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What 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.
What's it about?
HOT WHEELS INFINITE LOOP is a free-to-play online racing game available for download on iOS and Android based mobile devices. It's a Hot Wheels fan's dream come true as they get to the chance to sit in the driver's seat and take control of some of the craziest cars and trucks from the history of the popular toy car franchise. Players will reach insane speeds while racing through city streets, take to the air to gain massive hang time off huge ramps, and of course, twist and loop through those iconic orange tracks. Then, racers can pit their driving skills against others in real-time player verses player matches, including time trials, team-based races, and more. You'll score victories and grab some loot to upgrade your favorite cars or add even more vehicles to your virtual garage. So put the pedal to the metal, defy a little gravity, and see how fast you can make your way through the competition to the checkered flag.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about competition in games. What are some ways kids can learn about teamwork and friendly competition from video games? How can parents and kids stay protected when playing online games with live opponents?
How do licensed games like Hot Wheels Infinite Loop help to promote the toys, and vice versa? How can things like toys help to push kids into spending money in the game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 22, 2019
- Category: Racing Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 67.00 MB
- Publisher: Mattel, Inc.
- Version: 1.3.7
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.3 or higher; Android 7.0 and up
- Last updated: April 14, 2020
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