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F1 Race Stars (2012) is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and shortcuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.

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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked F1 Race Stars 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Race game with Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game. On consoles and PC, you can play four on one system with split-screen mode. You can go online and play against a field of 12 competitors. You can pick teams for co-op play when you go online. On iOS it's a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete. Perfecting your performance at races and playing multiplayer can offer towards 40 hours of enjoyment.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.


F1 Race Stars

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • 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. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

Out Now: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (12 online)

Genres: Action, Race and Traversal

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Dice

Developer: Codemasters (@Codemasters)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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