Retro gaming fans should take note that Namco has released Pole Position: Remix [App Store] through the iTunes App Store.

Prepare to Qualify! Race to the finish line in this enhanced and upgraded version of Namco’s classic arcade racer, Pole Position: Remix, specially tuned for the iPhone! Take to the road with three different intuitive control setups for drivers of all types! Tilt the iPhone to maneuver your car through challenging high speed race tracks in Tilt Steering Mode. Take control of the on-screen steering wheel and spin it to fly through harrowing hairpin turns. Or touch the slider mechanism to avoid hitting cars, billboards and obstacles! Points are awarded for the distance you travel and for each enemy car you pass. Blow by the competition to unlock additional tracks, cars, billboards and graphical themes based on Namco hit games.

Pole Position: Remix, as the title suggests, is a (somewhat) modern adaptation of Namco's 1982 classic arcade racer.  Retro gaming nuts will appreciate the fact that, although the title brings a graphical overhaul, the gameplay remains rather faithful to the original.

Pole Position: Remix offers three methods of control: tilt (accelerometer-based), slider (swipe right and left), and steering wheel mode (radially control a steering wheel, capable of flick-spin, with your finger).  A semi-translucent, on-screen pedal controls either braking or acceleration, depending on settings.

The original arcade Pole Position featured a heavy analog steering wheel that offered very comfortable controls.  Each of the iPhone version's control methods offer their own advantages and it seems likely that most player can find a good match among what's presented.

Other features of the "Remix" portion of the game include 4 racing modes (Single, Grand Prix, Sudden Death, Practice) as well as additional unlockables, including:

  • Mirrored Tracks - left turns become right and vice versa
  • Reversed Tracks - run the race backwards
  • Themes - change the look of your car and dashboard

But be warned--Pole Position: Remix is a retro racer that cannot compare to the polish of modern racing titles.  Those who make the jump should be aware that this title is all about reliving the early days of 3D racing.  It is not meant to and cannot compete with the modern 3D racer (such as Asphalt 4).  But if old-school is your cup of tea, it might be worth a look.

Pole Position: Remix was also released back in January for the classic iPod.

Game Details
Name: Pole Position: Remix (v1.0.0) Price: $9.99 [Buy]
Developer: Namco Networks America Size: 8.8 MB
In Brief: Pole Position: Remix is a (somewhat) updated take on the '80s classic racer that makes use of the iPhone's various control methods.  It can bring back memories to fans of the original, but modern gamers may find the gameplay a bit lacking and the $9.99 price too steep.

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  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Another 'magic number' app: $10.

    I think I'll wait for this one to drop to something reasonable.

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Another 'magic number' app: $10.

    I think I'll wait for this one to drop to something reasonable.

  • Gregz0r

    yeah. To be honest, I'd have preferred it if it was an authentic replica of the old arcade original, like their Pac Man is, and some crappy 'modern' version.

  • Gregz0r

    yeah. To be honest, I'd have preferred it if it was an authentic replica of the old arcade original, like their Pac Man is, and some crappy 'modern' version.

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  • Gregz0r

    Looking at the video, I was thinking of what old arcade this really reminded me of, and then it came to me:
    This should be called "Final Lap Remix", as it's really more like that 80's arcade game (ironically, also from Namco).
    Atari's original Pole Position and Pole Position II had a different look/feel.
    But, I'm a sucker for old arcade-style driving games, so i'll still be buying this, lol, but only when/if it comes down in price.

    Come on Sega/Taito, etc. We need old-skool OutRun, Power Drift, Super Hang-on and Chase HQ on the iPhone! :D

  • Gregz0r

    Looking at the video, I was thinking of what old arcade this really reminded me of, and then it came to me:
    This should be called "Final Lap Remix", as it's really more like that 80's arcade game (ironically, also from Namco).
    Atari's original Pole Position and Pole Position II had a different look/feel.
    But, I'm a sucker for old arcade-style driving games, so i'll still be buying this, lol, but only when/if it comes down in price.

