Disney Interactive's arcade racing collaboration with Black Rock Studios, Split/Second [$6.99], hit the App Store tonight and so far seems remarkably similar to the version we previewed last week:

Developed in house utilizing scaled down versions of the assets from the XBOX 360 and PS3 version of the game, Split/Second for the iPhone is a fun racing game with a great sense of speed and a cool gameplay mechanic that involves blowing up portions of the track to change the layout of the course and sabotage opponents.

In Split/Second, you compete in a fictional reality television show where you compete for fame and fortune. Included are three gameplay modes: Season mode where you play through the TV show, quick race where you can play any unlocked track, and multiplayer mode which not only can be played locally via bluetooth and WiFi but also online.

The main gimmick of Split/Second is the powerplay system. Racing through the game, a gauge near the back of your car slowly fills up in three segments. Doing things like drifting, drafting opponents, and just generally racing as aggressive as possible increases your powerplay meter. You can then spend this powerplay energy to initiate various explosions throughout the track to take out enemy racers as well as significantly altering the track itself. This can result in debris and track damage that you must dodge and avoid in subsequent laps. The game offers 3 types of modes throughout: Detonator, Elimination, and Race. Detonator pits you against the track itself in which all possible explosions occur during your run. You just need to finish in the time allotted. Elimination is an aggressive quick-elimination mode where the trailing car is eliminated at regular intervals. Finally, Race is self explanatory. Controls are limited to auto-acceleration, tilt control and manual braking with multiple button layout options.

As some commenters mentioned in the preview post, the powerplay gauge increased very slowly in the preview build. This seems to have been tweaked to be more in line with the console version of the game and it seems rare that I'm ever really starved for powerplays.

Unfortunately, the other issues mentioned in the preview still remain. While the game itself is a fast arcade racer with a neat gimmick, it almost seems like too much was sacrificed when compressing the game down from the XBOX 360 or PS3 to the iPhone. So many of the visual effects are missing, and even the biggest explosions aren't nearly as exciting.

In comparison, when playing the full console version of the game, you're constantly dodging explosions and other environmental obstacles launching themselves in the middle of the raceway. On the iPhone, this explosion mechanic isn't anywhere near as prevalent as it should be in a game that tries to be based around adrenaline-pumping explosions around every turn.

Split/Second for iPhone does come with online multiplayer, but since it just launched this evening, it's too early to say whether or not this will become popular enough to sustain itself.


While Split/Second for iPhone can be a fun arcade racer, App Store racing staples like Real Racing [$4.99 / Free] and Need for Speed Shift [$6.99] are just flat out better technical racers. As such, Split/Second isn't a must have but may appeal to those looking for a different and far more arcade-y racing experience.

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  • oliath

    I love how you managed to crash every time on the exact same corner.
    DOH!
    Nice review. Thanks. I think i won't get this for now.

    Oh and also this proves to those who think Touch Arcade is biased towards any of their advertisers that they are wrong. A big fat banner for split second at the top of the page and a not so shining review seem pretty impartial to me.

    • festival

      banner + review ....fits fine :-)

  • oliath

    I love how you managed to crash every time on the exact same corner.
    DOH!
    Nice review. Thanks. I think i won't get this for now.

    Oh and also this proves to those who think Touch Arcade is biased towards any of their advertisers that they are wrong. A big fat banner for split second at the top of the page and a not so shining review seem pretty impartial to me.

    • festival

      banner + review ....fits fine :-)

  • ultimo

    how about adding touch controls?
    giving us a lite version & updating the screenshots on iTunes?

    C'mon Disney!

  • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

    how about adding touch controls?
    giving us a lite version & updating the screenshots on iTunes?

    C'mon Disney!

  • psyc

    Can I have Spiderman or Iron Man as a driver?

  • psyc

    Can I have Spiderman or Iron Man as a driver?

  • The Theory

    Mental note to self: buy this for the PS3. Looks like it'll be a lot of fun on a console.

  • The Theory

    Mental note to self: buy this for the PS3. Looks like it'll be a lot of fun on a console.

  • Mark

    lol, 3TH place?

  • Mark

    lol, 3TH place?

  • Frej444

    Eli Hodapp, no offence, but you really suck at this game :)

  • Frej444

    Eli Hodapp, no offence, but you really suck at this game :)

  • SiDCrAzY

    This game looks beautiful on the PS3, but I just didn't have very much fun with it.

    Haven't tried this one out, but I don't think I will. I'm pretty much race-d out right now with Burnout, Ridge Racer, that one iPod game I can't rememeber, and Midnight Club.

  • SiDCrAzY

    This game looks beautiful on the PS3, but I just didn't have very much fun with it.

    Haven't tried this one out, but I don't think I will. I'm pretty much race-d out right now with Burnout, Ridge Racer, that one iPod game I can't rememeber, and Midnight Club.

  • DanH

    No UK appstore version?

  • DanH

    No UK appstore version?

  • MarkE

    Any idea of a date for UK?

  • MarkE

    Any idea of a date for UK?

  • SpAzzLe

    The graphics for this game are really good, however the game it's self is a big steaming pile of kack!! It's really weird you driving along nicely then all of a sudden, BOOM!! A big explosion and your thrown a million feet in the air and you come in 3rd position. I feel it would be a better game without all the stupid explosions.

  • SpAzzLe

    The graphics for this game are really good, however the game it's self is a big steaming pile of kack!! It's really weird you driving along nicely then all of a sudden, BOOM!! A big explosion and your thrown a million feet in the air and you come in 3rd position. I feel it would be a better game without all the stupid explosions.

  • Shiznit

    The graphics are ok, but the sounds ...omg
    Its like watching a bad movie with a motor cycle in it...
    Its like Accelerating ALL the time.

    Cheap sound effects.

  • Shiznit

    The graphics are ok, but the sounds ...omg
    Its like watching a bad movie with a motor cycle in it...
    Its like Accelerating ALL the time.

    Cheap sound effects.

  • Drobotenko 93

    как скачать игру????

Split/Second Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 3