Doritos runs a promotion where people submit game ideas and then they hire a studio to make them and offer the games for free. Their first game was Dash of Destruction, which involved driving around as a Doritos delivery person while dinosaurs are chasing you around. It wasn’t a great game, but it was free, fun and easy to get achievements so I thought it was a good deal.

This year, Doritos offered two more free games, in a fight to the death (well to win a $50k game consultant position). Surprisingly, both games are even better value than Dash of Destruction. The first is Crash Course which is like the tv show Wipeout. You control your avatar and run through a padded (not that it matters) course with jumps, ledges, hammers, water balloons etc. The goal is to make it to the end in as fast a time as possible. It doesn’t sound like much, but just as how the Wipeout tv show is funny and popular, this game ends up being hilarious (until you try and get through a section for 10 minutes).

The second is Harm’s Way which is a racing/shooting game. The racing part is a combination of Mario Kart (powerups on the road), Burnout (barrel roll for specials), and some game where you race in the desert. The twist is that there are also gun turrets which shoot at you. If you’re playing coop, then your teammate would use the turrets to stop the other racers. If you’re playing single player, you can just play to stop the cars. This game is not as thought out as Crash Course as it is too complex and short; but is still fun, plus it looks much more impressive (i.e., not cartoony).