Doritos Crash Course, also known as Avatar Crash Course, is a (currently) free obstacle course game. If you have ever played Trials HD, or have watched TV shows like Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior, you'll easily see the resemblance between them and this game. The main idea of the game is to provide a fun yet slightly challenging experience. With online leaderboards, ranked games, and simple mechanics, Doritos Crash Course achieves this.
Single Player 4/5
You start off in USA, which is the name given for the "easy" levels of the game, which introduce you to the controls and obstacles you'll come across. These levels don't take too long, you may make mistakes if you're completely new to games like this but otherwise it's a breeze. You're then put into Europe, the "intermediate" levels, where you're introduced to challenging obstacle combinations, such as the water balloon cannons and green-platforms. Most people will make some mistakes, some will make a lot, but that doesn't matter, these mistakes help you get better and help you learn the levels better. After torturing your character in Europe, you mercilessly throw him into Japan, which is a suitable name for the "hard" levels, which require precise timing in some situations. If you ever look at the leaderboards, you can find people with times of 20 minutes on these levels - God knows what they did to their avatar! The majority of people find those levels difficult, some even give up at those levels, but you just keep practicing and eventually you'll be finished the entire game! Once you complete all the levels, there isn't much to do except upgrade your medal/time in attempt to get achievements or just beat your friends. Or, you could go play online! Sadly, if you don't feel like doing either of them, you'll probably be saying goodbye to this game, because other than doing those theres very little replayability.
There are essentially 2 modes, Ranked and Normal. Ranked pairs you up with players who are on a similar "skill" level as you, giving you competitive races in a randomly picked stage (that you have unlocked). Normal just lets you choose which level to start with and you continuously play with either friends or random players until one of you are unable to advance because of chickening out or just by dropping from the game. Although the online is nice, you'll usually get paired with people, if you're not playing Ranked, who seem to take forever to complete levels, so you can find yourself either getting frustrated with the players/game or trying to find a friend who you'd rather play with.
Nothing special, however very nice on the eyes. You can see your avatar in various poses or doing silly actions in game or at the waiting room for multiplayer games, which seem to be unique to this game. In the actual level, the background for the levels show landmarks and other interesting places that are in the country you're playing. The obstacles are simple and easy to recognize. The game doesn't lag at all graphically, so you'll usually have a smooth game, however Online play can affect this.
For those of you wanting to know about these before actually playing, there are 8 simple achievements and 4 achievements that will actually take work. The 2-3 notable achievements are Sore Wa Kantan Desu, Going For Gold and I'm Big In Japan, depending on your skill at this game. Going For Gold requires you to get gold medals on all levels, which means beating some pretty hard times on the Japan Levels, however it is far from impossible. You will probably invest a few hours trying to learn the patterns in levels so you can get the times, so don't play this game expecting to earn the achievements in an hour or so, it could take days for you to get all of them!
Doritos Crash Course appeals to almost every type of gamer, you can make what you want of the game. If you're competitive, aim for the top times on the leaderboards and top rank online, if you're casual, it's great to play for a few minutes just for kicks, and if you're an achievement junkie, this provides some challenge for you. For a free game, it provides a lot of entertainment.