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Circuit Superstars

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Simply presented but deep arcade all-ages racing game.

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Though clearly not made for serious race fans, this arcade driving game will engage casual and old school speed freaks. In Circuit Superstars, players race a wide variety of cars that are designed to look like real racing cars, modern street legal cars, and vintage vehicles on a wide variety of twisty tracks. But unlike realistic racing games, or even many arcade ones, this throws in the added twist of having all the action be from the aerial perspective, with very simplistic controls and physics. That does make this feel more like you're racing go-karts on a slot racing track -- or playing a really old school arcade racing game -- than real cars on real roads.

That said, Circuit Superstars is not without its challenges. Even when played on "Amateur," this game is no pushover, and there's four harder difficulty options for those who love a challenge. It also helps that there's a lot to this game: tons of cars, numerous tracks, and even multiple options when it comes to certain modes. Not only does it have a deep "Grand Prix" mode, in which you take on a series of multi-race events, but there's also online modes, time trials where you compare your best times against those of other people, and even a chance to race around the test track from the TV show "Top Gear." Granted, some people will wish this had real cars, not just ones that look like real cars — you're not fooling anyone, you Porsche- and Mini Cooper-looking machines — and realistic physics, and real racing events, and a real sense of speed...but really, all that means is they want a completely different game. For those looking for a fun racing game that isn't too complicated (or, well, realistic), Circuit Superstars is a quicker picker upper.

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