Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Wacky Races: Crash & Dash
Driving on eEmpty
- You can turn the announcer off, colourful, all of the characters from the cartoon are present
- Palette-swapped courses, repetitive music, no actual racing (but plenty of crashing and some slight dashing)
With 24 different courses to race on, from See-Saw to Arkansas to the Mish Mash Missouri Dash, the landscapes are at least colourful enough to keep children entertained, and with the title's overly-simplistic controls, the target audience of youngsters should have no trouble picking up the gist of the racer. Just don't expect any depth if you pick this title up... and don't be surprised when your kid asks if he can trade it in for another game.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
In all of my years as a gamer, I honestly don't think I've come across a game that didn't want me to play it as badly as Wacky Races: Crash & Dash.
Driving on empty
Before I jump onto my soapbox, let's take a step back and examine the situation: Based off of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name, Wacky Races: Crash & Dash attempts to re-capture the fun-natured zaniness of the seventies show by letting you choose one of 20 racers — from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob — and try to speed past that chequered flag in first by any means necessary. On paper, this sounds like a great concept, and grounds for a fun game. In execution, it ranges from as painful as listening to a Fran Drescher laugh-a-thon to as boring as attempting an Ayn Rand novel after a mug of Tylenol PM. While these are two very extreme ranges that I frighten myself by alluding to, Wacky Races manages to touch on both points without even trying.
The "pain" aspect comes from trying to "play" the game... because, really, you can't. This is a racing game with no acceleration and no brake controls, so your car is constantly moving at its own speed as your on-screen avatar simply tries to keep up with the roaming overhead camera. In last place? Expect to slide off the screen and respawn any second. Just took first? The camera's not there yet, so expect to crash into oncoming scenery that hasn't been revealed. Even if you do finally find a comfort zone somewhere in the cluster of cars, or just when you think you've gotten the hang of manoeuvring the Bulletproof Bomb through a forest of plywood trees, you're quite literally interrupted by a mini-game: "Never mind that-it looks like that double zero duo is up to something!" our pun-tastic announcer shouts, cutting the race away to a short animation of the sinister Dick Dastardly and his snickering dog Muttley setting a trap for the Racers. Here, we cue one of eight mini-games that almost all involve waggling your Wii remote until the game decides you've had enough, and thrusts you back into the action. Keep in mind that this happens twice in every race.
Wacky Races: racing optional
Now, here's where the "boring" aspect comes in: you know that old saying, "It doesn't matter if you win or lose-it's how you play the game"? In Wacky Racers, it doesn't matter if you play the game in order to win or lose. Since the cars are constantly moving of their own accord, on numerous occasions I simply set my controller down and watched the vehicles aimlessly crash (and/or dash) into each other. Once, I even left the room, fixed a cup of coffee, came back and discovered that not only was I still racing — I was in the lead. This is where I feel Wacky Races seems to generate an air of smug arrogance, as if it's having so much fun playing by itself that when you, the player, actually want to take control of your vehicle, the game reacts as if you're just cramping its style and with a heavy sigh, begrudgingly allows you to steer. Having fun yet?
Still, for all of its flaws, I can't help but applaud Eidos for trying something different, as Wacky Races could have easily turned out as another Mario Kart knock-off in an instant.
Join the newsletter!
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Ballistix Sport AT
Apple iMac Pro
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Toys for Boys
ESET Smart Security Premium
ESET Internet Security
Tivoli PAL BT
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Sometimes an excellent operating system can be made even better
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Moto G6 review: A solid mid-tier effort with few compromises
- 5 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
Latest News Articles
- Resident Evil 2 Hands On Preview
- Support for AUD finally comes to Steam (with a catch)
- Intel Extreme Masters Sydney returns for the third consecutive year in 2019
- Inaugural Australian Games Awards to be held on December 19
- Australia's best League of Legends players assemble for the 2018 League of Origin
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies