• Publisher: Metro3D
  • Release Date: Aug 13, 2003
Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Smash Cars has managed to make an RC racer believer out of me. While I doubt I will be running to my hobby shop to invest in a $200 RC truck or car (one that I would probably break my first time out) I will certainly be spending countless hours driving these miniature racers in one of the best PS2 racing games I have played this year.
  2. It is fun, plain and simple. Any fan of racing games should give this one a try, at least as a rental. I promise a worthwhile experience.
  3. 80
    When "Gran Turismo" is too much, and "Mario Kart" just ain't enough, Smash Cars could be just the ticket.
  4. The little technical problems this game suffers from are not enough to conceal the addictive RC racing fun Smash Cars offers.
  5. 75
    Technical problems and limitations aside, Smash Cars' most important feature (being fun) still manages to glimmer pretty brightly.
  6. Smash Cars isn't going to appeal to everyone, but its easy-to-pick-up style of play, often absurdly amusing level design, and budget price tag make it a worthwhile purchase or rental for any RC or kart racing fan.
  7. Some slowdown and an oddly inconsistent trick system hurt the game, but it's still good, clean fun. [Aug 2003, p.101]
  8. If games like "R/C Pro Am" or "Re-Volt" sound like your idea of the perfect racing game, however, Metro 3D's little speedster could be made for you. [Aug 2003, p.32]
  9. Despite the lack of smashes, it’s sill a fun game to play thanks to the undemanding and bouncy handling of the R/C cars.
  10. 60
    Offers no meaningful reason why you should pick it up over other four-wheeled fun. $30 price tag or no, with better titles like "Re-Volt" buried in bargain bins across the nation, you're better off making tracks in a different direction.
  11. Harmless and basic in both look and execution, Smash Cars lacks a hook compelling enough to make it standout when compared to already-discounted quality RC videogames like "Re-Volt" and "Stunt GP."
  12. It delivers ho-hum RC racing that, true to the title, involves inadvertently smashing into things...and that's about it. [Aug 2003, p.112]
  13. The RC-racing theme has been done better by other games, the trick levels feel bolted on rather than being integral to gameplay, and they're also very limited.
  14. The visuals are a throwback to the early days of PS2, if not Dreamcast. [Aug 2003, p.91]
  15. The game is simply lame and feels like a cheap project that was not thoroughly designed. What could enhance gameplay? Nothing, if you ask me.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MikeR
    Nov 20, 2009
    7
    If you loved Re-volt and want an alternative you could do a lot worse than Smash Cars.
  2. MartinH.
    Sep 24, 2003
    9
    It is pretty nice if you like racing games.
  3. MikeT.
    May 21, 2003
    9
    Nice game. Played it at E3.