Reckless is an updated version of Asteroids with powerups and different kinds of enemies. It is also as addicting as all hell, and it has halfway decent graphics.
Gameplay takes advantage of the fact that we have two hands with opposable thumbs that can work together in concert. The mouse controls the gun (hint: don’t stop shooting. Ever.) and the arrow keys or WASD control the movement of the tank.
In the original Asteroids, part of the overall strategy is to stay in one place for as long as possible, and just blast asteroids until the cruel hand of fate caused you to move. This is unacceptable in Reckless, because when you blast the floating circles, they drop stars. The only way you can get points is to run over these stars. My advice is to blast away, and let the stars worry about themselves.
One of the reasons you want to pick up stars is the upgrade system. Yes, you can level up. Yes, you can get faster bullets and more health. However, with great power, comes grave, grave danger. With each level up comes newer and more efficient enemies, bent on killing you.
This is a solid game. The addition of dropping stars really takes this up a level from asteroids. Still simple in its beauty, this allowed the developer to take a lot of time with the graphics, which is one of the best parts of the game. First off, it has a black background, so it is easy on the eyes. Secondly, each different bad guy has a very distinct, but simple shape. This is something that gets lost in modern games, and I was glad to see coming back.
It’s always tough to get used to having movement and shooting in different hands on a 2D field, but you get used to it. This game also has a definite lack of bugs and runs very, very smoothly. One thing that’s nice, as opposed to Asteroids, is that when you let go of your movement button, you stop moving (with a little slide). Otherwise this game would just be impossible.
Fun game. No chance to pause, but there is a good chance that you will die early. Play this over your lunch break, but it isn’t really suitable to play while you are working, unless you are 100% sure that your boss is not going to come trundling through.