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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked F1 Race Stars 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
It's like Mario kart but with an F1 theme. You choose your Formula One racing drivers from the 12 teams of 2 that started the 2012 season. There are 11 different circuits based on the real-world versions although with a little more excitement added in. As you race, you pick up boosts and weapons to beat the other players. There's a full Championship career mode, online race mode, and fastest lap time trials.
On iOS and Android, there's a more recent, and simpler version of F1 Race Stars. This is a brand new game designed for mobile but still offers a substantial experience complete with multiplayer support if you have separate controllers to connect -- which works well if playing with Apple TV or Chromecast to see the game on your television.
You can play this game in the following styles:
F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition
|Wii U||£19.99||Unavailable On Digital Store|
F1 Race Stars
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
There are in-game purchases for additional tracks, as well as customisations for your car and driver. The "All-In" pack provides all these in one purchase and is the best value. The Wii U version, F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition, includes all these for free.
There is a Demo on Console and it is free-to-start on iOS, where you are then sold currency via in-game purchases and adverts to progress faster.
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Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014
Out Now: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Players: 1-4 (12 online)
Components: 3D Third-Person and Dice
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