I have never really been into racing or driving games in general, but every now and then there are a few that pique my interest. That’s exactly what happened with REKT! High Octane Stunts. REKT promises “a high-octane, stun, arcade game with an addictive combo and trick-based gameplay set in a retro arena”, but does it actually deliver on that commitment?
Three things actually made me want to check out this game in the first place. First, there was the aesthetic, then the music which is right up my alley, and then the fact that the gameplay immediately reminded me of Trackmania, which I must admit that I’m still very poor at, even though I can’t even imagine how many hours I poured into the original release more than 15 years ago.
It’s all about the stunts and tricks
The core premise of the game is quite simple, you go into an arena full of ramps and loops and you must do your best to chain together as many stunts and tricks as you can in the short amount of time that you’re given. At least that’s what happens in Highscore Run, the main mode of the game. This mode tasks you with completing a series of challenges to unlock new cars and earn credits, by achieving the highest score that you possibly can. To do so, all you have to do is put your pedal to the metal and use the layout of each arena to your advantage. Use ramps to propel yourself into the air to flip and roll your vehicle around. While these manoeuvres are how you’ll make most of your points, you can also drift to make sure that you don’t lose your score multiplier.
This might sound easy, but the thing is, if you crash, if you fail to land on your wheels, you not only lose your multiplier, but you also lose points. Then, since Highscore Run puts you on a timer, you have to make the most out of it. In any case, there’s also a practice mode with no restrictions, as well as split-screen local multiplayer with up to 4 players.
You have to look good
Although there are 53 different cars that you can unlock, they feel like they handle pretty much the same way, besides a few exceptions. I honestly couldn’t tell that much of a difference about how most of them handle. Still, each car can be customized, you can change its wheels, spoiler, and even slap different stickers at the bottom of your car. On top of that, each car’s speed, flip, boost, and grip, can also be upgraded by spending the credits that you earn by completing arena challenges.
Personally, I’m not a fan of games that revolve around score mechanics, so I wasn’t really that motivated to unlock everything, given the way that the game handles unlocks. Furthermore, I’m also not really someone who’s into collecting cosmetics, so that also didn’t help matters.
Don’t overstay your welcome
Like I’ve already mentioned, I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of games, but, with that said, Rekt can be fun for a while. However, I have to admit that I lost interest in it rather quickly, having only spent a couple of hours with the game, at which point I felt like I had seen pretty much everything that it had to offer. Nevertheless, I’m not saying that the game can’t keep someone entertained for longer than that, it’s just that this isn’t my cup of tea.
For the most part, the driving is just fine, the best part about the game really is how you can pull all sorts of stunts by flipping and rolling your car over and over while going at high speeds. However, something like braking in particular just feels odd, it doesn’t feel like braking affects the car in the way that it should, but maybe that’s just me. I should also mention that I tried playing the game both with mouse and keyboard and an old Xbox controller, and, dare I say like most games that involve any sort of driving, this one also definitely plays better with a controller. This is mostly due to how you’re more able to control your car and flip it around with an analogue stick than with a mouse.
Overall, REKT! High Octane Stuns is a decent game, which, for the price, might be worth checking out if it sounds like it’s your thing. Nonetheless, I honestly don’t think that you’ll miss much if you decide to skip it. If you’re on the fence, you can always download and check out the demo on Steam.