Brakes Are For Losers moves at a blistering pace, in that if you blink, everything good about this game will pass you by. This top-down racer gets boring quite quickly, running through its entire arsenal in mere minutes. BAFL is more a distraction than an experience, but, at the low price point, that is not the worst thing in the world. BAFL is a budget title for people craving a racing distraction.
As the title implies, BAFL starts you off with no brakes. Although brakes are eventually attainable through the in-game upgrade shop, careful turns and calculated stops are not what BAFL is about. The resulting gameplay is chaotic: you steer your car, with no means of stopping, through crowded, intricate stages full of twists, turns, and other racers. Amidst such chaos, BAFL turns the tables on the traditional racing formula: instead of vying to complete a set number of laps in the lowest possible time, you instead are given sixty seconds to complete as many laps as possible. Initially, this is a fun and refreshing take that leads to tense late-game situations. Since everyone finishes at the same time, it never truly feels as if you are out of a race.
However, BAFL’s novelty erodes faster than the pace of its races. The tracks are skinny and crowded with racers, complicating control to a degree where steering your car feels more like helplessly watching a pinball bounce around completely beyond your control. In practice, it gets easier. Playing modes such as Time Attack and Perfect Race will hone your skills further, but it is still hard to play BAFL for more than a few minutes without getting frustrated. Multiplayer, meanwhile, is frenzied fun in short bursts, but quickly turns into the same frustrating experience as the single player.
For the price, BAFL is not all bad. There are a few different modes, unlockable upgrades to keep you busy, and it is a reasonably fun multiplayer game. It is best approached and considered as a cheap game that will not do a lot outside of offer some quick and reasonably fun racing.
Brakes Are For Losers is like a toy you find in a Happy Meal. A cheap distraction good for a few minutes of entertainment. It’s not meant to be played on its own. Instead, it is at best the sort of game that you mess around with for ten minutes while cooling off between sessions with meatier games. BAFL is reasonably fun, but a novelty at best.
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