If you don’t remember the Cruis’n franchise, you will be forgiven. After all, nearly fifteen years have passed since the last home game in the series. However, those who remember the arcade racing series may look back at these games affectionately. Starting from Cruis’n USA in 1994, the series was launched in the arcade before being transplanted to Nintendo 64 two years later. When you drive through several places, the series brings uninterrupted excitement. Before the end of the 1990s, these runways were extended beyond the United States through Cruis’n World and Cruis’n Exotica.
However, the 21st century is not friendly to Cruis’n franchising. The poor acquisition of Cruis’n Velocity on the Game Boy Advance in 2001 and the poor Wii title (Cruis’n for short) in 2007 proved the failure of attempts to modernize the game. The franchise seems destined to have the same fate as many arcades of the malls it started. That is to say, until 2017, when a new Cruis’n title appeared in the surviving arcade machine, it seemed to be everywhere.
Developed by Raw Thrills, the studio is led by industry eminent figure and original Cruis’n creator Eugene Jarvis (Eugene Jarvis), Cruis’n Blast effectively captures the spirit of these first games, but the visual The effect and sense of speed have been modernized to provide a nostalgic and gorgeous feeling. Over the years, although I have enjoyed jumping into the arcade version of Dave & Buster’s leisure travel for one or two games, I have never invested a lot of time in this area. However, Cruis’n Blast finally got an exclusive home port on Switch last week, so I decided to check it out.
I am happy to say that this revival effectively embodies the spirit of the Cruis’n franchise. When you bump, explode, and accelerate through a large number of beautiful tracks in the game, the strong sense of speed is just the beginning. Surfaces are not the most detailed in any racing game, but they lack fidelity and resolution, and they make up for this with vitality. Every corner is a jaw-dropping vista or sparkling scene, I beg you to divert your attention away from the road. Fortunately, the mechanism of Cruis’n Blast allows you to do this without any consequences, because the title is to keep you going. Although this will result in a lower skill limit, the approachable gameplay will bring an interesting play-and-play experience, and you can also learn skills as you unlock higher levels of difficulty.
As fast as Cruis’n Blast, it is more exaggerated than any other game in the heyday of the series. When you fall from a towering height into the clouds, the road will collapse, tornadoes engulf the scenery around you, dinosaurs roam freely, trains derail, and aliens fly over your head when you run on the game’s electric track. In addition to those important positioning moments, you have other racers to compete and hunt down the police. These other cars will hardly hinder your progress, but when you hit them into guardrails or obstacles, they will become an opportunity to create a collision of highlights. You can also get yourself off the slope and use a satisfying drift mechanism to get a free boost.
When many arcade games enter the platform, you don’t need to pump the dormitory into the cabinet with difficulty 11, they worry about its replayability in the new format. In order to solve the problem of insufficient content compared with other racing games, Cruis’n Blast on Switch adds a lot of content to the game pack. The original arcade version only had 5 tracks, but the Switch version increased this number to 29 tracks (although some were reused) and 23 cars. These vehicles range from licensed sports cars such as Corvettes and GTR to motorcycles, helicopters, fire trucks, UFOs, and even unicorns. All cars can be upgraded with cash earned in the race, giving you a reason to go back to the track and replay it.
However, even with these new features, the product is relatively streamlined. You can participate in a four-match tour, participate in a time trial, or choose a single game on any track you have unlocked. The courses from point A to point B are varied, and most of them are exciting, full of the aforementioned anchor points, boost jumps, and golden key collection, but many games are short, and you don’t even have time to fully enjoy them. A few times, I was shocked to see the countdown to the end of the track on my screen before the one-minute mark was reached.
Perhaps the biggest benefit for old-school Cruis’n fans is the ability to play split-screen multiplayer games with up to four people. If everyone wants their own screen, you can also use up to four different consoles and game copies to play through local communication. Unfortunately, online multiplayer games are not an option, which greatly increases the replayability of the game.
Although the goal of expected content volume in video games has changed significantly since the series peaked, Cruis’n Blast is an exciting and interesting return for arcade racers, helping to define the genre of the 90s . Although I don’t expect to invest more than a few hours in a single player game, I look forward to some friends coming over to participate in this chaos.
Cruis’n Blast was released on Switch on September 14.