An outrageous and anarchic throwback racer constructed for folks 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 simple to choose up and play and primed to attraction 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 unintended effects of its easy arcade strategy are that it does run dry of thrills after solely a few afternoons and there are undoubtedly instances the place it appears as prehistoric as its hilariously peculiar storage.
Above every thing else Cruis’n Blast is correctly quick, and this pace is arguably its best asset. Cruis’n Blast is a racing sport in fast-forward, and each occasion feels somewhat like attempting to hug a warmth searching for missile fired via a waterslide. The sheer pace makes the racing plenty of enjoyable, even when the chaos can typically overlap a lot it turns into somewhat numbing after some time.
When you’re questioning if Cruis’n Blast’s continuously somersaulting and corkscrewing vehicles means you’ll want high-grade controller expertise to tug off these tips, you possibly can 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 fully accidentally. To be trustworthy, nearly all of the stunts really appear pretty inconsequential to profitable or dropping, 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 simple to play. In truth, 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 observe boundaries will even merely fling you again on the right track 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 via any nook. Like loads of arcade racers, drifting is the important thing to constructing enhance. In Cruis’n Blast it’s potential to protect a drift at a particularly low angle – low sufficient to take care of via prolonged stretches of straight highway – so constructing enhance isn’t any problem.
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Profitable is rather less simple – at the least on the upper problem settings – however that is all the way down to the highly-orchestrated AI, which appears engineered to string us alongside and never enable the leaders of a race to be caught till near the top. 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 stuffed with dynamic spectacle, from enormous, shifting creatures and devastating earthquakes to crumbling buildings and crashing automobiles. That stated, whereas developer Uncooked Thrills claims there are 29 of them, the fact is nothing of the type. Enjoying via 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 observe layouts and motion beats stay an identical.
Equally wild is Cruis’n Blast’s storage, which options every thing from a grab-bag of random vehicles from Basic Motors and a pair of Nissans to unicorns, sharks, hearth vans, and tanks. I’ve performed plenty of 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 possibly can 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 somewhat dorky but it surely’s cute and my youngsters adore it.
They’re additionally large followers of the four-player splitscreen, which is essentially the most enjoyable method to play Cruis’n Blast – although with the body price slashed in half it’s definitely not the prettiest. Multiplayer is satisfying however the rubber banding tends to makes profitable a little bit of a crapshoot between whoever has saved their boosts till the top of the race. You’ll must put up with it for those who’re eager for multiplayer thrills, although; Cruis’n Blast has native multiplayer help, but it surely has no on-line mode.