Need for Speed Most Wanted

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced racer fun to play but encourages recklessness.

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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.


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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What 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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Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 March 19, 2020

Most Wanted 2012 is still pretty good on mobile

Most Wanted 2012 on consoles was fun and awesome. On mobile it limits you to no open world but rather specific races. The game still really good but can be frus... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byexpleen maloane October 26, 2019

Very good pixalated game

weell my opinion on this matter is that there is a lot of the cansumerisem in all of ze brands of the cars but it is absurdly fun i would most certainly recomen... Continue reading

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. 

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