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Need for Speed Shift

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Incredibly good racer, but rewards aggressive driving.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The steering -- performed by tilting your iDevice -- works remarkably well. You can press anywhere onscreen to brake; and accelaration is automatic.


Cars can bump each other as they race, and if your car is hit too much, the winshield will crack. But that's about it.

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Real world car manufacturers have their names and logos all over the vehicles in the game. Also, a button on the game's homepage will take you to an e-storefront where you can buy more game apps from the same publisher.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Need for Speed Shift is a street racing game that rewards aggressive driving. While the kind of street racing in the game would be blatantly illegal, the game does begin with a disclaimer, though, telling players that real racing should only occur on tracks and reminding people to wear safety belts. Head-to-head races are available to players on the same WiFi network. Parents with teens just learning to drive might want to steer clear of this kind of game that rewards reckless driving because of recent studies showing they can influence new drivers.

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NEED FOR SPEED SHIFT shows how good a car racing game can be on a mobile device. A wonderfully intuitive control scheme make this an easy game for anyone to pick up and play, but experienced players can add multiple layers of detail and nuance that increase both the challenge level and the realism. The graphics are also stellar for a mobile game. The price is pretty steep, but if you're looking for a top-notch racing experience for your iDevice, Need for Speed Shift might be worth the money.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:December 18, 2009
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.1.1 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios September 8, 2010

this app is awesome and cool i'll download it

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Educational value