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Need for Speed Most Wanted

Fast-paced racer fun to play but encourages recklessness.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Need for Speed Most Wanted wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The game offers several control options for acceleration, but steering is controlled through tilting the phone or tablet. Driving is easy, but players must know when to hit their boost and when to conserve it. 


The game has many crash scenes, often slowed down for dramatic effect. While no injuries are ever depicted, drivers can cause other cars (and the police) to crash.

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This game has several well-known licensed cars -- including Porsche, Viper, and Hummer. They are all depicted glamorously in the game. Players can also buy add-on packs that give them an advantage in the game via in-app purchase. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Need for Speed Most Wanted is a fast-paced racing game that rewards and encourages reckless driving. Drivers go as fast as possible and attempt to evade the police, earning rewards that help them buy more cars and power-ups. There are frequent wrecks, shown in slow motion, but no players are ever seen injured. 

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What's it about?

Players control the direction of their cars by tilting their device right or left. Acceleration is automatic by default, but can be manually controlled if players want. Swiping a finger up the screen causes a speed boost and holding one down on the right side allows cars to drift. (Holding a finger on the left side of the screen applies the vehicle's brake.) Players must decide when best to use their boost to get ahead of competitors -- and outrun the law. Boost can be refilled by forcing other cars (including police) to wreck.

Is it any good?


Like its console cousin, Need for Speed Most Wanted is fast, furious fun -- but only for people who realize that it all takes place in a world of make believe. The game's incredible graphics and smart pacing really re-create the sensation of speed, and there's an adrenaline rush that comes with passing an opponent. 

While we certainly wouldn't endorse evading the police, their addition here bumps up the fun factor -- giving what could be a pick-up-and-play-then-forget racer a unique twist that makes you want to come back and keep playing. A downside is that the customization options seem limited compared to the console edition. But that's hardly enough to justify bypassing this terrific title. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:December 19, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:607.00 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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Teen, 14 years old Written byswagshyguy15 December 22, 2013

Alright - Not That Amazing

NFS: Most Wanted is a fun game, with a more fluid experience than Asphalt. But there isn't much customisation, it's pretty expensive and the realistic physics are sort of annoying; there are limits. All in all, pretty fun.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander June 27, 2013

Not too Reckless

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is not as reckless as its console counterpart. Yes you are street racing and some cops will chase you, but the action isn't as intense. Unlike the console versions, there are no pedestrian cars on the street. Also you can't really destroy the cop cars. You can bump into them leaving scratches on their vehicle, but they will keep on chasing you no matter how bad you bruise them. Your car can also get scratched up, but it never falls into disrepair. Also there are less jumps and crash effects on the ios version, making races seem much less intense. The game is in fact surprisingly too tranquil for a Need for Speed game. I suggest buying Asphalt 7 or 8 for ios instead because you are not against the cops, the game play is more interesting, and is $6 cheaper.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old May 24, 2015


THE CONTROLS ARE HARD......BUT YOU'LL GET USED TO IT VIOLENCE TO MUCH BUT NO IN-APPROPRIATE STUFF........... AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Too much violence