A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Although the controls are basic and easy to pick up, they're not the most precise for maneuvering at high speeds. There's also twisted tracks often populated with aggressive players and a selection of cars with varied speeds and strengths, so players can expect to wipe out frequently.
Violence & Scariness
While the main focus of the game is racing, players can hit other cars and run them into obstacles or crash them outright. Players who crash reappear quickly and have to try to make up lost ground.
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The game's generally suited for all ages, though the online player versus player aspect could potentially expose young players to offensive terms used in other players' account names.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on Mattel's massively successful Hot Wheels line of toy cars and racing playsets. It's a free-to-play game that constantly pushes players to watch ads (either targeted or random) or spend real money in-game for progress such as new or upgraded cars and skins.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Wheels Infinite Loop is a free-to-play mobile racing game available for iOS and Android devices. Players collect and upgrade a variety of virtual cars from the Hot Wheels toy line, racing them against both the computer and other players through city streets and winding tracks. Players can knock each other into obstacles and off the track or even run straight through them to get ahead. But wrecked players simply reappear on the track where they crashed and race to make up lost ground. Although the game's designed to be kid-friendly, some other players' account names (shown above their cars and in menus) may contain offensive terms. Parents should also note that, despite being a free download, the game's heavy with in-game ads and promotions to spend money on extra content.
Is It Any Good?
Kids everywhere have been racing and wrecking Hot Wheel toy cars for more than fifty years. Now those cars are rolling out of the toy box and speeding to mobile devices in Hot Wheels Infinite Loop. There are certain things that have to be in any game sporting the Hot Wheels name, and Infinite Loop checks most, if not all, of those boxes. There are plenty of uniquely designed vehicles, from speedy streamlined hot rods to bulky bruiser trucks, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. There are screaming fast tracks with high jumps, hard turns, big crashes, and crazy loops true to the Hot Wheels playsets kids love.
Hot Wheels Infinite Loop looks sharp and runs smooth, rivaling even some console games. But as much horsepower as the game brings to the mobile racing genre, there are a couple of spots, particularly the online PvP (player vs player), where it hits a couple of speed bumps. The game throws players right into teaming with and taking on other online competitors, which can make or break some races. It's frustrating, especially early on, to find yourself in a match with someone determined not to race, but to give other players as much grief as possible. Matchmaking with friends takes a lot of coordination to make sure everyone is playing, but even then, it's a roll of the dice just to get a race started together. And with online racing such a big part of an otherwise fantastic game, it's more glaring than usual when things sputter out.
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