Mini-Guide: Mario Kart Tour

LQ: 9.5

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Brain grade: 9.0
Fun score: 10.0

Mario Kart Tour
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: Any Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Mario Kart Tour is the mobile installment of the classic Mario Kart series. All of the classic Mario characters take to the race track, with the player in charge of the controls. Opponents are controlled by players from around the world via an internet connection. The goal is to get first place in as many races as possible, leveling up characters and their vehicles and collecting coins. Coins can be used to purchase other upgrades in the shop.

Mario Kart Tour has in-game purchases. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


Mario Kart Tour helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

FlexibilityMario Kart Tour

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

In any game of Mario Kart, the player and his or her opponents have the opportunity to get items. These items can provide boosts to the player or obstacles for the other racers. This game is the same way. Because all the racers have the chance to throw obstacles in the path of the player, the player has to be flexible and adapt to and cope with change. They might be cruising along in first or second place and get inked (for example). Suddenly they can’t see straight in front of them. If they are flexible and use what they can see at the edge of the screen, they will be able to stay on the track and keep up their speed. If they do not stay flexible, however, they will crash into things and other players and lose ranking.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

In this game, the player needs to be paying attention to the road, the obstacles, watching for shortcuts, paying attention for items in their path, and picking up item blocks when they can. This means they need to be using all of their focus skills. They must shift attention between all these elements. They also need to be ignoring internal and external distractions. If they don’t use their focus skills, they will struggle to get a high ranking in the races, which will keep them from unlocking new racetracks and leveling up their characters and vehicles.

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