Review Blocky Cars: Traffic Rush
A perfectly normal traffic racer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 02 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Good graphics, solid controls
Some performance issues, grindy progression
Man, oh man, Blocky Cars: Traffic Rush for Android is kind of a mess but also a little bit fun too. I guess that’s how a lot of these arcade games come packaged nowadays. They’ve got a hint of a good idea, but the execution looks like a car wreck.
This is a game that is self-proclaimed to be original, though its name, graphics and gameplay mechanics are all heavily borrowed from games like Crossy Road and Flappy Bird. Also, the fact that this is sort of a traffic racer makes that entire claim just hilarious. I’m rolling out of my seat.
So what do you do in this game? Well, you dodge cars and you dodge cars for as long as you can. Tapping the left and right buttons will make your car change between the three lanes, and you’ll need to be quick about it because there are many times when you only have enough room to squeeze between cars when you’re at the perfect point between lanes. The gameplay is kind of meh, though, and that’s largely because the performance is so choppy. I’m not sure if it’s because of the frame drops or the fact that the game runs at like 19 frames per second, but it’s not great.
You know what else isn’t great? The grindfest that are the rewards. The first couple of boring cars can be unlocked for 100 coins but then they get more expensive as you play. I don’t get this kind of reward system. It’s not like you’re rewarded with more coins the more you play, it just means you have to play that much longer in order to get new stuff. It’s a turn off for me.
Blocky Cars doesn’t give itself enough criticism and I think there are a lot of other games that are just like it but execute what they’re trying to pull off better.