Ridge Racer Slipstream

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun racer's tricky handling will challenge some drivers.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but can be challenging.

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Players can watch ads or use real-world money to earn in-game currency, which is then used to buy new cars or upgrade ones already owned.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ridge Racer Slipstream is an arcade-style racing game. It doesn't have any objectionable content, save for a slightly sexy lady as your host. Players can use real money or watch ads to earn in-game currency, which they can then use to buy new cars or to spruce up the ones they already own. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In RIDGE RACER SLIPSTREAM, you drive sports cars in a series of closed-street races. The idea is: The more you win, the more money you earn. That also results in better cars you can buy and more options to upgrade them, thus you win even more races.

Is it any good?

While this arcade racing game has tons of options for race fans, it also has an odd steering quirk that might annoy some would-be drivers. Like its console counterparts, Ridge Racer Slipstream is an arcade racing game where you drive street legal sports cars in events held on closed streets. As you progress, you can not only buy better parts and perks for your ride, but also new and improved cars. But while the controls are simpler and more forgiving than in a racing simulation game, they do have one odd aspect. Even though you're driving a sports car, the car doesn't take tight turns very well. As a result, you have to drift around them, which means tapping on the brakes and essentially skidding around the turn. The thing is, mastering this mechanic can be tricky, even with four solid control schemes available in-game. But if you don't figure it out, you won't make it very far, especially since the competition is fierce -- and if you blow one or two turns, you're basically out of the running. Still, if you are able to skid with precision and are looking for a challenge, Ridge Racer Slipstream is a solid arcade racing game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about road safety. This game has you driving faster than you ever should on the road, but does playing it show why you should obey the rules of the road?

  • Talk about physical attraction as a motivator. Why do you think this game is hosted by a beautiful (though virtual) woman? Who do you think the game developers are trying to appeal to?

  • Discuss money management. Why is it important to be mindful of how much money you spend in a game like this, especially one where you can earn money from doing well or by watching ads in it?

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