Max Damage, the new game of physics puzzle destruction from irRegular Games, is familiar territory for anyone who has ever worked in a toy store. You may have seen our like cleaning up after a gleefully rampaging toddler, wondering grimly where the parents are and what that crashing sound over in aisle three was. At least in those cases, the casualties are limited to trampled Pikachu and previously immaculate displays of movie tie-in action figures that you spent two hours arranging just so. Here the destruction is a bit more ambitious. Like, plasma television ambitious. With a cannon. Yeah, kids aren't as cute when they come armed, are they?
The object of the game is to cause enough damage to pass each of the 49 levels, represented by the value of the items you're destroying. Don't feel too bad about it, because, honestly? If you're going to arrange all your valuables in precarious stacks atop shelves, you don't get to be surprised when some kid comes along and starts wreaking havoc. You're just asking for it then. Use the mouse to aim your cannon, and click to fire. Hold the cursor close to the cannon for weaker shots, and farther away for more powerful blasts. As the game progresses, you'll wind up using different types of ammunition. Just choose your shots wisely, since you only have a certain amount per level.
If Max Damage seems familiar, it's probably because it has its roots in games like Bloons, Ragdoll Cannon, and even Fragger. It's not the most original duck in the pond, but it is surprisingly fun. The items in each stage are cleverly positioned so you have to think about where you place each shot instead of firing blind. There's no penalty for restarting a level, which is good because chances are you'll be doing so a lot; it's difficult to calculate how much damage your shots are going to do, and you often just have to cross your fingers and hope everything is going to fall the way you want it to.
While we here at Jay is Games don't condone massive destruction of property and advise you to get your parents' permission before purchasing any sort of cannon, Max Damage is still good fun for anyone who enjoyed setting up elaborate Lego cities as a child, and then pretending to be Godzilla as you rampaged through them. Go ahead. Indulge your inner tantrum-tosser.