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Crash Mayhem Review

Developer: Bravo

Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This little ad supported game is a city-wide destruction derby that takes the player through many different situations with lots of different goals and absolutely no sense of traffic laws. In Crash Mayhem the player takes control of their car and uses their finger to point out the direction on screen where they’d like the car to accelerate. Missions are varied and change from level to level. Sometimes players will have to crash as many cars as they can in a single intersection. much like a very watered-down version of Burnout CRASH! at a much lower price. In other levels, players will have to run rampant through the open city in search of items to collect before the time runs out.

The simple finger controls in Crash Mayhem work pretty well and the cars handle well too, depending on which car players are driving. As the game progresses, players gain control of faster and more responsive cars to take around on their destructive missions. The AI on other cars is virtually non-existent and they more or less run on tracks until they are hit or hit something in their path. The claims that this game is an “open world” game are a little misleading. It’s true that each level takes place in a different section of a larger sprawling city, but the action is broken into levels with no way for the player to explore the city by themselves with no pressing mission or goal to worry about.

The design of the cars and city is simplistic, but it really works for what this titles is. With such a large environment and many different things to see in each level it doesn’t matter that the city and cars aren’t rendered in super high quality 3D models. There is a certain charm to the visuals of Crash Mayhem that lets the player enjoy the gameplay.

Crash Mayhem basically boils down to a mini-game collection that brings together many of the gameplay elements and mechanics made popular in other iOS driving games. The game is ad supported which can be very annoying when ads are shown almost constantly and sometimes even cover buttons or gameplay. Still there is an unlock available via in-app purchase to get rid of the ads for players who really end up loving this title.

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We got a first look at Split/Second, the new arcade racer from Disney last month and were impressed with what we saw. Well good news, it’s now available.

The game is set in a TV set that is getting ready to blow up. Can you guess where the arcade part comes in? You get powered up and can set off explosions to divert and delay the other racers. There are multiple tracks, multiple race types, and different track settings in the game.

In my quick look at the game tonight, it looks really good. Amazingly smooth framerate (on an iPhone 3GS).

One of the coolest features wasn’t available to test when we last saw this game, the online multiplayer. One of the new games that allows you to play, in real time, with other people over the Internet. It will also do multiplayer over Bluetooth and local Wifi. (Hmm… wonder what our Weekend Fun game will be this weekend?)

The app is for iPhone and iPod Touch, though it reportedly works on the iPad, I couldn’t get it to work and it’s not currently optimized for the iPad. We did hear last month that an iPad version should be available within a few weeks after the iPhone version.

Split/Second is available in the app store now for $6.99.

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Released: 2010-05-18 :: Category: Games

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