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Gotcha Racing

 

 

SCORE: 68

Gotcha Racing 

 

Gotcha Racing is a downloadable only hand held video game on the Nintendo 3DS. Players will build their cars, race, earn money, and gamble on getting new pieces for their vehicle. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for Gotcha Racing on the Nintendo 3DS. There is even an option to combine parts to increase their stats. Please note not all combinations will work. Sometimes parts will just vanish as the combine fails.

The racing action in Gotcha Racing is fun. Both screens are used, and it is an awesome experience. The cars are a bit on the small side. Cars can bump into one another and bump into the walls. This is really bad in Gotcha Racing because your special parts can get easily destroyed that way. How do you get special parts? Spend those Nintendo coins you get from walking around with your system.

There are only twelve racing tracks in Gotcha Racing. There are six racing grades in Gotcha Racing. How quickly you get through them depends on your luck. Since the only way of upgrading your car is to spend in game currency on capsules. I even got some of the exact same parts twice in a row. How crazy is that? If I owned the item I should not have gotten another one. Items can be sold for way less than you spent on them.

I know there are families out there that have been devastated by gambling. If you come from one of those families, or have problems with gambling, or problems with addiction then you need to run far away from Gotcha Racing. I do not want to be responsible for causing you to relapse or the destruction of your family. I felt it was appropriate to give that kind of a public service announcement in this review.

I wish Gotcha Racing let players purchase parts by saving up. At the very least Gotcha Racing should not keep giving me the same item. So I would go race again, win, and get more money to try again. Too often Gotcha Racing felt like I was wasting time and in game currency. But without upgrades I would lose certain races over and over again. At times Gotcha Racing felt like an exercise in futility. Which is a shame because Gotcha Racing had so much promise.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 70%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Arc System Works
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
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