We mentioned earlier that Firemint was one of the first on the scene with "Retina"-display enhanced versions of their game. We managed to get some full-size iPhone 4 screenshots of the game which are included below.

Firemint lists the following features for the free update:

  • Gorgeous new graphics perfect for showing off the Retina display with high resolution textures, more detailed car interiors, improved track corners, beautifully updated menus and exceptionally smooth graphical performance on iPhone 4
  • Even more responsive and accurate controls on iPhone 4, with three-axis gyro support in addition to accelerometer
  • Smoother graphics on iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3 with iOS4 anti-aliasing
  • Support for iOS4 multitasking on compatible devices: switch effortlessly between your favourite apps

Screenshots off of an iPhone 4 (click for full size):


In many ways, its silly to be posting these screens since most of you are viewing them on a standard monitor. The appeal of the iPhone 4's display is said to be the extremely high dots per inch (DPI) that it outputs that results in a particularly smooth image. Still, we were just as curious to see the full size screens even if we can't fully appreciate them until Thursday.

  • TKO

    Gaaaah! Here was me all ready to wait it out a few more months on my 3G. But but .. it's so *gorgeous*! .. {checks bank balance}

  • TKO

    Gaaaah! Here was me all ready to wait it out a few more months on my 3G. But but .. it's so *gorgeous*! .. {checks bank balance}

  • Ron Holland

    ok ok its nice but i expected it to be a whole lot more ... like a special upgraded iphone 4 edition with awesom graphics

    • munkee

      Yeah exactly, this update is lame. No motion blur, no better car models, no real reflection.

  • Ron Holland

    ok ok its nice but i expected it to be a whole lot more ... like a special upgraded iphone 4 edition with awesom graphics

    • munkee

      Yeah exactly, this update is lame. No motion blur, no better car models, no real reflection.

  • http://techtrends.eu/ Christophe Lefevre

    C'est là ou tu vois qu'il y a du travail à faire sur la qualité et définition des textures

  • http://techtrends.eu/ Christophe Lefevre

    C'est là ou tu vois qu'il y a du travail à faire sur la qualité et définition des textures

  • WilhelmR

    Bet it looks a lot better in motion, because on the screenshots i can only see how there's high res and low res textures coexisting and it looks very weird :)

  • WilhelmR

    Bet it looks a lot better in motion, because on the screenshots i can only see how there's high res and low res textures coexisting and it looks very weird :)

  • RhythmMan

    I hope they start taking advantage of all the rendering and sharer tricks the iPhone 4 is capable of. Hi-res textures are nothing great, I want better lighting!

  • RhythmMan

    I hope they start taking advantage of all the rendering and sharer tricks the iPhone 4 is capable of. Hi-res textures are nothing great, I want better lighting!

  • Dave Crisps

    Shame they didn't make the game less dull instead. Looks great, lovely presentation, but way too sim-like and plodding.

  • Dave Crisps

    Shame they didn't make the game less dull instead. Looks great, lovely presentation, but way too sim-like and plodding.

  • arzouille

    Is it possible to have older screenshots to compare ?

  • arzouille

    Is it possible to have older screenshots to compare ?

  • thebleeptruth

    Question: If an app gets an OS4 upgrade like how some games are doing now (ex. real racing), would this mean it's resolution in the iPad on 2X will also be better than it was previously? Or would it have no effect whatsoever for an iPhone app running on 2x on an iPad?

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      No effect. The iphone4 resolution is different and the iPad's ios 3.2 doesn't know about the retina display. Maybe in 4.1 this fall.

      Btw the framerate is now buttery smooth on my 3GS. The coders at Firemint really know how to tweak a game!

      • dawgg

        The Retina display is 80% of the iPad's size and in gameplay it looks AWESOME! I can't compare any other racing game to this one (gameplay and graphics).
        However yeah, they could add some cars or more than 2 online races to chose from. (Only Sedan and Hatch.. hmm)

    • Bell

      I've downloaded several apps now that are supposedly optimized for the retina display, but they look no different on the iPad. 1x is small (320x480) and 2x looks blurry and pixel-doubled.

