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.

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 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."

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 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.

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

  • Super fun. Would totally pay to remove those ads.
  • same here. What's your high score?
  • 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.
  • Sounds fun!
  • 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.
  • ... 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
  • Another game that's first in windows phone :)
  • Yep Feels really good to have it before IOS and Android
  • 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
  • 25.90 btw :P
  • 00:32:47 >:D
  • How do you have it ad free? (playing offline makes it ad free technically if that's what you mean) 01:22:93 :P
  • I play with internet connection all the time, still ad free! 02:03:96
  • No ads here either.
  • OMG. This game is really fun to play! Thanks for the article Mark!
  • +1
  • Challenge accepted
  • This is delightful.
  • 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
  • "rage quit"?
  • I had the same thought.
  • 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.
  • The drifting is my favorite part!
  • I will admit, it is quite addictive. Absurdly so, lol.
  • I never had any ads. People do realize the small bar at the bottom is a part of the game, right?
  • How come I don't have ads like, at all?
  • Lucky you!
  • Playing the game offline removes the ad.
  • Omg addicting!!!
  • Alright, high score contest... I got to 00:31.89
  • The game has amazing looks. I like it just for that alone I'll try the game out.
  • This game, like many other apps, requires too many access to my data (phone identity, owner identity, phone dialer, ...)
  • Agreed, why would it needs access to pictures library?
  • See that dog in the background? Hope nobody gets so roid raged they kick the dog, as the saying goes.
  • Addicted... 1:00:98sec btw.
  • New high score!! 1:17.86
  • 30.96
  • Bomma game
  • Nice
  • Nice game. Is there a paid version too? Upgrading controls and cars?
  • 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.
  • Mine is 1min 28 hahaha
  • Mine is 2 min 40,47 sec. Global rating 92. Who beat me? :D
  • Hang on. Let me download and get back to you.
  • Ok. I suck at this. I could not cross 35s mark.
  • Been playing for 5 min and already reached 44 sec.
    Give me a little time Ill walk you down lol.
  • 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!
  • Just Fantastic 
  • The ads monster spoils it all, was fun while it lasted....uninstalled!
  • Just got updated. With one more map :-)
  • 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.