mzl.eufnoaea.175x175-75Hutch's Smash Bandits is a neat twist on the Smash Cops brand. In Bandits, you play as a dude running from the cops. Your task, naturally, is to avoid being captured, but you're also responsible for creating as much chaos as possible during the chase. You get points for smashing into obstacles, for example, and generally putting on a good show. If Smash TV and Burnout had a child, this game would probably be that child.

As you earn points, you can use them to upgrade the speed, handling, and smash power of your car. You can also buy new, sleeker cars, too, and gadgets that give your car crazy special abilities. Each upgrade really goes pretty far. Your runs extend by minutes and the amount of smashing you can get away with gets ridiculous.

It's of note that this is a free-to-play joint. You can buy these points or the game's control currency with real dough. Also, after a point, your wanted level gets too high to do runs right after the other -- according to our forums, you'll be asked to pay a "lawyer" to turn down your heat or you'll have wait a couple of minutes to play again.

Another note: this thing controls really well. To accelerate, you put a finger behind the car and press. To turn, you move that finger around, throwing the car into a bunch of cool-looking slides. The UI is tremendous, too, and perfect for iPhone and iPad.

We definitely suggest you give Bandits a try when it hits later tonight at around 11PM EST. It's a blast for what it is, and definitely does something unique in the racing genre on FingerPad devices. We'll have more on the game in the near future, too, as it releases around the world.

International App Store Link: Smash Bandits, Free (Universal)

  • marc0313

    You have Way To Go! Free as the labeled link..

  • magnaguard123

    I can't wait! Although there are IAP

    • toxiccheese

      I can't wait either. IAP doesn't bother me if its done right.

      Also, is this a review??? I'd like to see the TA review instead of an article that touts the game as great.

  • one.sixty.four

    i wish did what they did with smash cops: have a full version and a "heat" or freemium version.

  • iValerio90

    FREEMIUM? Pass.

    • andrew9oh7

      No one cares,go cry elsewhere

      • iValerio90

        i dont give a s**t...bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

      • andrew9oh7

        Haha you're such a angry kid

  • GameIoft

    If it was 3d it would have been better

    • Charger

      Shut up

  • JohnnyJ301

    Sick of this freemium junk. I'll pass. Are developers wanting us to just play other platforms?

  • whitestatic

    My kingdom for a proper iOS port of Smash TV.

    • whitestatic

      Also, while I'm thinking of it, would it be possible to get a "freemium" tag for games moving forward? Would be nice to sort reviews/content based on pay model.

  • Jake7905

    So basically this is Smash Cops as a freemium endless 'runner' with timers? Did EA secretly buy this developer too?

  • sweetdiss

    Blah blah, freemium whining, blah.

  • bigrand1

    WOW! THIS is what I've been waiting for!! Unfortunately, it, too, may be an IAP fest... Timers, having to wait, etc. you've seen it before. Some of the best games getting ruined by this. Very sad for us gamers, it is... Very sad.

    • iValerio90

      very very very sad......

    • rewyan

      It's the 21 century

  • anabolicMike

    Carmageddon. Not freemium.

  • Skullinton

    The advantage of a free game is that you can give it a spin and if you like it great. At least they are not charging a dollar added with the iAps.

    • Jake7905

      Asphault 8

  • RamazAdelphos

    Smash Cops was amazing, had everything I like in a game:
    1)Fun gameplay ofc
    2)Great GFx
    3) barley wastes any battery

    Hopefully Bash Bandits barley wastes any battery as well!:). Looks like a fun beautiful game though and it's free WOOT WOOT

  • HatfulOfHollow

    It's not very good. It's an endless car chase that ends pretty quickly as the cops do a great job of smashing you up. Instead of running in one direction you can free roam to an extent over a map and bit there are waypoints you can aim for to give extra points. You can buy gadgets with in game currency that you can purchase or gain through play. They give you abilities to combat the cops but you don't get much per run.

    There's a sort of xp style wanted level gimmick, once you hit the max level you either have to wait for a timer before your wanted level resets and you can play again, or hire a lawyer (with in game currency) to reset it.

    The IAP system really put me off and I'm fairly tolerant with IAPs in general. Worth a shot if you like Smash Cops but don't get your hopes up. That's my 2 cents.

  • MTX2013

    Smash Bandit's "wanted level" is really limiting my gameplay on it. So all I do is watch a couple of vids to earn a couple of bandit chips and I them bribe the cops.