Traffic Racer

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Been there, done that endless driver with in-app purchases.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game has a very basic play mechanic that virtually anyone can pick up quickly. Evading traffic, though, is a bit more complicated -- especially after a few minutes of gameplay. 

Violence

The game ends when you get in a wreck, often in the form of a head-on collision, though it's not glorified to users and there are no human injuries.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can purchase in-game currency for real-world cash, in amounts ranging from $3 to $30, and can make ads disappear for $1.99. Ads are mostly for other apps.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Traffic Racer is a combination of an endless runner game and a traditional racing title. Users bob and weave through traffic, getting as far as they can before they ultimately hit another vehicle as traffic increases steadily. This is often in the form of a head-on collision, though it's not glorified as in some racing games. Users can upgrade their cars using in-game cash, but impatient players can buy currency with real-world funds. The game also encourages users to like it on Facebook or follow it on Twitter

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What's it about?

Users press the right side of the screen to accelerate and the left side to break, while tilting their devices left and right to steer through traffic. There are four courses to drive, though only two are unlocked at the outset of the game. The further players get without getting in a wreck (and the higher their speed), the more dollars they earn. This money can be used to unlock additional features or further customize their vehicles (or buy new ones). The Nov. 14, 2014, update included police chases.

Is it any good?

Traffic Racer smartly borrows from one of the most popular formulas in the app world -- the endless racer -- and adds fast-moving cars. It's a peanut-butter-and-chocolate-type combination that some people will adore, but others will notice that there's nothing especially new here, aside from the object that's always on the move. 

The game is certainly attractive enough, and it smartly offers a customization option to keep fans hooked. However, at the end of the day, Traffic Racer travels the same road as so many other Temple Run clones that it never quite hits its stride. There's nothing objectionable about the game per se, unless a parent has reservations about the speeding and crashing elements. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dangers of driving too fast. What should a person do to drive carefully? 

  • Families also can talk about the responsibility that comes with getting a driver's license, even if that's several years away. How does a person get and keep a license?

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