Cars is one of Pixars biggest lines, it’s an absolute smash hit with the kids and Gameloft has partnered up to release Cars: Fast as Lightning, a new game based in the town of Radiator Springs.
In this new game, you’re going to race characters from the Cars universe, which means you’ll be hearing some familar voice talent including Owen Wilson reprising his role as Lightning McQueen. You’ll race cars, build race tracks by incorporating stunts and scenery as well as upgrade your cars throughout the game.
The racing isn’t exactly challenging, it’s a matter of holding down the accelerator pedal and lifting off on tight corners, then tapping it when you hit a blue ‘Boost’ ring. You also interact with the various stunts on the course by swiping up, down or left/right. It’s good for kids, but you’ll probably tire of it fairly quickly.
The initial 23MB download from Google Play is then immediately complimented with a 79MB download of additional files when you launch the game – if you’re running low on downloads, you may want to connect to WiFi for this one.
The game is free to download, install and launch, but carries the ‘Offers in-app purchases’ tag in Google Play, and if you want to get to the good stunts, upgrades etc early, you’ll have to pay – which thanks to the new settings in Google Play, attentive parents can now see up front that the IAP in the game ranges from $0.99 – $31.99 per item. Gameloft is certainly aware of the stigma attached to games with In-App Purchases and from the outset when you load the game you are presented with a warning addressed to ‘Dear Parents’, and warns of IAP and how parents can best ensure there are no accidental downloads.
This is a really fun game for kids, it’s easy to play, and should be ok provided you heed the warnings from Gameloft about turning off IAP. I just know I’ve lost my tablet for a while as soon as my son gets a hold of this.