    Come on Sega/Taito, etc. We need old-skool OutRun, Power Drift, Super Hang-on and Chase HQ on the iPhone! :D

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

    For $5 I would've bought this in a heartbeat. I think $10 is just too greedy. I'll be waiting for the price drop for this one.

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

    For $5 I would've bought this in a heartbeat. I think $10 is just too greedy. I'll be waiting for the price drop for this one.

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  • http://www.templescene.com Mr Skills

    chase hq please!

  • http://www.templescene.com Mr Skills

    chase hq please!

  • Jennifer

    $10? You have got to be kidding! What is it with all these big name developers? Do they seriously think they can throw old crap like this our way and expect us to pay $10 each time? I hate how they think that whether it is an old game or new game that $10 justifies it. I don't care how much something is a "classic" - once it is old - they should provide a more reasonable price. Companies like NAMCO need to wake up. They seem intent on just selling everything they release at $10. I for one will vote with my wallet and say NO!

  • Jennifer

    $10? You have got to be kidding! What is it with all these big name developers? Do they seriously think they can throw old crap like this our way and expect us to pay $10 each time? I hate how they think that whether it is an old game or new game that $10 justifies it. I don't care how much something is a "classic" - once it is old - they should provide a more reasonable price. Companies like NAMCO need to wake up. They seem intent on just selling everything they release at $10. I for one will vote with my wallet and say NO!

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Glad I'm not the only one that thinks this is a rip-off at $10, and that developers who think their apps are automagically worth that much are lame.

    Vote with your dollars, folks.

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Glad I'm not the only one that thinks this is a rip-off at $10, and that developers who think their apps are automagically worth that much are lame.

    Vote with your dollars, folks.

  • MooCow

    When I saw the graphics, I told myself "okay, I'll buy it if it's $2".

    Imagine the shock I had when I saw they asked $10 for that!

  • MooCow

    When I saw the graphics, I told myself "okay, I'll buy it if it's $2".

    Imagine the shock I had when I saw they asked $10 for that!

  • WhySoSerious

    sticking to my current rule: never pay more than 4.99 for an app. would have bought ya Pole Position, but you're breakin' the rule.

  • WhySoSerious

    sticking to my current rule: never pay more than 4.99 for an app. would have bought ya Pole Position, but you're breakin' the rule.

  • Bloc Party

    I agree, two bucks would've been reasonable (although i still wouldn't have bought it). Personally i think these lame old "retro" games makes the iPhone/iPod Touch look crappy. I'll stick to powerhouse games like X-plane and Real Football '09.

    Forget the past and look to the future!

  • Bloc Party

    I agree, two bucks would've been reasonable (although i still wouldn't have bought it). Personally i think these lame old "retro" games makes the iPhone/iPod Touch look crappy. I'll stick to powerhouse games like X-plane and Real Football '09.

    Forget the past and look to the future!

  • Constable Odo

    I don't like the idea that if your car touches another car it just self-destructs like that. Did the original version of Pole Position do that? I thought I had Pole Position on my Sega, but I might be wrong since it was such a long time ago. I really don't remember my car going up in flames like that. $10 is a bit steep for what is basically a graphics recode. I guess they figure if you can afford an iPhone, you can afford $10.

  • Constable Odo

    I don't like the idea that if your car touches another car it just self-destructs like that. Did the original version of Pole Position do that? I thought I had Pole Position on my Sega, but I might be wrong since it was such a long time ago. I really don't remember my car going up in flames like that. $10 is a bit steep for what is basically a graphics recode. I guess they figure if you can afford an iPhone, you can afford $10.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Constable Odo: It did.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Constable Odo: It did.

  • Raphael Salgado

    I'm also still scratching my head as to why these developers seem to think that these 30-year-old "mini" games should be marked at the highest tier of most games prices on any mobile device. Is the demand really that high for these games that only the upper echelon should be able to afford it? Are there too many people or licenses attached to these things that they need to tack it into the price? Most importantly, haven't they had enough of our quarters over the years? They have surely had a major headstart over every other game developer out there that they can easily mop the App Store floor in volume by charging at most $2.99 (average $1.99) for these games.

