Hot Wheels Unleashed
By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun arcade racing game for any fan of the toys.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning in this game requires you to pay attention, to choose wisely, and to persevere, even if it means doing the same race over and over until you win.
Positive Role Models
The player is trying to save the world... by winning races. But doing so may require them to do the same race multiple times until they win, and winning requires them to pay attention and be mindful of their surroundings.
Ease of Play
The game has four difficulty options: "Easy," "Medium," "Hard," and "Extreme." It also features multiple language options for players from different areas of the world so they can enjoy the game.
At one point you are called "One hell of a driver."
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on a line of toys. In addition to racing real Hot Wheels cars, there are also some from such real brands as Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, and Dodge, as well as vehicles from Batman, Back to the Future, and Knight Rider. There are plans to offer more cars and other items for sale, including vehicles from Aston Martin, McLaren, and BMW as well as Wonder Woman, Barbie, and Masters of the Universe.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Wheels Unleashed is an arcade racing game for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Windows PCs. The game has no objectionable content, save for one moment when you're called "One hell of a driver." But it does feature real Hot Wheels cars, ones made by real auto companies as GMC, Honda, Ford, Fiat, and Audi, as well as some from or inspired by such movies and TV shows as Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Knight Rider. Players will also be able to purchase more cars in the future, including BMWs and Aston Martins, as well as ones inspired by Barbie, Street Fighter, and Wonder Woman.
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Hot Wheels Unleashed
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A really enjoyable Hot Wheels experience for the whole family.
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What’s It About?
In the single-player story mode of HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED, called "Hot Wheels City Rumble," five monsters are terrorizing Hot Wheels City, and it's up to you to vanquish them… by winning races. And not just any races, races on crazy tracks someone built in the basement, the living room, and even in the kitchen. Using a wide variety of Hot Wheels cars that range from the real-life autos to ones that would never be street legal, you have to run a bunch of races on tracks that, in Hot Wheels tradition, don't just have curves but jumps and loop-de-loops as well. Players can also challenge other players in multiplayer races, or build tracks with a track editor.
Is It Any Good?
This arcade racing game captures the fun of playing with the titular toy cars...well, if your parents were super cool about where you could build your tracks. In Hot Wheels Unleashed, you get to race classic Hot Wheels — as well as such cool cars as the Batmobile and K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider — on elaborate tracks someone built in their basement, rumpus room, and kitchen, complete with jumps and loop-de-loops. It's a good thing this not only has simple but intuitive controls. You also have access to speed boosts that are triggered both manually and by driving over sections of the track, as well as the ability to drift around corners. You just need to be mindful of the environmental hazards, which include barriers that will break but slow you down, and a spider who might mistake your car for a tasty fly.
As if that wasn't enough to bring you back to being 8 years old, this also has "Basement," a mode where you get to build your own tracks, and in multiple rooms of your house. But the real fun comes from racing, be it in the single-player "Hot Wheels City Rumble" mode, or online against other people. And while people looking for an authentic racing experience would be advised to go elsewhere, as would arcade race fans who want the option to drive from the cockpit view (which this doesn't have) or would rather not drive a van that looks like a toaster (which this does have), the challenging tracks, real sense of speed, and simple but effective controls makes Hot Wheels Unleashed fun for anyone who's ever been old enough to play with Matchbox cars.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about advertising. While the people who made Hot Wheels Unleashed clearly want you to have fun, they also want you to buy more Hot Wheels, so is it working? Does playing this game make you want to buy Hot Wheels?
One of the parts of Hot Wheels Unleashed is the track editor, where you get to make your own crazy tracks, so how creative can you get? Can you make a track so crazy that it would never work in real life?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Milestone
- Release date: September 30, 2021
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: October 8, 2021
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