779590According to my city dwelling friends, my suburban lifestyle filled with SUV's and chain restaurants often leaves me woefully unaware of things that take place outside of Costco-- I admit, this is one of those situations. Tall Bike Joust [App Store], a game which apparently has been in development for five years, was released this evening and brings the sport of tall bike jousting to the iPhone and iPod touch.

When I first saw this game I thought it was yet another ragdoll punishment game with a crazy premise, but after some research (and some help from forum moderator and bike expert VeganTnT) I've come to realize it is anything but. Modern tall bikes are usually home made and built from spare parts by taking two (or more) bike frames and welding them together. After some other modifications to move the seat, handlebars, and drive train around you've got yourself a tall bike.

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Bikers couldn't just stop there though. Somewhere along the way the Black Label Bike Club came up with the idea of instead of just simply riding these tall bikes, why not arm two cyclists with lances and send them barreling towards each other in attempt to score points by knocking the other rider off? And with that, tall bike jousting was born.

The sport translates as well as I imagine it possibly could to the iPhone-- With each joust you and your opponent start at opposite ends of the arena, you peddle as fast as you can by dragging your right and left side of the thumbs down the sides of the screen in an alternating motion. Tilting the phone aims your lance, and as you get within striking distance tapping the screen causes your rider to strike.

After winning matches you earn attribute points to make your cyclist more powerful, and you're even awarded different items you can equip for stat boosts as well as different components that you can combine in to upgrades for your bike. Jousts take place in six different post-apolcalyptic locations, each with different environmental hazards to deal with.

For such a strange game based on such an odd sport, an awful lot of effort went in to the development process. Ryan Doyle, who holds the title of "official tall bike jousting champion of the world" did some of the illustration for the game as well as all the motion capture for the movements of the cyclists. They even use real music, featuring tracks from Matt and Kim, Japanther, and Altaer, and there's even a behind the scenes video.

Tall Bike Joust is a game that will likely have massive appeal amongst avid cyclists and people who are interested in custom bike fabrication. If you fall outside of those groups, the game might not do much for you aside from make you aware of the existence of tall bike jousting-- Knowledge that could lead to spending entirely too much time watching people knock each other off tall bikes on YouTube if you're anything like me.

App Store Link: Tall Bike Joust, $2.99

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  • MellowFellow

    The game looks cool and the idea is something fresh and exciting. To bad it looks pretty boring. Wiggle thumbs and tap screen gets redundant after 1 or 2 no?

    • http://www.bohemianartista.com Diane

      I've been playing the game for a few days now and I have to say, as a non-gamer and non-cyclist, I'm addicted! It's not boring at all, because the game gets more challenging as you move forward. Once you get to jousting in Minneapolis, it's pretty hard to knock your opponent down, even when you strike just right. And, of course, Doyle is pretty tough to beat as well; I haven't been able to score a leather vest from him even though I've jousted him twice. Lastly, these graphics are amazing. Super impressed!

  • MellowFellow

    The game looks cool and the idea is something fresh and exciting. To bad it looks pretty boring. Wiggle thumbs and tap screen gets redundant after 1 or 2 no?

    • http://www.bohemianartista.com Diane

      I've been playing the game for a few days now and I have to say, as a non-gamer and non-cyclist, I'm addicted! It's not boring at all, because the game gets more challenging as you move forward. Once you get to jousting in Minneapolis, it's pretty hard to knock your opponent down, even when you strike just right. And, of course, Doyle is pretty tough to beat as well; I haven't been able to score a leather vest from him even though I've jousted him twice. Lastly, these graphics are amazing. Super impressed!

  • VeganTnT

    Just got an email from the dev letting me know that the version approved was not the final version of the game. This version is actually several weeks old (which is actually pretty long in terms of development)

    I haven't had any issues with the game and I have been playing since last night but I wanted to make sure everyone knew what was going on.

    Cheers!

  • VeganTnT

    Just got an email from the dev letting me know that the version approved was not the final version of the game. This version is actually several weeks old (which is actually pretty long in terms of development)

    I haven't had any issues with the game and I have been playing since last night but I wanted to make sure everyone knew what was going on.

    Cheers!

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    Cool, I´m wondering why In my city we don´t have this kind of events?

  • http://articomedia.wordpress.com ArticoMedia!

    Cool, I´m wondering why In my city we don´t have this kind of events?

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    Great info on your website. Look forward to future info, keep it coming! :*

  • http://www.mplsgaming.com minneapolis gaming

    Great info on your website. Look forward to future info, keep it coming! :*

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  • ben

    It's funny, because most bike jousts never end with a decisive winner, You usually slam into each other or the force of hitting the other guy knocks you off your bike as well.

    The game would be more accurate if a wall of punks shot fire works and threw glass bottles at your head, which is usually pretty standard for jousting.

  • ben

    It's funny, because most bike jousts never end with a decisive winner, You usually slam into each other or the force of hitting the other guy knocks you off your bike as well.

    The game would be more accurate if a wall of punks shot fire works and threw glass bottles at your head, which is usually pretty standard for jousting.

  • Dylan99

    i dont know what kind of jousting your going to ben, here in LA it normally ends with the two jousters rolling around hugging on the ground. drunk.as.fuck