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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 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
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  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. 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.
  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. 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.

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  1. 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 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
  2. 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. 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

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