Hill Climb Racing




Physics-based driving game not original, but fun and free.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Controlling the buggy itself is very simple, but handling the game's enhanced physics engine can be very tricky. 


The buggy will inevitably flip over, which results in a "crunch" sound that's likely meant to simulate the sound of a broken neck (or other bone). 

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Players can buy coins via in-app purchase to upgrade their vehicles (though they earn them quickly in the game). Banner ads also appear on the menu screen. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hill Climb Racing is a physics-based game where players try to advance as far as possible without flipping over the buggy they're driving. The game magnifies physics, making it a bit too hard for young kids, and has some violence, notably a "crunching" sound when the vehicle flips. Players can buy coins via in-app purchase, and there's some advertising, but nothing too egregious. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Hill Climb Racing wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Hill Climb Racing wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

What's it about?

Players attempt to drive a buggy through a series of bumpy landscapes, progressing as far as they can without flipping over. The game's physics engine makes this an inevitability, but that's the hook of the game. Controlling the vehicle is as simple as mashing the gas pedal on the bottom right side of the screen or the brake/reverse on the left. As they drive, players collect coins (to buy upgraded suspension, tires, etc., for their cars) and gas cans to let them continue driving.

Is it any good?


Hill Climb Racing won't win any prizes for originality (there are dozens of other physics-based car games on the market), graphics (they're rudimentary at best), or sound (which gets repetitive fast), but it's pretty good at what it sets out to do. The exaggerated physics engine makes the game challenging without being impossible. And when the game reaches its inevitable conclusion, you'll find yourself wanting to play one more time -- just to see if you can do better. You really can't ask for much more from a free app. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 26, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Size:8.60 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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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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Kid, 11 years old May 24, 2013


Stupid game, takes long time. Tacky man drinking beer as driver.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 30, 2013

Fun, but some violence

This is a fun and simple racing game with some violence. For example, your driver can crack his neck with a snap sound if your car flips over. But, even so, it is one of my favorite apps
Parent of a 7 and 7 year old Written byratp January 2, 2016

good app bad music

title says it all
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism


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