Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. This is a real racer, and a really big racer developed by the reigning kings of the kind, Rainbow Studios, who worked closely with Pixar and all of the celebrity talent from the create a companion game as high-performance as the movies it's based on. [July 2006, p.70]
  2. Although by no means perfect, Cars certainly raises the bar, and hopefully the public's expectations of what a video game tie-in should be. For this more than anything, Rainbow Studios should be applauded.
  3. 80
    It's kind of like a junior sandbox approach that younger gamers will enjoy because they can just trundle around without crashing or waiting for loads and older kids will love because it allows them to explore a large area and find characters and items that they'll recognize from the movie.
  4. If you have younger ones that liked the movie, or Pixar movies (even if they haven't seen the film), then Cars is probably a good and pretty safe purchase option which will keep them (and you) amused for a while.
  5. It's not stunning, but is a worthwhile bonus for any little fans of the film. [Oct 2006, p.97]
  6. Younger racers won’t really care too much about the auto-reset and lack of sliding all that much and should be engrossed in the unfolding storyline.
  7. That rare thing: a kids' movie tie-in game that wasn't made by Satan. [Oct 2006, p.93]
  8. Unspectacular graphics and sometimes frustrating mini-games take away from Cars' short play, but even with these small problems, it's an enjoyable experience for prepubescent gamers. [Oct. 2006, p.108]
  9. 68
    The game does include a main story mode that will last the average player over 10 solid hours, as well as an arcade mode where gamers can relive any of the races or mini-games at their leisure.
  10. If you attempt to unlock everything in this game you can expect it to last about 15 hours or so. The average gamer will probably get five to eight hours out of it before they've seen most of it and start to get bored. I would definitely recommend renting this for a weekend before committing to a purchase.
  11. The racing is by no means terrible, and will serve its purpose for those interested in a Cars video game, but had that aspect been nailed, the whole experience would have been elevated a notch or two.
  12. Many youngsters will simply enjoy hooning around Radiator Springs, although some might get frustrated not knowing where to go next.

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