What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Racers is a nice nonviolent alternative to other monster-collection games, like Pokemon or Bakugan. Instead of kids collecting and fighting monsters, in this game kids "befriend" them and then have a blast racing with them. Also, the storytelling in Monster Racers goes out of its way to make the point that the creatures being collected for competition love running races and are definitely not being forced to do so. Parents should also be aware, though, that Monster Racers allows for online multiplayer games via WiFi, as well as local wireless play against others who have a DS.
What's it about?
In MONSTER RACERS, players enter a world inhabited by diverse mystical creatures, all of who enjoy nothing more than zipping past one another on race courses. In this land of competitive, fast-paced beasts, racing has become the most popular sport around. As a rookie monster racer, you travel the world, befriending creatures that may join your team, racing against wild monsters for practice, and entering a series of international tournaments that will determine a world champion. Playing as either a boy or girl racer, you will meet lots of friendly competitors as well as a few bragging bullies who'll need to be bested. Special items that can be found or bought can be used to upgrade or personailze your monsters.
Is it any good?
Fans of monster-collection games like Pokemon will almost certainly love Monster Racers as well. The role-playing element of both games is incredibly similar. But the gameplay mechanic of Monster Racers is completely different, based more on skill than strategy (although there is definitely a strategic element in choosing which creatures to enter into which races). The competition aspect of Monster Racers is much more hands-on and interactive than the mostly-automated combat of Pokemon-type games. This is a factor that should make Monster Racers appeal to fans of platformers and regular racing games as well. Overall, it's refreshing to see the monster-collection concept laid over a new and different style of video game. Plus, the game is very fun and likeable to boot.
Online interaction: Players can enter 4-person multiplayer races via WiFi connection. There is no chatting involved, but the possibility always exists that an online player will use an offensive or inappropriate nickname. DS owners can also race each other locally through a non-Internet wireless connection.