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Scraps: Modular Vehicle Combat

By Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Design, race, and battle game fun but tricky to master.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows 2015
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This racer is unique because it doesn't allow you to design your car randomly; players must take time and use strategy to ensure their creation will last in battle. The game starts out by letting you design your vehicle from the bottom up with a small, medium, or large chassis. Each element that you add will cost you a different amount of scrap, all of which is collected in the midst of battle. There are a ton of components, and you'll need to balance the additional firepower with the basic needs of controlling and driving the car. Fortunately, there's a tutorial if you get confused along the way and need an explanation of build components.

Once your car is ready to go, you're taken to the arena, where you'll battle computerized drivers or online players, depending on your choice of play. The arena has lots of hills and crazy turns to keep the battle interesting and challenging. Battle mode will make you hold your breath as you fly over bumps and try to dodge incoming shots from a slew of vehicles. Unfortunately, you may have to go into the settings and change the control layout of the buttons on your keyboard to make the controls work better, but once you have battled a couple of times, getting another vehicle in your crosshairs gets easier. But the in-battle camera will definitely make you dizzy, as it's in constant flux during battle mode, making it very hard to get a lock on cars that circle quickly. It's not a perfect racer, but if you like battle arenas and creating your own cars, then this game could give you the combat challenge you've been looking for.

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