|a game by||Gaelco, S.A.|
|Editor Rating:||5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.0/10 - 3 votes|
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Smashing Drive is like some weird exchange student who seems hopelessly out of touch with popular culture. Maybe back in its native Spain, this candy-colored San Francisco Rush knockoff is cutting-edge, but it's a real oddball compared to the sexy Xbox racers available stateside. Visually, it's really quite ugly--simplistic buildings, cars and people fill the screen, and it's obvious that the developers have an unhealthy love for the color orange. At least the tacky colors match the bizarre soundtrack. This collection of upbeat rock anthems (with lyrics) qualifies for the coveted "so bad it's good" distinction. With only 10 brief stages, the single-player experience shows its short-attention-span coin-op roots. You can drop a few quarters at the local arcade or half a Benjamin for the home version and still beat the game in one sitting. Thankfully, the competitive two-player mode invites serious replay, as almost every contest ends up in a dead heat. The multiplayer picks up the slack from the solo mode enough to make Smashing Drive a fun, disposable rental.