Australian Council on Children and the Media

Cars: Lightning League - Disney Pixar

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Cars: Lightning League is a car racing game based on the Disney Pixar Movie. Caution: in-app purchases, advertising and online connectivity make this app unsuitable for children under 13 and parental guidance is recommended for children 13-15.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Cars: Lightning League was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 April 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Cars: Lightning League
Developed by: Disney Pixar
Platform reviewed: Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 13+ with parental guidance.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Cars: Lightning League contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played all the 'free' levels of this game until the point where it was necessary to purchase gems to continue.

App description

Cars: Lightning League is a colourful racing car game featuring Lighting McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm and others and is based on the popular Cars Movie.  The player has to swipe left or right to change lanes to avoid crashing into objects. Swiping up will lift the car up over ramps and it can also change lanes in the air. The voiceover explains what is needed which makes it quite straightforward. The car travels at great speed  (accompanied by upbeat music), which can be further increased by upgrading the cars using gems, which are earned and/or purchased. Coins can be collected along the course by clearing objects. After each level is complete coins and rewards are unlocked.

The startup page accesses the settings, which includes a parents’ zone (terms of use, privacy and customer support); the ability to mute the music and the SFX; credits and the ability to choose from several other languages. There is also a shopping cart, which gives direct access to the store where packs, gems and coins can all be purchased.

Reviewers comments

Cars: Lightning League is a fast-paced fun game, which will appeal to children, particularly due to it being a spin off from the movie. Parents need to be aware however, (and this is stated on the download screen), that the app contains social media links to connect with others, logins, which are required to earn rewards, advertising messages including the option to watch adverts for rewards, and in-app purchases which are listed in the in-app purchasing section. While the download is free, there are additional costs such as upgrading and refuelling the car and purchasing packs and gems. There is no parental lock either but settings can be adjusted within the device. It is therefore not recommended for children under 13 and parental guidance and/or co-playing is recommended for 13 to 15 year-olds.

In App purchasing

There is a lot of in-app purchasing in this game. Including: 

Packs (in USD) :

  • Starter Pack - (1 blueprint, 20 gems, 3 powerups) $2.99
  • Starter Pro Pack - (2 blueprints, 3 random blueprints, 20 gems, 15,000 coins) $4.99
  • Next Generation - (3 blueprints – Cruz Ramirez, 2 blueprints – Jackson Storm, 10,000 coins) $2.99
  • Old School packs - (3 blueprints – River Scott, 2 blueprints – Louise, 10,000 coins) $2.99

Gems (USD)

  • 10 rookie pack - $1.49
  • 50 intermediate pack - $7.99
  • 100 advanced pack - $13.99
  • 250 pro pack - $32.99
  • 520 legendary pack - $62.99
  • 1000 champion pack - $119.99

Coins

  • 1,000 -  2 gems
  • 5,000  - 9 gems
  • 10,000 - 17 gems

Online information

There is some online information required or accessible in this app, including:

  • Identity details
  • Log-ins
  • Data is downloaded to start play, but this is unspecified.
  • Connectivity to social media.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is a lot of advertising in this app, for example:

  • Advertising of other Disney products as well as third party advertising.
  • Advertising messages, which can be watched to ‘buy’ rewards.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • See reviewer's comments above. 

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