If like me you've found yourself following all the events and drama surrounding this year's Winter Olympics, you really need something to keep you busy during those pesky commercial breaks. RealArcade's Vancouver 2010 [App Store] does the trick, and being the official game of the Olympic Winter Games, it's even loaded with all the olympic logos, mascots, and five events: Cross country skiing, speed skating, snowboard cross, biathlon, and freestyle moguls.

Each event is able to be played individually, or all together in the "Olympic Games" mode which has you doing one event after the other competing against a team of opponents. There's also a single device multiplayer mode that can support up to 6 people competing against each other by passing the device around.

Each of the five included games are controlled a little differently, some with on-screen buttons you need to tap and others that require tilting. For instance, when cross country skiing, you tap the buttons that appear randomly on either side of the screen to go faster, and in snowboard cross your board is controlled by tilting your device. Racing in the speed skating event involves holding and releasing on-screen buttons with precise timing. Three difficulty modes are included, an easy mode which comes unlocked, as well as hard and survival modes which are sequentially unlocked as you complete each difficulty level.

Vancouver 2010 looks and plays very similar to Playman Track & Field [99¢ / Free], RealArcade's other sports game that came out early last year featuring a set of summer events. There isn't a lite version of Vancouver 2010, but the free version of Playman Track & Field will give you a very good idea of what you're getting in to. There's also a video of the J2ME version which looks nearly identical to the iPhone game aside from the differences in aspect ratio.

I liked Playman a lot, and Vancouver 2010 is even more timing, tilting, and reaction-based mini games. Each of the events are fun, although I've found myself preferring the Snowboard Cross and Biathlon both in-game and in real life.

App Store Link: Vancouver 2010, $2.99

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  • Frogtorch

    I've been hoping for this. Sync'ing now.

  • Frogtorch

    I've been hoping for this. Sync'ing now.

  • Jindo Fox

    Is this why the Sega olympics game was yanked from the store?

    • Diablohead

      well since sega have said nothing about it i'm going to say this is probably the reason, but how could sega develop a full iphone game and even announce it months before to find they were in the wrong 3 days after they started selling their game?

      Oh well, if the sonic winter olympic game doesn't return at least I got a rare app :P

  • Jindo Fox

    Is this why the Sega olympics game was yanked from the store?

    • Diablohead

      well since sega have said nothing about it i'm going to say this is probably the reason, but how could sega develop a full iphone game and even announce it months before to find they were in the wrong 3 days after they started selling their game?

      Oh well, if the sonic winter olympic game doesn't return at least I got a rare app :P

  • http://bbxdesign.com bbx

    Playman Track & Field + Vancouver 2010 = INSTANT DOWNLOAD
    I just love both.

  • http://bbxdesign.com bbx

    Playman Track & Field + Vancouver 2010 = INSTANT DOWNLOAD
    I just love both.

  • Cilo

    You actually bought this?

  • Cilo

    You actually bought this?

  • Adams Immersive

    Those are some Olympic-sized heads!

  • Adams Immersive

    Those are some Olympic-sized heads!

  • Yuggle

    It's utter crap. I want my money back, not worth a penny.

  • Yuggle

    It's utter crap. I want my money back, not worth a penny.

  • Jason

    Where in the game can we bash some seal heads in?

    • Greg K

      I'm assuming you're not from Canada...

      • TheFamousEccles

        Don't pretend Canadians don't do it. I know perfectly well what happens when you're hunting mooses and you have a little too much alcoholic maple syrup.

      • Eggbert

        It's not alcoholic maple syrup. We mix REAL beer with maple syrup.

      • Greg K

        We only club seals on the second Monday of every third leap-year. This usually coincides with the 'floating of the elderly' out on the polar ice sheets. Much maple syrup is consumed.

    • Bruce

      Mmm... They taste a bit like ham.

  • Jason

    Where in the game can we bash some seal heads in?

    • Greg K

      I'm assuming you're not from Canada...

      • TheFamousEccles

        Don't pretend Canadians don't do it. I know perfectly well what happens when you're hunting mooses and you have a little too much alcoholic maple syrup.

      • Eggbert

        It's not alcoholic maple syrup. We mix REAL beer with maple syrup.

      • Greg K

        We only club seals on the second Monday of every third leap-year. This usually coincides with the 'floating of the elderly' out on the polar ice sheets. Much maple syrup is consumed.

    • Bruce

      Mmm... They taste a bit like ham.

  • Geoff

    Bring back Sonic Please!!

  • Geoff

    Bring back Sonic Please!!

  • Johnny

    This is the official Winter Olympics game!? Are they taking the piss!???

  • Johnny

    This is the official Winter Olympics game!? Are they taking the piss!???

  • Cilo

    I didn't understand how people would end up with $250 iTunes bills, but now I understand. And justifying this purchase with, "but it's less than a Big Mac!" is just an excuse for being impulsive.

  • Cilo

    I didn't understand how people would end up with $250 iTunes bills, but now I understand. And justifying this purchase with, "but it's less than a Big Mac!" is just an excuse for being impulsive.

  • Mikey PewPewPew

    Cilo works for Sega.

    • untraceable

      sonic at the olympic games is a piece of garbage too

  • Mikey PewPewPew

    Cilo works for Sega.

    • untraceable

      sonic at the olympic games is a piece of garbage too

  • John

    This game tastes like diarrhea in my mouth.

    • Bruce

      Can't say I know what that tastes like...

  • John

    This game tastes like diarrhea in my mouth.

    • Bruce

      Can't say I know what that tastes like...

  • David

    Can you luge in this? Because I value even digital life to much to see it get lost that way.

    • anonymous

      If we were to allow Luge then the rating must change to 17+ Mature.

  • David

    Can you luge in this? Because I value even digital life to much to see it get lost that way.

    • anonymous

      If we were to allow Luge then the rating must change to 17+ Mature.

  • http://www.duzcem.net düzce haber

    Can't say I know what that tastes like..