Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Total Wipeout with monster trucks? Well wonder no longer. Can’t Drive This is a coop/competitive puzzle racing game with one player building the track and the other driving through the madness. Can’t Drive This had me and my friends playing for hours, laughing and cursing in frustration all in the name of fun, with the few game modes that it offers.
The puzzle aspect of the game comes from the randomness of the tile pieces you get as the builder, ranging from the usual straight set pieces to the sharp turns that will need to be rotated quickly as the driver has a short time to get to the next ‘Holo’. The turns however are the least of your worries as the driver, with the RNG sometimes playing against you giving you a dirt tile that will send you skidding off the edge if not navigated carefully. Now we move onto my personal worst nightmare: the dreaded hammers and hydraulic press knocking you flying with the shockwave that is soon to follow, or being smashed off the tile by the hammer itself.
It is not all doom and gloom however, as the trucks themselves handle incredibly well with the amount of heft and acceleration you would expect from a 1500 horsepower, 12000 pound monster.
Fancy putting a moustache on your fender? Or a pigs tail instead of a sporty spoiler? Can’t Drive This has you covered with an absolute plethora of customisation options tailoring to many tastes for the drivers out there, and for those who prefer to build have customisation options of their own – wanna make your road look like your Nan’s awful flower wallpaper? You won’t be disappointed.
Now unfortunately as of the time of writing this review there aren’t many game modes on offer, but I can only hope Pixel Maniacs introduce many more in a DLC pack or two – which I would happily grab at a reasonable price (wink wink nudge nudge guys). The first mode is solo only, where you have to not only drive, but also build the track yourself, slowly constructing in front of you as you drive. I spent most of my time with my friends playing Yardage which I can imagine will be everyone’s main core experience with up to three drivers and one builder whose objective is to get as far as possible, while collecting as many ‘Holos’ as possible – ‘Holos’ being floating cubes that fill 1/4 of the unlock meter, which is how you obtain more cosmetics. Game Of Drones is a game mode where two drivers and two builders cooperatively collect the ‘Holos’ outside of the central platform they start in, with a drone following the drivers trying it’s best to halt their progress. Last but not least is Capture The Egg which pits two teams against each other in the usual capture the flag style setup.
In summary, Can’t Drive This is a fresh take on an already saturated party game market that’s a ton of fun with friends and gets very addictive, but loses steam after 10 hours with the few game modes it offers. There just isn’t enough content to play this game solo and unlock the majority of the cosmetics. With that being said, I personally absolutely love this game and would love to see the idea further expanded.Become a Patron!
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