Scraps: Modular Vehicle Combat

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Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Design, race, and battle game fun but tricky to master.

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Positive Messages

Focuses on persistence for trying to build a car that will last in the arena. Otherwise, it's solely combat-focused.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No humans in this game, only vehicles battling one another.

Ease of Play

Keyboard controls difficult; mastering battle can take time.

Violence & Scariness

Players get to choose weapons they use in combat against other vehicles. No blood, gore, only vehicular combat.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scraps: Modular Vehicle Combat is a downloadable vehicular-design and -combat game where players must build out, test, and then battle other vehicles to the death. Violence is mild, with the center of the game centered on configuring the right amount of guns to put on your car so it can last in the arena. There's no blood, only scraps as vehicles battle and blow up. Players can build and test their models before getting in the arena and can take time to map out and make revisions on their cars. The keyboard controls can be frustrating, and mastering the game can take a lot of trial and error, which could potentially frustrate some players.

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What's it about?

SCRAPS: MODULAR VEHICLE COMBAT puts you in the driver's seat and lets you control everything about your battle vehicle from the design to the shoot-out in the arena. Each part of your car is functional, and the game allows you to customize the build you think will hold up in battle. Players are given some scrap, or currency, to build and add to their car and can collect more off every car they destroy in the arena. Players can create anything they want into their car; just make sure the mechanics are correct so your design has the right balance of weight, firepower, and energy to take out the computerized drivers or online players that come speeding your way.  

Is it any good?

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.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about where and how cars are designed; how is a car designed, and then how is it made into reality? How long does it take to design your favorite car, and what makes it unique?

  • How are cars designed so they're safe to drive? Which safety features are built into the car your family drives?

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