I'm not a huge fan of racing games, but when Need For Speed added a pursuit mode that got my adrenaline flowing. The idea of being 'on the run' or chasing someone 'on the run' is a thrill and was a great idea to expand the car racing genre. So when I saw COPS: High Speed Pursuit I was definitely on board and actually pretty excited as at $3.99 it had the smell of a premium title.
The graphics are fair to good with a background scene like a city or mountains that you can never reach. Trees and signs roll by with little other interesting scenery. And the road itself is odd... it never really bends... it just takes a sharp 20 or so degree turn and then it's straight again and then another 20 degree turn back and so forth. After playing Raging Thunder 2 or Asphalt 5 these graphics quickly become very stale. And the audio is solely the constant blare of a police siren. I suppose that's better than playing 'Bad Boys' throughout the game, though. The controls are also less than perfect as the steering is just not smooth... I have to turn a little either way before I start seeing any response from my car. And then there's this weird glitch where I'll drive off the side of the road and 'poof' I'm back driving on the road again, although perhaps that's a feature (ha ha).
I had big hopes when I saw this game that were dashed when the first one star review on the Market showed up. I never put any real weight on those though as I rarely find the Android Market to be a good place for insightful commentary so I had to take a look for myself. One star is probably a bit weak and it feels weird knocking a game that has had far more work go into it than say the "All in 1 GameBox', but ultimately it's because I seriously doubt that the results match the intentions for this game and ultimately it was just dumped out the door. So I can only guess that we'll hear how weak Android sales are versus iPhone sales?
I just verified the link for Hands On Mobile's website and was actually quite surprised to see some of the quality titles that this developer has pushed out although said titles are for the iPhone. So I checked out the scoop on the iPhone version as they display several 5 star reviews on their website (and I should also note that the photo is of the iPhone version and the Android version differs slightly). The reality is that several 5 star reviews and an overall 3.5 star review means several 1 star reviews were also submitted in the Apple App Store. Furthermore, the iPhone version of this game has seen a few updates to correct various issues with the game and we get version 1.0. My summary? 2.5 stars for a game that needs more worth to be worth $4. Stick with Asphalt 5 and Raging Thunder 2 for now even if you like the idea of a pursuit mode as much as I do.