A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that F1 Race Stars is an arcade-style race game that allows players to pick from one of 28 pre-designed characters, and then race on crazy obstacle-filled tracks in 11 world locations. There are 14 power-ups that can be snagged by driving through the icon, and the power-ups (which include items like bubbles to encase opponent's cars, teleportation, speed boosts, and area-of-effect pulses to damage other cars) can help or hinder drivers in their quest to win. The game also sports an online component with open chat, but this can be disabled. This is a game that is more enjoyable when competing with others either on the same machine or online.
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What's it about?
F1 RACE STARS invites players to hop behind the wheel of a miniature Formula One race car and then compete on a variety of tracks that come with arcade-style power-ups, jumps to drive through, and a host of other wacky environmental elements (including driving through a whale!). With your bobble-head racer, you compete to unlock 30 trophies by racing against either other racers or in a solo career mode. In multiplayer, which can be played on the same console or online, players can compete as teams.
Is it any good?
F1 Race Stars is certainly not unique, but it is bright, colorful, and entertaining. This is a game that is easy to jump into and play, offers a nice variety of tracks, and creates a light, fun, and challenging race experience. No one is ever seriously injured and the power-ups are both wacky and fun. Plus, F1 Race Stars looks good and plays well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between cartoon violence that does no real harm and real-world violence. What is the impact of media violence on kids?
Families can also discuss the strategy used while racing and what works or doesn't work in the game's settings.
Because F1 Race Stars uses wild and sometimes crazy track designs, talk about what makes for a good and challenging race track, and what the player likes and doesn't like about the tracks.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Codemasters
- Release date: November 12, 2012
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E for Comic mischief
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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