Handmark is currently running a sale on its 3D iPhone racer GTS World Racing [App Store].  The game, normally $7.99, is available for $2.99 until October 19th.

The game offers four play modes: Single Race, Challenge Cup, Grand Tour, and Championship.  In all, the there are 64 tracks across 16 different locations.  The track scenery varies from desert to jungle to icy mountainside, but despite the varying environmental textures, the tracks feel rather similar, overall.  The game world features a 3D track landscape and scrolling backdrop that come together to deliver clean visuals that look favorable compared to other iPhone racing titles.  The only real graphical complaint might be the use of 2D vehicle graphics.  While there is a bit of slowdown when all cars are onscreen at once during the start of a race, the framerate is generally solid.

We reviewed GTS World Racing back in August and were particulary impressed with the feel of its control systems which we believe are the best of any racer currently available on the iPhone.

Handmark recently released a graphics and sound update to the title.

  • Oliver

    I really don't see, what's so great with their control system. It does not react immediately, feels very indirect and like driving on-rails. Also, I wasn't able to see any of the stuff they accounced with the graphics and sound updates. Every track still looks and feels the same and the other cars do not have an engine (sound), which is especially interesting: They can still drive and crash directly into you, because they are only on-rails.

    Avoid this game. It's better than Pole Position, but you should directly skip GTS and jump on to Raging Thunder or Asphalt 4. They are so much more of a real game than this.

  • Oliver

    I really don't see, what's so great with their control system. It does not react immediately, feels very indirect and like driving on-rails. Also, I wasn't able to see any of the stuff they accounced with the graphics and sound updates. Every track still looks and feels the same and the other cars do not have an engine (sound), which is especially interesting: They can still drive and crash directly into you, because they are only on-rails.

    Avoid this game. It's better than Pole Position, but you should directly skip GTS and jump on to Raging Thunder or Asphalt 4. They are so much more of a real game than this.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    The control just feels the most "right" to me. But then preference in such things is a rather personal thing.

    I agree that it's not the best looking racer.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    The control just feels the most "right" to me. But then preference in such things is a rather personal thing.

    I agree that it's not the best looking racer.

  • Barry Ward

    COMPLETELY agree with Oliver's comments.

  • Barry Ward

    COMPLETELY agree with Oliver's comments.

  • http://hawtapps.com lilly

    Asphalt 4 is a million times better. *shakes head*

  • http://hawtapps.com lilly

    Asphalt 4 is a million times better. *shakes head*

  • Noah

    This game is "boring" to me. Not enough track variance, and after 2 laps, I usually hit the "HOME" button to play something else.

  • Noah

    This game is "boring" to me. Not enough track variance, and after 2 laps, I usually hit the "HOME" button to play something else.

  • Finch

    I wonder if they are ever going to fix the mirrored sky texture that's in all their screen shots. Look at that sky, notice something strangely symmetrical about it?

  • Finch

    I wonder if they are ever going to fix the mirrored sky texture that's in all their screen shots. Look at that sky, notice something strangely symmetrical about it?

  • whooley

    I'm not sure how games where you drive through skulls, dollars or nitro on track could be considered more "real"! :)

    If you're looking for a racing simulator, it's probably the closest you can get on the iPhone/iTouch.

  • whooley

    I'm not sure how games where you drive through skulls, dollars or nitro on track could be considered more "real"! :)

    If you're looking for a racing simulator, it's probably the closest you can get on the iPhone/iTouch.