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F1 Race Stars Review
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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and shortcuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.

It's like Mario kart but with an F1 theme. You choose your Formula One racing drivers from the 12 teams of 2 that started the 2012 season. There are 11 different circuits based on the real-world versions although with a little more excitement added in. As you race, you pick up boosts and weapons to beat the other players. There's a full Championship career mode, online race mode, and fastest lap time trials.

On iOS and Android there's a more recent, and simpler version of F1 Race Stars. This is a brand new game designed for mobile but still offers a substantial experience complete with multiplayer support if you have separate controllers to connect -- which works well if playing with Apple TV or Chromecast to see the game on you television.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: Codemasters (@Codemasters)


Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete. Perfecting your performance at races and playing the multiplayer can offer towards 40 hours of enjoyment.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online. On consoles and PC you can play four on one system with split-screen mode. You can go online and play against a field of 12 competitors. On iOS it's a single-player game.


F1 Race Stars usually costs £8.99 to £19.99. 

F1 Race Stars

F1 Race Stars Demo

PlayStation Store PS3 Free

F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition

Switch Store Wii U £19.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There are in-game purchases for additional tracks, as well as customisations for your car and driver. The "All-In" pack provides all these in one purchase and is the best value. The Wii U version, F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition, includes all these for free.

There is a Demo on Console and it is free-to-start on iOS, where you are then sold currency via in-game purchase adverts to progress faster.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

8-14 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our F1 Race Stars Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Codemasters) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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