Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Much like its predecessor, Traffic Panic London is a bewitchingly simple yet addictive concept, the kind of casual experience that's ideal for those five minute segments of downtime when quick gaming satisfaction is the main goal.
Placed within the busy streets of London, players are given the task of controlling traffic at a busy junction and the option of causing chaos instead. It's simply done. A tap of the traffic lights controls whether traffic from one direction continues or stops, with no way of controlling the stream of traffic from the other direction. It's down to the player to tap the traffic lights at the right moment in order to safely transfer the vehicles across. Timing is everything with cars gradually building up in the queue and quickly becoming frustrated at slow moving traffic.
Being a saint in terms of managing traffic isn't the only option open to players, however. A Burnout style crash mode can also be applied once the cars start crashing into each other. Tap anywhere on the screen and explosions are activated, sending cars and other obstacles flying across the screen and accruing damage. Adding a London twist to things, red telephone boxes, London buses and Taxis, and even the Doctor Who Tardis feature and are possible to blow up.
It's all very simple yet exciting. Credits are acquired through playing numerous times and these can be used to unlock new additions. New, famous scenes from London can be unlocked as well as other vehicles. A set of challenges also add to the experience, adding structure to what must be achieved.
Ultimately, though, Traffic Panic London is about having fun and blowing stuff up. It's the ideal stress buster when stuck on the subway or underground tube, waiting to head to work or return home. There's no need to spend real money on anything so this is the ideal inexpensive treat.