Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. Dec 2, 2011
    85
    From its simple premise Crash! delivers plenty of fun to reproduce a simple childhood joy.
  2. 81
    Approach it as a puzzle game, not a driving game and you should be fine.
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    Overall Burnout Crash is a great addition to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and for 800 MS Points it would be rude not to.
  4. 80
    If you loved the crash mode in Burnout 3: Takedown, enjoy pinball machines (but pine for more control) or you're just a high score junkie, have no doubt: Burnout Crash is one to get.
  5. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    Crash is not your typical every-day Burnout. It's just a simple and addicting arcade game that won't let you down until you sweat and bleed.
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    80
    It's a welcome addition to the franchise and one that slots perfectly into your gaming collection.
  7. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    If you can embrace Burnout Crash!'s design with open arms and wave the few annoyances away in the scope of a thousand retries, submit to the Autolog addiction with a bunch of friends, and devote yourself to hours upon hours of fighting for that high score, I can't recommend it enough. Still, Burnout Crash! can be entirely different things to different types of players.
  8. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    It's a light game but with a lot of entertainment for 800 Microsoft Points, and while you might not play for hours at a trot I daresay you'll keep coming back to it. Burnout Crash doesn't quite have the weight for me to call it a must-have, but it's certainly a must-strongly-consider.
  9. Oct 10, 2011
    79
    Despite having no real online or real-time multiplayer, Burnout Crash is totally addicting and lends itself perfectly to that "just one more time" mentality that kept me up one night until sunrise.
  10. Sep 28, 2011
    78
    Burnout Crash is an entertaining and exciting game, and if you're in the mood for some explosive fun, you will likely enjoy what Crash has to offer. Its large explosions and arcade like feel make it an accessible game to everyone. As warned though, don't let the Burnout title fool you, there isn't any racing in this game to be had. If you can get passed that one downside, Burnout Crash is an entertaining title that is enjoyable and accessible for gamers of any age.
  11. Sep 26, 2011
    78
    An original and funny experience, allthough the name Burnout seems to be there just for the look of it. It's more like a clever puzzle game, and a well crafted one.
  12. Nov 14, 2011
    75
    It's not likely to set any records, but at the budget price of 800 MSP ($10 USD), anyone picking up this game is going to get their money's worth.
  13. Oct 21, 2011
    75
    Burnout Crash is a proper multiplayer mode away from being most enjoyable downloadable title I've ever played.
  14. Sep 22, 2011
    75
    While the strange approach Criterion took with this bite-sized Burnout made me nervous, I am happy to report it is a lot of fun.
  15. 75
    It's a tasty appetizer that, while offering plenty of meat for the $10 asking price, only serves to intensify our hunger for the real thing.
  16. Sep 21, 2011
    75
    If you've got a lot of friends to compete against, Crash has a good amount of life in it. Otherwise, single-player doesn't take long to dry up.
  17. Oct 19, 2011
    73
    Overall this is what an XBLA game should be a fun and addictive pick up and play game, if your favourite part of Burnout was the crash mode this may definitely be worth a look, there is value for money here and a very enjoyable game for a decent price.
  18. Sep 21, 2011
    72
    The actual driving element is minimal, but if you like puzzle or arcade-style games, Burnout CRASH! is right up your alley. It's certainly charming and addictive, and for $10, it doesn't get a whole lot wrong. I'm just hoping that the next game that comes along with the Burnout name sticks a little closer to the roots of the series.
  19. Sep 24, 2011
    71
    Tacked-on Kinect support is far from the only sign that Crash is not your typical Burnout game. But by focusing squarely on the type of play that the series is best known for, Crash successfully captures its spirit. You'll likely put it through its paces pretty quickly, but there are worse ways to spend 800 Microsoft points.
  20. Oct 4, 2011
    70
    Burnout Crash! is quite stripped down compared to major games in the series, but considering the low price I consider it a fair trade off. This isn't exactly what I would have wanted from a new Burnout game, and I'm unlikely to be alone in that, as it does have some noticeable design flaws. But once you get over them you will find that this is a fun title, worthy of the Burnout name, and well worth the 800 MS Points asking price.
  21. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    A game that leaves mixed sensations. It is fun and quite original, and is challenging for some times. But after the first hours it gets too repetitive, and it lacks a multiplayer mode or even online rankings. It is enjoyable and fun, and also well made, but the idea becomes limited quickly.
  22. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    This top-down arcade game based on Burnout's Crash mode is addictive, but it could've used a little more focus on mindless carnage and less on planning and repetition.
  23. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    Maybe having the Burnout name on it makes you expect something else, but as for what it is, a cheap downloadable game, Crash provides some fun for a reasonable amount of time.
  24. Sep 23, 2011
    70
    Everything a downloadable title should be: simple, addictive and well priced. Those still in a strop that it isn't the 'proper' Crash mode that we've seen in Burnout games previously are missing the point. It is what it is, and it is jolly good fun.
  25. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    Well-integrated social features fuel the competitive kinetic chaos of Burnout Crash.
  26. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    Quite a pleasant surprise. It's short, sweet, and compulsively addictive while it lasts. Better still, if you're all about chasing high scores and roundhouse-kicking your friends off the winner's pedestal, you can ring quite a bit of value from this one.
  27. Oct 3, 2011
    68
    Admittedly, this probably isn't the Burnout game fans were expecting when it was announced earlier this year. But for $18.90 NZ or 800 Microsoft Points, Crash! does offer up a manic, entertaining couple of hours for anyone with severe destructive tendencies.
