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Add all this up, and you've got an absolute joy of a game, especially considering it only costs $4 with the purchase of a Value Meal (and plays on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox). The controls can feel a bit slippery at times, especially compared to the overly precise AI, but for a mini-budget game itâ€™s easy to forgive. If this game were available on Xbox Live Arcade, it would be more enjoyable than half of the games available. Heck, if it were possible to buy without the meal, I would honestly recommend skipping lunch and spending that $4 on Big Bumpin' instead. Since that's not an option, though, drive to Burger King right now, buy a meal and spend the extra $4 to get Big Bumpin'. You and your family can thank me later.
The game modes are also completely unrealistic, but totally enjoyable. There is hockey, which is fairly standard fun and probably the best mode of the game. Shock Ball has a timed bomb, but it's not really worth playing at all since it is just standard bumper cars plus a few extra explosions. Own the Puck's objective is for you be the person who last touched the puck for the longest period of time. So you'll need to touch the puck and prevent anyone else from touching it. Finally there is Power Surge, in which the objective is to race to one end of the arena, grab "power", and bring it back to the start. Power surge turns out to be merely adequate. The modes here are all worthwhile and playable online or with four players on one console. The graphics in Big Bumpin' are ridiculously better than those for Sneak King. Of course single player won't be as fun, and getting your friends to play this might be difficult with games like Gears of War and Rainbow 6: Vegas out there.
Big Bumpin' looks good and plays well enough for what it is. Like Sneak King and Pocketbike Racer, this isn't a game that is deep or feature rich enough to make it long lasting title. It doesn't have the creep factor or hilarity of Sneak King but it certainly is more fun to play when you grab a few friends and get a good multiplayer session going. Big Bumpin' isn't a must own title, but it is a good cheap substitute for a party game when you've grown tired of everything else.
If you can round up three of your buddies who are ready to get their bumper car on, then you'll find more than your money's worth with Big Bumpin', and only that way. The drop-off from multiplayer to single player is vast. The two simply can't be compared to one another. You will either play this with friends, or you'll go on to regret it, along with the greasy food you had to chow down to get it.
In all fairness, there’s only so much to be expected with a game that costs no more than the meal you got with it. Based on price alone, it wouldn’t be far fetched to assume that the game is a one-trick pony, but surprisingly, there is a nice handful of minigames to test out. And although not every bout is as fun as the next, Bumpin’ Hockey and Last Man Standing offer enough to entertain those interested, while the simplicity of each makes the game accessible for players of all ages, from the little kid who begged his parents for the game, to the parent who finally gave in to his child’s incessant pleas. However, this same lack of depth can also be the driving force to disregard this title altogether.
While it's hard not to have a good time in a bumper car, it's hard to have a good time playing Big Bumpin'. As part of a larger minigame collection, it might be passable, but its only appeal here is that it's a weird fast-food tie-in that has some appeal as a potentially rare collectible.