Yesterday, Gameloft released their anticipated racing game Asphalt 4 Elite Racing [$9.99, App Store]. So far, early responses have been overwhelmingly positive.

A MacRumors forum reader posted a YouTube video (embedded below) which steps through all the gaming options as well as some gameplay.

The game offers three distinct methods of control:

  • Accelerometer - Tilt the phone left/right to steer. Tilt forward for speed boost.
  • Touch - Tap on the left or right of the screen to turn the car.
  • Steering wheel - Use a virtual steering wheel to turn the car.
  • The first two controls are demoed in the video. App settings and menu options are explored during the first part of the video. Gameplay begins at 3 minutes in:

    • bud

      wow looks awesome. what do you think?

      I'm wondering why there are no driving games in which the you steer by rotating the iPhone like you would a regular steering wheel instead of tilting left side/right side. I wonder how good that would be if it's even possible.

    • bud

      wow looks awesome. what do you think?

      I'm wondering why there are no driving games in which the you steer by rotating the iPhone like you would a regular steering wheel instead of tilting left side/right side. I wonder how good that would be if it's even possible.

    • William

      it's a very fun game with the best graphics on an iphone yet. i believe it is underpriced, i would pay $20 for this.

      i must say that the controls are a bit awkward

    • William

      it's a very fun game with the best graphics on an iphone yet. i believe it is underpriced, i would pay $20 for this.

      i must say that the controls are a bit awkward

    • teaser

      Nice game, including the famed nitro boosters and takedowns. However, it suffers from framerate issues.

    • polyplay

      I love the fact that the devs included control type diversity in the game, but I agree with William that they all still come off as a bit awkward.

      I find the touch-to-steer control scheme the easiest to handle, but the drift mechanism around those long turns is annoying to no end.

      Overall, I've been really impressed with the hour or so I've spent with the game. There are enough game modes and unlockables (!!!) to keep it interesting past the initial impression. I was really (really really) hesitant about the price tag, but it seems like the game is a good value.

    • teaser

      Nice game, including the famed nitro boosters and takedowns. However, it suffers from framerate issues.

    • polyplay

      I love the fact that the devs included control type diversity in the game, but I agree with William that they all still come off as a bit awkward.

      I find the touch-to-steer control scheme the easiest to handle, but the drift mechanism around those long turns is annoying to no end.

      Overall, I've been really impressed with the hour or so I've spent with the game. There are enough game modes and unlockables (!!!) to keep it interesting past the initial impression. I was really (really really) hesitant about the price tag, but it seems like the game is a good value.

    • Nagromme

      Bought it. I'm no racing connoisseur--the controls of most racing games (meaning console games) frustrate me, and I'm not entertained enough to get past the learning curve. I've only tried a couple iPhone racers, so I can't compare. But I know THIS one has great controls and was enough fun to keep me playing repeatedly (even while still losing).

      I prefer the tilt controls. (Especially once I realized that the "out of control" sideways drifts are an intentional maneuver.)

      And it seems to have a LOT of content. Lots of tracks, lots of add-ons to ear. (The stuff you earn bores me--in any racing game--but I know people enjoy that kind of reward. What's with earning "girls" though? Bizarre.)

      The only glitches I saw related to screen orientation and the loading screens: there are many startup screens to get through (the first being a movie that takes a few taps to skip) and some are portrait while others are landscape. Then there's a "more games" button that takes you to something (an ad?) that's completely upside down!

      Everything else--like, say, the actual game play--is very polished.

    • Nagromme

      Bought it. I'm no racing connoisseur--the controls of most racing games (meaning console games) frustrate me, and I'm not entertained enough to get past the learning curve. I've only tried a couple iPhone racers, so I can't compare. But I know THIS one has great controls and was enough fun to keep me playing repeatedly (even while still losing).

      I prefer the tilt controls. (Especially once I realized that the "out of control" sideways drifts are an intentional maneuver.)

      And it seems to have a LOT of content. Lots of tracks, lots of add-ons to ear. (The stuff you earn bores me--in any racing game--but I know people enjoy that kind of reward. What's with earning "girls" though? Bizarre.)

