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App of the week: Maximum Car review

If Burnout was made from Lego. Then infused with extra explosions. With the Duke Nukem guy growling over the top

“We will not be exchanging details,” snarls Maximum Car – shortly after Stuff unsportingly smashes a competitor into a railing, before drifting round a corner, blowing up the race leader with a carefully aimed missile, and zooming past the chequered flag.

“Generic congratulations comment,” it bellows at the end of this successful bout of racing carnage.

Maximum Car is what happens when you reimagine Burnout for smartphones, remove whatever finesse that game had, and proclaim the result as a “videogame where stuff explodes and is really cool”. You belt along snaking roads, smashing your chunky car into other chunky cars, revelling in the mindless destruction of it all.

“Speed weasel!”

Everything’s stripped back, so acceleration is automatic, and braking is banned.

You prod left and right to turn in that direction, and stab the opposite side of the screen to start drifting when already angled across the causeway in a rakish manner. Vertical swipes to the left and right sides of the screen activate missiles and boost.

Every track is a long, winding road where you play chicken with oncoming traffic, and overtake or obliterate the nine rival drivers who start ahead of you. Encounter and wreck the same car enough times and it’ll unlock for purchase.

Drive like a maniac and you’re awarded with further gruff commentator outbursts (“I have a reading age of six!”), gold coins to power up your vehicle (recommended once you get to grips with things, since the game is entertainingly bonkers at high speed), and a general feeling of smugness when you do particularly well.

“Nitro sapiens!”

“Nitro sapiens!”

From the off, Maximum Car is Maximum Daft. When you’re belting along and a gravel-throated voice barks “Sometimes I talk for no reason!” just before you run over a tiny remote controlled car with your surprisingly swift and chunky VW camper van, you can’t help but grin.

And it’s worth noting that Maximum Car isn’t stupid – this isn’t over-the-top macho gaming for people who go GRRR! but instead more a satire, albeit a very enjoyable and screwball one.

It is, however, repetitive. There’s little variation in play, and even the optional missions (such as drifting a set distance) don’t help, since they never vary within each of the five zones. Shaking them up a bit more would have been smart.

But as an old-school, high-octane, adrenaline-pumping arcade racer, to fill odd moments rather than hours-long sessions, this mobile effort slams its foot down and speeds towards Maximum Fun.

Maximum Car is available for Android and iOS.

Stuff Says…

Score: 4/5

Noisy, silly, explode-y, and the opposite of po-faced – Maximum Car is an unashamedly brash mobile racer that’s brilliant fun

Good Stuff

Maximum Car!

Maximum Car!

Maximum Car!

Bad Stuff

Can be a bit repetitive

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I’m a regular contributor to Stuff magazine and Stuff.tv, covering apps, games, Apple kit, Android, Lego, retro gaming and other interesting oddities. I also pen opinion pieces when the editor lets me, getting all serious about accessibility and predicting when sentient AI smart cookware will take over the world, in a terrifying mix of Bake Off and Terminator.

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