Hotwheels Racing Circuit
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hotwheels Racing Circuit is an online multiplayer, browser-based game that allows kids to race against the computer or other players, but does not allow chat. Accounts are verified with an email and have to be activated, but no other information is gathered unless parents decide to buy a subscription account for their kids. Parents also need to know that software must be downloaded and installed for the game to work and that older machines may have compatibility issues.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Like many car games, Hotwheels Racing Circuit is about collecting cars and making your cars look cool. If kids are already Hotwheels fans, this may be a way to extend their hobby. The subscription commitment is for a year and costs $29.99, which is expensive when compared to the 99 cents cost of most physical hotwheel cars. However the graphics are really good, which helps to make these toy cars come alive. This game is best played on new, faster computers and kids with slow machines, may get frustrated. They may have to pop open a new window and the browser may have to be minimized in order to play the game.
Online interaction: Kids can look at each others profiles and garages but there is no actual interaction as there isn't any text chat.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about setting computer time limits. How many races do you want to play today?
Families can also talk about collecting as a hobby and the differences between collecting physical toys and virtual ones.