Thursday, December 09, 2010

Video game number three hundred and fifty four: Doritos Crash Course

Video game review number three hundred and fifty three in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Doritos Crash Course".

This is the other free arcade game in the Doritos "Unlock Xbox" contest....and this one has my vote for the 50,000 dollar prize that Doritos is offering to the winner.

Crash Course is similar to the Wipeout TV show, and much better than the Wipeout game that I played on the Wii earlier this year.Wipeout is based on a popular TV show and retails for around 40 bucks. Crash Course is free, it's a semi-original concept...and somehow it manages to be exponentially more fun. Go try and figure that out, because I sure can't.

Crash course takes place across three countries with 5 different obstacle courses in each. The obstacle courses require you to run, jump and slide over an assortment of obstacles. You play as your Xbox Live Avatar (quite possibly the coolest part of this game), and when you fail to navigate an obstacle...there are some pretty funny animations. If you get hit by the swinging hammers for example, your avatar will get knocked into your TV screen, and then slide down the broken glass like a cartoon. If you get smashed by the "crushers" you'll be nice and dizzy. Getting through the level successfully might inspire your little guy to do a moonwalk. It's strange, but this game handles avatar animation better than any other game I've ever seen on Xbox Live, and I've played a LOT. It makes the game a lot more personal when you're the main character...and I enjoyed watching my guy fall, crash and dive whenever he failed to clear something.

The puzzles themselves are interesting and different enough to keep you playing. It's essentially your basic platforming, and it also supports leaderboards. Every time you start a new level, you'll see your friends best score right up there, taunting you and inspiring you to hit restart a lot if you don't beat it on the first try.

There's an Xbox Live multiplayer mode where you can play against friends or randoms....but it's really hard to find a partner on Live for this game. I've let it sit for long periods of time, and no one has joined a game yet. The game is free, so I'm not sure what's stopping people from picking it up. Too much Call of Duty perhaps.

Overall Score? 7.5/10. My initial instinct was to rate this game higher than a 7.5, mostly because it's instantly fun to pick up and play. However, with only 15 levels...I think I'll breeze through it quickly, and I can't see this one having much replay value. Then again...for the low price of's already got an insane amount of value as it is. You really have nothing to lose by downloading this (except maybe hard drive space). If you have an Xbox, go get it...before the free offer is over.

Achievements? You bet.

1 comment:

Rach said...

Ooh, I'll have to look this one up tonight.