sblogoEarly last year Hutch Games released and iOS game called Smash Cops [$4.99], followed later that year by a free-to-play redux called Smash Cops Heat [Free], that utilized a very novel control mechanic made just for the touchscreen. Smash Cops was a game about blazing around a city in a cop car chasing down evading criminals, and then subduing and arresting them by repeatedly smashing into them with your car. It's a fun premise just on paper, but what made Smash Cops come to life for me was how you controlled the car: by literally "pushing" it around the city using your finger.

We thought the original Smash Cops was pretty great in our review, especially with the fun "pushing" mechanic, but overall the game felt a bit short and the world you drove around in felt a bit limited. Well, Hutch is looking to address those complaints in their upcoming sequel Smash Bandits.

As you could probably guess from the title, Smash Bandits is basically the opposite of Smash Cops. Here you're playing as the bad guys trying to outrun the cops who are in hot pursuit. You'll have a selection of different cars to escape in, but that's not all–as you're driving around you'll also have opportunities to switch things up and hop into a boat or a tank and continue on your rampage. The coolest part is that this all takes place in one huge, procedurally generated, highly destructible world. Check out how impressive Smash Bandits is looking in the debut trailer.

In addition to the above, Smash Bandits will have upgradeable items for your vehicles, several licensed cars, and a Challenge mode against friends. The game is just about ready to go, aiming for release sometime this month, so be sure it's on your TouchArcade [Free] Watch List to keep tabs on things and check out the original Smash Cops or its free cousin Smash Cops Heat if you haven't previously to get a small taste of what will be in store when Smash Bandits launches in the very near future.

  • Bool Zero

    Already mentally bought, now it just needs to come out! I just hope that it is a paid app (some non intrusive IAP is okay) and not like their freemium release version of Smash Cops!

    • B30

      I doubt that it will be a paid app, saw dual currency (0:49) in the trailer. What a shame, first one (Smash Cops) was really good.

      • B30

        Took it for a spin and got dissapointed! If this one would be a premium title, it really could be a great game. But this is just another greedy freemium timer (cr)app, it's not worth downloading, shame on you Hutch!

  • Jake7905

    Hopefully this is Smash Bandits and not Smash Bandits Heat.

  • pointaken47

    Apparently I don't know why, but I've played it already. It's free, and with quite obtrusive IAP. The menu system looks great (you swipe from one page to another), there are missions to do to level up a la Jetpack Joyride, but there's still paid in-game currency for power-ups and continuing after your car gets wrecked and etc. Looks awesome too.

  • julian6077

    Whoop Whoop! (Please be premium

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    The thing I remember smashing into the most was Smash Cops paywall.
    Premium > Freemium.

  • poorwealthyman

    Pretty sure I've seen a certain kind of movie with the same name...

  • 28monkeys

    So many dead cops

  • jForsythe

    Just looked at the first one Smash Cops they want you to pay 5:49 then the iap and the prices is total BS. Over 10$ to unlock all and there is a ton of other things they want to charge you a arm and a leg for.
    I for one will not be getting either of the games such a shame too it does looked like a fun game but to greedy for me. :(

  • m0ncrieff

    It's out in Singapore. And it's free((

    • Jake7905

      Smash Bandits Greed

  • john360

    Reminds me of classic gta except your just driving here

  • CHEESEYZOMBIE

    It's not procedurally generated, I played it and it just one big level