You really can’t think of a more generic name for a car game than Crash Drive 2. No one will be surprised to know that M2H Studios’ open-world driving game is yet another iOS/PC title that has recently found its way onto the Switch. Admittedly, it’s really not that bad. In fact, M2H Studios did a swell job on this fairly entertaining li’l time-waster.
Its gameplay feels like a Tony Hawk’s game, albeit in cars. The physics engine is loose enough to let you spin and flop your set of wheels mid-air with minimal fuss, as well as drive up very steep angles and planes as you laugh at the concept of gravity. This actually works in its favour, as maneuvering around is a lot easier, and can result in some off-the-wall, high-flying stunts. The camera is a bit shaky, and will end up clipping through some parts of the environment during these moments.
The four maps on offer are open, spacious locations filled with ramps, mountains, and other things you can ride across, all the while pulling some crazy stunts in order to score big points and earn cash. It may be a small collection to pick from, plus getting your car trapped in tight spaces is an occasional occurrence, but at least they’re creatively designed with a few gimmicks thrown into each. For instance, the snow map has a very large frozen lake, perfect for drifting and skating around at ludicrous speed.
Unlocking new missions isn’t too daunting. All you gotta do is to score a certain amount of points overall, pass through a number of hoops floating mid-air, and rack up a specific number of event victories. Each event is a small competition against other players in the server, and they crop up regularly. A few of the game modes include races, coin collecting, and holding onto a crown until the timer runs out. They’re enjoyable to play, and are a good way to earn extra cash, but you won’t be forced to play them if you’re not up for it. Still, once you’ve completed them, there aren’t really that many incentives to keep revisiting them.
There are over 30 vehicles to choose from. Some of them need to be unlocked after reaching a certain level, or by defeating an AI racer in each map. There’s a wide selection to choose from, even if some are carbon-copies of one another with different paint jobs. Levelling up their stats – top speed, acceleration, nitro power and handling – really isn’t that daunting. These can be maxed out by driving really quickly, using turbo as much as possible, and spinning your vehicle around a lot, all within the space of 45 minutes.
Bundled alongside is a bonus game mode called Tank Battles. In it, you get to blast and shunting other players off of floating stages platforms in tanks. Maintaining killstreaks, performing longshots and the like will earn you bonus points to push you up the scoreboard during these short deathmatches. There’s a handful of maps to play in, not to mention a handful of different vehicles to choose from, each with their own unique stats that determine their weight, firepower, etc. While the framerate isn’t particularly consistent here, not to mention there’s an issue with delayed respawns and appearing on top of one another, it’s still a nifty distraction from the main game.
Connecting to new servers with other players is a sinch, and won’t take any effort on your part. Dropping in and out of a game doesn’t take much time at all, and each game runs well enough without any lag, lengthy loading times or the like. That, and it holds down a smooth framerate throughout, barring the aforementioned tank mini-game. Still, a lack of split-screen multiplayer is a curious omission.
Crash Drive 2 is a mindless driving game that could do with a handful of touch-ups. Regardless, what’s on offer is a wappy, sandbox-esque experience that handles online capabilities really well. The game modes on offer are pretty swell, though they’re nowhere nearly as diverting or challenging when playing offline. At least there’s plenty of unlockables, and progression doesn’t feel too grindy. On the whole, it’s worth the ride.
Game code donated by developers.