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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that KartRider Rush+ is a racing game for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay has some very kid-friendly elements. There aren't violent crashes, for instance, and rounds don't end if kids hit something or make another error -- they can usually just keep driving. But the ability to friend and chat with other users you play against is a concern, particularly because there's a private chat option. Kids can also alter some of the provided chat expressions they can share before games, an option that could be used to swear, communicate personal information, or transmit or receive otherwise inappropriate content.
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What's it about?
Players race past forests, bridges, and other scenery in KARTRIDER RUSH+. Their go kart is controlled via left and right arrows on the screen, and they can speed up or slow down in drifting zones by holding down two buttons at once. Players won't experience a fiery crash if they hit something -- they should be able to just keep driving. They'll unlock new vehicles and characters as they beat other players and advance and can choose from game modes with elements like a storyline or timed challenges.
Is it any good?
This fast-paced racing game offers plenty of action to keep kids engaged. From high-quality 3D graphics to constantly changing roadways and backdrops -- and an ability to speed up, along with frequent encouragement to slow down on portions of the track -- there's rarely a dull moment in KartRider Rush+. That can be a good thing, because kids shouldn't get bored while playing, but it may mean some find advancing past the initial levels challenging. There are a lot of elements to pay attention to when driving, including upcoming curves in the road, your speed and the other drivers. which could overwhelm younger players. Rounds won't end because you slammed into a wall or made another driving mistake. Crashing doesn't actually seem to be possible, which is a nice change of pace from fast-paced games you can easily bomb out of repeatedly early in a round. The app also seems to kindly autocorrect some mistakes you make, such as accidentally starting to drive the wrong way after spinning around, and an arrow appears periodically to highlight the direction you should be going in. KartRider Rush+ is free to play, and the high-octane action provides a fun experience. The biggest issue that parents may have revolves around valid concerns about the chat feature, though, which could possibly put kids in contact with strangers, so they may want to limit or at least supervise kids' time on the road.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about automotive safety. In KartRider Rush+, you have to drive fast -- and also slow down suddenly and then speed up again, but would that be safe in real life?
Players can friend and chat with each other through the app, but why might that not be a good idea? What kind of information is never OK to share or see in an online conversation?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 5, 2020
- Category: Racing Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 2000.00 MB
- Publisher: NEXON Corp
- Version: 1.4.8
- Minimum software requirements: Requires 4.4 and up and iOs 9.0 or later.
- Last updated: November 16, 2020
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