Version Reviewed: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad 3
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Fans of physics-based destruction games will find a lot to like in the new Demolition Crush by Ganimedes Ltd. Much like other games of it's ilk, the goal of Demolition Crush is to destroy structures in order to move on to the next level. However, instead of launching items at the boards and beams that make up the structures on each level, the player assumes the role of a demolitions expert and must strategically place explosives around the structure - then detonate them and watch the explosive results.
Of course, there's certainly more challenge and strategy to Demolition Crush than just blowing stuff up! The number and type of explosives available to the player varies from level-to-level, making them think carefully about where to best place everything. Also, players must destroy the structure in such a way that it falls below a certain height. If any beam or bar remains above the height marker, then the level is not cleared and the player must try again.
To make it more challenging, each level also has a news reporter watching the destruction. If the reporter gets hit by the explosion or by falling debris, then she dies; meaning fewer points for the level if it is cleared. If the structure is brought down without harming the reporter then more points are scored. Bonus objects are also placed in each level, and destroying them in the explosive mayhem scores even more bonus points. At the end of each level players earn up to three stars for getting the structure below the required height, destroying the bonus boxes, and keeping the reporters safe. Players can replay levels as much as they want to achieve as high a score as possible.
Playing each level does cost energy, which is regained over time. Demolition Crush is a free-to-play game, and users are able to keep playing without shelling out extra money. That being said they can remove ads from the game, buy rubies to continue playing without waiting, or even buy unlimited energy that allows them to keep playing through the 180 levels (with more on the way!) without the wait - all with a few reasonably priced in-app purchases.
Demolition Crush is a fun game for anyone who likes physics-based puzzlers and destruction games. Placing explosives is enough of a twist to separate it from other games in this genre, and the price tag of “free” lets players check it out to see if it’s worth any more of an investment. All-in-all it’s a bomb of a game - and that’s a GOOD thing!