Reckless Getaway Review

Our Review by Jason Wadsworth on July 18th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PEDAL TO THE METAL
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Outrun the cops and make a quick (and messy) escape in this breakneck getaway game.

Developer: Polarbit

Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Every great bank robbery needs a getaway. And any great robbery getaway calls for fast cars, crazy stunts, and lots, and lots of collateral damage. Reckless Getaway delivers all of these in spades and packages the whole experience in easily consumable snack-sized levels.

Reckless Getaway has much in common with its brother from the same mother (or developer), Reckless Racing. The driving and handling of the cars are almost identical and the visuals share the same fidelity and polish. Where Reckless Getaway differs is in the gameplay. Instead of a racing game where the point is to cross the finish line before the other cars, Getaway puts players behind the wheel of a bank robbery getaway car that must escape pursing police cars. There is no timer, and the player has unlimited chances to get to the end of each level. The point is to rack up points and be awarded as many stars as possible at the end of each level. Power-ups like boosts, jump jets, and shock waves will help players reach ever higher scores.

Players collect points by jumping their cars, knocking police cars over and destroying them, collecting coins, passing traffic, and performing otherwise crazy and over the top stunts. As players complete stunts and collect more points four stars will fill up one at a time. At the end of each level the player is awarded a star for each one that was filled up. Each new chapter of the game is unlocked when the player has earned enough stars.

The levels are very cleverly laid out and the terrain varies in unexpected and erratic ways. These changes in the terrain not only make the game more fun, they also show of the game's impressive tech. The way the cars move over the hills, the dirt roads, the ramps, and bumps is one of the best parts of this game.

Reckless Getaway looks phenomenal and it is crazy fun to crash a getaway car through traffic, over ramps, and down winding dirt roads. Everyone should get behind this wheel and make their getaway.

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