Traffic Rush

App review by
Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Keep cars from crashing in fun, challenging strategy game.

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Educational Value

Traffic Rush wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game is quite simple to play: Swipe a car to accelerate, or tap a car to stop it in place temporarily. Avoid collisions.

Violence

If two vehicles collide, then there's a crash and the game ends. For motorcycles, the rider is visible lying on the road. The graphics are stylized and very small on the screen.

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Consumerism

The main menu has a link for more games, which leads to the developer's website. There also is a link on the options screen for developer news.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Traffic Rush is a simple arcade-style strategy game that involves directing traffic through a busy intersection while avoiding collisions. It's easy to learn and play, and kids will enjoy trying to best their own top scores. Because of the depiction of the collisions, there's some very light violence involved; however, a single collision ends the game (and the object is to avoid them!). Note: The app includes links to the developer's website for more games, but, beyond that, kids will find Traffic Rush a fun distraction that keeps them on their toes. 

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What's it about?

In TRAFFIC RUSH, kids direct the flow of traffic with the goal of getting vehicles through the intersection without a crash. You get a top-down view of a four-way, four-lane intersection as cars, trucks, and motorcycles zip through. Tap on a vehicle to stop it for a few seconds, or swipe the vehicle to speed it up. As vehicles approach from all four directions, the goal is to get as many of them safely past without allowing them to collide. Although the concept is simple, the game is quite challenging. After each round, kids can see their stats of how many cars got through, the average speed, and the best record to date.

Is it any good?

Traffic Rush is simple and addicting, and its graphics are clean, crisp, and charming. Although the game is quite simple, it can be a very fun challenge to try to beat your top score. That said, there isn't much else to the game but tapping and swiping, and it's basically a game of reflexes and observation. The app also provides fun statistics such as the number of cars saved, the average speed of the vehicles in each game, and the daily high score.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between fun driving games and the consequences of reckless driving in real life. Are your kids excited about learning to drive? Why, or why not? 

  • Families can talk about arcade games such as this one and how it's easy to get hooked; you also can discuss screen time limits and why they're important. 

App details

For kids who love arcade games

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