Pako Forever : Racing Game for Android
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Pako and Pako 2 already managed to condense the thrill of a good car chase into a mobile-friendly format. But Pako Forever manages to cook it down even further.
It takes the tactile top-down model of its predecessors and applies it into kind of a ‘survive as long as you can’ structure. You could look at Pako Forever as an endless mode add-on but it is easily compelling and meaty enough to justify its stand-alone status.
The controls are dead simple. Your car auto accelerates leaving you to steer by holding the left and right side of the screen.
You will need to master that seemingly straightforward process pretty sharply. Because you will have a steadily increasing number of cop cars honing in on your position. If they make a solid connection with your ride it is game over.
GameplayFortunately, you have got a bunch of defensive options that go way beyond just pulling off donuts in the massive area of tarmac that constitutes Pako Forever’s world.
Every now and then you will receive a power-up that momentarily turns the tables. These can be activated with a double tap of the screen. Varying from drone strikes to shrink rays, these outlandish weapons really gives Pako Forever another dimension.
We particularly love the ball-and-chain item which lets you swipe aside your pursuers with a purposeful fish-tale maneuver.
Add in a generously proportioned and pleasingly varied roster of unlockable vehicles, with some entertaining stipulations for unlocking them, and you have got a high score chaser that offers more than initially meets the eye.
Where Pako Forever really succeeds is in its attention to details. It is in the notably different handling of its various vehicles. Making them more than a mere cosmetic reward for your efforts.
It is in the chunky presentation, and the neat way that you can play the game in either portrait or landscape view. And Pako Forever has a clever ads system that doesn’t drive a completely mad.
Pako Forever doesn’t really do anything more with the Pako formula, it actually does less, and yet somehow it is just as good as the games which came before it.