Parents' Guide to

Rival Gears Racing

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Simple but fun racer brings surprising challenge.

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While this futuristic racing game may be too simple for serious drivers, it manages to be more fun and challenging than you might expect. In Rival Gears Racing, you use a floating race car to engage in a series of illegal street races that take place on busy city roads. Which means you not only have to drive fast, you also have to avoid all the little old ladies going to the supermarket. But unlike most racing games, this doesn't require that you steer so much as pick a lane. Using buttons on the left and right of the screen, you have to decide when to change lanes, and in which direction, so you don't slam into the back of some other driver. But while this may sound overly simplistic, it's actually rather challenging and addictive in a way that not only recalls such classic arcade racing games as Pole Position but also such music games as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Well, except that the music in this game is terrible and you can't turn it off. It also seems odd that you have to bet on yourself sometimes or that you can earn gobs of in-game cash by watching ads for other games, way more than you usually do. Still, if you're a fan of racing and are looking for something that's fun but a bit less complicated, Rival Gars Racing will satisfy your need ... your need for virtually recreated speed.

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