A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning races in this game not only requires you to pay attention and practice, but also be willing to run the same race multiple times until you win.
Positive Role Models
Drivers are penalized for breaking certain rules. Players must also pay attention, practice, and be willing to try and try again in order to win.
Ease of Play
The game has five difficulty options: "Amateur," "Pro-Am," "Pro," "Master," and "Superstar." While it doesn't have any kind of tutorial to show you how to play, the game's controls are easy to figure out, even if you've never played this kind of game before.
Violence & Scariness
While cars may accidentally crash during a race, no blood or gore's shown, nor is any damage shown to the vehicles.
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Products & Purchases
While the cars look like real ones, they're not identified as such. The game includes a mode based on the TV show "Top Gear," while one of the options for drivers is a character from that show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Circuit Superstars is a downloadable arcade racing game for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Windows PC. It has no objectionable content. Even the crashes are safe without any damage shown. The game does have a mode where players can race on a course from the TV show "Top Gear," and one of the drivers is a character from that show, but otherwise, there's no commercial content, as the cars are not real-world ones (though they do resemble specific real cars).
Is It Any Good?
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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