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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

November 14, 2017  (originally published February 22, 2011)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney and Pixar's Cars: The Video Game

System: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, Game Boy Advance,, PC

Developed by: Rainbow Studios, Pacific

Disney and Pixar's Cars was released in the summer of 2006. Inspired by a summer trip John Lasseter took with his family around the country, Cars told the story of Lightning McQueen, a confident racing car who wishes to win the Piston Cup more than anything. After an incident which lands him in the town of Radiator Springs, Lightning realizes that there is more to life than just racing, that there is beauty waiting to be explored and plenty of friends to make. Despite receiving mixed reactions from fans and film critics, Cars was a very successful film, creating a strong franchise for Disney and Pixar. Soon, Disney and Pixar would create short films based on the universe in the form of Cars Toons, release toys and merchandise, a sequel will be released later this year, and Disney California Adventure will receive a section based on the movie. Of course, a video game adaptation soon followed.

Released at the same time as the movie, Cars: The Video Game is actually a continuation of the film's storyline. In it, you will play as Lightning McQueen, as well as other characters from the movie. The title is a mix between racing and exploration as you drive around Radiator Springs, meeting old and new friends (such as Mater's cousin), accepting missions and completing racing challenges. The first time I played it I was surprised by how polished it was. Movie tie-in games are notorious for being rushed and poorly developed just to cash in on the hype of the movie. Cars: The Video Game isn't a perfect game, but it is a really solid representation of the Cars universe.

The design of Radiator Springs is just like in the movie. All of the locales, like Luigi's Tire Shop and Mater's place, can be visited and explored. The characters look and animate just like they did in the movie, and while the plot may be original it does feel like a genuine Cars story. Heck, you can crash onto the other characters and hear then scream and complain! Very mean spirited, I know, but it is amazing that the development team went as far as to include character reactions to your actions. In other words, people that want to be in Radiator Springs can do so with this game.

And the game play ain't half bad, either! Cars: The Video Game is primarily a racing game, though you will partake in missions such as collecting postcards for Lizzie and going tractor tipping with Mater. Speaking of which, you can play as the rest of the cast, such as the Sheriff, Sarge, Flo and, of course, Mater. Each character has his or her own stats, and will handle differently according to their car model and design. Finally, you can participate in the famed Piston Cup and finally obtain the desired trophy.

Driving controls are a little bit loose, but handles well enough. On the Wii version you use the controller as a steering wheel, and the Xbox 360 version has online play. All versions feature the basic gameplay (save for the handheld versions since due to limitations not every aspect will be presented), so whichever version you go , you will be obtaining the same, solid gameplay.

Cars: The Video Game was so successful that many more games were released even after the movie left theaters: Cars Mater-National, Cars: Race-O-Rama and Cars: Mater's Tall Tales, based on the short films starring the beloved tow truck. All followed the basic concept of the first game, so they were fun and very accessible for gamers and fans of the movie. This is a rarity in the licensed game world as usually once the game is released they don't go back to the license, unless the license is very successful beyond its original release.

That isn't surprising as Cars: The Video Game was a very solid game that created a believable game universe with some very lovable characters and gameplay that anyone can enjoy. You can bet I will be paying attention when the game based on Cars 2 later this year.


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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