“ Manufacturer: THQ / Genre: Action / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Max. Number Of Players: 2 / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / ESRB Descriptor: Comic Mischief / Release Date: Q2, 2006 „
"Cars" is a video game released to the Gameboy Advance console in 2006 by THQ. It is a racing game based on the computer animated film of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The game keeps with the plot of the film. In it, players race as Lightning McQueen and must complete various qualifying events before challenging the champion racer Chick Hicks at the Los Angeles International Speedway. Players will complete five "chapters" to total 33 races before reaching the final "Piston Cup" race in Los Angeles. Gameplay itself is a simple racing game with no additional features such as weapons, turbo boosts or other power-ups. It is player's objective to place in the first place position and defeat three computer opponents in the process. The artificial intelligence is of a fair standard offering the player some challenge but, in keeping with the younger market the film was intended for, it is not overly taxing in terms of difficulty. Unfortunately there is no multiplayer mode in Cars; it is a single player only game.
The graphics are presented from an isometric perspective and makes excellent use of detailing to the vehicles. Each of the cars is equipped with their windscreen eyes and other "facial" decals which keeps with the film perfectly. The environmental features are also good with numerous cones and other road traffic instruments which serve as guiding beacons for the player. Finer details have also been included in the game. Should a player hit his or her brake key, for example, this will leave a clear tyre skid on the track. The soundtrack is basic in terms of the racing genre. There are typical engine noises and other vehicle effects following the player throughout the game.
Overall, Cars is an average at best racing game which I would be hesitant about recommending to prospective buyers. It could perhaps appeal to fans of the film but due to the lack of multiplayer modes would not likely be played for an extended duration.