Reckless Racing is back at it again in the brand new sequel from Polarbit is set to deliver more racing action. The game takes what was good in the original, and attempts to enhance it with improved car physics, enhanced graphics, and more detailed cars & tracks. The game is definitely packed with features as well, including 12 cups in career mode, 40 challenges in arcade mode, 24 tracks, 18 cars, and multiplayer too. That’s definitely a lot to be excited about, but once you strap in, and jam on the gas, you’ll see that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
The biggest drawback is that the game lacks the true Reckless feel that is present in the original as well as their other game Reckless Getaway. The races are very straightforward, and there just isn’t the same out of control action, and instead you’re usually racing against the top two cars. The other competitors are never even close, and everything feels just like an authentic racing sim. There are destructible elements on the course, but there are also solid pieces you can get stuck at, and one wrong turn can definitely hurt you in this game.
The controls also hamper the experience as they never feel intuitive, so you have to consciously think about them. It’s sad when you see great control options in Reckless Getaway, Death Rally, Mini Motor Racing, and Smash Cops. The game is passable, but there just isn’t an enjoyable experience across any of the modes, and really no incentive to keep going through the motions of all that’s included. It feels like a lackadaisical ride throughout, and all of the modes, cars, upgrades, and graphics can’t improve that. Also, it’s worth noting that there are great power slides and drifts, and the car upgrades are very meaningful for race success.
Reckless Racing 2 ($4.99, Universal) is definitely worth skipping, and it’s a far cry from the best top down racers in the App Store which include other Polarbit games.