Need for Speed Undercover

Common Sense Media says

Realistic console-style racing game is mostly OK for kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Little to no learning curve. Cars constantly accelerate on their own, building speed; just tilt the phone to steer, and tap and hold to screech to a stop. Lift your finger to burn rubber again.

Violence

Sideswipes, spinouts, and head-ons have realistic physics and jolting sound effects.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Win races to earn money, which you can spend on a new paint job, more nitro fuel, or other improvements, or just upgrade to a nicer ride.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The game is single-player only and does not need an Internet connection to play. The other driver is the computer.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this thrilling racing adventure involves some iffy characters and cop chases but the language is clean and the game is played completely offline.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Feel the G forces in this extremely well-done racing game. Your car constantly accelerates down city streets and winding highways to a heavy-metal soundtrack as you try to pass the other driver. Put on a "nitro" speed burst upward of 200 mph to win the race and trade your clunker Pontiac Firebird for something more tricked out. The cars are all real, beautifully-detailed models, and the courses highly realistic. Sideswipes, spinouts, and head-ons have great physics and jolting sound effects.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:July 29, 2009
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.2.0

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMOVIE13 August 27, 2010
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8
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fun
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byzanedroscher August 10, 2014
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Need for speed undercover is undercovered

This game is a racing game that is suitable for kids 10 and up. It contains small violence and unrealistic actions which should not be done in the real world but this game has a good storyline and will take a while to finish
Adult Written byDissy July 8, 2012
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7
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LEARNING

Addicting

A visually stunning racing game set on the dark yet beautiful streets. Just you, your customized motor and your opponents. It's fast paced and intense as you speed across the wide roads in the dead of nights while trying to avoid the traffic on the roads and using all the useful short cuts in order to send you sailing across the finishing line first. However this is extremely addicting and you might want to set a time limit on this for children. Having got addicted to this at the age of 11 (and no time limits) i would spend all night playing this on silent. It got to the point i developed a bit of a habit of not blinking throughout the entire race and with some laps up to eight laps long that hurt. Needless to say i now need glasses, so it's best to keep a watchful eye on them. They will hate it but will one day realize it was for the best.

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