083761_5Tatem Games released their first iPhone game into the App Store tonight with Racer [$0.99], a very nice touch-controlled racing game.

The gameplay is simple: you drag your finger to control your car while passing other cars in your way. Cars are moving at different speeds so you have to react quickly to maneuver around them. The game is nicely presented with all the zooming-by sound effects that you'd expect from a high speed racing game. The goal of the game is to accumulate the highest score which can then be compared against a global leaderboard. Higher score comes with both distance as well as bonus points for "extreme and fast" driving. The game offers both "normal" and "hard" difficulties.

Despite the simple game mechanism, I found myself riveted to the screen looking out for oncoming cars and getting particular satisfaction when just swerving to avoid a collision. While I'm very much enjoying my time with it, the gameplay may be too simple for some as dodging cars is the extent of the game without any other obstacles or goals -- so it's a pure reaction game. Still, at only $0.99, it fits in well with the other fun casual games that the App Store has had to offer and I recommend it.

Check out the developer's video:

App Store Link: Racer, $0.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Matt

    This game is so aesthetically appealing. Simply beautiful.

    • danny

      stunning, like a Monét, only much better

      • Ahiru

        no.. you didn't say that !!!

  • Matt

    This game is so aesthetically appealing. Simply beautiful.

    • danny

      stunning, like a Monét, only much better

      • Ahiru

        no.. you didn't say that !!!

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Hell yeah, getting now. Looks great.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    Hell yeah, getting now. Looks great.

  • Noah

    Looks interesting... but I think it'd be better if perhaps the "lane lines" were dotted like you'd find on the interstate... and more vehicle types would be interesting: Buses, Trucks, Police Cars that actually pass YOU, etc.

    Lots of potential, esp when you add in 3D geometry. Hills, corners, perhaps even sunlight glare...

    Good stuff.

    • sekazi

      Great idea. I would love to see those in a update. I would be cool to see a cop come from behind every so often chasing another car just to add another element of challenge. It could happen after you get so far.

      I think dashed lines should be fixed as soon as possible because I do not know of a single interstate that uses solid lines unless you are coming to a exit but then only 1 lane has it.

    • Mr Payne

      Satisfied much? :)

  • Noah

    Looks interesting... but I think it'd be better if perhaps the "lane lines" were dotted like you'd find on the interstate... and more vehicle types would be interesting: Buses, Trucks, Police Cars that actually pass YOU, etc.

    Lots of potential, esp when you add in 3D geometry. Hills, corners, perhaps even sunlight glare...

    Good stuff.

    • sekazi

      Great idea. I would love to see those in a update. I would be cool to see a cop come from behind every so often chasing another car just to add another element of challenge. It could happen after you get so far.

      I think dashed lines should be fixed as soon as possible because I do not know of a single interstate that uses solid lines unless you are coming to a exit but then only 1 lane has it.

    • Mr Payne

      Satisfied much? :)

  • mike

    This made the TA front page? Oooookaaaaay......

    • sticktron

      I had a handheld version of this game when i was really young, before nintendo. It was battery operated, didn't have a video screen though, it was all made of plastic. The lanes had looping clear film with white cars on it, and you turned a little wheel-knob to move you car left or right to dodge. The game knew when your car was overlapping the traffic, and it would beep and buzz and game over.

      Wish I had thought of making it into a video game first ;)

      • TomHandy

        Yeah, I remember those games - I had one similar to what you described but it was a tank instead.

      • Stanley

        When I was about 6 I told my mom that "this is the only game I'll want forever ..."

        The game you are thinking of is "Digital Derby".

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpPtMBScVII

  • mike

    This made the TA front page? Oooookaaaaay......

    • sticktron

      I had a handheld version of this game when i was really young, before nintendo. It was battery operated, didn't have a video screen though, it was all made of plastic. The lanes had looping clear film with white cars on it, and you turned a little wheel-knob to move you car left or right to dodge. The game knew when your car was overlapping the traffic, and it would beep and buzz and game over.

      Wish I had thought of making it into a video game first ;)

      • TomHandy

        Yeah, I remember those games - I had one similar to what you described but it was a tank instead.

      • Stanley

        When I was about 6 I told my mom that "this is the only game I'll want forever ..."

        The game you are thinking of is "Digital Derby".

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpPtMBScVII

  • Stephen

    yeah it made the front page. obviously arn had as much fun with this game as i did!

  • Stephen

    yeah it made the front page. obviously arn had as much fun with this game as i did!

  • Carlos-Sz

    It's simple to play, good graphics, smooth animation and a great interface. I specially like the local/online high score board approach.

