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    Game » consists of 14 releases. Released Jun 06, 2006

    A racing game/minigame collection based vaguely on the 2006 Disney/Pixar movie Cars, and features the full movie voice cast. The game varies greatly between platforms, and features infamously blatant rubber banding from AI players.

    Short summary describing this game.

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    The most substantial portion of the game is found in the Story mode. Players control Lightning McQueen through an open hub world based on Radiator Springs. Lightning interacts with the many inhabitants to play minigames, learn new abilities, and--most frequently--race them. Players collect 'Trophy Points' for accomplishing the various events, which along with a loose story progression, unlock additional events at fairly regular intervals.

    Other game modes include:

    • Arcade mode : Play as any unlocked character in any unlocked race or mini game.
    • VS Mode: Pick any two unlocked characters to compete in local-only versus racing.

    The racing in Cars is very basic and does not feature any weapons like most other cart racers. Instead the player relies on an auto-refilling boost, power sliding, jumping and shortcuts to take and hold the lead. The NASCAR style events do not feature any of these abilities. Like real NASCAR the player must avoid other players and pit effectively.

    Cars does not have online play.


    Cars confusingly takes place after the movie. Lightning must re-learn abilities from the residents of Radiator Springs so that he can use them on the track to overtake his greatest rival, Chick Hicks (all of which happens in the movie). After besting Chick on various tracks, Chick challenges Lightning to one final tournament of races. These races take place over each environment of the game culminating with a second Piston Cup victory.


    Mini Games

    Aside from racing, the game features a small collection of mini-games. These mini games frequently have several stages of increasing difficulty.

    • Lizzie's Poscard Hunt - Collect 20 postcards spread out around the game's environments.
    • Luigi to the Rescue - Collect tires against the clock.
    • Sheriff's Hot Persuit - Chase down down delinquent cars, 3 at a time.
    • Tractor Tipping - Mater must avoid spot lights and Frank the Combine to tip tractors.
    • High Speed Heist/Lightning Strikes Back - The delinquent street racers make their way through traffic to hijack Mac on the highway, stealing some of Lightning's supplies. The second level is Lightning recovering these items.


    While players play solely as Lightning in the Story Mode, additional characters can be unlocked and played in the VS and Arcade modes. Each character has additional paint jobs that can be unlocked by earning points in Story Mode. Each character is voiced by their original movie voice actor.

    Character NameHow to Unlock
    Lightning McQueenAvailable immediately
    MaterAvailable immediately
    SallyAvailable immediately
    Darrell CartripAvailable immediately
    Lightning McQueen (Monster Truck)Available immediately
    Doc HudsonEarn 5,000 points
    FloEarn 6,000 points
    RamoneEarn 7,500 points
    SheriffEarn 8,000 points
    Chick HicksEarn 10,000 points
    KingEarn 12,000 points
    WingoEarn 12,000 Points
    Count Spatula (Monster Truck)Earn 15,000 points

    Cars requires 5.2GB of space to install on an Xbox 360 HDD.

    Xbox 360 Achievements

    Tractor Tipping (75G)

    -Successfully complete all levels of tractor tipping.

    Palm Mile Speedway (75G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Lizzie's Postcard Hunt (100G)

    -Collect all available postcards in postcard hunt.

    Motor Speedway of the South (50G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Sheriff's Hot Pursuit (50G)

    -Successfully complete all levels of Sheriff's Hot Pursuit.

    Rustbucket Race-O-Rama (50G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Sun Valley International Raceway (75G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Smasherville Motor Speedway (75G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Monster Truck Mayhem (50G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Radiator Springs GP (50G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Tailfin Pass GP (50G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Ornament Valley GP (50G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    LA International Speedway (100G)

    -Win the race by finishing in 1st place.

    Tailfin Pass (75G)

    -Complete the necessary activities to unlock Tailfin Pass

    Ornament Valley (75G)

    -Complete the necessary activities to unlock Ornament Valley.

    PSP version


    This version of this game is limited to racing, with no open world. Like the console version, the bulk of this game resides in Story Mode. There are different racing mechanics, and a different plot. While boosting and power sliding remain key factors, jumping over obstacles is more prevalent, and players must now draft behind other racers to refill the boost meter. Many reviews indicated that the racing AI is noticeably more difficult than the console versions.

    Other game types include:

    • Grand Prix: Race in a collection of races organized in Cups.
    • Time Trial: Self explanatory.
    • Custom Race: Pick a racer, a track, how many laps, and whether or not to mirror the map.
    • Multiplayer:This mode allows for Ad-Hoc head to head racing.


    The delinquent street racers disrupt Radiator Springs, Lightning McQueen and the local populous challenge the racers to a series of races to chase them out of town.


    Most characters have an alternate paint jobs that be unlocked by beating various time trials.

    Character NameHow to Unlock
    Lightning McQueenAvailable immediately
    LuigiAvailable immediately
    MaterAvailable immediately
    SallyAvailable immediately
    SargeAvailable immediately
    BoostDefeat in Story Mode
    ChickDefeat in Story Mode
    DJDefeat in Story Mode
    Snot RodDefeat in Story Mode
    WingoDefeat in Story Mode
    Doc HudsonPlace 1st in Gran Prix 1
    SheriffPlace 1st in Gran Prix 2
    FloPlace 1st in Gran Prix 3
    RamonePlace 1st in the Mirror Cup

    Nintendo DS version


    While this release does feature traditional racing of only 4 events, the main focus is on the 12 minigames, each based upon a character from the franchise. These minigames heavily involve the touch screen. The DS version does not have a plot.

    Cars for DS features ad Hoc 2 player vs racing, and requires two cartridges to do so.


    Mini GameFeaturing / Based on
    Casa Della TiresGuida
    Fishin' MaterMater
    Flo's V8 CafeEveryone
    GesundheitSnot Rod and the Imports
    Highway HassleMack
    Hydraulic Jump JamRamone
    Ramone StyleRamone and DJ
    That Blinkin' LightFillmore and Sarge
    The Drive-InLightning and Sally
    Tractor Tippin'Mater and Lightning
    World's Best Backwards DriverMater

    Game Boy Advance Version


    Cars for GBA uses is an isometric perspective race game similar to Super Off Road. There are 16 different events to compete in, and as with the other versions, power sliding and boosting remain a staple.

    This version features no multiplayer.


    Cars received average review scores although the scores varied somewhat by platform. Many outlets seemed to feel that the title was a better than average movie tie-in with mostly solid mechanics, but ultimately coming up a bit short on length, and on some platforms, features.

    PlatformMetacricitc Score
    Gameboy Advance50
    Nintendo DS54
    Sony PSP70
    Nintendo Gamecube71
    PlayStation 271
    Xbox 36065
    PC/MacNot Available

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