red bull air racing lite screenBack in October we got word that Artificial Life would be releasing Red Bull Air Racing World Championship, a game that simulates the increasingly popular air sports competition, for the iPhone and iPod touch.  The developer has just released a "lite" version of the app [link] for $0.99.  The full version will follow shortly.

In the Red Bull Air Race World Championship the world’s best pilots compete in a high speed race against the clock, navigating low-level aerial tracks and flying between air-filled pylons known as ‘Air Gates’. The 3D mobile phone game takes the player into the cockpit of a race plane and challenges them to compete in different race tracks around the globe. Just like in the real Red Bull Air Race, skill, speed and precision are the name of the game.

The developer lists the following features:

  • High quality customizable 3D race plane models
  • Realsitic control of planes supported by the accelerometer of the iPhone
  • Authentic simulation of the race environment
  • Action-packed race tracks modeled off the official Abu Dhabi and San Diego events

While the lite version offers but two planes and two race venues, the full release will offer much more, including races in Budapest, Detroit, London, Porto, Perth, and Rotterdam.  A taste of the full version can be seen in this gameplay trailer.

We captured a short video of the lite version in action (though, obviously, I'll not be receiving my lifetime supply of Red Bull anytime soon...).


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Our forum members have been discussing the game in a lengthy thread where reactions are mixed but generally positive.  Member 'tosui' posted a particularly close look.  We'll post a review of the full release when it goes live in the App Store.

App Store Link: Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lite, $0.99

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

    An incarnation of this game is headed to the PS3's Playstation Home.

    http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3171762

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

    An incarnation of this game is headed to the PS3's Playstation Home.

    http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3171762

  • http://www.appmania.webs.com yourofl10

    99 cents for a lite? All the potencial customers there losing.....
    Just gonna wait till the full version and see.

  • http://www.appmania.webs.com yourofl10

    99 cents for a lite? All the potencial customers there losing.....
    Just gonna wait till the full version and see.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    They should stick to the established system.
    A lite should be free. Otherwise it makes no sense.
    Especially, here I have to pay to get a BRANDED game,

    Btw, game itself doesn't appeal to me.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    They should stick to the established system.
    A lite should be free. Otherwise it makes no sense.
    Especially, here I have to pay to get a BRANDED game,

    Btw, game itself doesn't appeal to me.

  • rich_952000

    No offense.

    This is, imo a good system. This is only gonna exclude all the kids/el cheapos who most likely wouldn't buy the full version anyway. This also insured to Artificial Life that @$.99 they released a game that content heavy
    And more polished than half the games in the App Store. Their idea seems to be working out fine, ie. No ignorant trashing in the App Store, we who are truly interested are able to play a true demo of the game and make an informed decision from playing a decent representation of the game instead of a 25 second "teaser" that everyone would be PO'd about.

    I like the lite version, glad I paid the buck because now from this extensive lite version I'm ready with no "shady" or trick lite tactics to buy the full version.

  • rich_952000

    No offense.

    This is, imo a good system. This is only gonna exclude all the kids/el cheapos who most likely wouldn't buy the full version anyway. This also insured to Artificial Life that @$.99 they released a game that content heavy
    And more polished than half the games in the App Store. Their idea seems to be working out fine, ie. No ignorant trashing in the App Store, we who are truly interested are able to play a true demo of the game and make an informed decision from playing a decent representation of the game instead of a 25 second "teaser" that everyone would be PO'd about.

    I like the lite version, glad I paid the buck because now from this extensive lite version I'm ready with no "shady" or trick lite tactics to buy the full version.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    It would be a difference, if I would have to pay for "Air Race".
    But this is "RED BULL Air Race"...and this company already paid
    its big price to see this app coming to life, trust me :)

    • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

      But OK, there are also alot of people, paying alot to wear a big "PRADA" on the front of their Prada shirt. I just don't want to pay to make advertisment for others...

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    It would be a difference, if I would have to pay for "Air Race".
    But this is "RED BULL Air Race"...and this company already paid
    its big price to see this app coming to life, trust me :)

    • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

      But OK, there are also alot of people, paying alot to wear a big "PRADA" on the front of their Prada shirt. I just don't want to pay to make advertisment for others...

