Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Cop-car racer is well done but rewards reckless driving.

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Ease of Play

Tilt steering, with quick touches for braking or giving a nitro boost, make controlling your vehicle easy enough. The bad guys are awfully fast, though, even from the beginning levels, making this game a pretty challenging one.


Your police car needs to smash into fleeing criminal cars in order to stop them. Innocent vehicles can get hit along the way.


The world "hell" can be heard over the police radio.


Players who are impatient while earning money to upgrade their vehicles can buy in-game cash with their real-world money. This is in no way necessary, though, as there's ample opportunity for you to earn money in the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for iPad is more of a chase game than a race game. You play as a police officer who pursues fleeing suspects in sports cars, and the only way to stop them is to crash into them. You're playing on the side of the law, but the game still rewards reckless driving. In two-player WiFi games, kids can take on the part of the criminal. Be aware that there is a virtually identical version of the game made for iPhone and iPod Touch. Some studies suggest that playing racing games that reward reckless behavior may have an impact on some new drivers.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 March 6, 2020

This is a joke, right?

NFS Hot Pursuit mobile is terrible. It tries to be like the original version but dumbed down by a lot. Violence is unrealistic. Cars get insanely damaged and sp... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 10, 2013

Good game ok for kids let them play

this is ok for 6 and up because IT IS SO UNREALISTIC. the graphics are INSANELY HORRIBLE. if there was better graphics and free roam. This game would be awesome... Continue reading

Is it any good?

The graphics, control, and overall presentation of NEED FOR SPEED HOT PURSUIT FOR iPAD are fantastic (and the iPhone version is really just as good). Chasing down the bad guys through different environments (like forests or shorelines), and with varying weather and lighting effects (you can drive at night, or through a thunderstorm) provides a great visceral thrill. The career mode offers different types of challenges and the opportunity to earn money that can be spent on more powerful vehicles. But whichever cars you use (except in mulitplayer), you're on the side of the law in this version of Need for Speed, which is a nice change of pace for the series.

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