Cars Radiator Springs Adventures

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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For Cars fans who want to do more than race. 7+.

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Extension of Cars, the movie.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this racing game is based on the movie of the same name. THQ lists this software for ages 4 and up, but most of these activities are too hard for kids as young as 4; it's better for kids 7 and older who like a wide variety of arcade-style games but aren't looking for full-fledged racing. Some of the games are significantly harder than others. The games do challenge players to use their memory and logic skills.

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Adult Written bycherae April 9, 2008
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
i think this is stupid

What's it about?

Not to be confused with the Cars PC game offered at Target, CARS RADIATOR SPRINGS ADVENTURES is an activity center for younger kids that offers 10 widely different games. While kids will race cars in this software, the racing controls have been simplified to accommodate younger players.

In one race, kids move the mouse to change lanes and click to jump over obstacles; in another, they shift gears by clicking when a gauge moves into the green zone. Other games are harder. One asks kids to use logic to rearrange parked cars and trucks to make a path to exit the drive-in theater. Still other games test hand-eye coordination and the ability to maneuver the computer mouse.

Is it any good?

While THQ lists this software for ages 4 and up, most of these activities are too hard for kids as young as 4. This software is a better choice for kids ages 7 and up. The 10 games tap into many different skill sets and are somewhat uneven in difficulty level.

Fans of the movie who are looking to do more than race are likely to enjoy this title.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which activities their kids like. Is it because it features their favorite character, or is it because they like the activity? What's the attraction of playing games based on movies?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: June 25, 2006
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E

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