  • thebleeptruth

    Question: If an app gets an OS4 upgrade like how some games are doing now (ex. real racing), would this mean it's resolution in the iPad on 2X will also be better than it was previously? Or would it have no effect whatsoever for an iPhone app running on 2x on an iPad?

    • http://Www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      No effect. The iphone4 resolution is different and the iPad's ios 3.2 doesn't know about the retina display. Maybe in 4.1 this fall.

      Btw the framerate is now buttery smooth on my 3GS. The coders at Firemint really know how to tweak a game!

      • dawgg

        The Retina display is 80% of the iPad's size and in gameplay it looks AWESOME! I can't compare any other racing game to this one (gameplay and graphics).
        However yeah, they could add some cars or more than 2 online races to chose from. (Only Sedan and Hatch.. hmm)

    • Bell

      I've downloaded several apps now that are supposedly optimized for the retina display, but they look no different on the iPad. 1x is small (320x480) and 2x looks blurry and pixel-doubled.

  • rob

    what about comparation fps on 3gs vs 4? and as i see in 4 hd screenshots theres no antaliasing

  • rob

    what about comparation fps on 3gs vs 4? and as i see in 4 hd screenshots theres no antaliasing

  • narr

    Didn't notice any antialiasing (3GS with IOS4) ...

    • Doomboy

      I took screenshots before and after, and if you know what you're looking for the difference is clear and beautiful. But I grant you the difference isn't much.

  • narr

    Didn't notice any antialiasing (3GS with IOS4) ...

    • Doomboy

      I took screenshots before and after, and if you know what you're looking for the difference is clear and beautiful. But I grant you the difference isn't much.

  • Diab

    Those images will be super sharp on a small iPhone 4 screen for sure, but I see no anti-aliasing at all.

    • rob

      i think problem with antialiasing in hd versions is high res retina screen and the same gpu power vr sgc 535 as in 3gs, so the same graphic procesor and 4x pixels

  • Diab

    Those images will be super sharp on a small iPhone 4 screen for sure, but I see no anti-aliasing at all.

    • rob

      i think problem with antialiasing in hd versions is high res retina screen and the same gpu power vr sgc 535 as in 3gs, so the same graphic procesor and 4x pixels

  • Mutki

    How about a comparison with the ipad?

  • Mutki

    How about a comparison with the ipad?

  • Lukeb

    Apple deceived fans by pushing the iPad to gamers without mentioning that the iPhone 4 would be all the more "magical" as a result of the retina display and 6-axis gyroscope which is lacking in the iPad. It's a slap in the face to ipad owners to withhold the iOS 4. iPhone 4 games get the benefit of anti-aliasing while iPad owners get to watch the objects in zenbound 2 rotate at 20fps.

    • vulture3

      wwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      so dramatic. get a dolly and play tea cups.

      • Lukeb

        That one's straight out of book.

  • Lukeb

    Apple deceived fans by pushing the iPad to gamers without mentioning that the iPhone 4 would be all the more "magical" as a result of the retina display and 6-axis gyroscope which is lacking in the iPad. It's a slap in the face to ipad owners to withhold the iOS 4. iPhone 4 games get the benefit of anti-aliasing while iPad owners get to watch the objects in zenbound 2 rotate at 20fps.

    • vulture3

      wwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      so dramatic. get a dolly and play tea cups.

      • Lukeb

        That one's straight out of book.

  • voynix

    Does this mean the iPhone 4 will give a better gaming experience than the ipad? I'd rather have the iPhone 4 anyway!

    • Greg K

      Sure.... if you like gaming on a tiny screen. I'll take some downgraded graphics and game without having to squint.

      • voynix

        Squint? My eyesight is fine, thanks!

  • voynix

    Does this mean the iPhone 4 will give a better gaming experience than the ipad? I'd rather have the iPhone 4 anyway!

    • Greg K

      Sure.... if you like gaming on a tiny screen. I'll take some downgraded graphics and game without having to squint.

      • voynix

        Squint? My eyesight is fine, thanks!

  • Christ Ryan

    Is there a skyline r34 here?

  • Christ Ryan

    Is there a skyline r34 here?