A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game uses very simple touch controls, and while it gets tougher as you progress, it does so slowly.
Violence & Scariness
While there are car crashes, there's no blood or gore, and you never see the driver being injured or killed.
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Products & Purchases
Ads pop up frequently, though usually when you're navigating the menus. Players can spend real world money to buy an ad-free version of the game, and are asked every time you skip an ad if they'd like to do so.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While fans of realistic or even semi-realistic racing game won't appreciate this arcade game, fans of slot car racing will feel right at home...virtually speaking. In Pico Rally, you engage in a series of multi-lap races around twisty tracks. Except that because this has an aerial point of view and super simple controls with only one button for the gas, and no others (i.e. no brakes, no shift, not even a radio), this arcade racer plays more like slot racing than, say Mario Kart or Gran Turismo. Which isn't to say it's shallow, because it has a ton of courses, and some seem to have been made by slot track masters who really like figure eights and sharp turns.
That said, not every track is a winner. There are a bunch where you can just hold down the gas to win, though most require you to let up sometimes so you can take a turn smoothly. It also doesn't tell you where you are in the standings during a race, which can be an issue when your race has people other than your competition on the track. It would also help if this had a mini-map so you could see where you are on the track during a race, though since most of the races were short, and only a couple laps, this isn't as big of an issue as the lack of standings or the more simplistic tracks. In the end, Pico Rally won't replace deeper racing games for your speed fix, but if you need something simply fun, this gets the checkered flag.
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