Parents' Guide to

TrackMania DS

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Ingenious, compelling race game lets you build racetracks.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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Trying to finish first in all of the single player races is a true challenge in itself: unless you're really driving to perfection, you won't be Number 1. And the Extreme difficulty mode is killer hard (in a good way)! After purchasing parts with your income from racing, you can add tunnels, make loop de loops and add tilted portions to your track creations. You can even add blimps and trees to make your environments more life-like.

There are some challenges with the game, however. If your vehicle flies off the track, it doesn't automatically re-emerge where it left off. You have to begin the race all over again. You should be able to choose from a small variety of cars right from the beginning in the single player races; but you can't. Finally, if you accidentally erase the starting gate or finish gate from the track editor, you sometimes can't find the pieces in the toolbar below. And you can't save your track without them. Yet it's just so much fun to make, race on, and share your own tracks that you'll forgive the glitches in TrackMania DS. Instead, you happily work around them.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: March 17, 2009
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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