A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No messages in the game -- good, bad, or otherwise.
Positive Role Models
Create your own character from various options and change the look of the character (and scooter) over time. Good gender and racial representation, with characters competing in fantasy league that lets them race, perform tricks, paint the environment.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn, thanks to mandatory tutorial. That said, balancing spraying paint and pulling off tricks at the same time can give you a challenge.
Products & Purchases
This is a licensed game with Crayola, so there's obvious branding throughout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crayola Scoot is a sports action game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game is set up as a global competition and has players racing scooters, performing tricks, and earning paint to spray over the world. Players have the option to take on computer opponents or challenge themselves against three other gamers. Apart from the Crayola branding, which is scattered throughout the game, there's no inappropriate content to be found here.
Is It Any Good?
This is a refreshing family-friendly game that fuses scooter tricks with racing, artistic expression, and multiplayer fun, even if it's not the deepest game around. While Crayola Scoot is an obvious partnership that promotes the popular brand of markers, crayons, and pencil crayons, its a deeper experience than just pushing art supplies. Once you get the hang of the controls, you'll notice how the trick system, speed, and boost are cleverly tied to paint splatter. Going faster will get you bigger air, which leads to better tricks and multiplier chains, which yields more spray to paint wherever you like. You get the idea. Some areas let you spread more color around if you do tricks near them, so players will frequently hunt for these spaces through the in-game map.
While the gameplay is accessible, there are a number of flaws that hold it back. The graphics aren't visually impressive compared to most of the other games out today, and the music isn't memorable. Plus, the limited number of tricks reduces the depth of Crayola Scoot, which further reduces its replayability. With that said, the various modes do encourage a different use of the paint splattering mechanics, and there are bosses to face when you advance, so the mileage may vary. A particular standout was the Crazy Crayons mode, which is the game's take on Capture the Flag. Overall, if you're looking for an amusing sports game that's fine for younger kids, Crayola Scoot can easily paint the town red for a few hours of fun.
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