Danger Zone

Custom PC - - CONTENTS - DE­VEL­OPER Three Fields En­ter­tain­ment / PUB­LISHER Three Fields En­ter­tain­ment / WEB­SITE www.three­field­sen­ter­tain­ment.com/danger-zone RICK LANE


Three, two, one, go! VROOM! SCREEeee! CRSSHH, BEEP BEEP! NEEE-NAAW! REeeek, SSSsss. Danger Zone takes chil­dren’s in­ner mono­logues when they’re play­ing with cars, and splashes them across a screen for your en­ter­tain­ment. The premise couldn’t be sim­pler. Take one car, add speed and di­rect it to­wards heavy traf­fic. Smash through busy in­ter­sec­tions, pile into con­voys of trucks and bounce around the high­ways like a fiery pin­ball. The big­ger pile-up you cause, the more points you earn. Get a high enough score and you un­lock the next level.

If you’ve played the Burnout games, Danger Zone is much like their Crash Mode. The main evo­lu­tion comes from the ‘Smash­breaker’ me­chanic. Once you’ve caused a set num­ber of crashes, you can man­u­ally det­o­nate your car, caus­ing ad­di­tional dam­age and pro­pel­ling you through the air.

While air­borne, you can nudge your car in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, aim­ing it to­wards other clus­ters of traf­fic, or to pick up powerups, such as points bonuses or ad­di­tional Smash­break­ers.

To top the leader­boards, you must chain Smash­break­ers to­gether while tim­ing them to deal the most dam­age in tan­dem with the flow of traf­fic, in­tro­duc­ing a tac­ti­cal layer that re­wards plan­ning. How­ever, re­act­ing on the fly is equally im­por­tant, as the slight­est mist­imed ex­plo­sion or nudge by a bus will rad­i­cally alter how the crash plays out.

With 20 stages and plen­ti­ful re­play value, Danger Zone has a lot to of­fer for £9.99. It looks fan­tas­tic too, with vis­cous ex­plo­sions and gor­geous par­ti­cle ef­fects. That said, the game is pitched as a VR crash-test sim­u­la­tion in a vir­tual un­der­ground bunker, which is frankly a drab set­ting. It’s likely down to bud­get con­straints, but it would add con­sid­er­ably to the game if th­ese tests’ en­vi­ron­ments were more varied.

An even big­ger omis­sion is a re­play mode to record and play back your crashes from dif­fer­ent an­gles; be­ing able to up­load and share your crashes would add a whole new di­men­sion. Oth­er­wise, though, Danger Zone is a joy­ous play­ground of ve­hic­u­lar de­struc­tion. Now if you’ll ex­cuse us, VROOOM!

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