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You Should Play: Pako

Chris Holt | Sept. 22, 2014
With crashes, high-speed chases, and hairpin turns, Pako is not just your average endless runner. It is an endless getaway game, where escape is impossible--how long until your car chase ends in a crash depends upon your skill. Pako has five different maps to choose from with different vehicles and obstacles, but your goal is always the same: Drive to stay alive.

But the team at Tree Men Games clearly has a sense of humor. In addition to being murderous, the 3D world is surprisingly detailed and fun to explore. The POV of the game is basically bird's eye, or perhaps news-helicopter's-eye, as bulletins on the bottom of the screen provide some context for your mayhem. It's funny to think of whatever backstory caused a news team to cover a speeding, out-of-control bus on the highway or a deranged rickshaw that warranted military intervention. (And there's that living dead stage with the station wagon.) 

While a simple premise, Pako provides some needed depth and variety to the growing endless runner genre. It's a "just one more try" type of game that you can easily come back to time and time again, finding a new wrinkle or discovering a new strategy to survive longer. Pako is a game you'll to share with your friends — and then watch as they laugh and cry at its difficulty and weirdness.  

Developer: Tree Men Games
iOS (Universal)
Price:  $2


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