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#1 acnpt

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 21:22

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Android Review

In the real world, racing recklessly is strictly frowned upon.

Just look at the outrage Michael Schumacher caused when he attempted to squeeze Rubens Barrichello into a Hunagrian pit wall at 180mph.

If you're talking video games, though, recklessness is a major plus point. No one wants to play Sensible Racing.

It's easy to see why when the results are as good as they are in Polarbit's Reckless Racing. It's the best racing game on Android, and one of the best games on the platform full-stop.

Brilliant from the top-down


In many ways it's the kind of arcadey top-down experience we've seen before. Even on the relatively sparse Android Market we have the fun Pocket Racing which - on paper - does much of what's on offer here.

It's in the details that Reckless Racing excels. The graphics are sublime, for a start, rendering each redneck car, each pool of water and each tire track beautifully. In addition, it's full of classy little touches like the lap and position information hovering near your car.

This is accompanied by an equally exquisite physics engine, which sees wooden fences splintering upon contact, barrels flung across the tracks, and cars flipping up and onto their roofs with a bit of encouragement.

All this would be for nothing if the racing itself wasn't right, but it's nigh-on perfect. This is tail out, opposite-lock racing at its best, with each of the six redneck-mobiles handling distinctively, and aided by a fine array of control options to suit almost anyone.

Strength in numbers

Reckless Racing's only real issue is a lack of single-player content. There are only five tracks in the game, with each one playable in reverse, and you'll be able to blast through the main Dirt Rally mode in a single short sitting. The AI really doesn't offer much competition, even on Advanced.

Indeed, I'd seen everything single-player had to offer within an hour – including several goes at Hot Lap mode (essentially Time Trials of each track, complete with ghost data) and the entertaining if limited Delivery (a standalone point-to-point affair).

However, given the quality of the racing model, and the tightly integrated online highscore mode, I know I'll return to it. Hot Lap mode in particular is thoroughly hypnotic, urging you to go faster as it informs you of your current ranking in real time.

The other thing that extends the life and appeal of the game immeasurably is multiplayer. You can play against up to three other human players over wi-fi (online or locally). In my experience of a few games, it works beautifully, and provides the competitive edge that single-player cannot.

Reckless Racing is a stunningly good racing game, with a beautifully tactile racing model and drop-dead gorgeous visuals.

It's an undeniably high-end title that will exclude lower-end users (it ran flawlessly on my Galaxy S, for the record), but Polarbit has set a benchmark that will last long into the next generation of Android handsets.


I'm loving it so far (iPad version), but completely agree with the review.
It could do with more tracks (space for DLC), and the AI is a bit easy. However the multiplayer is rather fun.

I'd say this game is worth the £1.79 iphone/ £1.91 Android/ £2.99 iPad. :D


#2 Olemus

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 21:27

Not showing on the Android Market for me yet :(

#3 OP acnpt

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 21:34

Not showing on the Android Market for me yet :(

That's strange.
It isn't showing in the market for me either, but it was when I checked about 10mins ago :blink:.
Guess they must have pulled it for some reason, probably be back up in a couple hours.

#4 SMELTN

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 00:14

great little game, I got it for my Galaxy S and iPad

#5 carmatic

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 00:31

great little game, I got it for my Galaxy S and iPad

how did you get it for your galaxy s? its not showing up in the market for me

#6 OP acnpt

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 00:45

iPad

I've just spent nearly 2 hours playing multiplayer :woot:. Thumbs are killing.
I set up a room called "UK'ers", which kept out foreign players, so hardly any lag. (you can have upto 4 players).
Its awesome when somebody joins with same skill level, and you just battle between 1st and 2nd on races.


They pulled it on Android, because of download problems, and a few bugs.
It's back up on market for me now though.

#7 carmatic

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 08:12

still no sign of it for me :( i wonder if its to do with which part of the world im in...

#8 SMELTN

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 14:18

still no sign of it for me :( i wonder if its to do with which part of the world im in...


Don't know.. Its on my market just fine

#9 carmatic

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 15:25

Don't know.. Its on my market just fine



http://market.androi...n&answer=143779

my country's not on the list :(

#10 SMELTN

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 15:36

oh wow so you can't buy ANY paid apps on the android market?

#11 rajputwarrior

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 17:01

awesome game, got it on my iphone 4. wish it had more courses though.

#12 qdave

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 17:12

Looks great. I wonder if it will work ok on iphone 2g? :p

#13 carmatic

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 00:50

oh wow so you can't buy ANY paid apps on the android market?

not since i moved back to my own country... damn it sucks

#14 carmatic

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 13:19

hmm i must say that the music on it is pretty sweet... abit of house music and quite abit of country in it, i wonder how much of the first-time download data it takes up

#15 OP acnpt

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 13:37

i wonder how much of the first-time download data it takes up

I'm not sure, but the "first-time download" is on Android only.
I think its to bypass the install apps to SD card restriction on anything less than 2.2.