Vector City Racers is a browser game with simple and colorful graphics. Targeted at kids, it offers simple, yet effective parental controls. Text chat is open, but filtering is very strict. Naughty words are blocked from other players' screens, as are common names, numbers, states, major cities, and potentially inappropriate phrases.
Kids used to 3-D graphics may find the play unappealing or boring. However, since movement is achieved only by using the arrow keys, it can be challenging for kids to learn to change directions and speed along diagonals. Being a browser based game has its advantages and disadvantages. It's nice that there's no lengthy download or installation of software, but playing the game on an older, less powerful machine with a slower internet connection can be an exercise in frustration, leading players to lose fine control of their vehicles. The sound and music is repetitive as it is the same in every city. The cities do get more challenging as you progress, with narrower ramps, more levels, and more convoluted courses with complex obstacles.
Online interaction: There is little chat in the game as most kids are busy racing. The only time kids typically chat is to ask one another to race. Chat has to be turned on by a parent and is heavily filtered.