Centred on a multilane intersection in one of six locales the action comes thick and fast in the form of urban traffic. But this is no remake of the classic Frogger game where traffic is to be avoided, the idea here is to guide one of seven vehicles deep into the thick of rush hour to cause pile ups galore.
With a flick of your finger across the touch screen, your vehicle can go about its one-car destruction derby with ease. The game certainly is best suited to the bigger playfield of the iPad, with the action being just a little too small for the iPhone or iPod Touch devices.
A suitable mashup of background music accompanies the onscreen chaos, Spandau Ballet, Miami Sound Machine and The Weather Girls along with others provide appropriate snippets of music amongst the explosions and screech of crumpling auto panels.
Each intersection has three slightly different modes, Rush Hour simply asks you to create destructive mayhem, Pile Up ramps up the action with a flaming focus and Road Block tasks your inner demon with the responsibility of ensuring no innocent vehicles escape the intersection.
Every level also throws in star challenges and enough whacky variety to make certain no two experiences play out the same. With a swipe of a finger players can activate catastrophic super features that trigger road-shattering disasters like tornados, tidal waves, asteroids, jumbo jets and even UFOs.
With the Autolog feature, gamers can double the disaster with 1-on-1 smashups, destroy friend's scores, engage in turn-based battles and see who can wreck the leaderboards.
All in all this game from racing masters Criterion is well suited to the swipe and tap interface of today's smartphones and tablets. At times it can feel as though the action is playing out by itself, out of your control. But in a way that is the underlying theme as well, total mayhem and out of control destruction linked to big scoring is all part of the fun.