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Smasher: Clean It Up is an Android game for these times and it is easy enough to be enjoyed by all

Are you bored inside the house because of the pandemic situation? Well, you can kill your boredom with this new game called Smasher: Clean It Up.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | August 20, 2020 | Updated 13:26 IST

Highlights

  • Smasher: Clean It Up is a new game for Android phones that does not need an active Internet connection.
  • You have to kill coronavirus bugs that appear in the game by tapping on them.
  • Smasher: Clean It Up is one of the simplest games to remind you to wash hands and wear a mask.

The other day my mother was a little annoyed. The internet on her phone was not working and she could not even go out, well, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. During the lockdown, even if it has been somewhat relaxed, spending times inside the home could be boring. There is not much to do. You either do some household chore, read some book, set out to exercise, or play a game that does not need the Internet.

There are a number of offline games on Android and iOS. But by now, some of them are too overused and have become boring for some people, including my mother. So what I did was introduce her to a new game that is offline, uses simple interaction skills, and, more importantly, is perhaps the most relevant one with the coronavirus pandemic.

I am talking about the Smasher: Clean It Up game that I have been playing for a while. It is a very simple game that lets you whack these animated coronavirus-like bugs to earn points. There is nothing complex about the game, something that will be appreciated by the likes of my mother because unlike something PUBG or Fortnite neither you need a premium phone to enjoy the game fully nor need to bother with any complexities like weapon system and hundreds of customisations.

Installing the game is easy. You go to Google Play Store on Android and search for Smasher: Clean It Up. Download and install the game on your phone and open it. This game does not require any device permission, so you do not have to worry about the data on your phone with this app. And the best part is that the game does not need internet to run, so I (and my mother) was more than happy to install such a game that can help me kill the boredom when I am out of internet data.

Right from the welcome screen, you get the idea of what the game is based on. Smasher: Clean It Up has a theme that lets you have power over the deadly bug waves. I mean you might not be a Covid warrior in the real world, but you can at least fight it in a game. Since I installed the game, I am tirelessly tapping on the screen to kill these creatures. And I did not have to teach my mother how to kill these bugs.

Talking of bugs, in the game they are colourful blobs: An amusing representation of the coronavirus in a game is probably what everyone in these times needs to bust the stress.

My fingers are not the only thing that could kill these bugs. There are a hand sanitiser and a soap bar that stream alongside the bugs, and tapping on them brings some additional results. So tapping on the sanitiser will halt the coronavirus creatures for a while before they resume marching downward. When you start the game, the pace of this march is slow, so it is easier to kill these creatures without needing them to take a halt but the hand sanitiser helps when there are a lot of coronavirus creatures coming down. I would just tap on the sanitiser and kill many creatures at once.

The soap bar bombards these coronavirus creatures. You just tap on these soap bars and each one of these creatures showing up on the display implodes instantly. Having a soap bar is helpful when there are too many of the coronavirus creatures, and the soap usually begins appearing after a while into the game.

The idea is to kill as many bugs as possible. If the bug manages to reach the bottom of the screen, you see the temperature rising in one corner. This is actually a cool representation of how bugs attack our body. As soon as the temperature peaks, you run out of life. You have three lives in total, so I would suggest you use them judiciously if you want to score more points.

The message is clear: if you do not protect yourself from coronavirus, it is going to make your run for your life.

The Smasher: Clean It Up has background music that sounds like a suppressed cough or as if these coronavirus characters are talking to each other in some gargling noise. It is a good touch to the theme of coronavirus but, in case, you are not liking the sound, you can turn it off from the button given on the top right side.

After you have lost your three lives, the game ends for you.

When the game ends, you see a safety tip that reminds you to cover your face with a mask when coughing, wash your hands as often as possible, and be responsible towards controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

My mother enjoyed the game as much as she could. But I believe the game also teaches you several things about the pandemic situation we are living in. Who needs lessons about such serious things in a playful manner? Kids. So, the kids with this game will also learn the etiquette that can safeguard them against the coronavirus and keep them safe.

Smasher: Clean It Up is available from Google Play Store on all Android phones.

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