As noted on our Newest iPhone Games listing, InXile Entertainment has released the official version of Line Rider [App Store] to the App Store.

The $2.99 app provides a physics simulator in which you draw a track that the main character rides:

In Line Rider you draw a track with a simple pencil tool then send Bosh on his sled careening down the course until he wipes out! Create a landscape with as many ramps, hills, and jumps as you can imagine. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and the physics of a boy on a sled.

The app provides a blank canvas for you to draw the track from a toolbox of options, including pencil, line, eraser, undo, zoom and more. You then set the rider loose to see him zoom across your creation. The iPhone version allows you to use the accelerometer to affect the direction of gravity on the track, and also provides a method to load and save tracks from a central repository. While fans of Line Rider will likely enjoy this title, those unfamiliar with the franchise might simply go "huh?".

Line Rider originated as a Flash-based web game which became quite popular. An unofficial clone called Flying Rider was briefly available for the iPhone but was pulled in August due to legal pressure from inXile.

A Flash and Silverlight version of the game is also available for play online (older version).

Here's a remarkably impressive track from the non-iPhone version that was found on YouTube:

  • Joost

    Bought it this morning. Its a simple but very nice app.

  • Joost

    Bought it this morning. Its a simple but very nice app.

  • Brett

    "Huh?"

  • Brett

    "Huh?"

  • Clark

    oh YES I love this game on the comp and now on the iPhone/iPod touch?!?!?!?I think I'm going into histerics!:)

  • Clark

    oh YES I love this game on the comp and now on the iPhone/iPod touch?!?!?!?I think I'm going into histerics!:)

  • SteveJ

    I downloaded the free Flying Rider when that was available. I can't say that I'm all that enthralled with it. Yes, it's entertaining to play with for a bit, but it's little more than that. It strikes me as being something much more appropriately released as a free, sponsored app, rather then a for-pay app. I.e. like any of numerous free games you can play on the web that make money via ads.

  • SteveJ

    I downloaded the free Flying Rider when that was available. I can't say that I'm all that enthralled with it. Yes, it's entertaining to play with for a bit, but it's little more than that. It strikes me as being something much more appropriately released as a free, sponsored app, rather then a for-pay app. I.e. like any of numerous free games you can play on the web that make money via ads.

  • Scott

    Nice implementation, but a bit buggy.

    The track flipped upside down a couple of times when entering edit mode, and was no longer editable.

    Adjusting app volume also adjusts ringer and alert volume. This is a problem with many apps, not just Line Rider, but means one can't turn off game sounds without turning off the phone's ringer.

  • Scott

    Nice implementation, but a bit buggy.

    The track flipped upside down a couple of times when entering edit mode, and was no longer editable.

    Adjusting app volume also adjusts ringer and alert volume. This is a problem with many apps, not just Line Rider, but means one can't turn off game sounds without turning off the phone's ringer.

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