A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are no positive or negative messages included. Players simply try to come in first place and eliminate others.
Occasionally you see the driver's faces in loadout screens or cut-scene graphic, and there's some gender and racial diversity.
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Ease of Play
Detonation Racing is easier to control with a gamepad, which is optional for iPhone and iPad, than the touchscreen controls. There's a tutorial that teaches the basics of controlling your vehicle, drifting around corners, blowing up the track and rivals, and more.
Violence & Scariness
While not graphic, this racing game includes vehicular violence, such as blowing up opponents on the track (or part of the track itself) to slow down other drivers. No one gets hurt or dies, but the gameplay is just as much about explosions as it is about driving.
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Products & Purchases
As an Apple Arcade title, there are no ads or in-game purchase options (to buy downloadable content/DLC).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Detonation Racing is a racing game exclusively for Apple Arcade. This is a car racing game that encourages explosions on the track, either to take out a portion of the course to mess up rival drivers, or to blow up an opponent. Cars can be seen exploding, but the presentation is very cartoon-like and clearly a fantasy concept (tied to a fictional TV game show). You can play against the game's artificial intelligence or hop online for multiplayer matches (local or Internet play). Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content included.
Is It Any Good?
This racer is fun, fast and frenetic, but it's not a perfect experience. Detonation Racing is a gratifying driving game with a lot of attention to detail and a smart mechanic that fuses racing with destruction. There's a lot of gameplay here, between all the episodes, challenges, drivers, and events to partake in. Even if you choose not to play online, there's quite a bit of meat, plus you're encouraged to collect stars to unlock goodies in your garage, customize what your car looks like or upgrade how it performs, select different vehicles (each with different strengths and weaknesses) and attempt to climb up the ranks against fictitious racers. Your Strike Bar shows how close you are to unleashing some carnage on the track, while your Boom Bar shows how near you are to getting your hands on a prize.
But at the risk if nitpicking, this fun racer falls short in a couple of areas -- mostly when it comes to visuals and performance. The game looks good on an iPhone or iPad, but not that great on a larger screen, such as a Mac or television connected to an Apple TV. Explosions tend to look blocky, and there's some long load times, objects that suddenly appear out of nowhere, and significant slowdown when there's a lot of action happening on the screen. Also, this game lacks haptic feedback, which would have been great for an explosive racer like this, and no option for local split-screen gaming on a Mac or TV. But again, Electric Square has some super talented developers and they're squeezing a lot of detail and depth -- and accessibility -- into a (mostly) mobile game. It's impressive on one level, and a ton of gameplay here, too, but hopefully they'll add some missing features and boost performance issues in a future update. As it stands now, it's a good but not extraordinary arcade racing game for those bent on destruction.
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