If you ever wanted to put your mind at ease, invite some friends around your place without talking to them online, given that tough boss battle on a single player game a rest for a little while, then Must Dash Amigos by miniBeast have got your back. Based around a Mexican theme, it’s sure to get you and your friends going from siesta to fiesta.
Cutting right into the thick of it, this top-down clash of last man standing has a lot to offer. It has two game modes; Race and Battle. The aim of the Race game mode is to run around a designated circuit as fast as you can, in an attempt to push your opponents out of the screen. The last player alive wins a point, and when a player wins all the designated points they win that race. It’s a similar concept to games such as Speed Runners and Nippon Marathon. The speed feels fine and the turning can take a little time to adjust but once you do get moving, it’s a lot of fun.
There are single player challenges too which can provide an interesting twist on the game and sharpen your skills. However this is more heavily focused on local multiplayer, just sitting down with some of your favourite folks and watching them struggle to keep up with your ‘Speedy Gonzales’ skill and witty Mexican food puns.
There is a slight catch which at first I didn’t agree with. The key word many of my friends used when playing this game is ‘biased’. At first I thought it was because they were either unlucky or just bad at the game but then I quickly caught on to what they were on about. It seems if at any point if you are in last place or near last place, even if there isn’t many power ups being used by your opponents it’s very hard to gain back the middle ground, let alone get in front of the pack. If you are lucky to get in the top two before the timer ends for sudden death, things can quickly get intense, especially when you find out that sudden death involves running away from a stampede of raging bulls.
Battle mode is similar to most racing games with a battle mode involved such as Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart. You use power ups to disrupt and attack opponents and the more times you hit your opponents the higher your score gets. And that’s all there is to it. Straightforward and simple mechanics makes this game a quick, easy, pick up and play kind of choice.
As I’ve mentioned before in this Mexican themed mayhem of races and battle events, you have a series of abilities at power ups available to collect on the playing field. Powerups range from your standard sludge puddle and speed boosts, to more bizarre and unique ones. Some of the ones that stuck out for me was a puny red flag which when activated didn’t seem like it did much, until a bull comes along, you jump on and your teammates suddenly become extremely worried. It’s an absolute godsend to use if you are about to fall behind become eliminated.
Another one is the avocado hammer. I have no idea where the invention where the thought process was in production with this one, but basically once activated, your opponents turn into avocados, and you end up with a great hammer. Smash on of your team mates with the hammer, avocado smash, they are out of that round! It suddenly brought a ‘WTF’ moment as we all laughed like school children at the first site of this powerup. Finally the burrito missile has to be a good favourite too. I mean, it doesn’t really need much explaining; it’s a missile in the shape of the burrito, and is quite satisfying to fire because your character makes a cute little sound effect; “BURRRITOOO”.
The maps are more dynamic too; they are not your conventional path-following, ‘don’t fall off the edge’ designs. They include moving parts, literally, such as cranes, traps, wrecking balls, on coming traffic and bull stampedes. It creates a much more tactical gameplay, and you can find player positions shift dramatically because of this. Other map changes also include moving platforms, lifts, and tunnels, just to give it a little more of a challenge.
You can customise your characters too. Winning challenges and just winning in general will earn you coins, which in turn can be spent on giving your character a fresh new skin, hat or prop. We’d like to think that by doing this it makes your character better but it’s just cosmetic, so your little Mexicano doesn’t look as much of an eye sore. The issue I have is there definitely could have been more than just 4 characters. Having one per person, even though you can have the same character, seems like there is a lack of choice, 6 or even 8 characters might have been more suffice.
Graphics and Audio
Enticing colours coincide with the Mexican theme really make the game seem fun and attractive. It’s nice to see a good level of effort when it comes to setting the scenery correctly with the right colour pallet. The graphics are interesting to say the least; almost like they had a design clash between Lego and Minecraft, but weirdly enough it works. Even though some of the design has sharp edges and flat faces in some areas, all together it collaborated. It’s rather unique and I like that.
Audio wise, there isn’t much to say about it. Apart from your standard music, obviously Mexican to keep with the themes and the occasional sound effect here and there are pretty standard. The little noises the characters make are humorous at best but nothing that really stands out. But again, that’s ok. Sound quality isn’t this game’s main focal point.
Must Dash Amigos
Great little arcade battle with friends in a Mexican scene, Must Dash Amigos is a good way to put smiles on faces and kill several hours doing so. It’s good in short bursts rather than slugging at it for 12 hours, and a nice addition to any budding compadres and senioritas that are more social than a couch potato.
- Fun and engaging
- Great competition between friends
- Bizarre powerups
- Lacking characters
- Potentially biased
- A bit too simple