Cars DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
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  1. 58
    The actual race that ties the mini-games together is absolutely terrible, and easily the biggest stigma.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A fun game that is quite adequate as a distraction for its target audience. For an adult, on the other hand, the game has only rare moments that qualify as entertainment.
  6. 30
    There's no real story to hold any of this together, so in the end, Cars for the DS amounts to nothing more than some disjointed mini-games that are either too drab or too long to warrant unnecessary replays.
  7. There's a two-player, multi-cart wireless mode to try with friends, but it's nothing that’s gonna keep you interested for long, and the bland Piston Cup races aren't exciting by yourself anyway.
  8. AceGamez
    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.
  9. 40
    Even if you're absolutely infatuated with the Cars premise, this is no way to show the love.
  10. Nintendo Power
    Unfortunately, many of the mini-games don't work well, and the difficulty levels are way out of whack. [Aug 2006, p.86]
  11. Cars for the DS is not a terrible licensed game; in fact, it is beautifully presented and even includes some clever mini-game ideas. But it never surmounts the feeling that these mini-games should have been a side offering to a real, main game that just doesn't exist.
  12. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    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]
  13. Cars for the DS is short, frustrating, and uninspired, and with so many versions available, there is absolutely no reason to pick this one up.
  14. The mini games are fun but it also feels like the game can get pretty repetitious.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. What most definitely works for mini-game compendiums like Wario Ware or Mario Party certainly doesn't work for Cars, because of its complete lack of variety and quantity of individual levels, not to mention the wild variation in difficulty.

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#51 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 7 out of 7
  1. MrNobody
    Dec 1, 2007
    2nd. Worst. DS. Game. Ever. (Apart from that Crash game)
  2. BjornK.
    Feb 15, 2008
    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!
  3. TocR.
    Jul 22, 2007
    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.