Review Smash Bandits Racing
Looks like just another day in Los Angeles
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 26 Apr 2017, tested on Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Quality graphics, exciting plot, simple controls
Slow animation, dependence on in-app purchases
Smash Bandits Racing for Android bears an uncanny resemblance to the evening news in Los Angeles. Actually, the graphics even look like the streets of L.A. Even the sound effects of the news and police commentary is spot on; I've heard nearly exact quotes like this during real car chases many times. So I guess what I'm saying is, this game feels spot on in its pseudo realism.
The plot of Smash Bandits Racing is simple: you're running from the cops and burning rubber through city streets; except in this game, the more stuff you smash into and make go boom, the better. You can even smash the cop cars for bonus points. The game is played from an aerial point of view, looking down on the car chase below. Controls are easy; just swipe your finger from left to right to steer. If anything, the game could use more speed. The car seems like it's going at a crawl sometimes, but then, I've seen 10mph car chases before. Oh, and don't be shy about going off-road and exploring shortcuts and alternate routes. But be warned - the cops will catch you if you get cornered or do too much damage to your car. I love how the car doors swing open every time you take a hairpin turn or make a radical lane change. Navigating the streets is simple enough, and controls are responsive. It's as easy to stay on the road as it is to intentionally veer off it and go off-roading.
Naturally, there are plenty of upgrades which will cost. But some of the alternate cars look really dope. The sound effects are actually enjoyable and have an uncanny sense of realism.
ResumeSmash Bandits Racing doesn't have a lot of variety and could get boring fast. But it's a fun game, easy to play and the graphics are captivating. It's part demolition derby, part evening news car chase. In short - it's fun.