More Fun the Less You Have to Play it
I spotted Car Demolition Clicker in the “New Trophy Lists” section of the PSNProfiles homepage while looking for new games to play. I’ve frequently been known to enjoy a good idle/clicker game on mobile so I figured this would be a neat little game to experiment with.
I gave the trophy list a glance and it seemed perfectly reasonable. My mind was made up; I was going to play, plat, and review an idle clicker game… What a life!
Car Demolition Clicker Platinum Review
The First Reset
Car Demolition Clicker starts off like any idle clicker game, with me hitting as fast as I can, having minimal effect and earning $1 per click until I can upgrade this to $2 per click.
Three demolished cars later, I have three drones firing on the car for me, and I’m earning closer to $10 per click. Progress is slow but I’m still new to the game so I’m taking in the details on the vehicles and the efforts put into making them slowly break down depending on which parts you break, it all looks pretty good!
The environments aren’t bad either. They have something of a pre-rendered quality to them, but they’re actually fully real-time, as evidenced by the occasional camera movement.
A few cars later I’m asked to choose a faction. I choose “Lab Rats” because they offer a discount on Drones. I like drones, they play the game for me and I was starting to get the impression I’d come to value that aspect very soon.
I was right. Just a few more stages later and the novelty of the game had worn off. I’d seen pretty much every environment, as well as every vehicle model in the game and the various skins used to make it seem like there’s more variety. Each car breaks down in the same way, by shooting the same parts and I was familiar with it all. If I was going to plat this game, I would need to find a way to do it without having to play it very much…
Eventually I just couldn’t progress any more, the bosses I had available to me were all too tough to break down before they could beat me with their EMP blasts, and I just wasn’t earning money fast enough to upgrade. So, I decided it was time to make use of the prestige-like system, common in most clicker games.
This “Power Reset” option would allow me to trade in my progress for Diamonds. A premium currency which can be used to buy powerful perks for the drones and more efficient weapons. I would also get a 1.2x damage increase every time I used this Power Reset option, so I figured I’d go for it.
I was very disappointed in the results. The damage increase was barely noticable and the 12 Diamonds I managed to get for my progress amounted to very little when exchanged for dollars. I had just enough money to buy the three drones and upgrade them 10 times each before I was flat broke again. It felt like I was starting from scratch for no reason.
At least the trophy list could give me a reason. I would need to reach 50 faction points with each of the three factions. I had already done so with the Lab Rats so I took this reset as an opportunity to join the Mob faction, and reach 50 faction points with them.
Doing that unlocked the third faction, the Observers, whom I would join for my third and final playthrough. Because, yes, I ended up resetting again. Mostly it was because I wanted to switch factions so I could unlock the relevant trophies, but also I had hit a bit of a progress wall again.
Reaching the End
One thing I did learn during my second playthrough, though, was that you can turn on a few settings in the menu which make it so that the game can play itself. By setting it so that boss fights start automatically and levels will auto-restart when you fail to beat a boss, I could just upgrade my drones a bit and then leave them in Endless Mode, destroying cars for me while I went off to write my trophy guide, enjoyed some YouTube content, and even had a nap.
I simply returned occasionally to upgrade the drones so that they could progress further and earn more cash, and every now and then I would quit back to the map and make some progress through the main levels.
This was my strategy for my third playthrough, pretty much. The Observer faction makes it so that drones and totems cost 50% less to build, but weapons cost 50% more. So I was barely even upgrading my weapon, I just focused completely on the drones and getting them strong enough to play the game without me.
Sometimes, though, I had so much money that upgrading my weapon would cost a mere fraction of what I had, so I’d invest if only to move closer to the trophy for fully upgrading the weapon, a fool’s errand, I would later learn.
I kept this up for a few hours until finally I had beat every main level in the game. A disappointing pop-up congratulated me and told me to go and play more Endless Mode, and I obliged.
My drones were upgraded so much that they had 4 cannons each and tore through pretty much any vehicle placed in front of me. The measly pistol I had at the start of the game was now an alien pulse rifle that devastated vehicles in a burst of pink particles. There were just a few things left to do.
There’s an extra end-game boss called Darkside Truck in a hard boss-rush-style level called “Gas Station Night” which I would need to defeat. It has a thick layer of armor that I couldn’t even strip away before it had reduced my health to nothing, so I decided to spend some time in Endless Mode (or rather, on YouTube while my drones were in Endless Mode) farming money for upgrades. I intended to earn the trophies for maxing out all weapons and drones before finally destroying the game’s final boss and claiming my platinum.
I also still needed to earn the 1,000 faction points for one trophy, and I needed more Diamonds from bosses to upgrade my weapon, so my drones still had quite a grind ahead of them.
Though I tried my best to avoid a third reset and to farm the rest of the diamonds I would need from bosses, it wasn’t to be. I eventually ran out of bosses I could beat (this was before I discovered you could farm bosses you’ve already beat) and my fully-upgraded drones were struggling to get through Endless Mode.
I had more than enough money to max out my weapon but the next upgrade would cost 20 diamonds and the best I could scrape together was 3.
I threw in the towel and accepted defeat. Power Reset was my last option. I traded in my 500 vehicle demolitions for 50 diamonds and started again. If only I’d known beforehand how important those damn diamonds would be, I wouldn’t have spent them so frivolously.
Many, many hours passed by of painful grinding. By this point I’m just so sick of the game, it’s muted because the sound of the weapons and the generic music was driving me crazy, and I was desperately buying upgrades as soon as they became available, hoping to speed things up even just a little.
Finally, I managed to claw my way back to where I was; billions of dollars pouring in, drones kicking major metal can, weapon firing devastating bolts of lightning. I bought the 20-diamond weapon only to find there was another upgrade after that, which cost 32 diamonds… I wasn’t going to reset again. No way. So I farmed the last few diamonds I needed and spent every last one…
My fears were realised. Another upgrade. Another 60 diamonds. Am I really going to have to reset again? I’d need at least 150 diamonds for a full upgrade at this rate.
Little did I know, there were two more upgrades after that. For 85 and 200 diamonds each. I was losing my mind now. How could anyone expect you to play such a mindlessly dull game for so long? But I’m committed… I put in several more hours of this nonsense, running a Diamond farm that involved replaying the second Proving Grounds stage hundreds of times.
There are only 6 cars in that stage and my drones could destroy them pretty quickly. Each boss I demolished had a chance of giving me up to 3 diamonds, and every 10 runs I’d have 60 more car demolitions to trade in for 6 diamonds when I eventually reset again.
With the 435 required diamonds finally in hand after one last grand reset, I worked my way up to the final weapon upgrade and let out an exhausted groan of relief. Who knew an idle clicker could be so exhausting?
Platinum number two-hundred and five; secured.
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Car Demolition Clicker Trophy Guide
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