583887_5In what will likely be the first of many Gameloft games released this month, Driver [App Store] appeared out of nowhere this evening. Originally previewed at the Gameloft press event in Paris a few weeks ago, Driver is a nearly complete port of the 1999 PC and Playstation game with only very minor omissions. (Notably the original's extensive instant replay editing system.) The graphics have been revamped, the interface has been completely re-worked to be finger-friendly, but otherwise the game is the same as the original.

In Driver, you play as an underground NYPD detective who was chosen by the force for his impressive driving skills to infiltrate the filthy underbelly of four in-game cities. You will be tasked with a series of missions that will have you racing around the city, evading the police, and generally doing most of the things you do in Grand Theft Auto games without the ability to ever get out of your car.

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The final version of the game available on the App Store seems absolutely identical to what we saw in Paris. If you've grown tired of the snack-sized game experiences that seem so widespread on the App Store (Not that that's a bad thing, those are some of my favorite games.) then Driver is just what the doctor ordered.

Driver is a complete game with four massive real-world cities to drive through, and multiple endings. The original game was very well received, and aside from improvements to the graphics and tweaks to the interface, the iPhone port seems even better than the game I remember spending so much time with in the late 90's.

I have to commend Gameloft for the great job they've done with this game, and I think I speak for iPhone gamers everywhere when I say I hope Gameloft continues to port more of these classic video games. If you like objective-based driving games, running from the cops, and getting air-- Look no further than Driver.

App Store Link: Driver, $6.99

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    Figures. Only $6.49 left in my US account. Looks damn sweet though; definitely going to pick this up, even if I have to ply the plastic.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    Figures. Only $6.49 left in my US account. Looks damn sweet though; definitely going to pick this up, even if I have to ply the plastic.

  • ltcommander.data

    This is definitely a great way for Gameloft to avoid accusations of simply cloning existing games. Porting over popular classics with licensing brings full featured, full length games to the iPhone and iPod Touch without Gameloft having to expend as much effort as developing a completely original game. I'm looking forward to the full review of Driver and hopefully more game ports from Gameloft. Given the 1999 release of Driver, maybe Rayman 2 should be next given it's popularity?

    • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

      Rayman 2!!! That would be awesome!! I got that for Christmas when I was like 13 lol

      • peterpane

        uuuuh yeah rayman would be awesome :D

  • ltcommander.data

    This is definitely a great way for Gameloft to avoid accusations of simply cloning existing games. Porting over popular classics with licensing brings full featured, full length games to the iPhone and iPod Touch without Gameloft having to expend as much effort as developing a completely original game. I'm looking forward to the full review of Driver and hopefully more game ports from Gameloft. Given the 1999 release of Driver, maybe Rayman 2 should be next given it's popularity?

    • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

      Rayman 2!!! That would be awesome!! I got that for Christmas when I was like 13 lol

      • peterpane

        uuuuh yeah rayman would be awesome :D

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I had to put down Shaun White for this! It's a great game, I think it's one of my favorite games on the device... It just feels like a full game. Best $6.99 I've spent in a while.

    Also I would love to hear what you guys (Touch Arcade) has to say about the Shaun White game. I think it's amazing! The controls are perfect to me. I want a skateboarding game with those controls.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I had to put down Shaun White for this! It's a great game, I think it's one of my favorite games on the device... It just feels like a full game. Best $6.99 I've spent in a while.

    Also I would love to hear what you guys (Touch Arcade) has to say about the Shaun White game. I think it's amazing! The controls are perfect to me. I want a skateboarding game with those controls.

  • alxcoolastru

    Loving it I got it even before this post appeared, awsome, refreshed the Gameloft page and it was there. Runs Amazing on my 3GS I could say it's the best game I have up to date of course I enjoy Call of Duty Zombies more because of multiplayer. Guys this is a must buy I was totally immpressed by the game quality. Gameloft is not that good in Graphics, but here they did an awsome job. All I need now on my iPhone is GTA San Adreas and Test Drive Unlimited !!!

  • alxcoolastru

    Loving it I got it even before this post appeared, awsome, refreshed the Gameloft page and it was there. Runs Amazing on my 3GS I could say it's the best game I have up to date of course I enjoy Call of Duty Zombies more because of multiplayer. Guys this is a must buy I was totally immpressed by the game quality. Gameloft is not that good in Graphics, but here they did an awsome job. All I need now on my iPhone is GTA San Adreas and Test Drive Unlimited !!!

  • master lee

    this game is awesome DL now...........lol

  • master lee

    this game is awesome DL now...........lol

  • ltcommander.data

    Just a request for the review. Can you please comment on performance and gameplay between say an iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS? It'd be great if there are increased draw distances, traffic density, pedestrians, etc that scale for the more powerful 2nd Gen Touch and 3rd gen devices. In open-world games, it should be pretty easy to implement compared to more advanced graphical effects, yet would more readily benefit gameplay.