  • Carlos-Sz

    It's simple to play, good graphics, smooth animation and a great interface. I specially like the local/online high score board approach.

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    ENORMOUS fun! It's actually way better and playable then a lot of bigger titles.

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    ENORMOUS fun! It's actually way better and playable then a lot of bigger titles.

  • c-Row

    Heh... I remember playing this on my C64. Looked a bit worse of course.

  • c-Row

    Heh... I remember playing this on my C64. Looked a bit worse of course.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    I remember this when it was called Thundering Turbo in 3D from Tomytronic. I like that it's smaller, but I miss the neckstrap.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    I remember this when it was called Thundering Turbo in 3D from Tomytronic. I like that it's smaller, but I miss the neckstrap.

  • Dark NRG

    Well we're having an addiction with it right now!
    This is something I imagined EA's 8bl Gorilla to put out monthly for 99cents, only with the Leaderboard and kitchen sink included....

  • Dark NRG

    Well we're having an addiction with it right now!
    This is something I imagined EA's 8bl Gorilla to put out monthly for 99cents, only with the Leaderboard and kitchen sink included....

  • Dimitris

    This looks like fun.
    I'm definately buying this along with monkey island when I receive my 3gs next week...
    Yes we in Greece get it at the last moment...

  • Dimitris

    This looks like fun.
    I'm definately buying this along with monkey island when I receive my 3gs next week...
    Yes we in Greece get it at the last moment...

  • munkee

    Carrect is free. similar gameplay, just prettier graphics.

  • http://deleted munkee

    Carrect is free. similar gameplay, just prettier graphics.

  • EatKodosDaily

    teehee
    I like that speeding wheelchair icon for the difficulty.

    I agree that adding other cars going faster than you would be good.
    Maybe add in some police cars which will chase you across the lanes that you have to somehow force to run into other cars?

    How about some sections of road work where a few lanes are blocked off?

  • EatKodosDaily

    teehee
    I like that speeding wheelchair icon for the difficulty.

    I agree that adding other cars going faster than you would be good.
    Maybe add in some police cars which will chase you across the lanes that you have to somehow force to run into other cars?

    How about some sections of road work where a few lanes are blocked off?

  • Mark

    wow, i'm blown away, quickly watched the vid and bought straight away, it runs silky smooth on my 2nd gen touch, besides the cute graphics i love the sounds effects and the engine noise, the engine noise definitely encourages speeding. this game has some of the most adrenaline fuelled & intense gameplay i have experienced on the iphone! the global scoreboard is awesome, it keeps me coming back for more

  • Mark

    wow, i'm blown away, quickly watched the vid and bought straight away, it runs silky smooth on my 2nd gen touch, besides the cute graphics i love the sounds effects and the engine noise, the engine noise definitely encourages speeding. this game has some of the most adrenaline fuelled & intense gameplay i have experienced on the iphone! the global scoreboard is awesome, it keeps me coming back for more

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    Fun game!!
    what global high score number one is arn with 43236 ;)
    gratz;)

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    Fun game!!
    what global high score number one is arn with 43236 ;)
    gratz;)

  • cookiemonster

    this looks like crazy fun...

    ps. i see people driving like this every day here in california, heheh

  • cookiemonster

    this looks like crazy fun...

    ps. i see people driving like this every day here in california, heheh

  • spiffyone

    Is there an option for accelerometer steering?

    Seems like a no brainer to me. Both touch and motion sensing as control options.

    • whooley

      Yeah, I'd prefer tilt control too. Don't really like any control scheme where your finger/hand is permanently covering part of the screen.

  • spiffyone

    Is there an option for accelerometer steering?

    Seems like a no brainer to me. Both touch and motion sensing as control options.

    • whooley

      Yeah, I'd prefer tilt control too. Don't really like any control scheme where your finger/hand is permanently covering part of the screen.

  • PJap

    Nice modern Game&Watch game…

  • PJap

    Nice modern Game&Watch game…

  • TG

    Thanks Arn for this review and amazing scores. :) And you guys for your comments and ideas. We have new great features in our list for further updates so you will be able to test it. Enjoy playing Racer and don't try this on real highway. :)

  • TG

    Thanks Arn for this review and amazing scores. :) And you guys for your comments and ideas. We have new great features in our list for further updates so you will be able to test it. Enjoy playing Racer and don't try this on real highway. :)

  • Golotuous

    Cool! It's Frogger, only turned 90° and without the frog.

  • Golotuous

    Cool! It's Frogger, only turned 90° and without the frog.