Parents' Guide to

Pako 3

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Erratic game controls put the brakes on having too much fun.

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Despite being referred to as a car chase game in the app description, this driving-based experience generally involves trying to avoid other vehicles -- which can be a frustrating goal. Players don't get a tutorial or even a brief description of how Pako 3 is played after they download it. The most instruction they'll receive before each level is a banner than says things like "Police & Thieves" and "Survive 20 Seconds." That seems to suggest gamers should avoid police cars -- although hitting them doesn't always cause the game to end -- and there isn't a definitive way to tell which cars are driven by thieves.

The game controls aren't particularly intuitive -- players need to press down on either side of the screen to make the car move left or right. They can probably figure that out through trial and error, but even if they do, the controls are somewhat glitchy, and lags can occur, making consistently getting your car to move in the intended direction difficult. Often, it just spins in circles. Other aspects also aren't explained, such as what elements determine how many coins players get in a round -- they seem to be awarded just for hitting random objects. Ads are shown frequently between rounds, and while they're not quite as long as in some games, confusing wording may make gamers think they need to click on them to speed up the viewing process, but the link takes you to an app store to buy the item. The lack of overall guidance and uneven controls, though, are a bigger issue. Without the ability to navigate through Pako 3's somewhat whimsically chaotic settings, completing levels can seem like such a struggle that players may not get far enough in the game to want to keep playing for long.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 3, 2022
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Publisher: Tree Men Games
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 5.0 and up.
  • Last updated: January 24, 2022

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