RaceCraft - Build & Race

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Polished, fun track builder with pressure to buy.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Strong tutorial, fairly easy controls. 

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In-app purchases behind a too-simple parent gate. Lots of pressure to buy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RaceCraft - Build & Race is a surprisingly addictive game that has kids building their own race tracks to race on. It's relatively easy to use, with a tutorial to get things started. The mechanics are simple enough for even younger players: Rotations happen automatically, and cars steer themselves. The free version includes one car, but multiple cars are required for two-player games. Additional car packs (which include cars and track parts) start at $6.99, or kids can unlock them all for $19.99. There's a lot of hype around the other cars, so kids will definitely want them. Expect plenty of pressure to buy. A parent gate is in place, but it only asks the user to enter in a series of numbers. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

RACECRAFT - BUILD & RACE is a race track builder and simulator for kids. Starting with a tutorial, kids learn to build their own race tracks with a variety of parts, taking advantage of special power boosts on the building platform. When finished, they race their car in a first-person-style view by tapping on a speed icon. As they play, they unlock new parts that they can use for new tracks or to edit old ones. Kids can also purchase other cars with distinct powers and custom track pieces. While a two-player race is available, it requires purchasing at least one additional car. 

Is it any good?

It's refreshing to find a track building/racing car game for kids that doesn't feel like it was designed for kids. Immediately upon launching RaceCraft - Build & Race, kids are immersed in the world of race car driving as announcers welcome them and get them started with building. Building a track requires minimal fine motor skills, but it does take some planning, as pieces rotate themselves to fit into place. Likewise, racing is as easy as tapping on the screen, although it should be noted that the focus is more on track building than actually racing. The graphics are colorful and polished, and the immersive experience of riding your own race track is a win. The real drawback --one of the only drawbacks -- is the pressure to buy additional cars. They're expensive, but also enticing -- a rough combination for families on a budget. Still, this is a fun game with appeal that will extend to many older kids and adults. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about engineering concepts in RaceCraft - Build & Race. If these were real race tracks, what are some things you might need to consider for safety? For fun?

  • How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time on- and off-screen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why or why not?

  • What are your family rules for in-app purchases? 

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For kids who love racing games and apps

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