Reckless Racing HD

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Short, quick car races with no violence are rip-roarin' fun.

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The app offers several ways to control your onscreen car, letting players choose which works best for them. All take some getting used to, however.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Reckless Racing HD is a fast-paced, physics-based racing game that includes a multiplayer mode with online chat. Set in Dixie and playing off Southern stereotypes (think Dukes of Hazzard), the game pits you in a series of races and delivery missions where you compete against either other drivers or the clock. Cars get banged around, but there's no real violence to speak of -- and while some people might object to the good ol' boy caricatures, the hooting and hollering heard on screen isn't mean-spirited in the least. This iPad app features higher definition graphics and more tracks than the $.99 iPhone/iPad Reckless Racing.

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Is it any good?

RECKLESS RACING HD is, simply put, one of the best racing games on the iPad. It doesn't take itself seriously. It's easy to pick up and play. And it doesn't overstay its welcome. Races are short, fast, and full of hairpin turns. Even multiplayer is an easy affair, not requiring -- or requesting -- anything other than a username (and you don't even need to provide that). The graphics are wonderful. The game lets you choose your difficulty settings and comes with a hefty number of tracks. The user interface takes a little while to get used to, but once you do, this is a hard app to put down.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: October 21, 2010
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Version: 1.1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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