Monday, 25 July 2011

AaAaAA! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity review

Dejobaan know what it's like when you get the urge to base jump from an insanely tall building, weaving in and out of other buildings, dangerously close, and giving people the finger. To be honest, nobody gets that urge. Unless they have played A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.
This game will blow your mind

Starting at the top of a building in an alternate reality version of Boston, you must launch yourself from the top, dodging buildings, bridges and other abstract structures before deploying your parachute and landing safely. As you plummet downwards, you must try to rack up as many points as you can, in a variety of ways. It can be a little scary to start with, but the game is very lenient, as Dejobaan clearly didn't want people rage quitting. Most of the time, you will get the majority of your points through hugs and kisses. You don't need to wait for an opportunity to do these, which is why they're the most common score builder. Hugs are awarded when you position yourself inches from a building, and stay that close as you fall. The longer you stay in close proximity, the more hugs you get. Kisses are awarded for getting close to a building too, but do not require that you maintain your closeness. Eventually, you can give groups of people thumbs up if they like you, and the finger if they don't. It makes no sense, yet perfect sense at the same time. In each level you will also find many coloured plates. Each one will have a different effect, varying from extra points, to a huge speed boost. They can radically change each jump, depending on which route you take.

At the end of each jump, you are given a score. If the score is good, you get a bunch of teeth. With these teeth you can purchase new levels and items. The level selection screen is basically a massive tube made of television sets. You start off with a few, and must work your way through them all, the catch being that you can only unlock adjacent levels. The further away from your starting levels, the harder and more intense the level will be. To get the higher scores and maximum amount of teeth is hard, and the difficulty level is steep, which may put a few gamers off.
The levels get progressively bigger

A Reckless Disregard for Gravity is a pure adrenaline rush. Addictive, insane and hilarious, it provides hours of fun. Easy to pick up, incredibly difficult to master, it gives you so much enjoyment from what is such a simple concept. Just another argument as to why indie developers are the future of the industry. Nowhere else can so much fun be had for a mere £6.99.

9/10

by Louis Gardner

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