Hot Wheels: Race Off

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Average racer less focused on speed, has fun with physics.

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age 8+
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Ease of Play

Simple controls, but ongoing challenge to players. 

Violence & Scariness

Cars often blow up when flipped, but no implied harm to humans.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Encourages players to upgrade cars by cash or in-game currency. Video ads are also played between courses. Promotes Hot Wheels cars.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hot Wheels: Race Off is a physics-based racing game. Players attempt to complete a race against another opponent on a perilous track, where your car is likely to flip, fall off a cliff, or simply run out of gas before the finish. That can be frustrating, but that frustration is part of the fun. There's minimal violence -- cars explode when they land upside down, but it's in a very cartoonish fashion -- and there's no sex or language to be concerned about. Ads do run before you move onto another race track, though. There's a multiplayer mode, but players can't communicate with each other. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Written byAnonymous February 20, 2017

hot wheel family

because the coumter is cheating and is putting cars and making you bump into stuff and moving the carser funny

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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?

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