Smash Cops

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Crashes are fiery but not grisly in racer with a twist.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Ease of Play

The game offers a new navigation technique that is effective, but takes a long while to get used to. Players could grow frustrated learning to control vehicles. 


Police arrest fleeing suspects by ramming their cars until they crash. Cars can catch fire and explode. And several crashes are glorified in slow motion. 

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywrgtyp July 1, 2012

13 really

First off 13 is way too high I mean really you can crash into many cars which then burst into flames but there's no blood you don't even see the perso... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDrayoc April 23, 2012

Fun and intense.

You are a cop flying through the streets trying to bring down the bank robbers. Recklessly giving chase before they can leave the county. It's easy and fun... Continue reading

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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: February 3, 2012
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Size: 110.00 MB
  • Publisher: Hutch
  • Version: 1.01.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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