Hot Wheels Track Attack

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Good entry-level racing game has simple track designer.

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Positive Messages

This game is more about fun than it is competition. While players do race, and the goal is to be faster than your opponents, the colorful environments and user-friendly controls are designed more to ensure the players have a fun time with the game, regardless of their racing performance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

At the helm of each track is a "monster" (e.g., a big dinosaur in the prehistoric racing level). By winning the race, players defeat the monster and turn it back to safe and pristine condition. However, none of these monsters ever appears overly ominous and it is really just something to make players feel proud of completing each race.

Ease of Play

This game is extremely easy to play with controls that are quite basic. Its aesthetic and controls are designed specifically so younger players can easily pick it up and start racing. Players simply move the Wii controller around in motions mimicking a steering wheel. There are no convoluted stunts or tricks to master.

Violence & Scariness

This game glamorizes the Hot Wheels brand of miniature cars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hot Wheels Track Attack is designed mainly for younger players. The controls are easy and the computer-controlled opponents give players a lot of leniency. It is a game that anyone with basic motor skills should be able to play with no trouble whatsoever. The tracks are all designed with bright and colorful themes, making the race course just as much fun as actually racing the cars. There is no online play but it is possible for two players on the same TV to compete head-to-head. The game also offers kids the option of creating their own tracks.

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What's it about?

HOT WHEELS TRACK ATTACK lets players race miniature Hot Wheels cars around jungles, beaches, a dinosaur-riddled canyon, and other fun environments. Each of these tracks has various obstacles that players have to avoid, and at the end of the race, players get to vanquish the track's monster (though no violence is ever depicted). Players can also bring out their creativity by building their own tracks: using an easy point-and-click interface, players lay down pieces of a Hot Wheels track and can then race their cars on their own creation. The goal in every game mode is pretty straightforward - race faster than the opponents, but have as much fun as possible in the process.

Is it any good?

Hot Wheels Track Attack is a good choice for younger players who may not have a lot of experience with video games. It could best be described as an entry-level racing game. It is very different from the more popular racing series like Gran Turismo or Need for Speed in that it has very simple controls and the presentation is very basic. However, that does not take away from its playability for the younger audience. Unlike the high-profile franchises, this game is completely accessible. It's easy for anyone to pick up and play, and the zany racetrack environments make it a more lighthearted experience. Older players may find the game too easy, but this game isn't meant to be played by them. This is for little kids.

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Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: November 23, 2010
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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