A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Hot Wheels World's Best Driver wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Players are awarded medals for meeting or surpassing their previous time and point goals. This, in turn, will unlock more tracks. The game also evaluates a player's performance during the race and flashes text messages like "awesome."
Positive Role Models
Exhibiting positive or negative behaviors during racing really is placed in the player's control. However, running a clean race often results in faster times or more points scored for technique, so the impetus on playing fair underscores the racing competition.
Ease of Play
The control scheme is simple and does not vary much from many other racing games. The menu is easy to navigate, and the tracks are not difficult to follow; the challenge is in actually succeeding while racing. These tracks can be tricky and require various skills depending on which team color a player is racing under. For example, the red team starts on a motorcycle on an elevated track whereas the blue team is in a car drifting on an icy track. Each of the four teams presents a different driving challenge, and each has a possible 54 medals that can be unlocked on the variety of tracks.
Violence & Scariness
Vehicles will crash but are quickly righted and allowed to continue racing. Sometimes obstacles will sweep cars off an elevated track. Of course, if a player is knocked off-course or crashes, the vehicle has to accelerate from zero, and precious time or points are lost.
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Products & Purchases
The Hot Wheels brand name is featured prominently throughout the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Wheels World's Best Driver is a reflexive game for up to four players, each trying to post the best score or time. The game is fairly straightforward in terms of content and control scheme, though reaching the top levels can be challenging. There is a lot of replay value, because of the time or point structure that rewards medals for improved scores.
Is It Any Good?
Hot Wheels World's Best Driver is, in some ways, a throwback title that uses tried-and-true racing mechanics but spices it up with impressive graphical elements, imaginative tracks, and a variety of skill challenges that will suit just about any racing fan. The Hot Wheels brand harkens back to many childhoods, with collectible vehicles and twisty track pieces, and the developers did a solid job of bringing that joy to the video-game space. This is a game that focuses on racing without a whole lot of frills.
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