Everyone appreciates a good racing game. Likewise, most also enjoy blowing stuff up. When the two are married into one game, one would think the result would be amazing. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Let's take Polarbit's new title Cracking Sands as an example – the screenshots look good, the video is promising, but the game itself... well, that's something else altogether. Now, I'm not saying it's a bad game, because it's not. It works well and it looks good – I was just bored within the first race. Perhaps I've become jaded after years of playing different Android games. Or maybe I just expected more. Or maybe those are one in the same.

Whatever the reason is, that doesn't mean you won't like the game. For all I know, you could love it. The premise is cool, no doubt about that:

In a world ravaged by global warfare, small pockets of survivors scratch out a meager existence, living off the remains of a shattered civilization. Society has been reduced to a tribal state, where rank and social standing is based on one thing and one thing only: death races!

I'm all for a good death race every now and then (who isn't?) so this was an insta-install for me. The controls are good, gameplay is smooth, the tutorial was easy to follow... so what's the problem? Well, it just doesn't bring anything new to the table. I wanted intensity – and this just doesn't have it. The characters/cars are small, gameplay is slow... it was all very unsatisfying. I wanted Twisted Metal-type intensity. Twisted Metal: Black is probably still one of my favorite games of all time, and I'm still waiting on a great Android game to come along and provide that type of experience. Unfortunately, Cracking Sands just isn't it.

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Like I said, you may love it. It could be the perfect time waster for some people. But if you're looking for something revolutionary, this simply isn't it. At $5, I really was expecting more – but you can hit the widget below and make your own judgments if you want.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • wewewi

    At the end of the trailer, I understand that the game was released for Windows Phone first, then on iOS and Android.

    Now THAT was unexpected.

    • defred34

      Well, the graphics here are Hardcore. On WP7 it was a wuss in tht dept.

    • wollac11

      That somewhat explains the hotly anticipated message. Given the lack of games and apps on windows phone I imagine that those users would be more excited. Maybe they were hoping to make it a must have game on WP in the hope that would drive interest on the other platforms through media attention & word of mouth.

  • defred34

    Played it. Don't like it. Lots to improve on. Content is there. But gameplay feels incomplete. Graphics are good but overdone, so to speak.

  • David Hart

    On the first image at the bottom it says "This year's most hotly anticipated racer" How can they advertise something like that's obviously untrue? I'm sure it had some publicity, and this site might have followed it and I didn't notice. But it seems like it came out of nowhere.

    • Jongjungbu

      A lot of Android game descriptions are like that. It's funny to see some of these social waiting-game MMOs that come out of some of these Asian companies like Upon Studios that say the first graphical MMO or the #1 war strategy MMO, and so forth. Just make up whatever you want, nobody's gonna force them to be truthful with that.