A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages you to strive to be better, but erases most of the positive aspects of that message by encouraging players to take shortcuts and push others out of the way in order to win.
Positive Role Models
Drivers routinely run each other off the road and evade the police. They're poor role models.
Ease of Play
The game is very easy to pick up and play for anyone who has played a racing game on a portable system before; but newcomers might feel a bit confused as there's no tutorial level or explanation of which buttons do what at the beginning of the game.
Violence & Scariness
The game showcases violent car collisions in slow motion and offers rewards for narrowly missing other non-racing drivers. No notable ramifications are shown for these collisions.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The cars featured in the game are licensed and promote the speed qualities of 21 different brands such as Cooper, Tesla, and Nissan.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Asphalt 3DS is an arcade-style racing game that allows players to compete in illegal, reckless road races in a variety of locales. Players drive a branded vehicle (such as a Mercedes or Ferrari), trying to win a high-speed race against nameless and faceless competitors. The game emphasizes wrecks and near misses just as strongly as it does racing, though, and players are encouraged to run their opponents off the road and avoid pursuing police. Note that this game supports the 3DS StreetPass wireless communication feature, but that personal information is not exchanged. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
Is It Any Good?
The Asphalt series rarely brings something new to driving games, but it's never patently bad. This installment is a fun, but flawed, arcade racing game that leans a bit more to the action side of the scale with ridiculously high speeds and overdramatized wrecks. If you're looking for a Burnout-style game for the 3DS, this isn't a bad choice. There's a good variety of tracks, and gearheads will enjoy the collection of licensed real world cars. Just don't expect any sort of realism when you fire the game up.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.