7.5
Our overall verdict "bronze"

If you delve into the Nintendo Switch eShop you’ll certainly find a shed load of racing games. Everybody has their favoured top-down racer. Whether it’s a muffin from stopping you from winning the Grand Finale Cup or ramming into a gigantic glockenspiel, these games can be super huge kiddie fun. BlazeRush does things differently and is a fast-paced combat racer that packs a mighty punch. Sixteen different vehicles across a host of eye-catching locations bring collisions and crashes by the shed load. Russian developer Targem Games know how to wreak havoc and now they bring their mayhem to Nintendo Switch.

While not being heavy on content, BlazeRush does offer two game modes: Career and Tournament. Tournament is your online fix where you can play with up to 4 players locally and up to 8 players over the Internet, plus there’s couch vs. couch. But the bulk of the action is found in the Career mode. You’re pit against five other diddy vehicles each with different handling, mass and acceleration characteristics. Raining from the skies come some interesting crates which house various weapons and boosts, giving you ample opportunity to arm yourself. Homing missiles, auto guns, saws and sound waves all bring complete carnage to each race. Other crates when smashed help with your vehicle’s acceleration and give you a rocket-fuelled boost, but only for a brief short time. While you may think such speed boosts help you win races, be warned, tracks are cleverly designed and require skill to navigate through. Careering off the edge into oblivion can be a common occurrence if you don’t take BlazeRush seriously.

As well as some awesome weapons, BlazeRush is also about cutting corners and taking the correct driving line. There are sixteen different whacky and wonderful vehicles to choose from, ranging from the UFO which delivers super fast acceleration, to the futuristic looking Panzerflachbagger. I think I’ve spelt that right.

There are a total of fifty three races to battle your way though. Each race offers the chance to win gold cups, and gold cups open up tracks.  The camera angles constantly zoom in and out adding to the visual excitement. If you’re first the camera centres on the top three; fall behind and the camera pulls out giving a wider picture of the mayhem unfolding in front of you. If you do meet head-on with a homing missile, the last place racer gets a constant boost which hurtles you towards the pack. It’s always a frantic five way race to the checked flag.

The different locations look beautiful, and played in handheld mode even more so. Nintendo Switch has a fabulous looking racer here, with some over the top explosions catapulting vehicles in all directions, flames and smoke, BlazeRush hits the mark visually.

CONCLUSION

BlazeRush is a brutal pocket rocket of a racer that definitely requires a couple of ounces of skill and luck to complete. Looking for a new budget survival racer? Take aim at the eStore and fire.

Lizard rating 7.5/10

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Blondlizard

Blondlizard is from London. His love of gaming continued onto the Sega Mega Drive, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, PlayStation 1,2,3 and 4, PSP and PS Vita. Blondlizard loves his racing games and is yet to play a RPG, but tells us he is willing to change. His favourite inventions are the wireless controller and American size crisp packets.