What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Smash Cops is a racing game where players pursue criminals, then force them off the road by repeatedly ramming their vehicles. While there's certainly a sense of violence to the game (and plenty of explosions), it's not a grisly title and doesn't revel in suffering (though players can hit innocent civilians as they pursue criminals). There are no language or sexuality concerns -- and the game is mercifully free of commercial influences. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
SMASH COPS is a game that has a single focus, but it does the job so well that you might brush past some of its flaws. Pursuing fleeing criminals is always fun -- and there's a visceral thrill that comes with forcing them off the road. The app also eliminates any camera issues by letting players view the action from the point of view of a news helicopter -- a nice way to add an element of drama to the game.
The "push" control schematic is a unique one that takes a little getting used to, but works in the end. And the graphics are fantastic. The downside is the missions eventually take on a sameness that will either leave you wanting more or wondering what the fuss was about. The answer, in large part, will depend on how quickly you've completed them.