Granny bashing “Road Rash” style
Admit it, we all try to find ways to make our jobs a little easier. Me, I’ve been subtly delegating a substantial amount of my workload to our new office junior for the last few months. Poor lad, he’s ever so busy! The Grim Reaper, however, has taken being bone idle to another level. He’s set his scythe down in Sunny Pines retirement village – souls are practically dying at his doorstep.
Coffin Dodgers from Milky Tea and Wales Interactive is an arcade-style kart racer where seven plucky Sunny Pines residents have made a deal with the Grim Reaper – a race to the death. You compete in thirteen races set across five different zones in the retirement village and if you come out on top you get to live and also make it to the next race. If you aren’t up to speed and finish last it’s time for an early bath, and by that I mean the type of bath that’s usually in a wooden box under six feet of dirt.
Coffin Dodgers follows in the tradition of many kart racing games before it, such as Sonic All Star Racing and Mario Kart, and has well laid out courses with plenty of power ups and boost pads scattered around. Power ups include defibrillators, which stun nearby racers and rockets that chase after the opposition in true ACME style. You can also attack other racers that are saddled alongside you in true “Road Rash” style. By hitting the circle button you will take a swipe at nearby racers and hopefully knock them off their scooters. The residents have pimped out their mobility scooters so they travel faster than greased lightning, and they can also be upgraded to increase handling and acceleration by using coins that are earned by winning races.
As well as the story mode, Coffin Dodgers also has a variety of other modes to pop a hip out to. These include split screen (for up to 4 local players), quick races, time trials and Crazy Grandad mode (where you must locate and collect as many random items as possible against the clock).
Trophy hunters can rejoice as Coffin Dodgers has a platinum trophy that you won’t need to drive around the houses to obtain. Just play the story mode a few times, get the few weapon-related trophies and then in a few hours or so you will have the platinum in the bag.
Coffin Dodgers looks great and handles really well but there are a few points that leave the game lacking. The biggest point is the difficulty level; the races are just too easy making them feel like a nice relaxing Sunday drive instead of a race for your life. You will probably find yourself out in front after the first lap in most races and won’t be challenged for pole position. If you can look past these points then you’ve got a highly enjoyable racer.
NelMaNo Rating – 7/10