It's the video game Rocket League but in real life. The Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals Set provides a high-tech arena in which kids can control R/C vehicles with their smart devices to try and smash the huge ball into the goal. As you play, the device keeps track of the score and lets you add turbo boosts.
The set includes two cars, Dominus and Octane, plus a game ball with infrared signal. Use the controls in the app to drive your car, maneuver the ball, and shoot the ball into the goal to score. When you do score, your device will vibrate, play music, and show a "goal" graphic. Your car will do a victory spin.
You can play solo to practice your skills or participate in head-to-head challenges. But the crux of the game is the multiplayer mode, which lets you compete in a racecar game of soccer with up to six other players. (Additional vehicles are sold separately, and each player must have his or her own smart device.)
If you're a fan of the Rocket League video game, you'll love that the vehicular soccer game has come off-screen. But if you're just a fan of R/C cars, you'll like being able to control the cars through your phone or tablet and going head-to-head with a friend in different challenges and games right out of the box. Skill is involved to push the ball around and score a goal, but developing those skills is all part of the fun.
The Hot Wheels RC Rivals Set is for ages 8 and up.
The free Hot Wheels RC app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
A charging base is included for the cars' rechargeable LiPo batteries. Six AAA batteries are included for the goals.
We do wish that the sides of the arena were higher to prevent the cars from getting stuck driving up the side. And it would be nice if the goal backdrops were longer to prevent the cars from accidentally driving out of the arena.
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