robo_pirate_wingsFrench development house Antek Studio has recently released Pirate Wings [App Store], a futuristic racing game featuring casual combat elements, for the iPhone and iPod touch.

3D racer Pirate Wings puts you in the shoes of monkey rocket jockey Raoul or one of his friends in a cartoony but dangerous race to the finish line.  Besides dodging the course's twists, turns, and obstacles, there's also the element of combat; you've got lasers, rockets, and mines to help eliminate the competition.

The game features three play modes:

  • Races Mode with 9 race circuits, 3 different environments (Canyons, Underwater world, Outer Space), 4 characters and 12 ships available for 3 levels of difficulty. Use your lasers, missiles, mines and Boost to finish first.
  • Story Mode where you'll discover the incredible adventure of Raoul, a canyon pilot who will ally with the space pirates to avoid the trap of the defiant commander Burp in 19 original missions.
  • Ghost mode to improve your lap time and compare your scores online.

pirate_wings screen

Pirate Wings features accelerometer-based ship control (that automatically re-calibrates at the start of each race) with onscreen touch and swipe controls for speed boost, brakes, firing lasers, launching rockets, and dropping mines. An upbeat electronic / techno audio track compliments the gameplay.

The game is being discussed in a thread on our forums but has had mixed reactions for the initial release. Issues that users (and we've) seen include crashing and intermittent control issues. A member of Antek's Pirate Wings team has jumped into the discussion and indicates that several of these issues are being addressed in an imminent update.

While it would have been hard to recommend this first version at its $5.99 original price, the developer has temporarily dropped the price to $0.99 -- making it a far less risky proposition.

See the developer's game trailer for a closer look.

App Store Link: Pirate Wings, $0.99 (on sale)

TouchArcade Rating

  • Dan

    After playing through it a few times, it is best described as, a full 3d plane racer, with the cartoonish, cart feel, and mechanics to fit. In other words: awesome. I really love it and think it has tons of replay value with lots of unlockables. I can't wait for updates to fix the very minor problems I have encountered.

    • rich_952000

      I agree. Damn fun and really nice graphics to boot.

      Hey, Blake, where'd you guys get the skull pic with a body?!? Looks cool. Thanks for bringing this game to our attention.

  • Dan

    After playing through it a few times, it is best described as, a full 3d plane racer, with the cartoonish, cart feel, and mechanics to fit. In other words: awesome. I really love it and think it has tons of replay value with lots of unlockables. I can't wait for updates to fix the very minor problems I have encountered.

    • rich_952000

      I agree. Damn fun and really nice graphics to boot.

      Hey, Blake, where'd you guys get the skull pic with a body?!? Looks cool. Thanks for bringing this game to our attention.

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    I dunno. The frame rate looks pretty shoddy to me in the video. Those of you that have played it, is it about the same or does it perform better than the video shows?

    • arn

      Framerate is one of the issues that people have been having and may be updated in the update.

      arn

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

      Even with frame rate issues, it's still an enjoyable and impressive game.

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    I dunno. The frame rate looks pretty shoddy to me in the video. Those of you that have played it, is it about the same or does it perform better than the video shows?

    • arn

      Framerate is one of the issues that people have been having and may be updated in the update.

      arn

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com Jose

      Even with frame rate issues, it's still an enjoyable and impressive game.

  • Robby

    It works good on my iPod touch, no problem with frame rate.

    • RPB1975

      Same here. I think that the framerate issues are mainly on 1st gen devices. I haven't had a single problem, and I highly recommend the game!

  • Robby

    It works good on my iPod touch, no problem with frame rate.

    • RPB1975

      Same here. I think that the framerate issues are mainly on 1st gen devices. I haven't had a single problem, and I highly recommend the game!

  • George

    bought it does suffer in the frames department, ive done something i dont normally do as i usually wait for issues to be resolved in games, hope you do sort the frames issue or it will be my first and last game i buy from you, apart from that yer great stuff guys.

  • George

    bought it does suffer in the frames department, ive done something i dont normally do as i usually wait for issues to be resolved in games, hope you do sort the frames issue or it will be my first and last game i buy from you, apart from that yer great stuff guys.

  • ramon raux

    i dont like games with cartoony graphics

    • rich_952000

      Sorry for your close-mindedness.

  • ramon raux

    i dont like games with cartoony graphics

    • rich_952000

      Sorry for your close-mindedness.

  • http://www.broseleyonline.co.uk James Rickards

    Love it at 59p (UK) its a STEAL ...yes i have a few crashes every now and then BUT dont let that put you off BUY BUY BUY! follow me on twitter : jamesrickards (look forward to your updates team!)

  • http://www.broseleyonline.co.uk James Rickards

    Love it at 59p (UK) its a STEAL ...yes i have a few crashes every now and then BUT dont let that put you off BUY BUY BUY! follow me on twitter : jamesrickards (look forward to your updates team!)

  • john

    Awesome game, love it !
    I urge you to check it out, best app on my iphone yet ...

  • john

    Awesome game, love it !
    I urge you to check it out, best app on my iphone yet ...

  • rich_952000

    Pirate Wings recieved an update last night, I did lose my progress:( however the noticibly smoother gameplay well makes up for it :)

    Really, Really awesome game!

  • rich_952000

    Pirate Wings recieved an update last night, I did lose my progress:( however the noticibly smoother gameplay well makes up for it :)

    Really, Really awesome game!

  • Mr.Dark

    wow~ on sale today 99 cents only, downloaded this morning sweet!

  • Mr.Dark

    wow~ on sale today 99 cents only, downloaded this morning sweet!