      The only glitches I saw related to screen orientation and the loading screens: there are many startup screens to get through (the first being a movie that takes a few taps to skip) and some are portrait while others are landscape. Then there's a "more games" button that takes you to something (an ad?) that's completely upside down!

      Everything else--like, say, the actual game play--is very polished.

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    • Nash

      Can anyone tell me how large the file size is? Gameloft's iPhone games are notorious heffers-most of their games are >70mb, which really makes syncing/backing up the phone horrifically slow.

    • Nash

      Can anyone tell me how large the file size is? Gameloft's iPhone games are notorious heffers-most of their games are >70mb, which really makes syncing/backing up the phone horrifically slow.

    • Constable Odo

      Holy crap. It puts all the other mobile versions of Asphalt 4 to shame. It may even be better than the PSP. Looks nearly as good as a PS2 game.
      Developers keep complaining about Apple's NDA, but these people must know what to do. I'm willing to bet that eventually Apple will allow developers to share info. I read that a couple of people at the App store said they played this game for hours. The only drawback. They ran their battery down.
      This game looks terrific and would seem to have terrific gameplay. The iPhone may be a mobile gaming device that can complete with the PSP after all.

    • Constable Odo

      Holy crap. It puts all the other mobile versions of Asphalt 4 to shame. It may even be better than the PSP. Looks nearly as good as a PS2 game.
      Developers keep complaining about Apple's NDA, but these people must know what to do. I'm willing to bet that eventually Apple will allow developers to share info. I read that a couple of people at the App store said they played this game for hours. The only drawback. They ran their battery down.
      This game looks terrific and would seem to have terrific gameplay. The iPhone may be a mobile gaming device that can complete with the PSP after all.

    • Jerky

      Pretty impressed with this game, a lot of content for a mobile game.

      Nash - the file is showing as 92.9 MB.

    • Jerky

      Pretty impressed with this game, a lot of content for a mobile game.

      Nash - the file is showing as 92.9 MB.

    • Jordie

      is it wi-fi multi player ?

    • Jordie

      is it wi-fi multi player ?

    • AIM-R8

      Seriously, this is a great game. I love my iPhone, but after buying this game, it felt as if the iPhone became something better. This platform keeps getting better and better

    • AIM-R8

      Seriously, this is a great game. I love my iPhone, but after buying this game, it felt as if the iPhone became something better. This platform keeps getting better and better

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    • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

      I will be hosting a multiplayer game at 19:00 Berlin time (13:00 NYC time) today, so if you want to try multiplayer, join the game then!

    • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

      I will be hosting a multiplayer game at 19:00 Berlin time (13:00 NYC time) today, so if you want to try multiplayer, join the game then!

    • jake

      I don't get it! Mabey its just with my iPod Touch, but as soon as this app installs my iPod freezes and i need to restore it! This has happened 4 times! Any help???

    • jake

      When i run this app on my iPod Touch, my Touch freezes. Help anybody?

    • jake

      I don't get it! Mabey its just with my iPod Touch, but as soon as this app installs my iPod freezes and i need to restore it! This has happened 4 times! Any help???

    • jake

      When i run this app on my iPod Touch, my Touch freezes. Help anybody?

    • Stanley Wertheim

      Is there only one setting (Los Angeles) in this game? If there are others, how does one access them?

    • Stanley Wertheim

      Is there only one setting (Los Angeles) in this game? If there are others, how does one access them?

    • Stanley Wertheim

      Is ther only one setting (Los Angeles) in this game? If there are others, how does one access them?

    • Stanley Wertheim

      Is ther only one setting (Los Angeles) in this game? If there are others, how does one access them?

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    • Jordie

      Stanley Wertheim: just race a few times until you earn enough money to unlock a new location

    • Jordie

      Stanley Wertheim: just race a few times until you earn enough money to unlock a new location

    • Kyser

      @Jake: I had similar problems on my iPhone, just reboot the ipod and it should run smoothly.
      Great game, one of the best so far for this plattform!

    • Kyser

      @Jake: I had similar problems on my iPhone, just reboot the ipod and it should run smoothly.
      Great game, one of the best so far for this plattform!

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    • john

      what is the game controls of that game???

    • john

      what is the game controls of that game???