  • ltcommander.data

    Just a request for the review. Can you please comment on performance and gameplay between say an iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS? It'd be great if there are increased draw distances, traffic density, pedestrians, etc that scale for the more powerful 2nd Gen Touch and 3rd gen devices. In open-world games, it should be pretty easy to implement compared to more advanced graphical effects, yet would more readily benefit gameplay.

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Jesus H Christ Life is good!!

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      404mb, it's a monster!

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Jesus H Christ Life is good!!

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      404mb, it's a monster!

  • oliath

    Yay this is the one i have been waiting for :-)
    Damn i love gameloft.
    I may as well just give them a blank cheque.

  • oliath

    Yay this is the one i have been waiting for :-)
    Damn i love gameloft.
    I may as well just give them a blank cheque.

  • WilhelmR

    I know is too early to ask.. but, when are they planning to release Driver 2?

    I was never a fan of the original driver, and.. at 7$ i think i don't want to find out if that changed...

  • WilhelmR

    I know is too early to ask.. but, when are they planning to release Driver 2?

    I was never a fan of the original driver, and.. at 7$ i think i don't want to find out if that changed...

  • David

    Does anyone else remember being able to get out of the car, walk around some albeit not able to shoot but at least be able to pick and choose which vehicle you drove?

    • WilhelmR

      Afaik, that was only possible in Driver 2 :]

  • David

    Does anyone else remember being able to get out of the car, walk around some albeit not able to shoot but at least be able to pick and choose which vehicle you drove?

    • WilhelmR

      Afaik, that was only possible in Driver 2 :]

  • Sam

    Is this a ghost town like Gabgsta ore are there at least 5 cars on screen at a time?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Not a ghost town, by any means, particularly when the cops are after you.

  • Sam

    Is this a ghost town like Gabgsta ore are there at least 5 cars on screen at a time?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Not a ghost town, by any means, particularly when the cops are after you.

  • Mak Akas

    Am I the only one to find the controls rubbish ? Even the most decent one (the accelerometer, as my fingers won't easily distinguish between VERY closely-situated buttons) requires a near-Shaolin-Monk concentration to control cornering above average speeds. The cities are nicely detailed, with traffic and all, the frustration at times awakens ugly memories of the original (OK, the default car had boat-like behavior around the corners, but you managed eventually) and, no, there's no walking around outside your car.
    Maybe I should give it some more time (well, I definitely WILL :) ), but I feel a bit let down. Is it me getting old, or EASY ain't what it used to be ?

    • HalfMoon

      It's not just you - I think they're horrible!

    • Zc456

      I find the D-Pad to be the best fit.

  • Mak Akas

    Am I the only one to find the controls rubbish ? Even the most decent one (the accelerometer, as my fingers won't easily distinguish between VERY closely-situated buttons) requires a near-Shaolin-Monk concentration to control cornering above average speeds. The cities are nicely detailed, with traffic and all, the frustration at times awakens ugly memories of the original (OK, the default car had boat-like behavior around the corners, but you managed eventually) and, no, there's no walking around outside your car.
    Maybe I should give it some more time (well, I definitely WILL :) ), but I feel a bit let down. Is it me getting old, or EASY ain't what it used to be ?

    • HalfMoon

      It's not just you - I think they're horrible!

    • Zc456

      I find the D-Pad to be the best fit.

  • Mak Akas

    Oh, and... You should really enjoy it only listening to the FUNK station ;) !!!

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      I realise I too may be in the minority, but I find the digital controls a little awkward, and the virtual stick not sensitive enough (compared to Real Racing and Asphalt 5)
      It might just be a case of getting used to them, but u know when something just doesn't feel.. quite right..

  • Mak Akas

    Oh, and... You should really enjoy it only listening to the FUNK station ;) !!!

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      I realise I too may be in the minority, but I find the digital controls a little awkward, and the virtual stick not sensitive enough (compared to Real Racing and Asphalt 5)
      It might just be a case of getting used to them, but u know when something just doesn't feel.. quite right..

  • Victor

    Driver was one of my favorite games as a kid and I'm really glad gameloft decided to port this. But this game needs some work. Th controls are just awful. The cars literally do not turn when going slowly which makes it virtually impossible to navigate out of low speed difficult areas. I look forward to gameloft fixing this in the not to distant future because as it stands the games controls are really holding it back.

