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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.Â Â Â
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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Products & Purchases
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).
Is It Any Good?
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.
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