Ever wanted to simulate a car chase, but without the mess of actually worrying about your life or the safety of others? Us too. That's why Pako feels so decadently cruel and awesome at the same time. And while it's devilishly difficult at the beginning, once you get into the groove you'll quickly find yourself dodging the pigs like you were a born criminal.
Controlling your vehicle is simple and effortless, but it does take a while to master. You need to use the left and right sides of your device to steer, but you don't have to worry about braking or speeding up. That's all handled for you, and honestly part of what makes it so difficult to learn. Careen through five different levels, including a graveyard teeming with zombies, and even a square with tanks while using an actual rickshaw.
In order to keep the chase going, you can't hit anything at all. Even if you so much as clip a tree, you'll be forced to start over. But that's where the fun lies, in becoming more precise with each play. The police are always hot on your trail every second of the game, so not only do you have to worry about your surroundings, but the police as well. Every second you gain against the clock in subsequent playthroughs feels like a victory.
Sometimes, the controls aren't truly conducive to your cause, and smaller corrections to your driving directions aren't exactly simple to make. Also, there could be more stages for variety, but perhaps that's something that could be added in via future updates. The difficulty may end up turning potential players away as well, as it does take some effort to become a competent player, despite the fact that the game does everything in its power to make you feel as though you shouldn't actually be having any trouble with it.
Pako is a unique and exciting car chase simulator that you'll pick up and play and forget to put down until you're proficient. Yes, it can be hard to get the hang of, and there simply isn't much to it, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a more addictive game out there right now -- of course, beyond the likes of Timberman.Download Pako for iOS.