What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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 review how to use social networking web sites, like Facebook, responsibly.