Cars Race O Rama

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Racing with Cars buddies teaches kids how to compete.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Even though there are "bad" cars in the game that try to force you off the road to win, you play as the "good" and noble character (Lightening McQueen) who always tries to put positive messages in, such as winning without cheating, and emphasizing fair play.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lightening McQueen does a great job of taking the high road in confrontations and not resorting to cheating or trying to harm other characters.

Ease of Play

Very easy to pick up and play for kids of all ages, regardless of the platform. On the console versions, buttons are mapped to make it easier for younger gamers to be able to play it easily, and controlling the DS version is also very simple. Most functions are performed using the control pad and face buttons. Game mini-map is displayed on the bottom screen to show your location, as well as screen taps can be used to navigate menus. Multiplayer racing is shown on a split screen.

Violence & Scariness

Inside the game, vehicles are based on real world cars, like the Mazda Miata, Mack truck and Cadillac. This game is based on the Cars brand.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this entertaining racing game features the characters from the Disney/Pixar Cars movie  Cars Race O Rama offers a story mode where you take on Chick Hicks and his team of racers, as well as a nice collection of mini races and activities. With the DS version, two friends can play using the DS local wireless with only one game cartridge needed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byho yicheng April 3, 2011
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byAntonin July 5, 2010

Operationally ok for kids, but a poor game overall

My four year old had no problem playing the game, but it's cheap - poor graphics, poor handling, too many courses that you have to unlock in story mode.

A... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 July 8, 2011

Very glitchy

I have the Playstation 2 version and when I was playing, there were major glitches on the track. Disappointing game. But I still want to thank the person who ga... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios August 21, 2010

What's it about?

CARS RACE O RAMA is the latest in the Disney/Pixar series of games based on the popular Cars movie. You control Lightening McQueen and friends as they race, bump, and jump their way to winning the Race o Rama Trophy. The main story mode has you racing across a fairly large world tracking down racing events where you must place in the top three in to advance to new locations. Along the way, other mini-games are also available, such as tractor tipping, and racing as Mater through a junkyard. While racing, collecting various items scattered around the game world will unlock new characters to race with in multiplayer modes, as well as paint jobs and visual enhancements for your racers such as spoilers and tires.

Is it any good?

Cars Race O Rama is sure to keep young Lightening McQueen fans entertained for a very long time. Even without the Cars tie-in, the gameplay and mini-game collection would be entertaining for the younger gaming crowd, but the inclusion of these always-entertaining characters really adds to the appeal of the title. The characters are immediately recognizable, and the forgiveness of the game makes it still entertaining and exciting for even the youngest fans of the movie. The multiplayer aspect makes it great to play with family in the split screen mode, and being able to not only pick but to customize your favorite character makes this a win for any Cars fans out there.

Online interaction: No online play for console versions, but wireless DS to DS play is available using a single cartridge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Since this is a game based on the Cars licensed brand, families can talk about consumerism and how companies are trying to sell items to kids.

  • Families can also talk about setting time limits when it comes to game time.

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love movies and racing

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