  • rich_952000

    I definitely see your point Rocco. IMO there is no "in-game advertising" that I've seen other than the graphics on the planes, surprisingly.

  • rich_952000

    I definitely see your point Rocco. IMO there is no "in-game advertising" that I've seen other than the graphics on the planes, surprisingly.

  • Mat

    definetely not buying it!

    buying a lite just to notice hey i like it so i pay the full price for the full app in addition?

    no way!!

  • Mat

    definetely not buying it!

    buying a lite just to notice hey i like it so i pay the full price for the full app in addition?

    no way!!

  • tosui

    To be fair, the name "RedBull Air Racing" is simply the name of the *actual* racing series, which this game simply simulates. It would be both wrong and silly to call it "iAir Racing" or something equally generic.

    Also, the "lite" moniker is simply something came about in the app store when devs needed something to denote a "less than fully-featured" version of a game. Well, that's exactly what this is, and charging a dollar for what is a very polished game is not unreasonable.

    If you'd rather wait and pay for more locations, that's fine. No one is forcing you to do otherwise :)

  • tosui

    To be fair, the name "RedBull Air Racing" is simply the name of the *actual* racing series, which this game simply simulates. It would be both wrong and silly to call it "iAir Racing" or something equally generic.

    Also, the "lite" moniker is simply something came about in the app store when devs needed something to denote a "less than fully-featured" version of a game. Well, that\'s exactly what this is, and charging a dollar for what is a very polished game is not unreasonable.

    If you'd rather wait and pay for more locations, that's fine. No one is forcing you to do otherwise :)

  • David

    don't buy!! its so bad..
    the control is bad, the graphics are bad!
    ahh i regret the purchase..
    even its just a buck, thats not what the idea of a lite was supposed to be. blind buying a lite and then you see what you get..:(

  • David

    don't buy!! its so bad..
    the control is bad, the graphics are bad!
    ahh i regret the purchase..
    even its just a buck, thats not what the idea of a lite was supposed to be. blind buying a lite and then you see what you get..:(

  • drunknbass

    the link up top talking about this being on pshome, well its already out... ive played it a few months ago and it's stupid. im sure this game is even worse since most of these games on iphone are nowhere near the quality and fun compared to the console version.

  • drunknbass

    the link up top talking about this being on pshome, well its already out... ive played it a few months ago and it's stupid. im sure this game is even worse since most of these games on iphone are nowhere near the quality and fun compared to the console version.

  • Ballpeen

    ehh. Not for me. Personally, the video did nothing to draw me in and with those obnoxious large flashing red spots, it not only annoyed me, but it also took away any sense of flying immersion.

    Not my cup of tea..uh..Red Bull

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

      The red dots can be turned off.

      • Ballpeen

        Glad to hear it! I watched the whole video to see if they showed that they could be turned off. Methinks they ought to add that to their demo video, it would be worth it for others who might be turned off by the dots..

  • Ballpeen

    ehh. Not for me. Personally, the video did nothing to draw me in and with those obnoxious large flashing red spots, it not only annoyed me, but it also took away any sense of flying immersion.

    Not my cup of tea..uh..Red Bull

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

      The red dots can be turned off.

      • Ballpeen

        Glad to hear it! I watched the whole video to see if they showed that they could be turned off. Methinks they ought to add that to their demo video, it would be worth it for others who might be turned off by the dots..

  • ThePika

    Who would pay 1$ for a lite version? An advergame too!? It should be free.

    • rich_952000

      THIS IS NOT AN ADVERGAME

      :) :D

  • ThePika

    Who would pay 1$ for a lite version? An advergame too!? It should be free.

    • rich_952000

      THIS IS NOT AN ADVERGAME

      :) :D

  • SalsaMD

    Handheld Games has proposed selling their upcoming "Hitting 1000" at price "X", and then giving customers who then purchase their full "Touchsport Baseball" this summer a discount via the iphone 3.0 software. Perhaps a similar model may be at play here?