  28. Oct 28, 2011
    65
    Just because it says Burnout in the title you won't find Burnout inside – Burnout Crash will have to live with that criticism. Criterion took the popular Crash mode and turned it into a complete game, but leaving quality so much roadkill in some places. It's not really a bad game, though, just miles behind the original.
  29. Oct 21, 2011
    65
    Burnout Crash provides some cheap crashy entertainment, but doesn't have much longevity. It feels like a mobile phone game that lost its way and ended up on Xbox Live.
  30. Sep 28, 2011
    64
    Criterion do his own auto-inspiration from the classic Burnout Takedown and bring us an enjoyable "Crash" mini game that needs some skills and brings some fun, but nothing more.
  31. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    Good for a quick burst of fun in the short term, but gamers looking for a test of skill would be better off playing Angry Birds. Yes, really. [Issue#115, p.98]
  32. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    Download it, but keep your expectations somewhat calm. [Issue#78, p.100]
  33. 60
    Mostly just crashes and burns. [Dec 2011, p.105]
  34. Nov 9, 2011
    60
    Gameplay is repetitive, level design is not too good and the player's influence on what's happening is limited, so the game gets boring very fast. [November 2011, p.83]
  35. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    Criterion's "side project" cannot stand on its own in a market full of great arcade games. It's fun and it stays true to the Burnout spirit, but the fun will last only for a couple of hours.
  36. Oct 5, 2011
    60
    Fans of good ol' fashioned automotive mayhem with $10 to spare may want to give Burnout Crash! a shot. It can be repetitious at times, but the inclusion of autolog and the addictive gameplay make it a solid downloadable offering.
  37. Sep 22, 2011
    60
    It's not a completely disappointing experience, but I felt like too much of my time with Burnout Crash was spent almost having fun. In a way, that's almost more frustrating than if Criterion had whiffed it completely, since you can see the game that you'd want to play right in front of you, and yet it remains just out of reach.
  38. Sep 22, 2011
    60
    The curious structure of Burnout Crash makes the overall experience one of giddy highs punctuated by fist-clenching lows, and as such it's very difficult to recommend with any confidence.
  39. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    There are deep, deep pockets of joy embedded in the mantle of Burnout Crash, but for reasons beyond understanding, you're going to have to do your chores before you're allowed to play them.
  40. Oct 5, 2011
    58
    Burnout CRASH! suffers from a developer who has take a very simple premise and tried to beef it up make it worth the 800msp asking price.. The only fun mode is Rush Hour and that really isn't worth getting the whole game for.
  41. Oct 3, 2011
    58
    Enjoyable in the briefest of playtime. While the overall concept turns Burnout's Crash mode into an addictive, destructive puzzle game, the graphics and sound will have you reaching for your console's power button.
  42. Oct 16, 2011
    50
    Burnout Crash is fun as a mini-game, but not as a full arcade game. Its repetitive nature and unimpressive visuals will bore you and turn Crash into a barely interesting one trick pony.
  43. Oct 4, 2011
    50
    I think nothing would have happened if Burnout Crash! never existed. Unless it's an advertisement, a reminder of the title just before the announcement of a next big installement. In any other case, you shouldn't bother. It looks nice and was obviously prepared by a talented studio. But that's not enough in the wake of boredom and frustration. It's subjective, I know, but that's the best description of the time spent with this game. Burnout Crash! is a perfect game for no one - it can't interest a fan of the series (and I'm one) as well as a regular player. The developers missed a corner here.
  44. Oct 3, 2011
    50
    Turning Crash Mode into a dedicated game is, in theory, a good idea-no doubt some Burnout fans are salivating even as they read this-but the execution feels half-assed and thin.
  45. Sep 25, 2011
    50
    If the Burnout name is to remain alive it'll need something with a bit more fire in its belly than this mediocre destruction derby.
  46. Sep 23, 2011
    50
    Burnout Crash's ability to underwhelm is actually rather frustrating. The game would fit right at home on an iPhone or iPad, and it can be rather fun. But with all the amazing games available for consoles, it's hard to see why anyone would choose to invest their time in Burnout Crash.
  47. Sep 30, 2011
    40
    With it's over the top package and lighthearted gameplay, this arcade/puzzler succeeds in implementing the Burnout feel we all know and love. Sadly, it's plagued by shallow, repetitive and all to random gameplay that even EA's ingenius Autolog feature fails to make rewarding. Despite all it's promise and potential, this is little but a failed Criterion-funded experiment.
  48. Sep 28, 2011
    40
    As an interim project, it's good to see Criterion still interested in its most beloved IP, but it's just a shame there's so little of interest in the game itself.
  49. Sep 28, 2011
    25
    Give this throwaway a miss and pick up a five dollar copy of 2006's Burnout: Revenge instead.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    5
    I'd suggest throwing in Burnout Paradise to get your crash fix. For about the same price, you get a full retail game, along with the Showtime game mode, which is what burnout crash is based on, but Showtime was way more fun. Full Review »
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    8
    A good little arcade romp spun off from the great Burnout franchise. Nothing too complicated here. Crash vehicles into other vehicles, structures and hidden prizes. Good replay value, very accessible to non-hardcore players and achievement hounds alike. Fun gameplay for the kids as well. Worth the points. Full Review »
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    10
    It's hardcore and awesome.