Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Android Review: Reckless Getaway

Reckless Getaway offers two game modes: Reckless and Getaway. In Getaway, you’re given a yellow muscle car and must reach the end of a course without crashing or getting busted. The game will always keep you on the edge of your seat since the AI’s actions are completely randomized. There are railway tracks that criss-cross the streets in some maps, while other courses have a Tram line in the middle of the roadway, seemingly based off the San Francisco system. Additionally, the cops are rarely predictable. Some are smart and will attempt to out-maneuver you while others will smash into civilian cars driving them into your path. Others hide in obscure places and will appear, almost out of thin air, as you speed by. A direct hit into oncoming traffic will total your vehicle.

If the icon didn’t give it away, the visual style of Reckless Getaway is a massive deviation from what was seen in Reckless Racing. While the original game almost blew everyone away with its life-like environment with realistic lighting, Reckless Getaway takes a more animated turn. In a move that seems to complement the arcade-like gameplay, Polarbit aimed for a cartoonish atmosphere, reminiscent of Guerrilla Bob on iOS.


What do you hear when you’re driving down a 2 lane road on a nice day? Now imagine adding a bunch of explosions, wailing cop sirens, and constantly honking traffic, all paired with a fast paced arcade sound track, much like that of Tilt to Live, to that mix. That’s Reckless Getaway’s audio in a nutshell.

Final Thoughts

You may think this new art style is new for Polarbit, but if you’ve been gaming on iOS since the original Armageddon Squadron and Raging Thunder games, it should be clear that Reckless Racing was the deviation, if anything. Whichever format you prefer, the developers have shown that they can release smooth, high quality games on all platforms regardless of how they look. Most of all, they’ve proven that they are the masters of making casual mobile racing games. Raging Thunder, and both Reckless games are fantastic choices that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.


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