At E3 this year Disney was showing two new iPhone titles, Tron and Toy Story 3. I had very high hopes for Tron, as the original movie is very near and dear to my heart but I'm really not too sure what to think of the official licensed game after playing so many great games inspired by the light cycle battles from the movie already.

Disney's Tron is being released as something they're calling a "franchise portal", which is going to be a host to numerous individual Tron games and toys, originally launching with a tank game shown in the following video:

As explained in the video, Disney is planning to update Tron consistently leading up to the release of the movie later this year. The game portion of the Tron will start off as a Tanks game but later get free updates with different game types. It's a promise that always causes us a little pause as it's becoming increasingly common on the App Store. I suppose all we can do is wait and see, and see how the pricing works out. But I would have loved to have seen Disney launch with a little bit more than a dual stick shooter.

Oddly enough, this confusing usage of such excellent licenses persisted through their iPhone version of Toy Story 3. Currently, the game has several components: A button trading game where players earn buttons like you would earn in-game achievements then trade them with other people who also have the game, an accelerometer controlled racing game, a hidden object game, a sound board, and others. You can even use the Toy Story 3 iPhone game as a virtual controller for the Toy Story 3 PC game via WiFi.

The accelerometer-powered racing game can be seen in the following gameplay video:

We'll see how both of the games turn out once they're finally released and each see their full suite of associated Tron or Toy Story 3 content unveiled. Meanwhile, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for an absolutely fantastic official light cycle update to the Tron game.

  • GDawg

    first pawst.

  • GDawg

    they should get a port of Toystory 64...that would be coolies.

  • GDawg

    first pawst.

  • GDawg

    they should get a port of Toystory 64...that would be coolies.

  • Tom

    Toy Story 3 is out in the Canadian App Store, I'm downloading it now.

  • Tom

    Toy Story 3 is out in the Canadian App Store, I'm downloading it now.

  • Cyggie

    Am I correct in understanding that I won't 'own' the game but just an app that will connect to the game. If that's the case I don't feel very comfortable. What if they get tired running the program? And isn't that getting close to what killed Nescaline?

  • Cyggie

    Am I correct in understanding that I won't 'own' the game but just an app that will connect to the game. If that's the case I don't feel very comfortable. What if they get tired running the program? And isn't that getting close to what killed Nescaline?

  • Adams Immersive

    I hope those tank guns pivot properly off-center, like the original weird Tron tanks.

  • Adams Immersive

    I hope those tank guns pivot properly off-center, like the original weird Tron tanks.

  • Ouisch

    Now, I will buy the Tron app and every single little Tron add on they release, simply because I'm a Tron mark.

    However, that tank game looks like a bad, top down version of the "Space Paranoids" online game they released earlier this year. Why don't they just release that instead (I believe it was done on Unity, so it shouldn't be hard to port it over).

    Though, saying they obviously haven't specified all the games that will be available... maybe they will.

  • Ouisch

    Now, I will buy the Tron app and every single little Tron add on they release, simply because I'm a Tron mark.

    However, that tank game looks like a bad, top down version of the "Space Paranoids" online game they released earlier this year. Why don't they just release that instead (I believe it was done on Unity, so it shouldn't be hard to port it over).

    Though, saying they obviously haven't specified all the games that will be available... maybe they will.

  • http://www.moreblusky.com Sense Field

    wait a second...no light bike game? Seriously? I was expecting a Light Bike game to end all others. This tank business is crap.

  • http://www.moreblusky.com Sense Field

    wait a second...no light bike game? Seriously? I was expecting a Light Bike game to end all others. This tank business is crap.

  • Steven

    This is looking to be a comic con launch so around July 21-25. So much tron info and products will come out at that time. hopping that their iPod touch cases are crazy awsome.

  • Steven

    This is looking to be a comic con launch so around July 21-25. So much tron info and products will come out at that time. hopping that their iPod touch cases are crazy awsome.