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Reckless Racing: Get Ready to Race With This Android Game

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Reckless Racing is my favorite racing game for mobile. It's got the best combination of graphics, speed, controls, and options I've seen, and it's a lot of fun to play.

Polarbit is the team that brought such titles as Raging Thunder and Wave Blazer to Android, so these guys know a little something about racing games. Reckless Racing is their most successful take on the genre, and it has a lot of things that differentiate it from other mobile racing games. For starters it's a top-down racing game, meaning that the screen doesn't follow the driver's point of view; instead, you're looking down at your car from above. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about that, but as it turns out it's still a lot of fun (though some may miss that POV experience).

This game has a lot more "rural flavor" than its cousins do. The main mode has five muddy, hazard-filled tracks to choose from, such as "Bubba's Yard," "Trasher Hill," and "Tarmac Lot" (you can also race the tracks in reverse). The cars you have to choose from? A jeep, a pickup, a roadster, a Formula 1 racecar, a Dukes of Hazzard-esque muscle car, and a big ol' semi. Gameplay consists of you tearing around the track as fast as you can, racing against the others, spraying mud, crashing into obstacles, falling off of cliffs or into ponds, and ending up all over the place.

You can try several other game modes, too, including Hot Lap, where you race against yourself, and Delivery, where you race around a special track, picking up items and dropping them off while racing against the clock. There are three difficulty levels; Beginner or Advanced handling (lots more skidding and sliding in Advanced); and five different options for controlling the car (including tilt controls). A multiplayer mode enables you to play against others online.

The game is fast-paced, and the controls work very well once you get the hang of them. The graphics are superb, yet the gameplay isn't sacrificed. With many options for customization, and different ways to increase the challenge, you're not likely to get bored very quickly. I'd love to see hardware controls added for phones with keyboards, and maybe a few more tracks, but really, it's a very fun game, and it gives you a lot of bang for your three bucks.

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At a Glance
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