  • Victor

    Driver was one of my favorite games as a kid and I'm really glad gameloft decided to port this. But this game needs some work. Th controls are just awful. The cars literally do not turn when going slowly which makes it virtually impossible to navigate out of low speed difficult areas. I look forward to gameloft fixing this in the not to distant future because as it stands the games controls are really holding it back.

  • kita

    this game is 10 times more accessible than the ps1 version! Now I want to see the Crazy taxi games on the iphone :)

  • kita

    this game is 10 times more accessible than the ps1 version! Now I want to see the Crazy taxi games on the iphone :)

  • WilhelmR

    @kita Maybe the iphone 4g will be able to run crazy taxi..
    but right now, there's no way the game would be enjoyable :]

  • WilhelmR

    @kita Maybe the iphone 4g will be able to run crazy taxi..
    but right now, there's no way the game would be enjoyable :]

  • TEDO

    This is one of the best apps on the iphone, you might not be able to get out of the car and all, it does bring back great memriiiz of the ps1 days when GTA 111 and vice city were not out...

    I USED TO PLAY THIS BACK IN AFRICA AND IT WAS THE SICKEST SHIT I HAVE EVER PLAYED....EVERYBODY I KNOW WAS AT MY HOUSE PLAYING THIS GAME....

    its not that difficult to play.. i am already on the second city, the controls might need a bi of tweeeekin but you can easily get used to it if you focus more on completing missions. i think some of you have gotten soft on the easy completion games.....

    SIcK Game-----10 stars for graphics, 10 for gameplay..5 for controls ( but i am used to it now )..i have almost every driving game on the app str and trust me these controls are better than the most.

  • TEDO

    This is one of the best apps on the iphone, you might not be able to get out of the car and all, it does bring back great memriiiz of the ps1 days when GTA 111 and vice city were not out...

    I USED TO PLAY THIS BACK IN AFRICA AND IT WAS THE SICKEST SHIT I HAVE EVER PLAYED....EVERYBODY I KNOW WAS AT MY HOUSE PLAYING THIS GAME....

    its not that difficult to play.. i am already on the second city, the controls might need a bi of tweeeekin but you can easily get used to it if you focus more on completing missions. i think some of you have gotten soft on the easy completion games.....

    SIcK Game-----10 stars for graphics, 10 for gameplay..5 for controls ( but i am used to it now )..i have almost every driving game on the app str and trust me these controls are better than the most.

  • thunderhawkchamp

    ok..... i got it and i loved it for a while but i'm stuck on an impossible mission in the first city, so I'm stuck trying to beat catch Jesse when he is in some bus or something about the ground and i cant go as fast as him cause he has a direct path of where he wants to go while I'm avoiding cops, poles, buildings and other cars. its completely impossible i don't know how anyone could beat it. and i have played that mission about 12 time today trying to beat it and 30 times before today so don't start saying crap like i'm not trying hard enough and give up to fast, i just don't know how to beat it and i dont think you can

    • Ross

      Did u ever fugue out how to catch Jesse??? It's driving me wild!

  • thunderhawkchamp

    ok..... i got it and i loved it for a while but i'm stuck on an impossible mission in the first city, so I'm stuck trying to beat catch Jesse when he is in some bus or something about the ground and i cant go as fast as him cause he has a direct path of where he wants to go while I'm avoiding cops, poles, buildings and other cars. its completely impossible i don't know how anyone could beat it. and i have played that mission about 12 time today trying to beat it and 30 times before today so don't start saying crap like i'm not trying hard enough and give up to fast, i just don't know how to beat it and i dont think you can

    • http://Driverapp Ross

      Did u ever fugue out how to catch Jesse??? It's driving me wild!

  • Ross

    How the deck do u catch Jesse. Please help, it's Driving me wild!!

  • http://Driverapp Ross

    How the deck do u catch Jesse. Please help, it's Driving me wild!!

  • YfzGfx

    Can someone tell me the soundtracks of S.O.W.L 103 FM, there is this song i really like, I'm searching for days. Oh ye its the song which begins with the radio dude tellin: Next i'll have something that will hit ur heart .. lol it sounds like autotune tho'.
    Thanks in advance..

  • YfzGfx

    Can someone tell me the soundtracks of S.O.W.L 103 FM, there is this song i really like, I'm searching for days. Oh ye its the song which begins with the radio dude tellin: Next i'll have something that will hit ur heart .. lol it sounds like autotune tho'.
    Thanks in advance..

  • Robbb17

    How do you catch jesse I fail each time says to slow man xP plz help

  • NORTH STAR GAMING

    love the game 200000000000 stars I am making UFO HUNTERS,a game where you chase ufos around Arizona,Nevada,and California in pursuit of the truth!
    coming summer 2011

  • Rowan

    No longer works at all on iOS 7 :-(