Mad Dash Racing Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
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  1. netjak
    A really cool game that I enjoyed a lot. Unfortunately, because of the horrid rubber band AI, I have to cut off a star from my rating. This really hurts the game in a way it shouldn't. I prefer my wins by skill and not dumb luck.
  2. A fun and truly original jaunt which breaks the mold of combat racing titles.
  3. Perhaps the greatest drawback to Mad Dash Racing is the interface, which can be confusing at times.
  4. It's a good title for what it is - Crash Bandicoot gone psycho.
  5. A lot of fun. I just wish there was not so much going on all the time because I really felt out of control through the majority of the races.
  6. 78
    A blisteringly fast racer for one to four players with bizarre tracks, edgy characters, and exhilarating action.
  7. 77
    If there's anything to get disappointed about, it's that once you've figured out your perfect routes, you'll have little interest in the actual act of running through the levels, unlike most racing titles, where it's usually the opposite experience.
  8. If you can get around the framerate hiccups and seemingly unnecessary load times, this game is a worthy purchase.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine
    What makes MD so interesting is the three varied abilities of the characters. [Feb 2002, p.68]
  10. A good-looking game with good split-screen multiplayer but a relatively dull single-player game.
  11. A decent game. It looks pretty darn good, has a swell sense of speed, and the music adds to the frantic pace (though the sounds bites in the game are kinda repetitive).
  12. The graphics are cute, but they don't nearly show off the true power of the Xbox like Project Gotham does, the levels are challenging but a tad bit on the difficult side, and the characters aren't as interesting as a Sonic the Hedgehog and friends.
  13. There simply isn’t enough substance to recommend a purchase. The multiplayer is fun - for awhile, but it gets stale quick. The single player is extremely short.
  14. Game Informer
    I guess not being interested in the game's rules themselves is a basic qualm. [Jan 2002, p.87]
  15. It'll be too frustrating and unforgiving for most people to get into. If you enjoyed "SSX Tricky," and like the thought of a harder, half-platformer-half-racer hybrid version, though, you'll probably find it just right.
  16. Next Generation Magazine
    Mad Dash has an incredibly steep learning curve for a game featuring a cartoon boar named Chops. [Jan 2002, p.42]
  17. Fits in the normal expectations for a launch title: visually pleasing with repetitive long-term gameplay.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    OK for kids, but more sophisticated players will get bored quickly. [Jan 2002, p.229]
  19. 50
    The "funny animals in footraces" genre tends to feel forced. In that tradition, Mad Dash Racing lacks emotional appeal; it’s a character game without likeable characters.
  20. There is just too much to think about whilst racing around the levels. Virtually every single part of the pad is used and some of the buttons are used twice! Add to this the multitude of power-ups and there’s just too much to handle.
  21. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Dismal. [Jan 2002, p.90]

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Uter
    Jul 31, 2004
    I was expecting to really like this title even after reading some sub par reviews. But as it turns out, I think I like this game less than I was expecting to really like this title even after reading some sub par reviews. But as it turns out, I think I like this game less than most reviewers did. It's just not fun. Full Review »
  2. BenD.
    Jun 1, 2002
    It's got good graphics, sound and fun. Ever since I played it I thought it was the best game in history.
  3. DanM.
    Mar 23, 2002
    This game is great.