Reckless Racing with Real Cars Controlled from a Smartphone

Xperia Studio - Reckless Racing for Real

Reckless Racing is one of one of the better car racing games available for smartphones and tablets. It has a nice hillbilly backwoods/dirt road racing feel to it. The sound effects of gravel spinning up against the underside of the car are something I can definitely relate to from both growing up in a rural area and being a fan of Dukes of Hazzard. It looks like the ‘Dukes’ may have been a big influence on the game developers at Sweden’s Pixelbite.

Sony wanted to demonstrate the game control ability of their Xperia PLAY phone with D-Pad and Playstation buttons. The Experia Studio project worked with the aforementioned Pixelbite and car hacker Dr. James Brighton to create the game in the real world, using the smartphone to control actual cars.

Reckless Racing uses some cool vehicles such as pickup trucks, muscle cars, and jeeps, so I was a little disappointed when I saw that they were using two MGFs. But since you can pick them up for a few thousands pounds, it probably fit in nicer with the project budget than importing a couple of muscle cars from the US.

On race day at Bentwaters (an abandoned airbase) it was Martin Noriander, co-founder of Reckless Racing developer Pixelbite, facing off against gamer and writer for Pocket-Lint, Hunter Skipworth. I assume th

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