A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
CRAYOLA SCOOT is a scooter sports game that combines big stunts from game franchises like Tony Hawk or Skate with the paint-splatting mechanics of Splatoon. Aimed at younger kids, the game challenges players to create and customize their own character and work their way up to become a scooter legend. With support for solo play and multiplayer matches (via split-screen) -- in modes like Color Frenzy, Crazy Crayons, Splatter Tag, S.C.O.O.T., and Trick Run -- up to four players can compete for the Crayola Color Cup in a dozen parks spread out over three worlds. Your goal is to pull off sick tricks on your scooter, enable a speed boost, and create crazy combos while scooting around urban environments. The bigger the stunts, the more paint you'll have to color the world (and view your finished work at the end of each level). The better you do, the more you can upgrade your scooter and your rider's style.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marketing to kids. Should parents be concerned about the clear branding and marketing of Crayola products in this game, or is it handled in a way that isn't constantly pushing these items to players?
Do you feel like splashing paint adds anything to the gameplay, or is it just a gimmick? Is it more important to land tricks, or to paint each course?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Outright Games
- Release date: October 19, 2018
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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