Let’s Go Cruis’n!
When it comes to arcade racing, very few games elicit the response that the Cruis’n games do. It’s been quite a while since there’s been a new Cruis’n game with the last entry being the Wii version in 2007 which was actually The Fast And The Furious arcade game with the Cruis’n name slapped on it because Midway lost the movie license during development, so really, the last actual release was Cruis’n Velocity on the Gameboy Advance in 2001. But developer Raw Thrills has officially brought back the series in all its glory! And if you ever forget the developer’s name, don’t worry; you will be reminded CONSTANTLY during the game.
Arcade Racing is BACK and Better Than Ever!
Cruis’n Blast was originally released in arcades back in 2017 and consisted of only 5 tracks (typical for an arcade release). When Raw Thrills decided to bring it to the Nintendo Switch, they added a LOT more content. In addition to the 5 original arcade tracks, there are 24 tracks in tour mode (6 tours of 4 tracks each). Granted, there are probably half the amount of unique tracks in the game as they are reused with different themes; police chasing you, dinosaurs wreaking havoc, choppers shooting missiles, and even UFO’s destroying the surroundings. Even so, it never seems to get old.
Each track has 3 keys (87 total across all tracks) to find and collect. These unlock new vehicles ranging from a Formula 1 racecar to a Unicorn… yes, a freakin’ Unicorn! Winning races with vehicles levels them up allowing you to upgrade them with neon lights, decals, etc. I don’t know if these upgrades actually make the vehicles perform any better, but they definitely make them look cooler. Also, each vehicle has decals unique to them. With 23 vehicles total, levelling up and upgrading them all adds tons of replay value.
Both arcade mode and tour mode can be played with up to 4 players making this the perfect game for having some friends over and enjoying into the wee hours of the morning. You can play split-screen or through local wireless. At the time of this writing, there is no option for online play, which doesn’t bother me in the least, but may be a deal-breaker for some.
If you yearn for the days of games like San Francisco Heat and Daytona USA, Cruis’n Blast delivers that arcade experience you’ve been craving. And the soundtrack perfectly conveys that arcade feel. I can almost hear the arcade noise in the background whenever the menu music starts up. With a plethora of content, it’s well worth the $39.99/£34.99 price tag. The game is aptly named, as I had a BLAST playing it!
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Platform: Arcade, Nintendo
Release Date: 14/09/2021
No. of Players: 1-4
Category: Racing, Arcade, Party
Developer: Raw Thrills
Publisher: Raw Thrills
Download link: US eShop / UK eShop