On the last day of Macworld, I met with Allister Capati, founder of a new iPhone gaming company called Objectify, LLC. Capati actually works for Sony Playstation during the day, but over the past 6 months, his (and his team's) evenings have been occupied with the development of Drift Sumi-e an upcoming iPhone game which is trying to intersect art with racing.

The idea for the game was a collaboration between Capati and his friend Calvin Wan, a professional Drift racer. Drift Sumi-e caries the style of Ink and Wash (Sumi-e) painting throughout the game and incorporates it as a line drawing element to control your car. At first glance, the game is reminiscent of Draw Race, though with a far more elegant style.

The game will launch with 8 tracks and a single type of car, though iterative updates are planned. You must achieve a certain score in order to unlock the next track. Each track also carries a set of unlockables that can be obtained on subsequent repeat plays. These unlockables include a customizable signature stamp, the ability to take snapshots, as well as day/night and snow/clear sky toggles.

The game involves drawing a single stroke along the racetrack as the path for your car. You must try to hit and connect all the red clipping zones and try to make it through the course as fast as possible. After you draw your single stroke, you sit back and watch the playback in 3D as your car drifts around the corners. Multiple camera angles are provided along with drifting smoke effects. Your ultimate score is based on the smoothness of the line and speed of your run.

Here's a gameplay video:

Overall, the game really stands out for its style and presentation. Drift Sumi-e is expected in the App Store on Tuesday, February 16th.

  • Hmar9333

    Wow, looks good!

  • Hmar9333

    Wow, looks good!

  • festival

    what a boring gameidea...in a nice package

  • festival

    what a boring gameidea...in a nice package

  • Kamblad

    Not that unique. Been playing Drawrace for months now. If you ever look for the best pass n play game out there to draw newcomers to the iPhone/Touch just put Drawrace on the table.

  • http://TouchGen Kamblad

    Not that unique. Been playing Drawrace for months now. If you ever look for the best pass n play game out there to draw newcomers to the iPhone/Touch just put Drawrace on the table.

  • funambulist

    Well I very much like this marriage of sumi-e and drifting. Especially as it seems to highlight the meditative aspect of producing the brush strokes.

    Not having played Drawrace or anything else of its ilk I can offer no comment on Drift Sumi-e's racing game credibility but I definitely see this app as potentially providing excellent brush training for artists!

    YMMV

  • funambulist

    Well I very much like this marriage of sumi-e and drifting. Especially as it seems to highlight the meditative aspect of producing the brush strokes.

    Not having played Drawrace or anything else of its ilk I can offer no comment on Drift Sumi-e's racing game credibility but I definitely see this app as potentially providing excellent brush training for artists!

    YMMV

  • nizy

    They should totally add youtube uploads of those replays, or at least a way to save them locally.

  • nizy

    They should totally add youtube uploads of those replays, or at least a way to save them locally.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Sooo beautiful.
    Sooo slow and boring.
    Would love to see a real racing games with these graphics.
    Everyone is trying to be as realistic as possible. THAT would be a fantastic variation.

    • Nascor

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. I love the graphic style, but the gameplay looks amazingly boring...

      • beetle004

        That would be awesome.I thought the exact same thing

    • GodSon

      True. I wish they brought Auto modelista to iTouch. This initially reminded me of that. You ever try it? Very well put together racing sim with similar graphics. Very colorful.

      I think @festival put it best with boring game idea with a nice package. I'll keep an eye on it.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Sooo beautiful.
    Sooo slow and boring.
    Would love to see a real racing games with these graphics.
    Everyone is trying to be as realistic as possible. THAT would be a fantastic variation.

    • Nascor

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. I love the graphic style, but the gameplay looks amazingly boring...

      • beetle004

        That would be awesome.I thought the exact same thing

    • GodSon

      True. I wish they brought Auto modelista to iTouch. This initially reminded me of that. You ever try it? Very well put together racing sim with similar graphics. Very colorful.

      I think @festival put it best with boring game idea with a nice package. I'll keep an eye on it.

