Parents' Guide to

Pico Rally

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Simple, fun all-ages arcade-style racing game.

App iPhone , iPad Free Racing Games
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Simple and repetitive

This is a very simple racing game that got a bit repetitive after a few games. I can see how there could be an appeal to the mindlessness of this game, but with so much other engaging content to be had, it’s not how I would choose to have my child use his screen time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 2, 2020
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Publisher: Raketspel AB
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 20, 2020

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