By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Debatable content puts the brakes on fun.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Instructions are available in the app's settings section but aren't provided in detail before gamers start playing. They should be able to figure out the basics, though.
Violence & Scariness
Cars crash when players lose games, but no blood, gore, or injuries are shown.
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Products & Purchases
Numerous ads. Kids can also buy gems, coins, and booster items that will help upgrade their car and offer other benefits -- but they aren't required.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trivia Cars is a trivia game for iOS and Android devices. The game is light on instruction: Players can access some written guidance within the app, but it isn't proactively provided. They'll also see a significant number of lengthy ads. Ads are shown essentially between every game, and the app offers incentives for players to watch additional ones. Players can purchase packages of booster items, gems, and coins to enhance gameplay for $1.99–$19.99, but those items may not have a huge impact on the experience, and they aren't required to play. Technically players crash when they lose, but the auto accidents don't seem to involve -- nor do they show -- any driver injuries.
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What’s It About?
Players move a car closer to the finish line with each correct answer in TRIVIA CARS. They compete with other players in real time, and incorrect responses will end their game. User-provided questions involve topics such as history, science, and entertainment. Booster items select the right answer to a question. Players get three for free and have to buy the rest. As they play, they'll earn coins, which they can spend on new cards. Once they gather a certain number of cards relating to a car, they'll get that car. Players are also ranked by the points they earn on a leaderboard.
Is It Any Good?
Instead of aimlessly driving, players try to advance their car by answering questions correctly, but user-submitted content takes the air out of these tires. TRIVIA CARS touches on a number of subjects, and the format has the potential to offer more critical thinking opportunities than many other racing games. Players are dropped into the game with essentially no instruction, though -- the app has some written guidance, but you have to hunt for it -- and some aspects, such as the in-app currency system, can be a little confusing. Players can probably figure out what coins are spent on. You can purchase randomly selected cards with them, and once you get a certain number -- such as two cards featuring a carrot-shaped car, for example -- you'll get the corresponding vehicle to use in games. Gems you've earned are also displayed on the screen, but there's little explanation about why you have them. Booster items you can use in races are similarly unclear at first.
According to the app's description, the questions featured in games are submitted by users, but it's unclear if the developers do any fact-checking to confirm that the intended answers are correct. A number of questions contain spelling and grammatical errors, such as proper nouns not being capitalized and words randomly being possessive -- e.g., "Barack Obama's" is listed as a potential answer instead of "Barack Obama." Those type of errors could potentially cause some issues in games -- in addition to potentially making players question the content's legitimacy. It's hard to get too excited about testing your knowledge in trivia rounds when there's seemingly no guarantee that the response options you can choose from are correct. In addition to fewer ads -- players will see at least one long one after every game -- the app could benefit from stronger editing and some assurance of accuracy. Without either element, you may want to skip taking Trivia Cars for a ride.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about advertising. You can earn currency in Trivia Cars by playing or watching ads. Does it make sense to spend money on the experience too?
What aspects of a race, such as speed, might make that type of driving riskier than driving on a road, where there are speed limits? What kinds of things can you do in games that would be too dangerous in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 13, 2021
- Category: Trivia Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Publisher: Etermax
- Version: 1.15.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: June 28, 2021
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