MySims Racing

Common Sense Media says

All-ages kart racer is fun on the Wii, better on the DS.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The ultimate goal of the game is to restore a race-loving town to its former glory and keep it from being turned into a landfill. Players help townspeople by completing driving challenges. Social gaming is facilitated via local four-player competitions.   

Violence & scariness

Very mild cartoon violence comes in the form of power-ups and goofy weapons that players use to impede the progress of their competitors. You can, for example, toss an acorn in the middle of the road to sprout a tree that other players will run into, causing their cars to spin about. Or you can drop a trail of beehives that will slow down pursuers as they try to bat away the insects. Players can also shoot soccer balls to try to bump other cars off the raceway.

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Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is part of EA’s burgeoning MySims franchise. The packaging includes advertisements for other games in the series.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this kart racing game is one of several games released by Electronic Arts over the last couple years under the MySims license, a brand related to the more mature Sims games but with content suitable for children. Save a few standard kart racing shenanigans, there's nothing here that's inappropriate for children. Your best guide as to whether the game is suitable for your kids will be knowing their reading level (all instructions are delivered in text format) and how easily they grow frustrated with imperfect controls (it takes a while to earn the upgrades required to make the game's cars handle well).

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The latest entry in Electronic Arts' MySims franchise -- a series of games with features vaguely resembling those of the Sims games (including avatar customization and freedom of exploration) but geared for children -- MYSIMS RACING is a fairly standard kart racing game. Players strap on the goggles of a rookie race car driver who just arrived in Speedville, a town once renowned for its beautiful race tracks but which has fallen into disrepair since the disappearance of its benefactor ten years ago. Your goal is to keep the town from being turned into a landfill by helping its citizens with a variety of tasks that take the form of races, including time trials, item collection challenges, and even full-fledged championship competitions.

Is it any good?

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MySims Racing may not have tracks or vehicles that are as pretty or imaginative as those found in Nintendo's lauded Mario Kart games. And its motion-sensitive controls, which are cumbersome at first but become more manageable as your cars are upgraded, could frustrate impatient players. But, MySims Racing is still one of the better kiddy racers to come along in some time.

A wealth of customization options earned by winning races will keep players tinkering with their rides for hours. Plus, there are plenty of fun and clever little power-ups never before seen in a kart racer, such as a twister that can spin the screen upside down and throw players for a loop, and an acorn players can toss into the road that will sprout into a giant tree directly in the path of other racers. It's definitely worth a look for boys and girls who get a kick out of kart racing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the MySims brand. Do you think these games share enough in common with the more mature Sims games to warrant their bearing a similar name?  What about them makes them Sims-like? How are Electronic Arts’ interests served by drawing a connection between MySims games and Sims games?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99 - $39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 12, 2009
Genre:Racing
Topics:Cars and trucks
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byGamerbro July 13, 2009
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5
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Aren't racing games supposed to be exciting?

Racing games are supposed to give you a sense of speed. In a good one, you'll have an adrenaline rush just watching. But this is just...Slow. Safe for the little'ns, but not that fun for those of us with an ounce of maturity.
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Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bystarscore13 October 3, 2010
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7
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Any age 7+ fun but hard 2 master

Fun but has alittle hard 2 master, need to be 7+
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2010
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6
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Great

This is a great game!

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