Bump 'n' Burn is a game about driving odd vehicles against even odder opponents in a mythical land called Toonia. It's a game where the gloves come off and the Highway Code is tossed out of the window; it's a game where the only rule is that there are no rules.
You're out to beat Count Chaos, the undefeated Bump 'n' Burn champion, who competes in the dastardly Skull Crusher Special. Other drivers whom you can choose to represent include Loretta Lamour, a positively Penelope Pitstopian petal, an eskimo, a pair of beavers, dinosaurs and... well, you get the scenario. If this were a Seventies cartoon, it wouldn't be called Hong Kong Phooey.
But Bump 'n' Burn is not simply about getting from pole to chequered flag in the shortest space of time (oh allr ight, it is, but I've got to discuss the other bits in between and tell you that 'pick-ups abound', after a recent directive from the Games Reviewers Overused Phrases Society).
No matter which character you decide upon. All the others are pulling every trick in the book to ensure that they get to the line first. And these include dropping oil slicks, smoke screen and mines; the cars shoot missiles and bones and yes, it's all completely daft.
Fortunately, colliding with these obstacles doesn't knock you out of the race altogether - it just slows you up; and of course, whatever they can do, you can return the compliment, providing you gather the necessaries along the way. Coins litter the track and when collected can be used at an upgrade shop to by add-ons for your motor.
But despite the aforementioned fineries, Bump 'n' Burn essentially adheres to the tried and tested Lotus/
The themed raceways do have some nice touches and each competitor thrives on a different circuit. Count Chaos loves the Interstellar Interstage; witness a UFO swooping down and scooping you off the track, losing you valuable seconds in the process. And check out the dive
The main problem with Bump 'n' Burn is that despite all the wacky competitors on the track, you often feel you're racing on your own. You can rattle along for ages without seeing another should, which can be most disconcerting - and very dull at times. The idea behind it all is nice, but it doesn't work well enough to take Bump 'n' Burn into the pantheon of Amiga racing games.