Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. To jump online and totally beat the crap out of someone else's ride? That doesn't smack of fun to you?
  2. The game is solid. Especially on the multiplayer side of things.
  3. A few opportunities have been missed, however, most obvious of which is the rather small number of tracks, given their individual lengths.
  4. Perhaps if "Burnout 3" didn't exist, Crash 'n' Burn might have had a better chance. However, this is still an immensely enjoyable game for all destruction fans out there.
  5. Although the single player campaign is fairly in depth in terms of adding parts to your cars and offering quite a number of tracks, the fact you only have four cars to choose from really hurts the game in the long run as does the way the game becomes relatively hard very quickly.
  6. There’s just no accounting for an excruciating wipeout on the final lap when such possibilities are at the mercy of circumstances as much as they are at the player’s skill. But, played with a graceful, Zen-like acceptance – shit happens – Crash ‘n’ Burn is as enjoyable as it is easy to understand. [Jan 2005, p.97]
  7. There's none of the track furniture that shined "FlatOut" or the general gloss and roundness of "Burnout." This shallowness in gameplay is honestly the only thing that lets the game down.
  8. If anything, my largest complaint about this game comes from the fact the number of wrecks onscreen sometimes means that winning a race has a s much to do with good luck as skill. [Dec 2004, p.168]
  9. At a mere twenty dollars, the game may just be worth the frustrating elements and rather awkward beginnings just to get to the juicy core of the game. And with a bevy of features, the game does offer quite a lot for its price.
  10. Unfortunately, some of Crash 'N' Burn's central ideas--the persistent wrecks being the most obvious example--introduce complexity that, in the end, will leave you more frustrated than thrilled.
  11. The control is surprisingly solid, the graphics are fairly smooth. [Holiday 2004, p.98]
  12. 58
    It's repetitive, occasionally frustrating and visually unappealing. Put your cash to good use and grab the cheaper and near-perfect "Burnout 3" instead.
  13. The physics and collision detection are adequate for minor collisions, but are cartoony and simply laughable in major ones.
  14. 55
    Crashing? Stiff, slow, unimpressive, and often results in unpredictable chain reactions.
  15. Lacks elastic A.I. to keep the cars close together. [Jan 2005, p.87]
  16. While the cars in other games fold and dent realistically, depending on the speed and direction of the impact, damage to Crash 'n' Burn's cars seems artificial, with entire panels suddenly replaced with scratched versions at the merest hint of a high-speed nudge.
  17. Track design is unimaginative, the cars look like they're made of plastic, it's not fast, and the gameplay structure feels clumsy and unfinished. [Dec 2004, p.128]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CameronB.
    Feb 21, 2008
    9
    This game is the best I love bomb tag, Last man standing,and customizing your car. Although I beat the game in 3 days. I would rent it first just to try it out and see if you like it. Full Review »
  2. DerekS.
    Apr 30, 2007
    7
    This game is pimpin but theres no real sense of speed. Hard at first then fun. Rent first
  3. SamF.
    Apr 14, 2005
    7
    Fun at first but the debris and crashes don't add to the game it jus make it frustrating and impossible to win a race.