Cruis’n Blast Review: The Fast and Furious Video Game We’ve Always Wanted

A cherry-red Corvette Stingray was driving through the streets of Los Angeles. At this time, with almost no warning and a lot of noise, a burst of missiles shattered the highway, and the air was filled with dust and flames. The vapor trail caused a team of attack helicopters to float in front of the California sun. This is an ambush. Corvette turned sharply to avoid the pursuers, but the road was packed with three 18-wheelers filled with huge platinum fuel tanks filled with gasoline.

Click! A missile was launched from the helicopter and then accelerated towards the nearest semi-aircraft. Stingray’s driver stepped on the accelerator, twisted a can of nitrous acid, and then—ignoring physics—sent the vehicle into the air, rolling a barrel a few inches above the explosion point and entering a safe state.

Thank you for participating in my dramatic entertainment in the first 20 seconds of the early game Cruis’n Blast, One of the more charming and messy games released on Nintendo Switch this year.

If you have ever visited Musk’s Town Bar or the game room of the Holiday Inn, you may have encountered the first entrance to the Cruis’n franchise, a classic arcade game from 1994 Cruise’n United StatesThe affinity of the series declined with each subsequent entry, and then became obscured with the advent of 2001 Cruising speedAlthough the arcade publisher Midway went bankrupt and almost all arcades in the United States died, the creators of Cruis’n never let go. Series creator Eugene Jarvis (Guard, Robotron: 2084) Founded Raw Thrills, an outspoken arcade game developer that has been quietly making a game every year since 2004.It is responsible for familiar things, such as Big Buck Hunter series entries, and some less familiar things, such as arcade adaptations of movies like this car with Alien: ContractIn 2017, in addition to the sequel and marketing partner, the studio also successfully produced the first Cruis’n game in more than a decade. Cruis’n Blast.

Okay, let’s pause, because you should watch me win a game before we continue. This is a quick video:

as you can see, blasting The structure is almost the same as its predecessors. Our goal is to be the first to cross the finish line of a straight track, which runs through increasingly funny scenes. In addition to refueling and rest, Blast also increases the ability to drift and accelerate Mario Kart. You can upgrade your car, buy nitrite and crash enemies, but the only real challenge is to stay on the road.

Now you can play blasting No need to shovel tokens into gorgeous arcade cabinets, thanks to the powerful port of Nintendo Switch. The good news is that the port is cheaper than buying arcade cabinets and includes some new cars, models, and tracks. The bad news: a racing game with only 5 locations and graphics will cost you $39.99, which looks very cutting-edge during the Clinton presidency. During the flight from Los Angeles to Detroit and stopover in Dallas, I completed the entire campaign and unlocked most of the vehicles.

Picture: Original stimulus through polygons

On the one hand, this is a short time to view most of the content provided by any racing game. On the other hand, I experienced the greatest day of air travel in human history. Readers, the rules of this video game.

If my introduction sounds like a summary of the setting of Fast and Furious, it is because the developer Raw Thrills has produced four fast and furious arcade games. They obviously learned a lesson from experience. The first half of the game is like an unofficial derivative of the movie, full of night street racing in international cities and police hunts on tropical islands.

However, compared to the second half of the game, these introductory courses are quite low-key. After my Stingray escaped from Los Angeles, it drove into the earthquake, under the UFO, away from the dinosaurs. In the ending subtitles, I gained the freedom to drive UFOs and dinosaurs. So far, I have unlocked many cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as helicopters, flying saucers, triceratops and unicorns.

Does the helicopter look silly when performing a nitrous backflip while the car is passing through an ice hole? Yes! This is the point! If this game were made by a small independent game manufacturer, as an ode to the love of the death series, I really believe that we would praise the edge DIY visual effects for being bold, weird and psychedelic. I think that even with its pedigree, Raw Thrills deserves similar suspicion that the rough edges of the game are deliberate choices in some respects. An atmosphere.

Cruis’n Blast I borrowed a lot of things from the “Fast and Furious” series of movies.But as these movies get higher budgets and more exquisite visual effects, their creators can learn from similar games Cruis’n Blast: Too much polishing will obscure all the fun.

Cruis’n Blast Released on Nintendo Switch on September 14. The game was reviewed on the Switch using the retail download code provided by Raw Thrills. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These will not affect editorial content, but Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links.You can find View additional information about Polygon’s ethics policy here.