TrackMania Turbo

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, family-friendly arcade racer brings hours of play.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of level design while also enjoying themselves with this fast-paced racing game. TrackMania Turbo includes a comprehensive track editor for gamers to create and share their own work. This is great for kids to experiment with digital creations, as it includes tools similar to what game developers use, which not only helps let gamers express ideas and concepts but could help those who decide to get into this industry. The fast-paced racing and twisty courses will also keep players engaged, and the ability to try out creations from other players will prolong the fun for the family. TrackMania Turbo gives racing fans and young game designers alike a playground to speed across for hundreds of hours of fun.

Positive Messages

This is an arcade racing game, so no message at all.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No protagonists; straightforward fantasy racing game.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Cars can crash, but there's nothing graphic about it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TrackMania Turbo is a racing game that's appropriate for players of all ages. It takes place on over-the-top fantasy tracks, and players can create and share their own work, too. There are no characters to be found within the game (only cars), and the controls are extremely easy to pick up and play. Designing tracks may take a little time to pick up, but it's not difficult. There's no offensive content, and while cars may sometimes crash on (or off) the track, there's nothing graphic shown.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 and 18+ year old Written bynuenjins November 1, 2017

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.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byOwen Jones December 18, 2016

Great Arcade Racer

No this isn't the TrackMania we all wanted but it's still a good game by no means! Coming from big member of the community, this is lacking a lot thin... Continue reading

What's it about?

TRACKMANIA TURBO is an over-the-top arcade racing game. Instead of trying to offer a realistic and authentic driving simulation, this title is all about fantasy tracks -- there are more than 200 courses set over four environments -- with four types of gameplay experiences. Along with a campaign mode with five levels of difficulty, the game features indoor and outdoor tracks, solo and multiplayer matches (split-screen or online, cooperative or competitive), a built-in track editor, and more. Unlike the previous games in the series, TrackMania Turbo isn't about head-to-head racing to the finish line. Instead, your goal is to beat track times. In the single-player campaign, for example, you'll try to capture the gold by besting specific speed-run times, but you might have to settle for silver or bronze until you master your skills -- such as drifting around tight corners or speeding up at the optimal time to perform a vertical loop the loop. The PC version supports virtual reality headsets via 360-degree video recording and sharing.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about creativity. What is it about games that let players create content that makes them so appealing? Are you interested in creating your own games?

  • Talk about racing. What do you like most about racing? Is it the speed, the challenge, or the skill required to race around a track?

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