  • Acidbottle

    loved drawrace and i like this games visual style.

    it just doesnt seem to click right in that video tho. the action replay should be totally automated instead of manually changing the angles and missing half the action as ya do so.

    • HelperMonkey

      Just what I was thinking.

  • Acidbottle

    loved drawrace and i like this games visual style.

    it just doesnt seem to click right in that video tho. the action replay should be totally automated instead of manually changing the angles and missing half the action as ya do so.

    • HelperMonkey

      Just what I was thinking.

  • mezdup

    beautiful game, but doesn't look like much fun.

  • mezdup

    beautiful game, but doesn't look like much fun.

  • hitch

    Boring, can't hardly call it a game...at least it has a score

  • hitch

    Boring, can't hardly call it a game...at least it has a score

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

    I have to agree with everyone else. It looks cool but ultimately boring!

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

    I have to agree with everyone else. It looks cool but ultimately boring!

  • Rick

    It looks great - I'm just not sure there's a whole lot of gameplay there. It looks like something you'd fiddle with for 5 or 10 minutes, and then you'd move on to another game.

  • Rick

    It looks great - I'm just not sure there's a whole lot of gameplay there. It looks like something you'd fiddle with for 5 or 10 minutes, and then you'd move on to another game.

  • Kyle

    Lame!

    • Shadowsfall

      So much fail >_>, i personally think that this is quite amazing with the ink pens and strokes πŸ˜€

      this game reminds me of that new car commercial

  • Kyle

    Lame!

    • Shadowsfall

      So much fail >_>, i personally think that this is quite amazing with the ink pens and strokes πŸ˜€

      this game reminds me of that new car commercial

  • sk8erdude50

    this will be really good if they just speed up the gameplay... a lot

  • sk8erdude50

    this will be really good if they just speed up the gameplay... a lot

  • LdC

    Looks as beautiful as it is boring. And the way you have to flick the camera around looks really annoying.

  • LdC

    Looks as beautiful as it is boring. And the way you have to flick the camera around looks really annoying.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    What an inspired concept! Not a racer, but more of an art-based puzzle. I'll definitely be picking it up.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    What an inspired concept! Not a racer, but more of an art-based puzzle. I'll definitely be picking it up.

  • Chad

    That might be the most boring looking "game" I have seen yet.

  • Chad

    That might be the most boring looking "game" I have seen yet.

  • http://www.desiign.net desiign.net

    as the team that designed and produced the art, really appreciate the comments here πŸ™‚

  • http://www.desiign.net desiign.net

    as the team that designed and produced the art, really appreciate the comments here πŸ™‚

  • http://blog.sketchnation.com Nitzan

    Wow this looks ridiculously awesome. I love draw race and I will definitely be buying this game.

  • http://blog.sketchnation.com Nitzan

    Wow this looks ridiculously awesome. I love draw race and I will definitely be buying this game.

  • http://www.anww.org used

    well really cool game i love car games but it is different from just racing concept it makes it really good one.

  • http://www.anww.org used

    well really cool game i love car games but it is different from just racing concept it makes it really good one.

  • Septimus

    Looks lovely, yet utterly dull.

  • Septimus

    Looks lovely, yet utterly dull.

  • djmuzi

    This was the gameplay on the video? I did not see any gamePLAY? This game makes no sense...

  • djmuzi

    This was the gameplay on the video? I did not see any gamePLAY? This game makes no sense...

  • http://www.betomachado.com Beto

    People asking this to be faster are missing the point entirely. Don't you see that the whole game design revolves around a "zen" angle? They even used Sumi-e to drive it home even further!

    It's like asking a heavy metal song to be more mellow and romantic.

    Go watch Transformers 2 and leave this game alone, ADD guys.

  • http://www.betomachado.com Beto

    People asking this to be faster are missing the point entirely. Don't you see that the whole game design revolves around a "zen" angle? They even used Sumi-e to drive it home even further!

    It's like asking a heavy metal song to be more mellow and romantic.

    Go watch Transformers 2 and leave this game alone, ADD guys.