We started off the party with Cars 2 coloring sheets. The kids had a blast coloring and trying to remember what color everybody was! You can print some of your own coloring sheets at Disney.com!
Then we continued the fun with a fantastic Mexican fiesta to honor the 'overseas' theme of Cars 2. Delicious!
Then it was game time!
" Inspired by the new Disney Pixar animated film, Cars 2: The Video Game finds all of your kids' (and your) favorite pedal-to-the-metal characters from Radiator Springs back in action and ready to save the world.
This time, you'll be in the driver's seat as past favorites Lightening McQueen and Mater the tow truck join forces with fun new characters including international spies Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell to travel the globe, taking on dangerous missions, competing to become the fastest racecar in the world and using cunning spy skills and one-of-a-kind weapons in exciting, action-packed combat racing.
Of course, your family will also train to become secret agents at C.H.R.O.M.E. (the Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage), to help you perform maneuvers only Cars characters can do, such as backwards driving, air tricks, sidestepping to avoid obstacles, two wheel driving and more. you won't find moves like that, or characters like these, in any other game!"
The game offers these exciting features!
-Over 20 characters to choose from, including past favorites Lightning McQueen and Mater, as well as new spy personalities such as Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell, each with their own one-of-a-kind weapons and gadgets
-Action-packed missions unfold in 6 exotic locales around the world
-Adrenaline-filled combat racing keeps you on the edge of your seat
-Multi-player functionality provides high velocity fun for the whole family
-Available on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo DS and PC/Mac
-ESRB Rating: Everyone to Everyone 10+
-Brand new! Just hit store shelves on June 21st. Be one of the first of your friends to enjoy it!
The game starts out a little tough. One major downfall of the game, right off the bat, is that you can't just play it. You are required to pass driving and trick training before you are granted access to any of the actual races. This was something that made the kids lose interest pretty quickly.
The tricks take a little practice to master, just to move on to the first race. And when you are racing, you drive at a slow pace. The only way to increase your speed is to do tricks. When you perform stunts and trick maneuvers, you earn turbo power that increases your speed. Without earning turbo, there's no way to actually win the race, since everyone else is faster than you. The first couple of levels are fairly easy. You can't run off the track, you just bump off, which is great for the smaller kids. And it doesn't really matter what place you finish in. First place gets you more points towards moving on to the next level. But last place still gives you some points. So you can move on, even if you're not very good. You'll just move at a slower pace.
Another downfall of the game, is that the first couple of levels are a bit dark. It should start out easier to navigate, then get tougher as you complete levels.
To me, this game doesn't compare to the ease and user-friendly racing on MarioKart. This game is definitely tougher and a lot more complicated. It was tough, even for the adults.
On the up side, the game has incredible graphics, detailed and diverse tracks, and you are walked through most of the game, to make sure you know what you are doing.
My main problem with the game, is that you can't just 'free play'. My kids are young enough where they just want the thrill of a racing game, not a training regimen. This one is good for kids (or adults) who are into progressive games. Games that require you to play for days to actually get anywhere. I wish there were a way to just choose a character, and choose a race. No politics...
I found the game tough to follow for the younger kids, for sure (even for me!). The ESRB Rating is 10+ but the average age of the kids at my party were 7 and 8 year olds. They needed a bit of help setting up, and a little help with some of the tricks, but eventually they started to get the hang of it! The younger kids (5 and 6) liked the racing part, but the details of the game, the tricks, and the setup totally eluded them. My recommendation is for kids at least 7 and up. But I did find it a great way to get the family all involved together. Kids of almost any age can have fun with this game, with a little help from Mom and Dad. What a great rainy day activity for the whole family!
My guests were all happy to receive a $5 off Cars 2: The Video Game coupon, as well, thanks to BzzAgent! They left with full bellies, a coupon to get the game for themselves, and sore thumbs!
Check out the official Cars 2 site at Disney.com for all the hot details about the movie, as well as the game, downloads and activities too! You can choose your format, check out the details of the game, see screen shots, and order online too! Check it out! Cars 2: The Video Game is available RIGHT NOW!
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