We all joke about it' the stinky movie tie ins that seem to plague the gaming world any time a movie that could possibly be made into a game comes out. But in all actuality, the Cars license could have been made into a decent little title. I mean the movie is made about race cars trying to win the piston cup. But alas, that simply does not happen. Instead, we are given a game that can honestly be beaten in about an hour.
Cars places you the gamer, in the wheels of the titular hero 'Lightning McQueen'?, Lighting is trying to win the Piston Cup. In order to do so, you go from one race to another, beating characters from the game and earning rewards every once in a while in the form of a screen shot from the movie or another character that is available for play. Nothing about it is particularly exciting and makes you want to try and play the game over using a different character.
Now I can't really complain about the controls of the game itself, it's designed to be fairly simple and in all actuality my kids did enjoy playing the game as it is simple enough for smaller children to control. The D pad is used to steer while you use the gas and brakes to navigate the race course. The courses aren't particularly innovative but it does take a minute or two to get your bearings and find your line while racing, there is even these little boost pads you can run over in order to get you going a bit faster.
From a graphics standpoint, the game does a good job of translating the characters to the gaming media, the courses are a mixture of asphalt and dirt roads that give you some challenge. Viewed from a floating A? view the game does provide a professional looking view as you look down on the course and racers. The audio could have been a bit more thick as the there simply isn't much going on save the sounds of some engines roaring. I would have liked to hear some of the music from the soundtrack but that did not happen.
However, the game is simply too easy and over too soon. I realize that this is one for the smaller kids and I did give this to my kids, but they grew tired of it faster then I thought they would and to me that speaks volumes.