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Big Bumpin

 

 

SCORE: 80

 

Big Bumpin 

 

Burger King has three Xbox 360 games for sale with the purchase of an adult lunch or dinner meal. These games sell for a few dollars (we found them locally for a whopping four dollars on top of the three to five dollar meals. Normally the old adage about getting what you pay for applies. There are six playable characters, five arenas, and one goal (to smash you to smithereens). This game is bumper cars with a few fascinating variations. Burger King is very prominent throughout this game with the inclusion of the King, and the Chicken. Own the Puck, Last Man Standing, Power Surge, and Bumpin’ Hockey are all included in Big Bumpin’. I really expected little from this title due to the price, and extreme commercial nature of the game. Bumper Cars has always been a fun little past time to me.

The graphics in Big Bumpin’ are a mixed bag. There is some very nice gloss in some of the arenas that the player gets to play in. There is also some really small graphics in regards to the bumper cars. The game does zoom in when a player wins, and the character models are decent. Some of the female characters are dressed in a manner that is very close to the enticement to lust line that so many men have difficulties with. Some of the details are nice, and others are ho-hum. There are also some bright and colorful graphics in a Vegas lights kind of way. The violence is mild as bumper cars ram into each other.

The sounds in Big Bumpin’ are pretty forgettable. They are not bad, or annoying, just not very memorable. The special sound effects used with the different attacks works pretty well. The only annoying part of the sounds department is the commercial nature for Burger King. If I had this game my way, it would have been in a first person perspective (or at least had that as one of the options). There are some sounds that are sexually suggestive.

Big Bumpin’ includes enough different characters, arenas and modes to actually warrant a purchase. If you disagree with me, then you are only out a few dollars. Multiple players can play this game, and it is equipped with the Xbox Live online way to play as well. There really is little to nothing to unlock, however a game with such a good concept does not need a lot of unlockables.

The controls in Big Bumpin’ take a little getting used to. Once the player masters them though, the game really takes off. The designs of the different arenas was nicely thought out, and works really well. I had a lot of fun playing this Xbox 360 game, as well as others I played it with. The only improvement would have been if King Games had included a way for the player to tell which of the bumper cars they are before the action started.

The main lesson found within Big Bumpin’ is to get them before they get you. Patience is not rewarded, nor is kindness. The violence is never over the top, and this game keeps it accurate to how bumper cars really are. If you allow your children to play bumper cars at your local fair (or wherever else bumper cars are run), then Big Bumpin’ will be fine. If the concept of bumper cars offends you, then by all means pass on this title.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 76%
Sound: 74%
Replay/Extras: 88%
Gameplay: 92%
Family Friendly Factor: 71%
System: Xbox 360/Xbox
Publisher: King Games
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Mild Cartoon Violence}

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