Being a big fan of the Burnout console games I was really looking forward to Burnout Crash, hoping it would capture the excitement of the various crash challenges of the original Burnout game. This app is actually very different from the console experience but still packs an explosive punch! Basically this top-view 2D game lets the player rack up money by crashing into and destroying other vehicles and buildings during timed and challenge rounds where you need to keep a predetermined number of vehicles from escaping the carnage. Strategically the game is both simple and complex. It doesn’t require a lot of skill and logic to bounce your own wrecked car around the screen but you’ll find you need to use a bit of cleverness to keep from blowing apart your traffic halting roadblocks.
Each intersection has it’s own specific difficulties. Four lane highways can have obnoxiously indestructible dividers you need to navigate in order to stop all traffic. Tricky roundabouts and split lanes can keep you from making that crucial first impact and avoiding explosive barrels on curving entrance roads ain’t like dusting crops boy.
The fun increases with the inclusion of nifty bonuses that mainly are activated by ramming the multiple pizza delivery vans who foolishly try to continue their rounds amidst all the wreckage. Destroy one of these naïve wage slaves and you can spin the wheel of pizza whose bonuses vary from simple score multipliers to massively destructive meteor showers or alien attackers blasting everything in sight.
You are given the opportunity to drive (and crash) 7 different vehicles, giving you a variety of options in regard to power and the all important ‘aftertouch’. Bend enough fenders and your aftertouch counter fills with an explosive punch that sends your car flying with an abusively satisfactory explosion.
If the game disappoints at all it is from the ridiculously unrealistic gameplay that lets you flick your wreck sideways and backwards against all of the laws of physics. Of course when your game is mainly about destroying the buildings and vehicles filled with innocent civilians realism is a detriment so certain allowances are excusable. Nevertheless the Burnout Crash is a fun bit of gameplay that will keep you entertained for hours.