Top Gear: Road Trip

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Oddly fun match-3 puzzler based on popular British car show.

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Simple controls, easy to learn.

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Players can use real-world money to buy in-game currency to continue playing, upgrade cars. Micro-transactions can also be disabled. Based on popular TV show.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Top Gear: Road Trip is a puzzle game based on the BBC version of this car show. But while the TV show was sometimes politically incorrect, none of that is present in this game. There's also no inappropriate content to be found. Commercially speaking, players can use real-world money to purchase in-game currency, which they can then use to keep playing or upgrade their cars, although you can also turn off micro-transactions. 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?

Inspired by the BBC version of this car show, TOP GEAR: ROAD TRIP is an odd racing game where you have to drag-race other cars on closed tracks. But instead of hitting the accelerator at just the right time, you have to play a puzzle game and match the same colored icons to get the gas needed to win.

Is it any good?

While the idea of a puzzle racing game may sound weird in theory, in practice it's actually rather fun. Based on the British version of the car show, Top Gear: Road Trip is a drag racing game, but instead of using the gas pedal (and maybe the brakes) to win, this has you moving your finger across your tablet's screen, connecting three or more of the same colored icons in a row. Doing so speeds your car up, and hopefully across the finish line before any of the other drivers. You also have some dirty tricks you can pull, like putting a potato in an opponent's tail pipe. There are even special stages where, for instance, you're piloting a rocket ship (although it's one that looks like a car strapped to a booster module). While you still have to link colored icons, they control the direction the rocket goes, and how strongly, depending on how many icons you link. All of which makes this far goofier than casual fans of the show might expect if they've never seen all the weird stuff they've done on the show. But for people who enjoy connect-3 puzzle games and are looking for something different, Top Gear: Road Trip is weirdly fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about road safety. While this game has you racing on closed tracks, it's still dangerous, so do you understand why it's important to follow the rules of the road, especially the speed limit?

  • Talk about managing money. Does it make sense to spend a lot of money on a game when you can earn the in-game currency by playing? Conversely, does it make sense to spend some money on a game you enjoy so that the creators will make more games like it?

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