There’s not much reckless about this racing sequel. Polarbit’s recent Reckless Getaway spin-off had plenty of cop chases and crazy stunts, and the original Reckless Racing played with good ol’ Southern stereotypes. But there’s nothing haphazard about the way Polarbit improved on every aspect of the original game for Reckless Racing 2.
Reckless Racing 2, like its predecessors, uses a top-down perspective that makes this racer feel more like an arcade game than a simulation. Unless you’ve memorized each track, you’re going to have trouble anticipating every turn due to the limited visibility, but the game provides a number of helpful assists. You can turn on a racing line to teach you when to brake, and a minimap overlay will tell you what’s coming without obscuring your view.
Hey, not so reckless!
And you won’t want to miss the view. Reckless Racing 2 features incredible vistas, with dirt tracks that kick up dust and asphalt tracks that leave your tire’s rubber on the road. You’ll occasionally swerve past a dizzying cliffside or overpass that gives you a view far, far below. Everything feels very tiny, but detailed, like a wonderfully precise model playset.
Our main complaint about the first Reckless Racing was the lack of content. There were too few tracks and events for us to recommend the game without question. Reckless Racing 2, on the other hand, provides lots of things to do, and you’ll be able to unlock and upgrade cars to add even more variety. In addition to the campaign mode, which is a series of multi-track cup races, you’ll be able to participate in 40 challenge levels, which give you a pre-selected ride.
Hang a right at the obelisk.
Tuning your car is the racing equivalent of customizing your character, and Reckless Racing 2 contains a satisfying system. Like in Gameloft’s Asphalt series, pretty much any upgrade you buy is going to improve your performance. But unlike most racing games we’ve played, there’s an upper and lower limit to each race. You won’t be able to compete in the advanced races with a beat-up jalopy, and you won’t be able to take your supercharged machine into the beginner races. Even with all this potential for customization, the game never feels unbalanced, due to an intelligent dynamic difficulty system.
Reckless Racing 2 ranks up there with some of the best recent iOS racing games, like Mini Motor Racing and the unconventional DrawRace 2. Polarbit has done an excellent job improving nearly all of the mechanics of the original game, one by one. We’re confident this series is on the right track, and we can’t wait to see how crazy they get in the next game.