Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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All-ages arcade kart-racing game makes a solid comeback.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

To win, players must not only be skilled but also willing to be patient and to redo tasks until they get it right. Your ultimate objective is a positive one to save the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players are trying to save the planet from destruction. To do so, they're willing to risk their safety (well, sort of). That said, if they don't come in first, they mutter under their breath in frustration.

Ease of Play

The controls take some adjustment, even for longtime fans, but it's not a steep learning curve. Still, the game provides some challenge for veterans as well as newcomers.


Players use bombs, missiles, and boxes of TNT on their competition, resulting in explosions and, occasionally, a character bursting into flames. A character shoots a machine gun in celebration, but not at anyone. All of this is limited by the game's cartoony approach.


Characters mutter under their breath when they lose, but no curse words are discernable. Online communication isn't moderated.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a cartoony racing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Players use missiles, bombs, and boxes of TNT to take out the competition, resulting in explosions, crashes, and, in some instances, characters being lit on fire. But all of this is done with a silly,cartoony look and feel. There's also some juvenile humor: A character picks his nose and eats it, and seagulls use some rocks as a bathroom. Otherwise, there's no sex, cursing, or references to drugs and alcohol, save for what you might hear if you play online, where communication isn't monitored. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins June 22, 2019

Awkward controls and boost gimmick may ruin the game for you.

It's standard issue cart racing. weapons, cutesie characters and various tracks set in cartoon environments with hazards and speed boosts. Our problem with... Continue reading
Adult Written byThe REAL Common... June 24, 2020

Easy to play, hard to master.

A little bit too hard for kids ages 6 and under but aside from that there's only one thing and that's microtransactions. Microtransactions are in this... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byWhatanexitright... April 28, 2021

Imperfect, but still fun

This was a great game when it came out, but I still love it even though not as much as before
Teen, 15 years old Written byKar0l990 February 26, 2021

This game is really fun!

This is a really great game but it is also made by Activision so expect a lot of microtransactions but it's a really solid game,although the track or arena... Continue reading

What's it about?

In CRASH TEAM RACING NITRO-FUELED, the titular marsupial, his friends, and his enemies engage in a series of go-kart races to determine who's the best racer. That champion will then have to race an alien named Nitrous Oxide, and if they lose that showdown, the Earth will be turned into a parking lot. If they win, perhaps they get bragging rights, but it's simply that they'll have saved everyone on the planet that's they're reward. Apart from the single player campaign, players can also engage in single races against other players and AI opponents.

Is it any good?

Though this is a remake of a twenty-year-old game, it still manages to be a lot of fun, and not just in a retro/nostalgic way. Like the original Crash Team Racing, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a cartoony, arcade-style go-kart racing game in which characters from the Crash Bandicoot series engage in what's essentially their version of Mario Kart. Not only do they drive circles around twisty tracks — some of which have branching pathways — but they also try to get an edge by using weapons against each other, triggering defenses to protect themselves, and using boosting pads build into the tracks for when they want to get extra speed to get ahead.

As for what this version has that the original did not, well, not only does it look and sound lot nicer thanks to upgraded visuals and audio, but it also now lets you race against people online. It also includes tracks and other items from the 2003 sequel, Crash Nitro Kart. But as fun as this all may be, it does have some minor issues. While you can switch the gas pedal from one of the front buttons to the right trigger, making this more like most racing games, you can't do the same with the brakes. It also doesn't help that the button you use to do a little hop is also used to power slide around corners, which makes it trickier to do the latter. Even with these minor quibbles, though, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled still has enough of the original's charm and challenge to delight fans of cartoony racing games, whether they're too young to remember the original, or too old.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safe driving. Do Crash and his friends display proper driving safety in this game? Do you think they should be wearing helmets? Or not shooting missiles at eat other?

  • Why is it important to understand that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...or the one? Is there a situation that you would put yourself in danger to save other people?

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For kids who love racing

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