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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Smashy Road: Wanted is an arcade game in which players drive cars at high speeds in the hopes of outrunning the cops. Though this often results in violent crashes and explosions, the game's blocky, pixelated style means neither the drivers nor the police officers are shown being hurt or killed. The game also allows you to buy dozens of new vehicles using either real money or in-game funds, which you can earn by watching commercials; ads also appear between each level. Players are rewarded for evading the police, smashing into things, and generally driving recklessly, though it's also true that it's impossible to totally escape.
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What's it about?
In SMASHY ROAD: WANTED, you play as a criminal who's trying to evade the police for an unknown reason. You begin with one car and quickly get access to spin for another (cars come in categories such as Common, Epic, and Legendary, based on their abilities and characteristics). After that, you earn money within the game as you play or by viewing ads. You also can just purchase the cars you want with real money. Control the car by touching the left or right side of the screen and brake or go in reverse by touching both sides at once. When the police vehicles surround you or you crash into something bigger than you, the game is over and you can start again.
Is it any good?
Though engaging for a time, this smash-'em-up, high-speed chaser is full of ads, potential purchases, and poor messages. Though it manages to be fun in small bursts, frustration does set in during lengthy drives. The game never really changes, and the action either slows to a crawl when there are a lot of cops chasing you or is so fast it's tough to control the car. Sure, you can unlock new vehicles, and the world is randomly generated so you can't anticipate where things are, but it's still basically the same game over and over. Because the controls are hair-trigger sensitive, it's tough to be precise, and the lag time between losing and starting over is significant. Though it's not bloody, it still shows someone trying to outrun the cops and smashing into innocent drivers, so it's definitely not a game for little kids.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 27, 2015
- Category: Arcade Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 65.00 MB
- Publisher: RK Games Studio
- Version: 1.1.4
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: February 22, 2021
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