A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
HOT WHEELS WORLD'S BEST DRIVER presents four racing teams, each of which features a different racing style, and sets them off on competitions across more than 50 tracks. Players earn accolades and medals to purchase new skills for their drivers as well as customizable paint for the 24 featured vehicles. This is a stunt-based racing title with a wide range of tracks and locations.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why emulating the racing seen in the game is not appropriate in the real world. This, in turn, can evolve into a chat about the responsibilities of safe driving.
Families also can talk about the imagination implemented in designing the tracks for the game. If your child could design a track, what elements would he or she put on the tracks to make it challenging?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Self-Direction: self-reflection, work to achieve goals
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Mattel
- Release date: September 16, 2013
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E for Mild violence
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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