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Pako for Windows Phone will make you rage quit, but you'll keep coming back

Games that make us rage quit are usually the ones that make us keep coming back. Here's another one of those games. Pako is a one player car chasing game developed by the same team who brought us Picnic Rumble. Cops are on your tail and there's no escape. How long would you last?

Head past the break to watch our hands-on and gameplay video with the Nokia Lumia Icon.

The idea of the game is to escape enemy vehicles as long as possible before you crash or the chasers catch you. Your car is always accelerating. There are no brakes. Press the left side of the screen to go left and press the right side of the screen to go right.

PAKO gameplay screenshot

High scores are recorded and you can see the scores of the best players online from the main screen. The current high score is over 6 minutes! We're having a hard time lasting longer than a minute.

There's only one stage right now, which is set in a mall parking lot. The developers say they are putting the finishing touches to additional stages. They tell us to expect a new level within a week or two. The new stages make small twists to the basic gameplay; for example, there are zombies in cemetery that the player can run over to gain more seconds, and on another stage, there are tanks that shoot the player.

PAKO screenshot gameplay

Pako is an easy game to get addicted to. After you crash, the game automatically starts over again. It's going to make you keep saying, "one more round."

PAKO busted

We like this game a lot, but there's one major issue. The ad that's displayed on top of the screen blocks the username field. We hope that gets fixed in an update.

PAKO ad screenshot

Pako is available now for free at the Windows Phone Store. It's heading over to iOS and Android very soon. Check it out and let us know if you can do better than our current high score.




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Sam Sabri says:

Super fun. Would totally pay to remove those ads.

Mark Guim says:

same here. What's your high score?

Tragic says:

00:19.69! lol

42 sec. Had this for a couple weeks already.

Seconded. Developer should really put out an option in future update.

You can turn off the Wi-Fi and the ads won't even load.

mister2d says:

This game is junk. Ads taking up real estate that you really need to play, and the car drives a tad too fast for the map it's on.

thekinghippo says:

... That's the point. If the car was slow the game would be childishly easy.

You can turn off the Wi-Fi and the ads won't even load

Oxymoron428 says:

Another game that's first in windows phone :)

Yep Feels really good to have it before IOS and Android

JoRdaNeK says:

Hahaha this game is somehow hilarious and definitely gets my game of the year award! Has anybody else got an ad-free version too? Mine is! :D

thekinghippo says:

How do you have it ad free? (playing offline makes it ad free technically if that's what you mean) 01:22:93 :P

nosocks1 says:

I play with internet connection all the time, still ad free! 02:03:96

No ads here either.

mandoctor says:

OMG. This game is really fun to play! Thanks for the article Mark!

Challenge accepted

This is delightful.

oddom says:

I'm enjoying this game but damn its hard lol the controls are good though the car is wild!

This game is far too addicitve. A huge fan of the design of the game, simple yet affective. Got a high score of 45.3 seconds so far

xFalk says:

I had the same thought.

DVELOPinc says:

Dammmm you you little over drifting car!!!!!!

To those complaining about the ads, seriously, your kidding right. Even on my 521 that TINY little ad barely takes up any space.

Can't get past 23:02 but I did find the best way to start the game since it starts out super fast, immediately go left, don't go straight forward, lol.

Mark Guim says:

The drifting is my favorite part!

DVELOPinc says:

I will admit, it is quite addictive. Absurdly so, lol.

nosocks1 says:

I never had any ads. People do realize the small bar at the bottom is a part of the game, right?

Mario92 says:

How come I don't have ads like, at all?

thekinghippo says:

Playing the game offline removes the ad.

bilzkh says:

Alright, high score contest... I got to 00:31.89

MaxyBley says:

The game has amazing looks. I like it just for that alone I'll try the game out.

Iarus Surai says:

This game, like many other apps, requires too many access to my data (phone identity, owner identity, phone dialer, ...)

anthonyda says:

Agreed, why would it needs access to pictures library?

Peg Leg says:

See that dog in the background? Hope nobody gets so roid raged they kick the dog, as the saying goes.

Nice game. Is there a paid version too? Upgrading controls and cars?

pr0phecy says:

Been playing this game for a while now, it's a blast! But they should make a little city to drive around into ;)

There's a city, Suburbia, a cemetery and Tiananmen square levels to come. Zombies to hit to get extra seconds too! Different cars, different handing etc.

Piyush Madan says:

Mine is 1min 28 hahaha

MrPovilas says:

Mine is 2 min 40,47 sec. Global rating 92. Who beat me? :D

wpgeek820 says:

Hang on. Let me download and get back to you.

wpgeek820 says:

Ok. I suck at this. I could not cross 35s mark.

MetaG85 says:

Been playing for 5 min and already reached 44 sec.
Give me a little time Ill walk you down lol.

LTTG says:

This game is so amusing :D

Love it. Hold down R from the go to perform a cool 720 and gracefully dodge the first cop!

aniket19292 says:

Just Fantastic 

xeonfire says:

The ads monster spoils it all, was fun while it lasted....uninstalled!

broar94 says:

Just got updated. With one more map :-)

AwesomeAbhay says:

Guys, you could survive for long in Pako by drifting continuously until the police arrive and then keep dodging them. I've played around 10 games and my highscore is 40.08 seconds.