BEN 10 Galactic Racing
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Frustrating racing game with no tutorial or help.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This racing game allows players to use power-ups to stop or inhibit other racers, so while fun, it is a racing game about how to be sneaky to outfox your opponent.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters applaud the winners during the trophy ceremony, showing what it means to be a good sport. The characters show disappointment when they lose, but they aren't overly negative.
Ease of Play
The game has no tutorial or introductory level. Basic controls are outlined in the printed manual, as well as in the Options menu of the game, but more advanced information is not available. A description of the power-ups, which are essential for winning the game, is only available via random appearance in the loading screens. Although the game has two levels of difficulty, it is overly challenging on the easy levels and will be extremely frustrating for kids hoping to win a race. Computer players can be disabled, which is the only thing that might make it playable for those on the younger end of the target group.
Violence & Scariness
Players use special powers to slow other racers or knock them off the track. These include slime puddles and energy pulses.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on a popular television franchise which also sells toys, games, books, and other items for kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BEN 10 Galactic Racing is a racing kart title where kids race with aliens, obtaining and using power-ups to get ahead. The game has multiple modes, including general racing, a game of racing tag, time trials, and elimination racing. The game is highly competitive by nature, although players can turn on an option that that allows them to compete as a team.
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BEN 10 Galactic Racing
Based on 1 parent review
Ben 10 turns villain in this extremely difficult game. 3/10.
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What’s It About?
In celebration of a special alignment of planets, one of the alien races hosts a series of races across the galaxy. BEN 10 GALACTIC RACING brings familiar characters from the Ben 10 television series into a racing kart game with courses set on different planets, each with their own environment. Players can compete in a series of Grand Prix races and try for a trophy. Taking home the trophy also unlocks new tracks.
Is It Any Good?
BEN 10 Galactic Racing will have some appeal to fans of the franchise, although, with the focus on racing, there is little of what kids love about Ben 10 present in this game. Unfortunately, it also offers a frustrating user experience in terms of the difficulty level, poor controls, and lack of tutorial, that even the fun of racing on alien planets is lost. Think twice about this one.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about being a good sport. How should you behave when you win a game? How should you behave when you lose?
How does this racing game compare to others you have played? Did you select it because you like the Ben 10 characters?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: D3Publisher of America
- Release date: October 18, 2011
- Genre: Racing
- ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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