Demolition Inc is a physics puzzler that finds you playing as an alien called Mike, who has been given the job of demolishing buildings across Earth so that it can be turned into a luscious tree filled park for his race.
Each level presents you with an isometric viewpoint of your surroundings which is made up of different building structures and busy roads with cars and lorries going about their daily business. These unsuspecting motorists and their vehicles are about to help you complete your missions.
You’ll do this by making the cars career off their set paths and smash into the various structures. You have a selection of tools to aid you in this task, for example oil slicks that make vehicles slide, glue that pulls cars in a particular direction or cows that, well, explode.
The physics aspect comes into play as the buildings have no pre-set animation routines. How, and if, it falls depends on where you hit it and from what angle. Take out just one corner and you’ll see it wobble away. Smash through the entire side of the ground floor and it’ll soon start tumbling down into a satisfying heap. You’ll quickly realise that it’s possible to set off chain reactions to get through the levels; a car smashes into a building which falls onto an exploding cow which in turn detonates a conveniently placed gas tank and, in a cascade of demolition, brings down another building.
Graphically there’s a distinct ‘last gen’ feel to it, especially in how the buildings textures turn into a murky mess while they fall. The bright and cartoony style does cover the shortcomings somewhat and I wouldn’t describe the graphics as unpleasant, unlike the sound. Throughout the levels a very short and repetitive score plays and within 20 minutes it was driving me absolutely insane.
Demolition Inc. isn’t a particularly long or difficult game. While a few levels may take a couple of goes, you get the hang of the vehicle patterns quite quickly, the majority of the game can be breezed through with ease. While the Rampage mode may add a degree of longevity, it’s not going to be something that repeatedly pulls you back into the game.
While Demolition Inc. is a fun game I feel like it’s much better suited to a mobile or tablet device than it is to the TV screen, and indeed there are versions available for Android and iPhone. This kind of short level length pick up and play gameplay is perfect to jump into when you have a few spare minutes, not so much when you have to commandeer the family TV.
There’s also an issue of price point. The Android currently retails at £1.59 while the PS3 version would set you back £7.99. While there are a few more levels and the graphics are somewhat improved, that’s quite a considerable leap.
As a result I’d say by all means pick up Demolition Inc. for a bit of destructive fun, especially if you’re a fan of demolition games, but stick with the mobile version if possible.
MLG Rating: 6/10 Platform: PSN / PC / iOS / Android Release Date: 12/12/12
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Demolition Inc for review purposes by the promoter. The title was reviewed over the course of one week on a PlayStation 3. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.