Hold on tight, as last one to the finishing line cleans the bathroom in up to 8 player party racer Brakes Are For Losers. As the subtle title suggests, it’s a no holds barred scramble to the chequered flag with you having, you guessed it, no brakes.
Brakes Are For Losers combines crazy bendy tracks, hectic races and even opportunities to nuke your opponents. Even though each race lasts just 60 seconds, it’s a minute of madness out there. Cars the size of pin heads (okay I may be slightly exaggerating) zoom around tight bizarrely named and designed tracks. As you jump into your first race, it’s like “whoaaaa, what’s going on here?” Keeping an eye on your choosen vehicle as the others hurl past is not easy. I advise playing this on the big screen, as you need eyes like a hawk to play this in handheld mode, but you can just about get away with it. With crazy cars armed with Nitro and no form of showing down, you can expect total carnage.
The limited amount of tracks are varied in design but are made more interesting by lines of tailgating cars thrown into the mix and pit stop areas to repair you car. Such features create further obstacles for you to worry about. You can master a track, but it’s really down to how other cars treat you. Crash, bang, wallop is mainly the order of the day, but once you get your eye in, Brakes Are For Losers is a small blast of fun. Banging off walls, side swiping others, being ramped up the jacksie by a rival is what BAFL is all about, and it’s a hoot.
Winning races gains you upgrade points. There are six different areas to enhance with speed, handling and adhasion being your first port of call. Control wise it’s all very simple as well; left stick steers your car and the A button gives you a boost. Because of this it’s an ideal jump in party game with no need of explaining what does what to all your fellow players – just point to the mop, bucket and bleach to the loser. If you opt for the solo experience BAFL offers a decent and challenging one. Time Trial, Prefect Run and a Championship all test your skill at brakeless driving as well, and patience too.
For a game that’s been inspired by classic top-down multiplayer games, Brakes Are For Losers hits the mark. Utter madness at a budget price, BAFL slows down for no one.
Lizard Rating: 7/10