Developer: Hackdirt Ltd.
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2.2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Smashed is one of those games that seems too easy to be worthwhile, but then after a few hours of “where did the time go?” style playing, you realize that it is really fun.

For the most part, smashed is a puzzle game that has you blowing things up. The game’s story has you as the new guy at a demolition company that gets hired by the mayor of the city to destroy all the sculptures (sinisterly made by “The Sculpter”) on the waterfront to make way for apartments. Public outrage ensues, and saboteurs (more like terrorists) start planting radioactive waste all over the place. Anyways, it’s up to you to capture the waste barrels, destroy the structures, and in many levels, to keep the waterway clear of debris.

From the description, it looks like Smashed is a complicated game, but it really isn’t. You just touch wooden blocks to blow them up and then further smash the bits into smaller bits if necessary. Some levels have you saving toxic waste, destroying plastics, and pushing things around with finger blocks, but the meat of the game is just blowing up wooden blocks in such a way that you don’t lose the structure to the water.

The graphics, sound, and surprisingly, the story, are all top notch for a puzzle game, and I only had one snafu with the controls. Once you get to the finger blocks levels, the sensitivity is way too high. I found myself uncontrollably flinging the thing around at times, and would’ve loved for a way to slow it down. Other than that though, the controls worked great.

If you are looking for a solid physics based puzzler with a surprisingly adequate story, don’t hesitate to give Smashed a try. It’s really fun.

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