Smashed Review

It’s hard to describe exactly what Smashed is similar to. At a glance one may see it as a cross between Rolando 2 and Jungle Bloxx, but ultimately this game is a whole different animal. Smashed is an indie gem that provides one of the best gaming experiences for your iPhone and should not be missed.

The core foundation for Smashed’s concept is destroying chunks of wood to take buildings down. As a newcomer at DDD Demolition, you are put on increasingly tough jobs and given new tools with which to demolish a variety of material as you progress through the game. Some of these include nuclear waste barrels that must be safely dropped into white areas, bombs and spinning spike wheels to destroy metal, and touch blocks that you can drag around the screen to move objects. You can also destroy fragments of broken blocks by tapping on them.

Break it down.

In the first few chapters of the game, you pass levels by simply destroying things rapidly, but soon the tables turn. Unstable buildings, conflicting goals, and crazy contraptions will force you to be quick on your feet while making important decisions. Luckily, picture-perfect physics and precise controls make it possible to manipulate every aspect of the game down to the slightest detail.

Depending on where you touch a block, it will split right under your finger and even fly into the air. The ability to zoom in and out allows you to crush even the most minuscule fragments or blocks. Everything acts just as you expect. We could go on for an hour describing how great everything works, but ultimately it is something you just need to experience for yourself.

Smashed has an aesthetic much like that of Rolando 2. The 2.5D camera angle looks as polished as ever, and there are tons of tiny details on the high-definition blocks (there is virtually no pixilation, even when zoomed in). On top of this, we encountered no drop in the frame rate on our 3GS. An original soundtrack that runs for 30 minutes over six tracks, plus fitting sound effects, make it that much harder to put this game down.

Bring on the gaudiness.

The storyline is fairly interesting. As you progress through different jobs, you begin to uncover a conspiracy theory. We won’t spoil it, but there are some interesting characters behind the super-cheesy pictures. There are also some grammatical errors, but these are easily dismissible.

If you haven’t picked it up yet, your next project should be heading over to the App Store and buying one of the best, most destructive games available. With more content coming in updates (which is crazy considering how much comes in the initial release), you simply cannot go wrong here.

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