Cruis'n Blast

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Cruis'n Blast
Cruis'n Blast arcade flyer.jpg
Developer(s)Raw Thrills
Publisher(s)Raw Thrills
Director(s)Eugene Jarvis
Producer(s)Andrew Eloff
Programmer(s)John H. Scott
Artist(s)Nate VanderKamp
Platform(s)Arcade, Nintendo Switch
  • NA: January 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: September 14, 2021
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Cruis'n Blast is a racing video game developed and published by Raw Thrills. Originally released for the arcades, it was released in 2017 and is the sixth installment in the Cruis'n series.[2][3][4] The game was released for the Nintendo Switch on September 14, 2021 by Raw Thrills. The Nintendo Switch version includes additional modes, cars and tracks.[5]


Cruis'n Blast provides the same gameplay as its predecessors, where the player races on different tracks under a time limit to reach the goal, passing checkpoints along the way to help extend the time limit. The races take place in different locations, such as Death Valley, London, Rio de Janeiro, Madagascar, and Singapore. The game includes the ability to upgrade the car in order to have an edge in the race. Unlike the other Cruis'n games, this version does not have an ending scene if the player wins all the stages.

Development and release[edit]

Arcade version

The game was licensed by Nintendo, who owns the trademark for the game. It was first play-tested under the beta names Cruis'n Adventure and Cruis'n Redline, before eventually becoming Cruis'n Blast.[2] A trailer for the game was unveiled on October 24, 2016, on the Raw Thrills YouTube channel.[6]

The Nintendo Switch version was released on September 14, 2021.


Cruis'n Blast on Nintendo Switch garnered "mixed or average reviews", according to review aggregator site Metacritic.[7] Publishers like Polygon compared the action and races in the game to the Fast and Furious franchise, although they do acknowledge the fact it is a bit lacking in certain areas.[18] In the review done by IGN they speak of the lackluster appeal when Cruis'n Blast at its core is an arcade game brought to the home console as it is a fun game but becomes boring quickly.[19]


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  8. ^ Handley, Zoey (September 18, 2021). "Review: Cruis'n Blast - It's like the '90s never ended". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  9. ^ Robinson, Martin (September 17, 2021). "Cruis'n Blast review - an arcade legend comes home (Platform: Played on Switch)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  10. ^ Tamburro, Paul (September 20, 2021). "Cruis'n Blast Review (for Nintendo Switch): 'Fast-paced action with glaring problems'". GameRevolution. Mandatory. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  11. ^ Peeples, Jeremy (September 22, 2021). "Review: Cruis'n Blast (Version Reviewed: Nintendo Switch)". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer LLC. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  12. ^ Etna, Biagio (September 20, 2021). "Cruis'n Blast - Recensione: Un gioco di automobili senza automobili (Switch)". IGN Italia (in Italian). Vusumo. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  13. ^ Scullion, Chris (September 14, 2021). "Cruis'n Blast Review (Switch) - A Blast from the past". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  14. ^ Zawodniak, Matthew (September 14, 2021). "Cruis'n Blast (Switch) Review - Set the cruise control to blasting speed". Nintendo World Report. NINWR, LLC. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  15. ^ Morse, Blake (September 14, 2021). "Cruis'n Blast review: Pedal to the meh-tal". Shacknews. Gamerhub. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  16. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (September 27, 2021). "SwitchArcade Round-Up: Reviews Featuring 'Cruis'n Blast' and 'Rift Adventure', Plus the Latest Releases and Sales". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
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  18. ^ Plante, Chris (2021-09-20). "Cruis'n Blast is the Fast and the Furious game we've been waiting for". Polygon. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  19. ^ Reilly, Luke (2021-10-12). "Cruis'n Blast Review". IGN. Retrieved 2022-06-09.

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