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Reckless Getaway review (iOS / Universal)

July 29, 2011

“I hate cop cars! I hate cop cars!
Mee-maw, Mee-maw! I hate cop cars!”

10 word description: Car chase – avoid or destroy cops, collect coins, 16 tracks.

Out for a drive on a sunny Sunday afternoon ... in your stolen car full of other people's money

10 word review: Initial excitement is replaced by a dislike of floaty physics.

The contract for installing "traffic calming" measures was obviously outsourced based on the lowest offer...

You will like this if you enjoy: Reckless Racing, Spy Hunter, action movie style car chases, crashes, lots of crashes.

Car crashes rule

The good news: It’s an exciting concept and there’s definitely a lot of fun to be had in the first few levels. Graphically it is varied and colourful and it feels like you’re in a movie style car chase.

Outta my way, copper!

The bad news: Earning stars to unlock the later levels becomes a chore when you have to return to earlier levels and repeatedly attempt to play them exactly right. This emphasis on precision and memorising when to turn and jump and where to collect coins does not fit in with the great feeling of random mobile carnage and the very loose and floaty way that your car behaves. Many of the later levels are difficult enough with hordes of cop cars trying to ram you off narrow tracks into canyons, without being forced to pick up every coin possible and never crash. If you are one of those people (like me, usually) who will try to get a 4 star rating on each track, be prepared for frustration.

Some graphical resources are left over from that MMO they never released

Arcadelife verdict: A fun game that is slightly spoiled by a rating system that is rather too harsh for the cheerfully chaotic vehicular destruction on offer here.

Arcadelife rating: 75/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
iTunes link

Polarbit website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.4)
iPad (OS 4.3.4)
This review was requested by Shill – guild leader of Shadow-Hunters on the Hall of Blade server (Order & Chaos Online)
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