Since I'm from Michigan, I absolutely love cars. In fact, they're the only thing I love almost as much as technology and my Dell Streak 7. So when I get the chance to mix the two, you can bet that I'm in geeky Michigander heaven.
Today is one of those days. As I was looking around on the Android Market, I found Reckless Racing, an off-road racing game for Android. It's a lot of fun, and I'm sure you're dying to know why, so let's hop over the break and take a look at what makes it so fun.
Upon launching the game, you'll be brought to this screen, where you can select single- or multi-player. When you select either one, you can select which difficulty setting you'd like to play on: Beginner is for beginners who would probably like a little more car control, while Advanced is for drivers who like to do some insane drifts and powerslides in the mud.
After you select your difficulty, you can go through the options for the different tracks and drivers/cars that you can play with. The free version that I had while I was taking the pictures (because of better light conditions at the time) gives you two drivers and two tracks. It's still quite a bit of fun; I was trying for the past few hours to master each track with each driver. I was unsuccessful then, and with the full version now, I am still out of luck.
When you are first thrown into the driver's seat, you're given a quick little tutorial. In that tutorial, you are allowed to switch between different steering modes to find the one that suits you best. I found that, while cumbersome, the accelerometer steering was the most accurate for me.
I also noticed that the game's physics engine is superb. Let's say you drive on top of a mountain and one of your wheels slips just a bit to the right. In real life, your Jeep would start to fall off of that mountain, and that's exactly what happens here. I always feel that a sense of realism in any video game is a very nice touch, especially with racing games.
Anyway, like I said, there's both a free (Lite) and a paid version of Reckless Racing. I'm going to link to the paid version, because that's what I based my review on, and it's definitely worth the $4.99 that the paid version costs.