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Reckless Getaway Review
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Reckless Getaway, a vertical-driving high-score challenge from Polarbit and Pixelbite, is now available from the app store. Featuring crazy physics, fun power-ups, and nice level design, Reckless Getaway offers an engaging challenge.

Reckless Getaway Pros:

  • Beautiful top-down presentation and varied environments
  • Soundtrack matches gameplay style nicely
  • Dual control methods make controlling the car a breeze
  • Earn points for causing mayhem and collecting coins
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Reckless Getaway Cons:

  • Difficult to plan your route, memorization becomes key
  • Earning 4 stars is very hard

Reckless Getaway contains 16 levels spread evenly across 4 environments, as well as a tutorial level that introduces the gameplay basics. The environments show a good deal of differentiation, as you’ll be travelling through suburbs, deserts, and more. Your character is a bank robber making his getaway, speeding through heavily trafficked areas and avoiding the cops while collecting coins and using power-ups to boost your point total. Your points are tied into a 4-star system that is used to advance to subsequent levels (at least 2 are required) and unlock different locations. Destroying your vehicle will eliminate a potential star, so it’s imperative to keep your car in good shape. However, the expectation to travel recklessly is still a hallmark of the game, as you are rewarded handsomely for weaving in and out of oncoming traffic and causing wanton destruction of other vehicles. There are a number of environmental traps to avoid, like huge holes, trains, trolleys, cliffs, and more. Available power-ups allow you to gain a short speed burst, unleash pulse bombs that knock other cars off-track, and jump other vehicles, which can be quite helpful in the right situation and can be the difference between grinding and moving on.

Graphically, the game has a very polished look and feel, with a nice top-down perspective and a variety of vehicle types, detailed environments, and plenty of twists, turns, and jumps to enjoy. Your star count sits in the upper left, allowing you to watch as each fills up. Under that, your car’s health meter shows how much damage you’ve incurred, giving you visual cues as to whether you can safely bump a couple more cars or you should back off while it refills. Your score and any earned bonuses appear in the upper right. The physics are a bit on the floaty side when trading paint with other cars, though it fits in with the arcade-racer style of the game. The level of screen zoom makes it difficult to plan your route ahead of time and there is no way to zoom out at all, so memorization of the fixed course layout is key to snagging coins, hitting power-ups, and racking up enough points to max out your stars. The soundtrack has a very cool vibe, providing a great backdrop to the game. Sound effects for engine revving, car crashes, and the like help to round out the action. You can control your vehicle either with the accelerometer or with left/right arrows. There is no way to speed up or slow down your car, which can get a little frustrating. If you fall behind the scrolling screen or go too far off-course, you lose points and are automatically reset where you lost momentum.

Replay value is decent, as obtaining all stars is a ridiculously difficult task. There is GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements to add replayability, too. It is an enjoyable game overall, as we find ourselves replaying levels just for the sake of causing mayhem and trying to outdo our previous attempts. A universal app for $2.99, Reckless Getaway is a great diversion and a 4-Dimple stud.

Reckless Getaway Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-07-17T18:38:08+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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