An outrageous and anarchic throwback racer constructed for individuals allergic to brake buttons, Cruis’n Blast is a goofy and cheesily garish ode to a near-extinct type of arcade racing that after dominated the highway. Extraordinarily straightforward to choose up and play and primed to enchantment to anybody whose favorite color begins with the phrase “neon”, Cruis’n Blast wears all of its old-school sensibilities proudly on its sleeve.
Whereas that is refreshing to a level, the unlucky unwanted effects of its easy arcade strategy are that it does run dry of thrills after solely a few afternoons and there are undoubtedly occasions the place it appears as prehistoric as its hilariously peculiar storage.
Above all the things else Cruis’n Blast is correctly quick, and this velocity is arguably its biggest asset. Cruis’n Blast is a racing recreation in fast-forward, and each occasion feels a bit like attempting to hug a warmth searching for missile fired by a waterslide. The sheer velocity makes the racing numerous enjoyable, even when the chaos can generally overlap a lot it turns into a bit numbing after some time.
When you’re questioning if Cruis’n Blast’s always somersaulting and corkscrewing automobiles means you’ll want high-grade controller expertise to tug off these methods, you may cease questioning. There actually isn’t any turbocharged Tony Hawk-level of complexity right here, and more often than not the flamboyant flips I carried out whereas taking part in have been utterly by chance. To be sincere, nearly all of the stunts truly appear pretty inconsequential to profitable or shedding, though ripping a wheelie into the rear of an opponent to flip over and overtake is usually fairly efficient.
Regardless of appearances, Cruis’n Blast is definitely very straightforward to play. In actual fact, it took me a number of hours to even realise there was a devoted brake button – and even as soon as I knew it was there, I’ve nonetheless by no means used it. Scraping towards the forgiving monitor boundaries will even merely fling you again heading in the right direction with little to no lack of momentum. Drifting is extraordinarily undemanding, and it’s fairly easy to extend or cut back drift angle to carve by any nook. Like loads of arcade racers, drifting is the important thing to constructing increase. In Cruis’n Blast it’s attainable to protect a drift at a particularly low angle – low sufficient to take care of by prolonged stretches of straight highway – so constructing increase is not any trouble.
Profitable is rather less easy – at the least on the upper issue settings – however that is right down to the highly-orchestrated AI, which appears engineered to string us alongside and never permit the leaders of a race to be caught till near the tip. It’s admittedly on-brand for the type of coin-op racing Cruis’n Blast is aiming to emulate, however it’s a little graceless when the AI outright cheats and blinks into existence proper beside you moments after you’ve actually taken them out, Burnout-style.
Cruis’n Blast’s tracks are impressively imaginative and full of dynamic spectacle, from enormous, shifting creatures and devastating earthquakes to crumbling buildings and crashing automobiles. That mentioned, whereas developer Uncooked Thrills claims there are 29 of them, the fact is nothing of the type. Enjoying by the cups reveals the variety of distinctive tracks is realistically far decrease, as they’re recycled all through the themed-tournaments with some tweaks to the background visuals and results. This implies brachiosaurs turn into skyscraper-sized yetis and choppers turn into UFOs, however the monitor layouts and motion beats stay equivalent.
Equally wild is Cruis’n Blast’s storage, which options all the things from a grab-bag of random automobiles from Basic Motors and a pair of Nissans to unicorns, sharks, fireplace vans, and tanks. I’ve performed numerous racing video games, however I’ve by no means pushed a levitating shark who can drift, or a unicorn that makes engine noises.
Wackier nonetheless are the customisation choices; sure, you may set up neons in your hammerhead and sure, it appears somebody at GM signed off on letting Uncooked Thrills set up three totally different bodykits on this Corvette on the identical time. It’s all a bit dorky however it’s cute and my youngsters adore it.
They’re additionally massive followers of the four-player splitscreen, which is essentially the most enjoyable method to play Cruis’n Blast – although with the body charge slashed in half it’s definitely not the prettiest. Multiplayer is gratifying however the rubber banding tends to makes profitable a little bit of a crapshoot between whoever has saved their boosts till the tip of the race. You’ll have to put up with it when you’re eager for multiplayer thrills, although; Cruis’n Blast has native multiplayer assist, however it has no on-line mode.