race_for_home screenBack in March, Shawn Kollat released a fun little game that we missed when it hit the App Store.  Race for Home [App Store] is the tranquil and surreal affair of guiding young Grace and her magic umbrella on her journey home.

The physics-based game takes place through a variety of sky environments and involves tapping various floating items to lasso them and swing ever towards the three floating presents per level that must be collected to advance, guided by an onscreen arrow.  There are seven levels in all and protective upgrades can be collected along the way to help Grace avoid a variety of hazards and enemies bent on keeping her from finding her way home.

It's a rather simplistic game and it could be longer, but the lovely classical piano audio tracks and the peaceful act of swinging from item to item make for a rather placid and enjoyable gaming experience.  While hardcore arcade fans might find it a bit light, the casual gamer may well enjoy this unique iPhone title.  But don't take my word for it -- try the lite, three-level version of Race for Home [App Store] before making the paid app jump.

See our gameplay video for a look at the game in motion.


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Shawn has developed a number of other Flash games and apps that can be seen at his Revision8 website.

App Store Links: Race for Home, $0.99, Race for Home Lite, Free

[ Thanks Chris Bernick ]

TouchArcade Rating

  • zenchord

    ....not!

  • zenchord

    ....not!

  • popejohn

    (snore).. someone wake me up

  • popejohn

    (snore).. someone wake me up

  • Andrew

    These very much remind me of the Orisinal games, which I've long hoped would come up on the app store!

    http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/

  • Andrew

    These very much remind me of the Orisinal games, which I've long hoped would come up on the app store!

    http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/

  • http://www.qdunique.com/ unique

    These very much remind me of the Orisinal games, which I've long hoped would come up on the app store!

  • http://www.qdunique.com/ unique

    These very much remind me of the Orisinal games, which I've long hoped would come up on the app store!

  • Ballpeen

    Looks like a good variation on the very fun Doodle Jump!

    I'm buying. At 1st glance, I almost went meh, but after watching more I changed my mind..

  • Ballpeen

    Looks like a good variation on the very fun Doodle Jump!

    I'm buying. At 1st glance, I almost went meh, but after watching more I changed my mind..

  • http://appshopper.com chrberni

    Very slick physics and has a "chill spiderman" feel to it.

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

      Indeed. I love the swinging-physics games. The most satisfying experience like this I've encountered is the grappling hook mod to Unreal Tournament. I'd buzz around from platform to platform for hours - just swinging. There's a 3D Spiderman game that does it well, too. This is a nice take on that for $.99.

  • http://appshopper.com chrberni

    Very slick physics and has a "chill spiderman" feel to it.

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

      Indeed. I love the swinging-physics games. The most satisfying experience like this I've encountered is the grappling hook mod to Unreal Tournament. I'd buzz around from platform to platform for hours - just swinging. There's a 3D Spiderman game that does it well, too. This is a nice take on that for $.99.

  • Lord Gek

    Hey Gang,

    While I kind of appreciate the relaxed vibe, how does one die in this game? Is there a time limit or is the only limit not falling off the bottom of the screen? Do tougher baddies leave you "crispy" longer?

  • Lord Gek

    Hey Gang,

    While I kind of appreciate the relaxed vibe, how does one die in this game? Is there a time limit or is the only limit not falling off the bottom of the screen? Do tougher baddies leave you "crispy" longer?

  • Constable Odo

    That piano music is just so annoying.

    • Dudehuge

      Get out of Touch Arcade Dick Cheney.

  • Constable Odo

    That piano music is just so annoying.

    • Dudehuge

      Get out of Touch Arcade Dick Cheney.

  • imadqamar

    It wont install on my itouch!
    says it requires an iphone? :|

    Did anyone else experience this?

    I tried dloading the lite ver thru the integrated appstore in my device..

  • imadqamar

    It wont install on my itouch!
    says it requires an iphone? :|

    Did anyone else experience this?

    I tried dloading the lite ver thru the integrated appstore in my device..

  • iHuff

    Same issue with 1G Touch not supported - anyone know why- does it need a mic? Just checked through ITMS and it says as much. No support on their website as far as I can see.

  • iHuff

    Same issue with 1G Touch not supported - anyone know why- does it need a mic? Just checked through ITMS and it says as much. No support on their website as far as I can see.