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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In HOT WHEELS: RACE OFF, players compete in a series of races (more than 40 single-player at the moment) on a wobbly Hot Wheels track, which often results in catastrophic wrecks. The game's physics will constantly affect driving, resulting in flips, wheelies, and other stunts in midair. Smart players, though, can use that momentum to their advantage and avoid running out of gas before they reach the end of the race. After level seven of the single-player game, players can compete against others online, though there's no contact with opponents other than the race.
Is it any good?
Whether you'll like this game likely depends on how much you enjoy it when Hot Wheel cars fly off the track. If you're into that real-world toy for the carnage, Hot Wheels: Race Off is right for you. But if you like to see cars finish the race, you'll likely be a bit frustrated here. While it uses its namesake franchise as a base, this is really a physics-based racing game, where adjusting the tilt of your car in the air and on the track matters more than anything else. Plus, most of the upgrades to the cars -- the game forces you to upgrade before it unlocks another vehicle -- don't seem to have a significant impact on gameplay, despite what the game promises. Still, there's an addictive quality to Hot Wheels: Race Off. No matter how many times you crash and burn or fail to capture first place, you'll find yourself returning to the game. It's not as habit-forming as apps like Angry Birds or the like, but it's not a game you'll play once or twice and forget.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of automotive safety -- and what's acceptable in the real world vs. in games. Why should you make sure that your car is maintained properly? Is it OK when there aren't any consequences in games for dangerous car driving?
Talk about whether in-game extras are worth the real-world money they cost. Should you spend money on in-app purchases, or could you spend it in a better way?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: December 21, 2016
- Category: Racing Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 225.00 MB
- Publisher: Hutch Games Ltd
- Version: 1.0.4631
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.4 and up
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