Parents' Guide to

MotorSport Manager

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Complex yet rewarding race-team sim takes checkered flag.

Game Mac, Windows 2016
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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.

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