Friday, 8 December 2017

Indie Game Review - Crashday: Redline Edition

Crashday: Redline Edition is a highly entertaining driving game - you'll notice I didn't call it a racing game, because racing is only a small part of it.  There are seven main game modes - Wrecking Match, Stunt Show, Hold the Flag, Race, Pass the Bomb, Bomb Run and Test Drive.  Each of these is highly individual and, as you might imagine, some get the blood pumping more than others.  They're all good - although in all honesty I find the checkpoints on the Race mode rather finickity (I like to be able to go off-road a bit without being penalised too much).  Wrecking Match is a blast (quite literally), Hold the Flag and Pass the Bomb are two sides of the same coin and both good run, Bomb Run is what it sounds like and Test Drive lets you do pretty much what you want.

Stunt Show is where the game really shines for me - my kids also love it, both playing and watching - it's one of things you can have a great time doing whether you're good at it or not.  My 6 year-old got the hang of looping the loop quite quickly and it's always fun to hold down the turbo boost and fly off a ramp.  All good stuff.  

Then there are the mini games - Long Jump (like the ski jump but, er, without skis, and in a car),Vehicle Blast and Checkpoint Chase modes.  Also there's a career mode which is well voice-acted and gives you a good set of different challenges, as well as the option to earn money and upgrade your car or buy new ones.

Oh, of course, there is online multiplayer too, a built-in track editor, and everything is fully moddable with what seems like quite a busy community...

So, it's a quality game with lots of content, and while you may not love every game mode, there's sure to be at least a couple that really engage you.  I would also like to give Crashday: Redline Edition a shout-out for being one of a very small number of my games on Steam that actually fully support my game controller (possibly it being a cheap and cheerful one doesn't help, but Crashday has no problems with it at all, which is more than I can say for the vast majority of my games).

If you like driving games with a lot of variety to them, you can't go wrong with this one.  Available on Steam for £8.99.

(A rather similar game - better in terms of pure racing action but with less variety and missing the stunt tracks - is Gas Guzzlers Extreme.)

I've made quite a few videos of this particular game so here they are below:

The first Career Mode challenge:

I was finally careful enough to win an actual race...

Messing about on a Stunt Track:

STILL Messing about on a Stunt Track:

Capture the Flag mode:

The Long Jump (I found out later that I should have used the Boost whilst in midair too):

Last but by no means least, in Test Drive mode I saw some chimney stacks - so of course I had to see if I could drive up the inside and out the top!

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