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  • Summary: Race to the finish line as you live all the fun and excitement of the Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, "Cars." Play as all your favorite characters as you help Lightning McQueen capture the coveted Piston Cup Championship. The game is a story-based racingRace to the finish line as you live all the fun and excitement of the Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, "Cars." Play as all your favorite characters as you help Lightning McQueen capture the coveted Piston Cup Championship. The game is a story-based racing adventure game that relives all of the key moments of the movie. It features more than 10 playable characters from the film and an open world environment with more than 50 races. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Slick, polished and surprisingly varied for a movie tie-in, this is one piece of blockbuster merchandise that's worth checking out. Just don't buy it for an easily aggravated child. [Oct 2006, p.94]
  2. Compared to so many other movie-inspired games, Cars for the Nintendo DS is genuinely one of the more interesting ones. The care that went into each of the different minigames is impressive. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough of them here to hold a person's attention for very long.
  3. But with even the most thumb-tied tot capable of completing Cars DS in less than five hours, any Pocket Gamer reader is likely to end up feeling pretty shortchanged.
  4. I feel bad giving this game a terrible rating, because it wasn't terrible. It just wasn't really that good, either. If you're a big fan of the movie, it might, maybe, be worth a look, but you'd probably be better served by a full console version.
  5. Cars is an incredibly boring, sometimes frustrating, waste of a good DS cartridge. Do your kid a favor and buy them Mario Kart DS instead. They may scream and holler a bit, but after they compare it to their friend’s copy of Cars they will thank you.
  6. 40
    Even the most die hard fans of the movie will probably not enjoy it, and certainly a younger child would get frustrated way too quickly with some of the harder mini games. Given all these factors, I wouldn't recommend Cars (DS) to anyone. Not even for a rental.
  7. Cars is simply a small collection of novelty mini-games with few redeeming features, other than making good use of all the characters from the film.

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  3. Negative: 7 out of 7
  1. MrNobody
    Dec 1, 2007
    3
    2nd. Worst. DS. Game. Ever. (Apart from that Crash game)
  2. KungFuFurby
    Feb 24, 2007
    3
    The game was not very good. The vocals were fine, and graphics were fine, but who cranked up the difficulty? Some of these games had me The game was not very good. The vocals were fine, and graphics were fine, but who cranked up the difficulty? Some of these games had me trying to get a method until I could finally get it! Actually, there were some that took some getting used to, but forget this. The game was beat in a short time (not a single session), and... well, the game gets abandoned because there's not really any replay value in this game. I have one question. Where's the DS Download Play mode? That could have helped a lot! Then we could have at least some fun without having 2 copies of Cars! I frown upon the multiplayer feature because of this bug. It would have been easy to do so, seeing there's only 2 players and... there's not a lot of vareity. Only 2 cars. Sorry, doc, you could do better. The GameCube version did better. Get the GameCube/PS2/XBox version instead. Expand
  3. BjornK.
    Feb 15, 2008
    3
    Simply boring and my son was so unhappy with this game, Mario Kart is a billion times better, forget this game! Such a waste of money!
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    1
    This game is awful. The graphics sucka and the whole game is bland and isn't exciting in the slightest. This game is actually really good onThis game is awful. The graphics sucka and the whole game is bland and isn't exciting in the slightest. This game is actually really good on the other systems, so it completely surprised me when I played this piece of crap. I guess the point I'm trying to make is don't buy this game. You will regret it. Expand
  5. TocR.
    Jul 22, 2007
    1
    This game is hard for young children to figure out. It does not hold one's attention very long. I would not recommend for younger players.
  6. Feb 12, 2015
    1
    There isn't that much action to it. All you do is play minigames. At least it beats Crash Boom Bang. But really? I suggest you buy the otherThere isn't that much action to it. All you do is play minigames. At least it beats Crash Boom Bang. But really? I suggest you buy the other versions except GBA because it sucks. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2013
    0
    I remember my friend buying this. We expected it to be just like Cars for PS2. It was not. The graphics SUCKED. The GAMEPLAY SUCKS EVEN MORE.I remember my friend buying this. We expected it to be just like Cars for PS2. It was not. The graphics SUCKED. The GAMEPLAY SUCKS EVEN MORE. Play boring, too difficult minigames that are dull. I feel so sorry my friend wasted $14.99. If you want a better Cars game, get it for PS2, or PS3. Cars 2 for PS3 is way better. This DS version has nothing to do with racing, And the only "racing" is beating Chick Hicks. Cars 2 for PS3 actually HAS racing in it. Cars he original for PS2 is way better than DS. Nobody has touched that thing in 2 years. Expand