Smash Hit – Living Up To Its Name, Smashingly

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4.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 5/5
Duration: 4/5

One of the best looking games on iOS | Ultra realistic physics | Engaging endless gameplay

Base mechanic is relatively rudimentary | Can be tough to tell if you will make it through gaps

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Are you ready to go on a journey through a futuristic glass world? That’s what Smash Hit provides, and it offers an extreme level of immersion to put you in this world, thanks to a level of graphical fidelity rarely seen on iOS. Smash Hit is one of the most visually impressive titles yet on iOS with absolutely gorgeous futuristic worlds with 3D shapes, changing color gradients, and fogged glass textures. As good as the graphics engine is, the physics engine is even better with the way everything reacts to your interaction.
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The main game offers an endless runner set-up, but rather than avoiding obstacles, you’re breaking right through them. You’re given a limited number of steel balls, and you simply tap to toss them to break through any glass obstacles in your way. The glass shatters exactly as you would expect if you actually threw a steel ball through a plate of glass. Part of the enjoyment of Smash Hit is simply witnessing the game in motion as you fly through these finely crafted 3D corridors, and have glass shatter authentically everywhere. Beyond the graphics engine, the gameplay offers the endless nature as mentioned, but it’s surprisingly unique. It’s a whole different approach to smash your way forward, and allows for worlds with nice changes of pace.

All told, there are 11 worlds complete with unique designs, and that includes 50 rooms to make your way through spread out across the worlds. There’s constantly changing obstacles that include glass walls that pop up, spinning glass sheets, pendulum swinging glass blocks, and much more. As you advance, the speed continues to increase, and you need to keep blasting away the glass that appears in front of you. At the same time, you need to manage your ball collection, as when it depletes, it’s game over. There are special glass pyramids and diamonds to replenish your ball collection, but if you hit an obstacle you lose ten balls in an instant. There’s a nice resource management element in just using enough balls to get through, and not just smashing everything in sight.
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There’s a relatively simple structure in tossing balls at obstacles, but it’s fleshed out to such a high degree for a thoroughly engaging experience. Again, it’s like you’re flying through these futuristic 3D worlds, and directly interacting with the glass objects, while taking into consideration the trajectory of each toss. The main game is free with an endless set-up, but there’s a $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full experience complete with checkpoints letting you restart at later rooms. The complexity of later rooms, and increasing difficulty make the $1.99 an easy purchase, as you will want to see the entire Smash Hit experience, and checkpoints will be necessary.

Smash Hit (Free, Universal) lives up to its name as it has all the makings to be an App Store smash hit. It effortlessly stands out on iOS with beautifully crafted design, and immersive gameplay making it a must buy.



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