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REVIEW | When “Burt” Gets Mad, He Gets Smashing!

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Posted on February 18, 2013 AT 09:00am

There are a plethora of running games out there available on mobile phones (Subway Surfers, Grim Joggers, Punch Quest, etc.), but what stands out about each of these titles is its character. Last week a new running title was released from RunWilder (the same guys who brought us the barfing buddy OzGood), bringing us a new protagonist sure to make many people laugh and cheer. His name: Burt Destruction, and he’s ready to party till everything is smashed to pieces!

Burt is a regular joe who has both a Sasquatch and a dodo as roommates. However within Burt is the destruction gene, which turns Burt into a massive one-eyed muscle-man that wrecks everything that he comes across. In a secret lair high in the mountains, the Yeti, Wormenstein, and the rest of Team E.V.I.L. set out to cause the Hairpocalypse by using a powerful laser beam to make everyone in the world hairy. Only Burt and his friends from Team B.E.A.S.T. can stop the follicle-inducing fiends before the world is covered in a furry mess.

In each level players have to go from Point A to Point B without dying, which is easier said than done. In Burt’s path lie foul creatures like Hover Sharks, Robo Sloths, punching Rabies Babies, and spiky luchadores who aim to maim Burt. For most of the time Burt is in his normal, scrawnier mode, but collect enough coins & artifacts and Burt will transform into his massive destructive self. When in this mode Burt is invincible, but it only lasts for about ten seconds before he turns back to normal.

Throughout the level you will find power-ups such as the Coin Magnet and an invincible barrier that lets Burt be invulnerable, even as his regular self. When too many enemies seem to be in the area — and you look like you’re about to bite the dust — you can call on either Bigfoot or Dr. Dodo to help you rid of some of that evil clutter that stand in your way. In each run you are given only two hits before you have to start all over again, a pain at times especially when you die right near the end.

Burt runs on his own, leaving you to merely tap your screen to jump and double-jump at a precise moment. Some enemies can be stomped on when you are regular Burt, but others have protective spikes that can either take away your shield or kill you. As Burt Destruction you are given one other maneuver when you triple-tap: the Destroyer Powerup, which slams Burt onto the ground and eliminates just about all the enemies on the screen.

As you progress throughout the game you unlock new videos feature Burt and Bigfoot as you defeat Team E.V.I.L. Each of these videos is animated by Tinman Creative Studios, with the characters looking like something straight out of one of the better [adult swim] shows. (Superjail! comes to mind, especially with the animation style.) The voice acting will also leave you smiling, with Wormenstein and Bigfoot stealing the game at every turn.

While there is quite a lot to like in Burt Destruction, I couldn’t help but notice a couple of hiccups. On many occasions I found myself dying or losing my shield, even though my character clearly wasn’t touched by the nearest enemy. (You’ll notice this hiccup thanks to the action stopping at the point of death.) There are also no checkpoints in any of the levels, so if you die right near the end of the long run you’ll have to start right at beginning. All the points and achievements you just earned will also be erased if you die, so you’ll have to try and reacquire them again in almost the same fashion as you did previously.

As of right now only the first two worlds have been released in Burt Destruction, which can take roughly two hours to beat once you master each run-through. Fortunately we won’t have to wait too long for the next batch of levels, as the first update in March will have extra missions and an endless runner version of the Rave Cave level. For a game that costs only $0.99 Burt Destruction is a squashing steal.

PROS:

  • Great cinematics
  • Simple, yet addictive gameplay
  • Lovable characters

CONS:

  • No checkpoints
  • Can’t earn shield once it’s lost at each turn
  • Sometimes die without being hit

FINAL THOUGHTS:

There are a lot of these types of runner titles to be found on iOS and Android phones, but Burt Destruction stands out thanks to its great humor and animation style. It’s fun, a good time-killer, and has a wonderful personality that will easily crack a smile. Let’s hope that a Burt Destruction cartoon can be made for TV soon.

FINAL GRADE: 8.0 (out of ten)

iOS review copy provided by Runwilder. Played on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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