    I like these mindless, quick games as much as the next person, but like the next person, $9.99 is highway robbery.

  • Raphael Salgado

    I'm also still scratching my head as to why these developers seem to think that these 30-year-old "mini" games should be marked at the highest tier of most games prices on any mobile device. Is the demand really that high for these games that only the upper echelon should be able to afford it? Are there too many people or licenses attached to these things that they need to tack it into the price? Most importantly, haven't they had enough of our quarters over the years? They have surely had a major headstart over every other game developer out there that they can easily mop the App Store floor in volume by charging at most $2.99 (average $1.99) for these games.

    I like these mindless, quick games as much as the next person, but like the next person, $9.99 is highway robbery.

  • WiseWeasel

    Well, I'm not really in the market for cheesy games like this, so my opinion isn't worth much, but $10?!? Are you freaking kidding me? If I WAS in the market for such a game, $2-3 is the upper limit on pricing for something of this entertainment value, simply due to the much better games you can get for that price on the App Store. I mean, CroMag Rally is only $2 right now, and that's 1000X the game this is. These guys are putting their app up against Asphault 4 Pro Elite Racing in price, and it obviously falls far short of being up to the challenge. "Retro" value will only get you so far when your gameplay has been surpassed by competing games by any reasonable judgment.

  • WiseWeasel

    Well, I'm not really in the market for cheesy games like this, so my opinion isn't worth much, but $10?!? Are you freaking kidding me? If I WAS in the market for such a game, $2-3 is the upper limit on pricing for something of this entertainment value, simply due to the much better games you can get for that price on the App Store. I mean, CroMag Rally is only $2 right now, and that's 1000X the game this is. These guys are putting their app up against Asphault 4 Pro Elite Racing in price, and it obviously falls far short of being up to the challenge. "Retro" value will only get you so far when your gameplay has been surpassed by competing games by any reasonable judgment.

  • G_G

    "Retro" is the new market segment for old timers, who are: A. too embarassed to be seen with portable consoles by their grand kids, or B. their arthritic fingers can no longer work the game consoles' D-pads, or C. they have lost their will to game, period, and finally D. something to kill time with while waiting for their Earl Grey to cool.

  • G_G

    "Retro" is the new market segment for old timers, who are: A. too embarassed to be seen with portable consoles by their grand kids, or B. their arthritic fingers can no longer work the game consoles' D-pads, or C. they have lost their will to game, period, and finally D. something to kill time with while waiting for their Earl Grey to cool.

  • bubba

    @Gregz0r

    Pole Position and Pole Position II were originally developed by Namco, not Atari. Atari just licensed/distributed the game from Namco.

    In any event, Namco Networks sucks. Why are they even bothering to port this tired old tripe to the iPhone? The original game wasn't so hot in the first place. How about an original game for a change? Jeez, I'd be even happy with a port of Katamari?

    The iPhone hardware is capable of pulling off 3D, so port Ridge Racer for chrissakes. Please give Pole Position a proper burial and stop ripping off consumers.

  • bubba

    @Gregz0r

    Pole Position and Pole Position II were originally developed by Namco, not Atari. Atari just licensed/distributed the game from Namco.

    In any event, Namco Networks sucks. Why are they even bothering to port this tired old tripe to the iPhone? The original game wasn't so hot in the first place. How about an original game for a change? Jeez, I'd be even happy with a port of Katamari?

    The iPhone hardware is capable of pulling off 3D, so port Ridge Racer for chrissakes. Please give Pole Position a proper burial and stop ripping off consumers.

  • mixel

    It's a shame PP was Namco and not Atari, or they could've used the Atari ad as the title sequence.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om84Zc4-KcQ

    That might make it worth $10.. :)

  • mixel

    It's a shame PP was Namco and not Atari, or they could've used the Atari ad as the title sequence.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om84Zc4-KcQ

    That might make it worth $10.. :)

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