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Spun off from the popular Burnout arcade racing franchise on consoles, Burnout Crash turns a horrifying real-life fate – causing a huge vehicle pile-up – into a comical high score chase, as you attempt to pull more and more cars and buildings into your explosive wave of destruction.
Each stage starts with your four-wheeler of choice barreling towards a busy intersection, with swipes of the touch screen used to guide its path. Upon impact with another vehicle, the roads become a playground for your car, which can be repeatedly detonated and slid across the screen to slam other drivers. Depending on the game mode (three are included), you'll be aiming for the highest total damage amount, trying to keep other cars from driving by untouched, or aiming to trigger over-the-top special attacks – like a massive sea creature or laser-equipped UFO.
It's dumb fun, and the game features equal parts of both. Burnout Crash seems to take influence from pinball, but beyond that, the '80s pop song clips, goofy sound effects, and oddball imagery (Pizza of Fortune?) don't really make a whole lot of sense together. But smashing together cars remains plenty enjoyable, and with 18 intersections and numerous objectives, the excitement thankfully doesn't burn out too quickly.
The bottom line. Like a Hot Wheels fantasy turned into a touch screen trifle, this silly car-smashing affair serves up an amusing time.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later
Entertaining blend of driving, pinball, and mass destruction. Good fit for iOS touch screens. Quite a bit of content with solid variation between modes.
Scatterbrained attempts at humor can be off-putting. Not always clear why certain events are triggered in the stages.