By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Complex yet rewarding race-team sim takes checkered flag.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players learn to multitask, pay attention to details.
Positive Role Models
Only through careful planning, multitasking, paying attention to detail can you lead your team to victory.
Ease of Play
While it uses typical mouse, keyboard controls, there's a level of detail, depth that requires time to master.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drivers make references to enjoying alcohol but are never shown drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MotorSport Manager is a strategic simulation game in which players have to manage aspects of a racing team. There's no sex, violence, or profanity, save for one use of the word "ass." While drivers occasionally talk about enjoying an alcoholic beverage, they're never shown drinking.
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What’s It About?
Requiring your managerial skills, MOTORSPORT MANAGER has you provide aid and comfort to your drivers as you help them win races. But this isn't really a story-driven game. While some of the action takes place behind the scenes, it's all centered on you running the team and aiding your drivers during races. You don't have to deal with drivers running into problems off the track or personality conflicts with you or other drivers. Instead, you just have to help your drivers and your team win races and climb the standings.
Is It Any Good?
While it might sound as exciting as filling out a spreadsheet, this strategic simulation is actually rather engaging once you've mastered its intricacies. In MotorSport Manager, you oversee almost all aspects of running a race team. Which not only means buying new cars and parts between races but also telling your drivers how hard to push themselves during a race and when to come into the pit for fuel and new parts. During races, you have to not only monitor the condition of your cars and their fuel levels in real time, but you also have keep track of changing weather, its impact on the track, and other minor details that could mean the difference between first place and 15th. Oh, and you have to do it for two cars at the same time. There are even random events, such as when something on the track unexpectedly damages your car or when you tell your pit crew to work faster, but this just causes them to screw up.
All of this is done from an aerial perspective; you never get behind the wheel of a car. This may make playing this game sound more like work to some people, and it will be. This isn't for someone who wants to be a driver. But for fans of racing who also enjoy strategy games where you have to deal with resource management, MotorSport Manager is like owning your own race team -- just with all the heartache and none of the money.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about planning ahead. What does this game show us about the importance of thinking things through and planning them out? How can this help with your schoolwork?
Talk about multitasking. Why is it important to know how to prioritize one task over another?
Discuss road safety. What does this game teach us about paying attention to the condition of our cars and how much gas we have at any time?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Sega of America
- Release date: November 10, 2016
- Genre: Simulation
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol reference, Language
- Last updated: January 14, 2022
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