Parents' Guide to

Trivia Cars

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Debatable content puts the brakes on fun.

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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.

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