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Burnout Crash!: Matchbox Cars + 1 Tonne of C4

Matchbox cars + 1 tonne of C4 = Burnout Crash!

When I was a child, my parents bought me one of those rugs with the roads drawn on them; you know, those bright play mats with roads and luscious green parks, towering buildings and some feeble stop signs thrown in for good measure. I remember racing my matchbox cars around on that thing, causing 47 car pile-ups, and imagining the destruction as I set off for the next big accident.

That’s exactly what Burnout Crash! provides as a gameplay experience. Players are given their very own, virtual matchbox car to wreak havoc and destruction across busy intersections, this time for points. Let’s see how this console title stacks up on iOS.

Carnage, lots of carnage – If destruction is what you want, then Burnout Crash! is going to provide it. Aside from the painfully obvious title, you should be expecting to crash your car into as many others as possible before the time runs out. You’ll get bonuses for explosions, bonuses for smashing dumpsters into other cars, bonuses for destroying buildings and even more! If that’s not enough for you, then the random sinkholes, tornadoes, explosions and infernos should keep you on your toes. Burnout Crash! is all about causing destruction, and it makes no apologies for it.

Arcade feel – Every action in Burnout Crash! is about getting your score that little bit higher, which creates a competitive edge to proceedings. Quirky sounds and the constant ding-ding-ding that is rather reminiscent of a slot machine in Vegas will get your heart pumping as your score flies through the roof. With online leaderboards for each level and mode (provided by Autolog, an online tracking service from EA) you will always know where you stand compared to your friends, which is a great incentive to keep coming back for more.

Multiple game modes and vehicles – Each stage has three game modes: Rush Hour which is simply a point of scoring as much as possible before the time limit runs out, Pile Up which has the player attempting to cause the biggest pile up possible, with bonuses for causing infernos, and finally Road Block, which penalises players for letting stray cars escape. While the differences are minor, each mode brings a set of objectives for each stage, which gives the player numerous goals to focus on. Once the goals are met, stars are awarded, which unlock new stages and vehicles. If you’re looking for longevity, Burnout Crash! has it in spades.

Perfect for the iOS interface – Burnout Crash! may have started its life on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but after experiencing it on an iOS device it is hard to imagine it without the touchscreen. Every control is handled by simple swiping motions which fit the device perfectly, and thanks to the quick rounds of destruction, it is the perfect game to experience while on the go or between meetings.

No tutorial – Console gamers were treated to a fantastic tutorial which explained the basics and had people up and running in no time. Unfortunately, the iOS version has no tutorial whatsoever, leaving the player to work things out for themselves. This has seen a number of people jump to online forums to discover what functions are available to them, meaning that the developers have really dropped the ball for those new to the series.

Fuzzy textures on the new iPad – The visuals are vibrant and exciting on the iPhone and iPad 2, but when we tested the game on the new iPad, some textures were fuzzy and downright horrible. When we compared it to our iPad 2, and then our iPhone, we realised that the game looks best on the iPhone 4S, great on the iPad 2 and hit and miss on the latest iPad device.

Hard to identify certain aspects – With so much action appearing on the screen, at times it can be quite hard to differentiate yourself from other cars you have just blown up. Some kind of cursor or border would have been helpful, and while it’s not a deal breaker, it can become confusing during heated moments.

If you want to relive those moments of massive pile-ups with matchbox cars, yet this time with about six tonnes of C4 strapped to the hoods, then Burnout Crash! is definitely going to excite you. The constant destruction backed up by fun and accessible arcade mechanics create an addictive and competitive arena for all to enjoy. It’s perfect for gaming on the go, however, the lack of a tutorial could be off-putting to newcomers. Also if you own a new iPad you may be a little disappointed with some of the visuals, but otherwise this is a fun filled experience for all.