bucky_grab2Fuel Industries has released Vans SK8: Pool Service [App Store] to the App Store this evening. The title officially licenses the Vans brand and includes real-life skaters Bucky Lasek and Omar Hassan as player options within the game.

We spoke briefly with developer Fuel Industries at GDC about the company and their game. Fuel has been around since 2001 and has had a lot of experience in branded entertainment. They've done work in video, film, and web and have recently started an iPhone studio. Their goal with Vans SK8: Pool Service was to create a more authentic skating game for the iPhone.

board_selectThe game comes with a single pool location and the two official skaters as player options. Gameplay revolves around career mode in which there are 10 different events and a timed run. Performing well in the timed run allows you to unlock the 27 achievements and the 10 different events. Various events offer specific challenges for you to defeat in order to unlock more skateboard/wheel designs to use.

Game controls include the use of the accelerometer to control the direction of your skateboard, while swipe controls designate tricks. Successfully pulling off tricks include swiping at the right time and having enough momentum to successfully complete the trick.

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Early adopters of the title seem to be enjoying it, but with the caveat that there is only a single pool location to play. The game is a high quality production with a nice soundtrack and voice overs by Hassan.

The developer's trailer provides a brief clip of game play:

App Store Link: Vans SK8: Pool Service, $4.99

  • Narr

    Cool trailer!

  • Narr

    Cool trailer!

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    Wow this game looks extremely polished.

    And it will be no fun to play at all. Two fingers - two directions. How innovative.

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    Wow this game looks extremely polished.

    And it will be no fun to play at all. Two fingers - two directions. How innovative.

  • rich_952000

    Don't try d/l over wifi, I just sat here at Starbucks for almost 30 minutes waiting on this to load, finally it said "installing" another 5 minute....and then....a damn box came up saying "cannot download selected application from iTunes, please connect later"!!!!

    BS, BS, BBBBSSSS.....

  • rich_952000

    Don't try d/l over wifi, I just sat here at Starbucks for almost 30 minutes waiting on this to load, finally it said "installing" another 5 minute....and then....a damn box came up saying "cannot download selected application from iTunes, please connect later"!!!!

    BS, BS, BBBBSSSS.....

  • http://nodpad.com No DPad

    Yea, that trailer looks great. I'm kind of surprised the only included one track.

  • http://nodpad.com No DPad

    Yea, that trailer looks great. I'm kind of surprised the only included one track.

  • rich_952000

    The 2nd time, it installed! I have only played the tutorial, nice and pretty fun. Now I just gotta get Hill Billy!!!!!!

  • rich_952000

    The 2nd time, it installed! I have only played the tutorial, nice and pretty fun. Now I just gotta get Hill Billy!!!!!!

  • http://www.gamedroid.net gamedroiddotnet

    Vans SK8: Pool Service may at first glance look like a promotional tool to advertise the company, and it is, but it also is so much more. It is the best skateboard game on the app store. It has great graphics and controls and is exactly what a skateboard game should feel like on the Iphone. The downside is that in only has one skateboard track

  • http://www.gamedroid.net gamedroiddotnet

    Vans SK8: Pool Service may at first glance look like a promotional tool to advertise the company, and it is, but it also is so much more. It is the best skateboard game on the app store. It has great graphics and controls and is exactly what a skateboard game should feel like on the Iphone. The downside is that in only has one skateboard track

  • peter

    can someone please tell me is it anything like a tony hawks can, does it have that feel cause thats what im after

  • peter

    can someone please tell me is it anything like a tony hawks can, does it have that feel cause thats what im after

  • http://mickerlodeon.com mickerlodeon

    TouchGrind is good enough for me. The graphics on this game look good but I don't know if it is worth $5.

    • rich_952000

      I'm not trying to "convince" you, just wanted to say I'm a big fan of both Touchgrind and Vans Sk8. Both offer a unique enough experience to co-exist on one device, and I still play TG alot and now I forsee myself playing BOTH alot :D

      One other thing I find to be an awesome showing amongst devs, there seems to be a lot of mutual respect between Illusion Labs (Anders) and Fuel (Dubane). Kudos guys.

  • http://mickerlodeon.com mickerlodeon

    TouchGrind is good enough for me. The graphics on this game look good but I don't know if it is worth $5.

    • rich_952000

      I'm not trying to "convince" you, just wanted to say I'm a big fan of both Touchgrind and Vans Sk8. Both offer a unique enough experience to co-exist on one device, and I still play TG alot and now I forsee myself playing BOTH alot :D

      One other thing I find to be an awesome showing amongst devs, there seems to be a lot of mutual respect between Illusion Labs (Anders) and Fuel (Dubane). Kudos guys.

  • Paulio

    this game is pretty awesome. wish you could go outside the pool tho :)

    also, needs rag-doll physics..

    maybe worth the cash if your into this kinda thing. I'd buy it..

  • Paulio

    this game is pretty awesome. wish you could go outside the pool tho :)

    also, needs rag-doll physics..

    maybe worth the cash if your into this kinda thing. I'd buy it..

  • Josh

    Just bought it. It's totally broken. Graphics go crazy once in the game. I've restarted my iPhone a few times but it's still totally busted.

    Anyone else having problems running the game?
    The first app I've experienced any problems with.

  • Josh

    Just bought it. It's totally broken. Graphics go crazy once in the game. I've restarted my iPhone a few times but it's still totally busted.

    Anyone else having problems running the game?
    The first app I've experienced any problems with.