Last week we detailed an upcoming update to EA Mobile and Pixelbite's Reckless Racing [99¢] and Reckless Racing HD [$4.99]. This new update includes the previously iPad only track “The Island” added into the iPhone version of the game, and both versions of Reckless Racing get a brand new track called “Frozen Lake” and two new playable characters, “Granny” and “Boss”. Just a few hours ago, this update went live in the App Store and is now available for download. I spent a bit of time checking out the new content, and can say that the new tracks and vehicles are a welcome edition to Reckless Racing.
The Island track will already be familiar to owners of the iPad version, and is a nighttime course with some beautiful lighting, a couple of shortcuts, and a cliff to fall off of if you aren't careful. Frozen Lake is a snow covered level that partially takes place on dirt and partially on – you guessed it – a frozen lake. This is a really curvy track, and coupled with the slippery conditions you can expect to be power sliding around every turn while a couple of snowmen cheer you on from the sideline. Like the other tracks in the game, the two new tracks come with both regular and reversed versions to race on.
As for the new characters, Boss drives what appears to be a long, pink, Cadillac-style car and Granny is a sweet old lady who drives a beefy monster truck. Both vehicles seem to have tremendous power and speed, but at the cost of extremely difficult handling. With Granny on Frozen Lake, I can hardly even gain enough traction to get moving as the tires just endlessly spin on the frozen terrain. These new vehicles will likely offer something new for those who are willing to invest time with them, but so far I'm feeling much more comfortable with my old friend Cletus.
Seeing as our chief complaint in our review of Reckless Racing when it was released was an overall lack of content, I'm really happy to see that the game is receiving updates adding new vehicles and tracks. I can only hope that this trend continues into the future. If you currently own either Reckless Racing or Reckless Racing HD, make sure to grab this latest download and check out the new stuff. And if you have yet to pick up either version of the game, you had better hurry as the iPhone version is still currently 99¢ but the iPad version has since risen back to its normal price of $4.99.
Update: It appears from the disgruntled comments here and in our forums that the update has yet to reach the international version of Reckless Racing. Hopefully EA doesn't go all "Heroes Lore" with this update and it will be available to international players relatively soon.
Update 2: And just like that, the update for the international version of Reckless Racing is starting to filter out to international App Stores. Enjoy.