Smash Cops Review
- Large and luscious 3D environment; just like a cop show, but with you behind the wheel.
- Easy to pick up and play; unique control scheme and 'unrealistic' physics add to the visceral experience.
- Gimmick levels break up the otherwise repetitive gameplay.
- Limited appeal; aside from faster, chunkier vehicles the basic gameplay lacks variety.
- Later stages can be very brutal to clear completely; too easy to destroy cop cars, ruining an otherwise flawless run.
Smash Cops doesn't overstay its welcome by forcing players to deal with its limited variety in gameplay; thanks to this the game remains short, sharp and a fun way to blast away an hour or two.
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There's just something about someone surviving horrible car-crash that seems to draw in a crowd, be it at a sporting event, in a movie or more excitingly in a reality TV show with cops chasing criminals. Smash Cops by Hutch Games taps in to this mental space, placing you behind the wheel of a cop chasing down criminals (amongst other tasks), bullying them off the road to make your arrest.
Despite the game's lusciously realistic presentation, not an ounce of reality exists within the gameplay itself. Almost no level goes without the regular tactic of shoving your way through traffic only to rocket boost in to the side of your 'suspect' while also being able to maintain your forward momentum thanks to the game's refusal to obey the laws of physics. And you know what? It's better for it.
Players can choose between two control schemes, opting for either a more traditional virtual stick system or the game's unique touch-and-drag method of steering the vehicle from behind. However, this can take some getting used to and despite adding a visceral element to the experience the tried and true virtual stick makes clearing the more difficult missions a snap.
Progress throughout the game is marked by various unlocks such as speedier and deadlier vehicles; 'promotions'; and the occasional gimmick level to test your skill at the game, ranging from precision driving to surviving a short trip down a highway with a vehicle just about to blow up.
It's almost a good thing that Smash Cops is so short, the novelty of blowing up vehicles quickly wears off over the course of the 22 available missions and once complete there's a sort of calm in having satisfied that dark and disturbed corner of your mind.
If you feel the need to cause traffic mayhem in a gorgeously rendered and expansive world, Smash Cops is for you.
DescriptionJoin over 4 million players worldwide who are raving about the hit game, Smash Cops.
With over 30 missions to play, 8 vehicles to collect and 7 mini games, Smash Cops is an intense action racing game which pits your driving skills against felons desperate to outrun you in wild chases.
“Great-looking police-pursuit game”, “innovative“ & “refreshing” 4.5/5 TouchArcade
“A cool action racer”, “a real joy”, “excellent graphics, innovative controls and intense action” 4/5 Touchgen 8/10 Pocket Gamer
Play Smash Cops though your HD TV. Smash Cops supports Apple’s great Airplay technology so you can now play it through your HD TV via an Apple TV.
BE THE POLICE IN AMERICA'S WILDEST TV CHASES
Take down runaway felons whilst avoiding civilian traffic and buddy police as you chase and weave through traffic.
Escape under time pressure from felon attack and get to a call out location as quickly as possible.
7 different mini games: smash a load of cars illegally parked in a car park, weave through a course laid out by cones, dodge traffic on a highway and collect evidence throughout the city.
- GROUND BREAKING CONTROLS
By placing your finger behind the car you can steer, weave, defend and attack runaway felons with full control of your vehicle, never before used in touch racing games.
- LARGE DRIVABLE CITY
Huge city with high quality visuals creates a fun and rich environment for different attack and escape routes spread over 30 missions and 8 vehicles.
- CHAOS AND MAYHEM
Smash, crush and flip felon vehicles. Obliterate the street scenery.
- iPhone 3GS AND iPod Touch 3 USERS
Smash Cops will play but will be slower in parts as it uses extensive physics optimised for more powerful iOS devices.
- OPTIMISED FOR iPhone 4 AND iPad 1
- ENHANCED FOR iPhone 4S AND iPad 2
Enjoy more physics and more visual FX that take advantage of that extra power!