Don't you just hate it when you are on a bank heist, minding your own business and then a turbulent felon tases you on the back and take all the green? Candygun Games bring us Dollar Dash, a colorful multiplayer that attempts to put players in the swift shoes of deceitful masters of theft. But there's more to it than just that.
Dollar Dash is a Top Down perspective versus game that consists in one thing only: outsmart your opponent thieves and snatch more cash than they do. The game does that in different ways though, with three different modes available; the classic Dollar Dash where players must grab as much money as they can and deliver it to the getaway car. However, this can't be accomplished in one run, and on top of that the other sneaky guys will try to knock you and steal your goodies. The Hit n' Run mode is the friendly "beat them up" type of action. You'll have to knock out your foes, which in turn gives you $500 direct to your bank account for each time you get them. The first one to hit a certain load of cash, ends the victor. The third game mode and my personal favorite is Save the Safe, where a big ass safe is placed on the center of the map and players have to get to it and carry it around. The longer a thief holds the Safe, the more chances he has to win the match.
Dollar Dash has a myriad of maps, summing up to 30 in total. Each map "acts" differently depending on the game mode you are playing, and every single one has environment hazards scattered around like endless pits, acid pools and wicked security guards on the watch, waiting for a thief to enter their domain. All these obstacles patronize the many maps and give them a unique feeling. I for one was pleased with the large content Dollar Dash offers, and could play for hours pounding other thieves and making my way up on the leaderboards, or at least that was my intention until that one guy hacked and hit the billion in the score. The competitive aspect is well developed, as it was much rewarding to raid through vaults and mansions against other robbers with the purpose of getting the most bucks and that way earning valuable resources to buy upgrades and perks.
I never lacked means to dispose of adversary thieves, since Dollar Dash features almost thirty power-ups and offensive tactics that I could take advantage of. Ranging from Rockets and throwable Cactus to Bear Traps and Bombs that I would left on the road so my persecutors lost track of me and I could safely get away with my hard-earned payments. Power-ups grants you a temporary speed boost or the ability of turning invisible for a short while, between many other. Some attacks like the giant rolling Boulder are a one time use, whilst Snowballs or Plungers gives you many projectiles. Weapons appear randomly across the maps in case you run out of, let's call it ammo.
Customization is surprisingly a reliable element for Dollar Dash, and frankly it's done right. Be it aesthetic enhances like hats and faces or passive ones like Weapon upgrades and abilities perks, there's always something new to purchase that encourages players to stay on the game of stealing. You can only select one Perk and one Upgrade, but that letdown soon faded out as the gameplay mechanics justified the decision of limiting the bonuses. There is a sort of Tutorial to introduce newcomers to the mechanics and the core objects of Dollar Dash.
As I progressed through the game and increased my funds, I gained respect points and therefore a title to brag about. Starting as a Thief, you escalate on the larceny hierarchy to become a Street Thug, or even a Hitman. So far I've put many hours into Dollar Dash and I proudly wear the Capo title, so when I inevitably win an online match, the other unfit shoplifters could contemplate the rank I have achieved.
Where Dollar Dash shines is indubitably the map and weapon adjusting that I could do as I pleased. Custom made matches are incredibly fun; I could just choose the map to spawn Tasers and Portable Hole traps, basically turning the match to a one hit KO only attacks. My favorite being Save the Safe game type with only Nukes and Oil Slick as weapons which turned out to be one of the most action packed and fun multiplayer experiences I've had. With bots and online players alike, custom modes are a blast to play, especially if you know how to combine Power-ups and offensive or defensive Weapons. The possibilities and different combinations are rather beyond a quick estimate.
The graphics of the game couldn't be more cheerful; detailed and lively animations and visuals accompany the contrasting Thievery theme of Dollar Dash in such a friendly way that it never tired my eyes or made me want to take a break like some games tend to do with heavy graphic design. In some points the game felt like Mario Party, but instead of gentle plumbers I am a delusive Thief seeking to be the most wanted. Subtle sound effects and music go hand in hand with the graphics and set the perfect atmosphere for players to dive into the game and keep the stealing going.
Naturally the game has its flaws, and annoying ones. Throughout my time playing Dollar Dash I experienced four crashes, with no seeming pattern specific to every time it happened. I know other players crashed as well, as they would just drop out of the lobby or match with no reason, only to come back afterwards and continue the heist.
Dollar Dash is deeper than your regular pick up and play $10 game, with deep customization for both your character and the game maps and modes, large content, competitive gameplay and capable mechanics that soon got me hooked up and willing to jump back to it and plan other large scale thefts.