Let’s face it, there is something very satisfying about breaking or destroying things. Most of us probably didn’t shut down an entire building, but we can envy those who did. So when I saw the opportunity to take on that role in a new Nintendo Switch game called Demolish & Build 2018, I was ready to break something! Will the game live up to my fantasies as a demolition expert?
After being fired from a construction job, a friend comes to you to offer you a new job, and the next thing you know, you’re running your own construction and demolition company! Demolish & Build 2018 is classified as a construction simulator, and you will soon be thrown into the shark tank of managing this new commercial venture.
Equipped with your trusty blue van and a sledgehammer, you will start your first jobs, which consist of demolishing old toilets, breaking down walls and transporting waste in a large dustbin. It’s a dream job! Okay, maybe not, but it won’t take long to unlock your first real equipment, the bulldozer, and then you can tear down abandoned bars and other abandoned buildings.
The game mainly consists of building your construction company by taking orders, carrying out various errands and, if you wish, buying and selling commercial goods to make a certain profit. The climb to the top of the market leader is very slow. You will spend many of the first few hours of the game doing menacing tasks that quickly become repetitive. Unfortunately, these first few hours will also make you discover the many flaws and shortcomings of the game.
Graphically, the game is pretty bad. I’d compare it best to a game in the mid-’90s. The distance to the Toss is clouded by fog and is only a few kilometers ahead of you, and you will see pop-ups at every point of the road. The texture resolution is incredibly low, and since most buildings are designed to be broken into pieces, you can see the lines break into pieces even before the wall or object is broken. The whole geometry of the game is also very bad in polygons, and not in this fun and creative way. It could have been the launch of a Dreamcast game, and even that would have given too much credit to the game.
Well, I’ve played some fun simulation games that don’t look great, but still simulate what they’re supposed to do right… But as soon as you unlock a bulldozer or an excavator, for example, you will notice that these vehicles do not respect physics! The massive digging arm swings like a noodle and exceeds its rigid limits by simply moving the cab to the left or right. The bulldozer suffers from the same broken physics, because if you even lightly tap an object, the whole thing swings with its shock absorbers in an unrealistic and almost comical way. I didn’t like to look at it, but it reminded me of an operation simulator, but with construction material. The difference is that this game is not trying to be smart or funny. It’s just bad.
Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there and you will find many more areas of irritation. The game has a card system, but the mini-card is often misaligned during the game. I was driving on the road to my destination, and the mini-map showed me that I was driving in the middle of nowhere. It is also difficult to use the map on the pause screen because navigation control is cumbersome.
Moreover, the game does not really offer clear objectives, let alone to reach the level of company D. As you browse through the map, you’ll find clues about what you can do in the game, but there’s not enough clarity about your achievements or progress. The table of choices is there, but also here there is almost no context in terms of its meaning. I myself found it very confusing, because after successfully completing half a dozen missions, I had no idea whether or not I was making progress.
Surprisingly, the game also suffered from performance problems and semi-frequency shocks when played in manual mode on the switch. I noticed that because of the poor visual accuracy of the game. Another disadvantage is that you usually only hear the sound of the drone engine of what appears to be a passing vehicle on the road (although in many cases there is nothing nearby).
Demolish & Build 2018 is a game that seems well suited for VR. After I saw it on the Nintendo platform, I wanted to see if it was really an RV port in the game, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. There is always something satisfying about destroying buildings with a crane or other heavy machinery, but it is not enough to forget the blatant weaknesses of the game for a long time. Better yet, you want to connect and launch the Nintendo 64 in Explosion Corps.
Demolition and construction 2018 Overview
- Graphs – 2/10
- Sound – 3/10
- Gameplay – 4/10
- Late complaint – 4/10
Final thoughts: AFDB
Demolish & Build 2018 tries to offer something in the kind of simulation that many players would appreciate, allowing you to blow up buildings, break objects and then create replacement buildings as the demo expert. Unfortunately, the game lacks realistic simulation, combined with rather raw graphics and sounds, and confusing progression systems and secondary gameplay. The only demolition I’m gonna do now is get the game out of my Switch.
Alex has been in the gaming industry since Nintendo’s release. He has turned his hobby into a career, has been developing games for just over ten years and is now creative director of the studio.
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