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Demolish & Build Classic

Developer: Ultimate Games

  • Price: $14.99
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • While fundamentally it delivers what little the title promises, the jank and control issues are miserable

    Simulators of this kind and I haven’t tended to get along well in the past, though in my own defense that’s because not only do they typically poorly represent the experience they’re meant to replicate, more often than not they’re pretty awful. Unfortunately, Demolish & Build Classic does nothing to dismiss this stereotype, and if anything helps to bring the bar a bit further down. Aside from generally looking awful visually with a lot of low-quality textures and the geometry generally being jaggy as hell, it’s really the constant bugs and issues with the controls that make it an ordeal to even attempt to enjoy. In particular where driving is concerned it feels like the people behind the game have never played a racing game, ignoring using the shoulder buttons for acceleration and braking and instead making you push the same joystick you’re using to steer to propel yourself forwards or back. This results in control that would be comedic if it weren’t so maddeningly broken, with that effectively making it impossible to make sharp turns and anything less than a small turn causing you to move extremely slowly. I suppose then that the all-too-common struggle to drive over even small bumps without potentially getting yourself stuck isn't a huge surprise. Truly a mess of an experience, even with the spaces typically low standards.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Avoid [3.6]

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