touch ski 3d screeniPhone developer Naquatic has just released Touch Ski 3D [App Store], a touch-screen iPhone skiing game that's a good time on the slopes for $0.99.

Touch Ski 3D makes use of the iPhone's multitouch capabilities by providing individual ski control -- one finger per ski.  When the skis are held parallel (about one inch apart), the score counter glows green and it's full speed down the slope, but when they're held either together or apart, travel down the mountain slows.

Touch Ski 3D is really two games in one.  A Race mode challenges the player to complete a downhill slalom course in the best time possible, darting to-and-fro amongst dual color markers that line the mountainside.  The game offers a surprisingly realistic "feel" (if skiing down a slope with two fingers can be called "realistic") with a nice lean / sway to the motion, thanks to the game's well done physics and momentum system and high overall framerate.  There are 16 courses across four levels of difficulty in slalom mode, most of which are locked initially.

touch ski 3d jumpThe other side of the game is Ski Jump mode.  In Ski Jump mode, the objective is to make it to the bottom of the ramp in as fast and straight a shot as possible in order to jump the greatest distance.  Pulling both fingers off the screen at the moment the skis cross the red line at the bottom of the ramp adds a boost to the jump.

The game also features an online scoreboard as well as the ability to choose your preferred ski color for use in either game mode.

At $0.99, Touch Ski 3D is a good value, given it's varied gameplay and solid overall feel.  I actually found it hard to put the game down in order to write this post (just one more run down the slopes...).  We do recommend that players experiment with a variety of different finger combinations to find the best fit.  (I find the index and middle finger of one hand to work very well, but have real trouble using two index fingers as shown in the video.)

See Naquatic's game trailer for a look at the action.


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App Store Link: Touch Ski 3D, $0.99

  • Jeezey

    I like the idea,but the trailer is so bad its completely put me off purchasing.

    • Samwell

      Really? I actually liked the trailer quite a bit.

    • KSPLANET

      The trailer is great. The game is relaxing and addictive.

    • SkiFan

      Couldn't disagree more, and most others seem to agree with me. Keep reading!

      • skiFan

        The trailer is chill, and the game even better!

  • Jeezey

    I like the idea,but the trailer is so bad its completely put me off purchasing.

    • Samwell

      Really? I actually liked the trailer quite a bit.

    • KSPLANET

      The trailer is great. The game is relaxing and addictive.

    • SkiFan

      Couldn't disagree more, and most others seem to agree with me. Keep reading!

      • skiFan

        The trailer is chill, and the game even better!

  • George

    looks utter shite, sorry.

    • Iam

      George, uh, WTF?!

  • George

    looks utter shite, sorry.

    • Iam

      George, uh, WTF?!

  • Kris Jones

    I didn't think the trailer was bad. Just really long.

    • Dan

      really? it is only a minute and a half. That isn't very long at all!

  • Kris Jones

    I didn't think the trailer was bad. Just really long.

    • Dan

      really? it is only a minute and a half. That isn't very long at all!

  • rich_952000

    I might give this a go later.

  • rich_952000

    I might give this a go later.

  • arn

    it's a solid $0.99 game. feels nice. Agree with using one hand than two though.

    arn

    • Carlos-Sz

      I like to the both thumbs in jump mode.

  • Deathinacan

    I downloaded it, it's not bad. Worth a dollar.

  • arn

    it's a solid $0.99 game. feels nice. Agree with using one hand than two though.

    arn

    • Carlos-Sz

      I like to the both thumbs in jump mode.

  • Deathinacan

    I downloaded it, it's not bad. Worth a dollar.

  • Ballpeen

    wtf? the trailer looks fine to me and it's only 1.5 min long..

    Anyway my 1st instinct was "eh", but seeing the way the user can control each ski, it looks like it could be fun. And the price is correct IMO.

    I'm a skier and I might get it. I say "might" ONLY because I have hit the limit on apps the iphone can handle, so apps now need to be good enough to bump something else off my phone.. :(

    Anybody know if the limit is going to be fixed with ver3.0??

    Will we finally be able to create folders to categorize apps?

    • ZZMitch

      I have 3.0beta 2 and you can have up to 11 pages, so 2 more pages.

      • Ballpeen

        Thx ZZMitch!

        Well at least that's something. It would definitely be in Apple's interest to allow more apps to be purchased!

