Hot Wheels World Race

Common Sense Media says

Racing game is great for young players.





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The game is named after Mattel's Hot Wheels racing cars and all cars in the video game are available for purchase at toy stores.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is appropriate for kids of all ages. Commercialism is the only negative, as all cars are authentic Hot Wheels cars and are for sale in toy stores from coast to coast. There is no violence, as cars are next to impossible to flip or turn and are in the same shape after crash as they are when you start the game.

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What's it about?

Hot Wheels fans will be pleased with THQ's latest release HOT WHEELS WORLD RACE. The racing game is aimed to satisfy younger race fans by tempting them with the newest Hot Wheels cars. Players compete in high-speed action--racing over a series of intense, gravity-defying circuit races with the winner of each race earning valuable circuit points that let them unlock hidden tracks.

The game has a feel of an arcade game with user-friendly controls, limited graphics that don't change much during the game, and smooth gameplay that may be a bit too easy for experienced players, but brings smiles to the faces of first time gamers.

Is it any good?


Single-player mode is a great place to learn the ins and outs of the game, as you take on other Hot Wheels models in a race to the finish line. For the ultimate in racing, the split-screen multiplayer mode will allow kids to challenge their friends. Music by such bands as Smashmouth enhances the adrenaline-pumping excitement.

Overall, the game is very easy for beginning players to pick up and play. It also happens to be one of only a handful of racing games appropriate for a younger audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about racing toy cars in the game versus in real life. Which do you enjoy more -- zooming toy cars around with your hands or racing them with the game controls? Why?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Release date:December 17, 2003
ESRB rating:E for (PlayStation 2)

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