Title Town Racing

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Social game combines racing sim and NASCAR fantasy league.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players build a thriving race team to unlock the top-tier drivers to enter in each week's fantasy pool. Lesser-tier drivers are always available, so players will always have drivers to choose from regardless of whether they unlocked anything. The game is still very enjoyable without spending real-world cash or amassing a lot of friends.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no strong role models except for the characters who work at the garage that help walk the player through the game. The characters tend to speak with southern accents, but the "redneck" stereotype isn't played up too much.

Ease of Play

The game is pretty easy to get the hang of, with characters who walk the player through every aspect of the process. It is visual, and not as statistics-based as other fantasy sports games, making it more accessible.

Violence
Sex
Language

Occasional use of "hell," as in "Hell yeah!"

Consumerism

Like most Facebook games, players can take shortcuts by spending real-world cash or participating in offers, although the game is still enjoyable without doing so. Offers appear along the top of the screen at all times in a scrolling banner. The race cars are sponsored by fake companies like Shock Tarts and Cheesy Toast.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the decorations that can be purchased for the track is a beer vendor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Title Town Racing is a Facebook game that puts players in charge of running a stock car racing team tied to a real-world NASCAR fantasy league. By expanding their virtual race team and challenging Facebook friends to races, players unlock top NASCAR drivers to enter in each weekend's real-world race. Content is innocuous, though, like most Facebook games, there is potential for personal information to be shared among players.

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What's it about?

TITLE TOWN RACING is a social game that's part racing sim and part NASCAR fantasy league. Players are in charge of managing a racing team and race track, which involves buying new cars and upgrading their performance; purchasing grandstands, concession stands, and other decorations; and sending cars out on practice runs and races. Each week, players choose which drivers to enter in Sunday's race, and receive bonuses based on how well those drivers perform. Top tier drivers are locked at first, but players can unlock them by earning coins, fans, and wrenches throughout the week as they upgrade their race team. Like most Facebook games, players can take shortcuts by spending real-world cash.

Is it any good?

Title Town Racing's combination of NASCAR fantasy league and social gaming sim is very enjoyable. The sim aspect means that players have something to do while they're waiting for the next race, and the fact that they have to work to unlock the best drivers each week provides a solid motivation to keep playing. The use of real-world currency can certainly speed up the process, and some exclusive items can only be purchased with "Bills," but the game does not require or force the player to spend real money to sign top talent. And players can participate in the fantasy pool each week regardless of who they've unlocked since the lower-tier drivers are always available. As a social game alone, Title Town Racing would be a fun racing simulation, but add the fantasy league aspect and you have a real winner for NASCAR fans.

Online interaction: Players can challenge friends to race in a short reflex-based mini-game to earn extra coins and fans and unlock certain drivers for the fantasy league. There's a Tailgate message board built into the game where players can chat about game- and NASCAR-related topics, and post friend requests, which could give strangers access to personal information.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why they picked the drivers they did for a particular race. Was it based on the driver's overall number of wins or past success at that track, or was it due to sentimental reasons?

  • Families can also talk about how  Facebook games like this one offer quick routes to success through the purchase of in-game currency.

  • Families can also review how to use social networking web sites, like Facebook, responsibly.

Game details

  • Platforms: Facebook
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Gasworks Games
  • Release date: February 7, 2011
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: NR

For kids who love sports

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