Parents' Guide to

TrackMania Turbo

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, family-friendly arcade racer brings hours of play.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Sloppy mechanics and sporadic steering ruin potential.

We love arcade racers and it's a neglected genre with all the overblown realism of today, but this isn't a good return to form or even a decent game. The graphic and concepts are all there but the steering is so touchy that it is neither arcade like OR realistic. It's just messy.The cars get easily stuck and tossed around and the game require precision that is very hard to create with thesteering mechanics. This game seems created to fill a niche, but now after not even a year from release the game is free on xbox Gold, and for good reason. Even at that price it doesn't make it any more playable or enjoyable. DEFINITELY skip this one. I find it impossible for any younger child to even begin to enjoy this after a few rounds.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This is a really fun game -- and something you can feel good about your kids playing. Not only is there no inappropriate content to be concerned about but there are more than 200 tracks and track variations, as well as multiple modes. Also, like in past games in the series, there's an integrated track editor for you to make your own playable tracks and share them with other games (and yes, you can download other people's creations). But it's important to note this game isn't about competing against other drivers in a race to the finish line but, rather, is a "time trial" game that has you beat a specific time. This is an important distinction, making it different from past games in the series. It's still very fun, mind you, especially as the courses are downright crazy and challenging, but it's not the kind of racing game everyone will enjoy. The campaign mode challenges you to rack up as many medals as you can and progress in worldwide rankings, while the multiplayer modes on the same TV or online include a new and unique twist on co-op: The "Double Driver" option lets you team up with a friend to control the speed and direction of the same car.

And it wouldn't be a TrackMania game if there weren't a built-in track builder. Easy to use on a console controller, this toolbox lets gamers play, design, or easily generate randomly generated tracks that can be shared with others in the community. The mouse and keyboard might still be a better interface than a PS4 or Xbox One controller, but the developers make it work with analog sticks and buttons, with a comprehensive tutorial. While not for everyone, TrackMania Turbo​ is a fun, over-the-top racing game that has a lot going for it.

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