iStunt

Profusion Studio's recent App Store release, iStunt - Extreme 2D Snowboard [link], is, as its title implies, a snowboarding game -- but it may as well be one of the numerous physics-based dirt bike games of which it is a clone. But that's not meant in a bad way; iStunt is a very well executed iPhone release.

iStunt screenThe game challenges you to traverse 20 different, surreal levels in an attempt to either score as many points as possible by pulling off amazing stunts (Stunt Mode) or getting to the finish line as quick as possible (Time Trial Mode). The levels consist of extreme slopes, floating mountains, fields of stalagmites, and treacherous spinning saw blades. Making things even more interesting is the occasional gravity inversion field which requires physically rotating the device 180-degrees to get back on track. It's a pretty interesting ride.

The orientation of the on-screen snowboarder is controlled via tilt and the well-implemented physics system delivers a convincing and satisfying feel of control. This, coupled with its very smooth animation, lets you forgive the game for the simplicity of its visuals. iStunt is all about feel, precise control, and a lot of fun.

See the developer's video for a closer look.

iPhone gamers who enjoy a very simple but clever, physics-based challenge (more than those looking for hardcore snowboarding action...) should have a good time with this one.

App Store Link: iStunt - Extreme 2D Snowboarding, $0.99

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  • jd

    This game is so bad, it's laughable.

    • Dan

      I don't agree with jd. This is a good quick fun game and very responsive to tilting and turning the iphone. I wish game designers would focus more on innovative ways to play like this game. I LIKE IT!

  • jd

    This game is so bad, it's laughable.

    • Dan

      I don't agree with jd. This is a good quick fun game and very responsive to tilting and turning the iphone. I wish game designers would focus more on innovative ways to play like this game. I LIKE IT!

  • Bob

    Thanks jd, nearly bought this but will wait for more feedback.
    The vid looks quite fun but guess it all comes down to how well the controls work... Anyone else bought this?
    As always I hope they bring out a lite version soon.
    Unfortuneatly I'm never too sure if I can trust TA's reviews... Have they ever given a bad review??

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

      Most games in the App Store suck. We choose to not our time and readers' time in writing up a bad game unless it had lots of momentum or name recognition behind it such that people would be making a leap-of-faith purchase. In situations like that we will write up a bad game to save users from wasting their time and money on the title.

      • Shane

        I demand you review every game in the App store! All 25,000+!

  • Bob

    Thanks jd, nearly bought this but will wait for more feedback.
    The vid looks quite fun but guess it all comes down to how well the controls work... Anyone else bought this?
    As always I hope they bring out a lite version soon.
    Unfortuneatly I'm never too sure if I can trust TA's reviews... Have they ever given a bad review??

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

      Most games in the App Store suck. We choose to not our time and readers' time in writing up a bad game unless it had lots of momentum or name recognition behind it such that people would be making a leap-of-faith purchase. In situations like that we will write up a bad game to save users from wasting their time and money on the title.

      • Shane

        I demand you review every game in the App store! All 25,000+!

  • peter

    Any leaderboards ?

    • Jambo

      Yeah, i'm now on top 10 for most levels!

  • peter

    Any leaderboards ?

    • Jambo

      Yeah, i'm now on top 10 for most levels!

  • Demarest

    Don't listen to JD. This is a simple and fun game. It's only 99c and I can safely say that I got much more than that out of it.

  • Demarest

    Don't listen to JD. This is a simple and fun game. It's only 99c and I can safely say that I got much more than that out of it.

  • Fubo

    The graphics bring low expectations but the gameplay is awesome! Worth every cent.

  • Fubo

    The graphics bring low expectations but the gameplay is awesome! Worth every cent.

  • Crickets

    As I long time snowboarder I decided I had to give it a try. Really glad I did. The review by Blake is spot on. Simple game, simple graphics, but lots of fun. Well worth it, and an easy buy at 0.99.

    The controls feel perfect to me.

    Was showing it off at Sugar Bowl yesterday, all my boarder friends enjoyed it.

  • Crickets

    As I long time snowboarder I decided I had to give it a try. Really glad I did. The review by Blake is spot on. Simple game, simple graphics, but lots of fun. Well worth it, and an easy buy at 0.99.

    The controls feel perfect to me.

    Was showing it off at Sugar Bowl yesterday, all my boarder friends enjoyed it.

  • http://twitter.com/saviopalm Savio

    Is this like Line Racer? I didn't like that at all. I wonder if this one is better...

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

      It does feel a little like Line Racer. Without the line mechanic. I almost mentioned.

  • http://twitter.com/saviopalm Savio

    Is this like Line Racer? I didn't like that at all. I wonder if this one is better...

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

      It does feel a little like Line Racer. Without the line mechanic. I almost mentioned.

  • Jules

    This is a really fun game, the most addictive one-more-try game since Hook Champ in my opinion. Online leaderboards where you can play each course to finish quickest or with the most points has kept me hooked all weekend.

    The controls are ultra responsive and the physics feel perfect. Some levels you get up a lot of speed and have to tilt incredibly quickly and precisely to succeed, after a while it feels like second nature.

    There is one level (snail) I cannot do but there are another 20 or so. Having said that I am only at level 8 or 9 as there is a real feeling to try levels again and again, it takes quite some time to get bored of each one.

    Try it

  • Jules

    This is a really fun game, the most addictive one-more-try game since Hook Champ in my opinion. Online leaderboards where you can play each course to finish quickest or with the most points has kept me hooked all weekend.

    The controls are ultra responsive and the physics feel perfect. Some levels you get up a lot of speed and have to tilt incredibly quickly and precisely to succeed, after a while it feels like second nature.

    There is one level (snail) I cannot do but there are another 20 or so. Having said that I am only at level 8 or 9 as there is a real feeling to try levels again and again, it takes quite some time to get bored of each one.

    Try it

  • Anthony

    The look is very simple but when i started playing it, really, very good game, not those full graphic crap with no game fun almost.
    This smells like inovation by exploring the way how to use iphone and i will tell you, great jumps and adrenaline for a 2d game.
    Nice use for my 0.99c.

  • Anthony

    The look is very simple but when i started playing it, really, very good game, not those full graphic crap with no game fun almost.
    This smells like inovation by exploring the way how to use iphone and i will tell you, great jumps and adrenaline for a 2d game.
    Nice use for my 0.99c.

  • http://www.haiku-os.org nutela

    What, music not included? That's a shame but I can imagine the royalties...

  • http://www.haiku-os.org nutela

    What, music not included? That's a shame but I can imagine the royalties...

  • Moho

    This game is pretty awesome, I've been enjoying it even more since I started competing against a friend for best score. Scoreboards work ok too.

  • Moho

    This game is pretty awesome, I've been enjoying it even more since I started competing against a friend for best score. Scoreboards work ok too.