  • SalsaMD

    Handheld Games has proposed selling their upcoming "Hitting 1000" at price "X", and then giving customers who then purchase their full "Touchsport Baseball" this summer a discount via the iphone 3.0 software. Perhaps a similar model may be at play here?

  • Kamazar

    Ugh, I hate this game.

    1) The graphics are cellphone graphics, not iPhone graphics.
    2) The physics are totally unrealistic and not fun at all. You can't even crash into the water!
    3) I don't get it. Do you follow the dots? Move with the dots? Avoid the dots? Incorrect order? WTF?!

  • Kamazar

    Ugh, I hate this game.

    1) The graphics are cellphone graphics, not iPhone graphics.
    2) The physics are totally unrealistic and not fun at all. You can't even crash into the water!
    3) I don't get it. Do you follow the dots? Move with the dots? Avoid the dots? Incorrect order? WTF?!

  • Michael

    "The graphics are cellphone graphics, not iPhone graphics."
    Thanks for giving me a good laugh at 12:50 AM :D

  • Michael

    "The graphics are cellphone graphics, not iPhone graphics."
    Thanks for giving me a good laugh at 12:50 AM :D

  • benjamin

    What Kamazar ment was that most graphics on cellphones are way worse then the iphone.In other words,the iphone outstands them all if ask me(at the point of gaming and graphics).My experience with other "smartphones" like lg viewty,blackberry storm,... where verry dissapointing but then i met the iphone
    and now it's my digital love.

  • benjamin

    What Kamazar ment was that most graphics on cellphones are way worse then the iphone.In other words,the iphone outstands them all if ask me(at the point of gaming and graphics).My experience with other "smartphones" like lg viewty,blackberry storm,... where verry dissapointing but then i met the iphone
    and now it's my digital love.

  • Dekon

    Have they gone mad? Asking money for a LITE version? Shame on you greedy ***holes.

  • Dekon

    Have they gone mad? Asking money for a LITE version? Shame on you greedy ***holes.

  • kevlar

    Pay for a demo version to see if I wanna buy the full game? you have got to be kidding!

  • kevlar

    Pay for a demo version to see if I wanna buy the full game? you have got to be kidding!

  • Bacaramac

    IMO Lite does not need to mean it is free. I think this dev is taking the approach on how much you want in the game, not a try it before you buy it. To me it is like the good, better and best when buying things. You get the good cheap, but if you want more (better) you have to buy it again. Looks like a good game, but I will let my brother buy it first since he is obsessed with Red Bull.

  • Bacaramac

    IMO Lite does not need to mean it is free. I think this dev is taking the approach on how much you want in the game, not a try it before you buy it. To me it is like the good, better and best when buying things. You get the good cheap, but if you want more (better) you have to buy it again. Looks like a good game, but I will let my brother buy it first since he is obsessed with Red Bull.

  • http://www.fsdreamteam.com kappa

    anyway... this application is sick

  • http://www.fsdreamteam.com kappa

    anyway... this application is sick

  • Dylan

    The flight controls look very badly
    All those flying games have bad controls I don't mean the controls but the movement of the plane so unrealistic
    The only good flying game I have seen so far is X-Plane where the airplane atleast moves realistic

  • Dylan

    The flight controls look very badly
    All those flying games have bad controls I don't mean the controls but the movement of the plane so unrealistic
    The only good flying game I have seen so far is X-Plane where the airplane atleast moves realistic

  • http://nodpad.com No DPad

    This game is hard to control! And paying for a lite version is not very appealing :(

  • http://nodpad.com No DPad

    This game is hard to control! And paying for a lite version is not very appealing :(

  • RVP

    Charging for lite is a big mistake. And greedy. My own personal boycott. If we feed it, other brand name game devs will follow. NOt only will I not buy the lite I will not buy the full version. I don't care how good it is.

  • RVP

    Charging for lite is a big mistake. And greedy. My own personal boycott. If we feed it, other brand name game devs will follow. NOt only will I not buy the lite I will not buy the full version. I don't care how good it is.