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My son is Lightening McQueen mad - in fact every single Christmas present he is receiving this year is based around the Disney character, so when my mother saw this game she decided she had to get it for him.
You can get this game for many different computer consoles, but we have got the Wii so it was bought for that.
My son had never used the Wii before, but picked this up easily!!
There are a few different game modes once you get into the menus. The first is story mode. In this mode Lightening McQueen is trapped in Radiator Springs, as in the film, and has to drive around, collecting bonus points and playing different bonus games, completing tasks. This is ideal for the young player as it teaches them how to control the Wii remote and steering wheel.
The second mode is race mode. This is as it says on the tin - your character races against the others, on various tracks.
There is also Piston Cup mode where you race in the Piston Cup, which is the race Lightening McQueen was taking part in at the beginning of the film.
The game has an age rating of 3 plus and although I believe this age is right for the content of the game, it isn't really right for the level of control you need in order to get very far on the game. My husband and I find ourselves completing levels for our son late in the evening so that he can progress through the game as he does not have the level of ability required to do it himself.
However, it is a fun game, and definitely one that is perfect to get your child interested in computer games if you so desire.
Disney's Cars was a hit when it was released a few years ago as a film. Naturally, it wasn't long before computer consoles started to get licences to make games based on the films, and the Wii was no exception. Now available for anywhere from £10 to £20, Cars on the Wii promised to be a fun driving game for kids to play on the Wii.
However, its age guidance of 3 years and above factors in suitability and not skill factor, as the often over sensitive controls tend to cause frustration and annoyance for some of the games involved.
Essentially, the storyline is sort of followed, with Lightning McQueen (voiced Owen Wilson), the latest race car on the block, finding himself stranded in the sleepy town of Radiator Springs and learning some life lessons at the same time. The game starts you off in Radiator Springs as you patrol the town, finding checkpoints where you can enter different types of games. Ultimately, they are all driving based, as all of the characters are cars in the film, and while this is enjoyable and there is a lot of variation, some of the games are just too hard and the controls just too sensitive.
I suppose with the Wiimote (remote control for the Wii) you are relying on a sensor bar to pick up your movements, and when you're controlling a car on screen, the sensitivity is an issue. With other consoles, I imagine it may be a bit easier, as you are purely relying on buttons to perform the actions. The main focus of this game is the racing, which is like Nascar - an oval circuit where you just have to finish faster than everyone else. You can progress through the races to win cups, which can then help open other levels in other games for you.
Tractor tipping is a favourite of mine. The controls here are quite sensitive, but it's a game that does require going slow at times, so control is vital anyway. Controlling Mater, you have to honk your horn behind tractors to startle them and tip them over in a limited space and time, whilst avoiding the glare of the combine harvester's dazzling headlights. A fun game that's often hilarious.
Some of the other racing games are really hard to control. There is one where you race a sort of dirt track circuit with Mater, and it's really hard to control - I quickly became annoyed and gave up. I suppose it's the contrast in the games and the difficulty that is part of the problem. While some of these side mini games are ridiculously hard with the controls at the easy level, the hardest level on the main racing game is still relatively easy, so long as you progress through the levels. It's a bit annoying, and does put us off playing the game. We have had it for a while now, and it was a present for our 5 year old son. He lost interest quite quickly once he realised that the skill levels required are quite high at times even for an adult - there was just no fun in not being able to progress for him.
The graphics on the game are very good, as you would expect, particularly when you are racing around the town of Radiator Springs. The scenery going past is impressive, and you can collect a number of tokens and cards as you race round, and try to find hidden mini games. Playability may be quite low but the graphics get a thumbs up and the main game has high ratings from me on all aspects. If you have the steering wheel accessory for the Wii, you can put the control in the centre slot, and hold the wheel as if you were driving the car. This is a nice quirky add to the fun, but on the already tricky games, it does make it even trickier.
Overall, I find it hard to give this a decent ratings. The main racing game is good enough, but too easy to finish, and while there are a couple of fun games apart from this, the awkwardness of the controls and the trickiness of the games severely reduce the playability factor down to a very low level. The enjoyment is sucked out of it by how hard it can be and how poor the sensitivity of the controls is, and as a result, it's really not a game we enjoy playing that much. It mainly sits on the shelf, where we have other, cheaper, and more playable games.
My kids really loved this game, but they'd love anything with Lightning McQueen on it. They needed a lot of help to play it, though - the main menu, to select races, is done in the form of Radiator Springs.
This is a really cute idea, but unfortunately, if you're 6, it just makes life hard. My older boy spent a *lot* of time just driving around, frustrated and annoyed, trying to find a race to have. I don't think I really got the hang of navigating the town, either, to be fair, but I was less interested than he was.
The racing itself is nicely done, and my kids really loved it. I don't think they'd play it for that long though - I think this is one to rent, not buy.
It's frustrating how much smaller kids want to play video games like this, but the games really aren't set up for their age.
This game is based on the Cars movie with original voices from the actors in the movie.
Playing it with the wiimote (intuitive) makes it a lot of fun. This is basically a fun game for kids and beginners playing driving games. You have to start playing in the story mode and as you complete races (dont have to win), you will get access to more and more activities/mini games.
There are two modes one for adults and one for kids, but experienced driving game players will not find the adult version challenging. Go for it if you have kids or a fan of the Cars movie. You can get it for £14 online but game is not worth paying more than that.
Overall the game is just for kids, (even though there is a adult part to the game), it is great for kids who dont like losing as with this game it doesn't matter if you lose.
overall 8/10 for kids, but for adults possible 4/10 at a push
In Cars, you'll get a chance to live out the thrills and fun of the new Disney/Pixar animated film! Play as all your favurite characters from the movie, as you help Lightning McQueen capture the coveted Piston Cup Championship.