the unreliable controls frustrating, though kids who play a lot of racing games will get the hang of it. Unless you set expectations for in-app purchases before downloading, your kid likely will ask to buy the best upgrades, which are hard to earn in-game. Because there are better racing games available, if you're not a big fan of one of the shows this one draws from, there won't be much here to capture your attention. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about expectations around in-app purchases. Can kids spend real money or only in-app cash?

  • Talk about kids' favorite characters. Which ones do they like best? Why?

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