Smash Bandits Review
- Very intuitive driving controls which don't block the screen.
- The slow motion smashes are entertaining.
- The worst aspects of freemium design are present here.
- Only short sound clips of the music tracks.
Smash Bandits can be fun in small bursts, but is hampered by all the more cynical hallmarks of freemium design.
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As anyone who has played with building blocks as a child knows, fun to smash things, almost as much fun as it is to build them. Smash Bandits understands this, and takes the player on a destruction fuelled rampage around the streets of a crime-infested city, eluding the cops, and creating as much property damage as possible
A game of Smash Bandits lasts on average, a couple of minutes - at least in the early stages. Causing damage generates cash, while completing one of the in-game missions allows you to level-up, aquire poker chips, and learn abilities. As this is a freemium game, these abilities cost money to use. This means you have to decide whether to blow your funds on buffs, save up for a car upgrade or a new vehicle. There's also a restriction which affects how often you can lower your wanted level. It's important to stay on top of this, as reaching level five will put you in prison.
The control system, which involves dragging your finger in an arc behind your vehicle, is pretty ingenious. The slow motion that kicks in when you bust through a police barricade is also a nice touch. The moments when you switch between land and sea are pretty exciting, too. It's evident that the free to play design is hamstringing the experience however, limiting your play time by throwing you in jail every five runs, and forcing you to buy your way out.
If it was a premium high -core game which cost a buck or two, Smash Bandits might be worth a purchase. The concept and controls are well realised, but everything else from the power-ups to the police aggression exbraces some of the nastier aspects of the freemium model. If it was balanced a little better, it would be easier to recommend. As it is, this is one collision you may want to avoid.
Description*IPOD 4 USERS: We're sorry but Smash Bandits is not supported on iPod 4*
Named as one of TouchArcade's Top 10 Games of the year 2013. From the makers of Smash Cops – crash through America in the craziest road race to hit the App Store.
Power up to faster cars, get the edge with getaway gadgets and outrun the cops as you speed to the state line.
Well, almost. Whichever route you take through an ever-changing world of dirt tracks and dusty logging towns you can crash and bash your way through smashable scenery in the most intense display of destruction you have ever seen.
UPGRADE & OUTRUN
Make sure you’re always ahead of the game (and the cops) with cool car upgrades. Start with a puny compact and make it awesome with extra speed, handling and strength. And when you start earning big, you might just get your hands on the fastest road car on the planet, the stunning Hennessey Venom GT.
SMASH THE LEADERBOARD
What crazy road race would be complete without a TV chopper hovering overhead? The further you get and the more you smash, the bigger the TV ratings and the more cash you earn. Play against your Facebook and Game Center friends to see who can become the most famous Bandit on network TV.
BOOST YOUR CHANCES
Before you head off you get to choose something to help you along the way. Stinger-proof tires, the 'Stunner' car taser and even a tank are available to give you the edge over the relentless Sheriff McBride and his deputies.
Innovative one-finger control makes it super easy to drive, drift & spin your car, and unleash those helpful gadgets - no matter where you’re playing.
TAKE A BANDIT CHALLENGE
The Smash Bandits race organisers don’t think that simply out-running the cops is a big enough problem, so they’ve put together over 100 challenges where you can test your driving skills to the limit.