        Kinda funny that the limit is actually preventing me from buying more apps & games.

        And copy&paste are coming!!!!! Woot! :D

  • Ballpeen

    wtf? the trailer looks fine to me and it's only 1.5 min long..

    Anyway my 1st instinct was "eh", but seeing the way the user can control each ski, it looks like it could be fun. And the price is correct IMO.

    I'm a skier and I might get it. I say "might" ONLY because I have hit the limit on apps the iphone can handle, so apps now need to be good enough to bump something else off my phone.. :(

    Anybody know if the limit is going to be fixed with ver3.0??

    Will we finally be able to create folders to categorize apps?

    • ZZMitch

      I have 3.0beta 2 and you can have up to 11 pages, so 2 more pages.

      • Ballpeen

        Thx ZZMitch!

        Well at least that's something. It would definitely be in Apple's interest to allow more apps to be purchased!

        Kinda funny that the limit is actually preventing me from buying more apps & games.

        And copy&paste are coming!!!!! Woot! :D

  • Samwell

    I tried it out, this game rocks. So much content for a $0.99 app

  • Samwell

    I tried it out, this game rocks. So much content for a $0.99 app

  • Acidbottle

    without doubt a suprise from nowhere. if ya like racing games of anykind i really cant recommend this game enough .. superb controls and extremely addictive. thumbs up at the price to!

    • http://www.naquatic.com Will

      Hey Acidbottle, nice scores!

  • Acidbottle

    without doubt a suprise from nowhere. if ya like racing games of anykind i really cant recommend this game enough .. superb controls and extremely addictive. thumbs up at the price to!

    • http://www.naquatic.com Will

      Hey Acidbottle, nice scores!

  • J.R. Jalapeno

    bought it and love it. keep your fingers at the bottom of the screen so it doesnt block the view. the video is crappy b/c he has his fingers halfway up the screen. i love it. super fast and looks good. this and freefallin are 2 killer apps for a buck. this is why iphone gaming is great, unique apps that cant be done anywhere else

  • J.R. Jalapeno

    bought it and love it. keep your fingers at the bottom of the screen so it doesnt block the view. the video is crappy b/c he has his fingers halfway up the screen. i love it. super fast and looks good. this and freefallin are 2 killer apps for a buck. this is why iphone gaming is great, unique apps that cant be done anywhere else

  • rich_952000

    I'm digging it. Online scoring isn't working for me, guess I need to reinstall it.

  • rich_952000

    I'm digging it. Online scoring isn't working for me, guess I need to reinstall it.

  • Malarkey

    Instant download for me... In the last several months I haven't touched my PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii very often. The iPod Touch has become my platform of choice!

  • Malarkey

    Instant download for me... In the last several months I haven't touched my PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii very often. The iPod Touch has become my platform of choice!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I'm glad to see people liking the game. Granted, when I saw the screenshots I wasn't sold, but after playing it I was quite pleasantly surprised. Arnold is of a similar opinion. This is a nice game.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I'm glad to see people liking the game. Granted, when I saw the screenshots I wasn't sold, but after playing it I was quite pleasantly surprised. Arnold is of a similar opinion. This is a nice game.

  • http://iphone-game-reviews.com Vikram @ iPhone Game Reviews

    This game has just had the privilege of sitting on my iPhone's dock. I really like the two-fingers-for-two-skis idea. Very easy to use and really innovative.

  • http://iphone-game-reviews.com Vikram @ iPhone Game Reviews

    This game has just had the privilege of sitting on my iPhone's dock. I really like the two-fingers-for-two-skis idea. Very easy to use and really innovative.

  • kkj

    I love the trailer! The music is awesome too. And I really enjoy the game. I used to be addicted to the other Naquatic games, Turtle Bounce and Corners, but this is my new addiction!

  • kkj

    I love the trailer! The music is awesome too. And I really enjoy the game. I used to be addicted to the other Naquatic games, Turtle Bounce and Corners, but this is my new addiction!

  • SkiFan

    Next best thing to being there, and the music makes it rock!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      For sure!

  • SkiFan

    Next best thing to being there, and the music makes it rock!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      For sure!

  • Pitch_Blak

    Are you able to play your own music? I'm definately looking into this.

  • Pitch_Blak

    Are you able to play your own music? I'm definately looking into this.