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Xbox Live Arcade Review: Doritos Dash of Destruction

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A long time ago, there was a contest hosted by Doritos and Microsoft for ideas for a Xbox Live Arcade game built around Doritos. The winning idea involved racing, dinosaurs and destruction. People laughed at it and thought it would be awful.

Recently, that game saw its release as Doritos Dash of Destruction. Developed by NinjaBee, Dash of Destruction is the latest attempt to turn Xbox Live Arcade into an advertising platform with an adver-game, or a game built to advertise a product. But with the bad taste of Toyota's Yaris in people's mouths, will Doritos be able to cleanse their palates? (Sorry, couldn't resist the lame food pun.)

The game's story, as mentioned, involves hungry T-Rexes looking for Doritos, delivery trucks trying to make sure people get their Doritos, and one Mike Borland, the guy who won the contest with his idea and plays the role of mad scientist in this game. Seriously, he decides at one point that adding robot enhancements to a T-Rex is a good idea to help him achieve his goals. But as silly as that sounds, the minuscule story is pretty fun to go along with and takes a back seat to the game play. It's also pretty honest that it is an adver-game and doesn't really care, and it's kind of cool to hear that. At least they're not being sneaky about it. Plus, it also helps that the Doritos logo is not plastered over every inch of the screen.

There are two basic modes, not including the local multiplayer option: playing as the T-Rex, or playing as the delivery truck. Both go about progressing through six levels in different ways. As the T-Rex, you must move around the map, eating delivery trucks before the trucks make a certain number of deliveries. As the delivery truck, it's just the opposite: make deliveries before the T-Rex eats a certain number of trucks. Sometimes, a second trick or T-Rex appears just to cause you further aggravation. Both modes also have special bonuses: the T-Rex can plow through buildings to get to the truck, while the truck has a super boost option to escape from the jaws of a hungry T-Rex. Unfortunately, while this is fun, there are only six different maps in the entire game, meaning time flies by pretty quickly. More maps would have added more replay value and more fun, too.

Dash of Destruction actually controls pretty well. Controls are rather simple, relying heavily on the analog sticks and right and left triggers to get the job done. The result is a game that pretty much anyone can pick up and play with ease, but then again, maybe that's the whole point.

The game's achievements are unlockable with the first playthrough, save for one that requires you to play multiplayer. It's pretty much a bunch of free points for only about 20-30 minutes of game play, but at least you'll be entertained while doing so.

Dash of Destruction is a shock to me because it exceeded the expectations that Yaris had lowered to the floor. It's nothing super-special, but it is fun, something that Toyota's adver-game can't claim. I remember rolling my eyes when I first heard this was the winning idea for Doritos' contest, but in the end, it's turned out pretty well. And hey, it's free: you can't go wrong with that, can you?

Pros: Surprisingly fun, controls well. Somehow makes Doritos and T-Rexes work with a silly and brief, but entertaining story.

Cons: Really, really, really short. Not enough real variety in game play.

Doritos Dash of Destruction is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Cartoon Violence and Mild Language.


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  • http://forrestblue-bluegaming.blogspot.com/ Forrest Blute

    This game was kind of horrible, but hey, it was the easiest 200 gamerscore I ever earned.