Asking around, it seems that Burnout Crash has split opinion among my smartphone gaming buddies. Some have dismissed the racing spin-off as “random”, “ridiculous”, and “utterly pointless”.
Me, on the other hand, I think it’s one of the most enjoyable smartphone games I’ve played of late, and I’m about to use my privileged position as a blogger type guy to explain why.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, Burnout Crash essentially evolved from a mode found in earlier Burnout games, in which the aim was not to race, but to crash at a busy junction and cause as much destruction as possible. What's not to like?
I concede that Burnout Crash might rub some people up the wrong way; it’s unashamedly over the top. Certainly the announcer screaming stuff like “Cooool!” and “Awesoooome!” doesn’t help, but it’s freakin’ great – well worth persevering with.
After the initial crash, you use aftertouch to bounce your wreckage into the path of other traffic, into buildings, through fences… generally the more things you can explode in Burnout Crash, the better.
While the action fails to deviate from the above formula, there’s plenty going on within that concept to keep things in Burnout Crash interesting.
Among other things, we have six themed areas, Good Cops, Bad Cops, pizza vans, gas tankers, ambulances, taxis, limos, bulldozers… the list goes on, and all with their own unique characteristics.
Burnout Crash’s Super Features deserve a special mention too. They appear at the end of each Road Block event to cause mass havoc, and include tornados, passenger planes, tidal waves carrying giant sharks, UFOs, asteroids, and not forgetting the Lobster Monster. Great stuff.
As if all that isn’t enough to get your teeth into, there are five stars up for grabs in each level, and it’s not just about high scores. Other tasks include taking out a specific number of boats or buildings or sports cars, or chaining combos together; that kinda thing.
I should add that Burnout Crash has a fantastic comedy soundtrack, including “Gold” by Spandau Ballet (when you blow up the gold car), “Dr Beat” by Miami Sound Machine (when the ambulance appears), and “Push It” by Salt-n-Pepa (as the bulldozer smashes through traffic).
Yes, Burnout Crash is “ridiculous”, and ultimately “pointless”, but it’s also a ton of fun.
- Looks great
- Fantastic comedy soundtrack
- Explosions are good
- Quite samey
- Possibly the dumbest game you’ll ever play
Summary: Embrace the senseless destruction. Burnout Crash is fantastic.
Developer: EA Swiss Sarl
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: 69p @ App Store