There are already a plethora of Tron inspired games on the App Store, predominantly in the form of light bike games. And while some of them are indeed quite entertaining, none of them are actual Tron licensed games. That changed this weekend as Disney has released its own officially branded Tron game in anticipation of the Tron Legacy movie and Tron Evolution console game, both due for release later this year. While not the greatest game you'll ever play, Tron for iPhone is still pretty cool, and has a great visual style that should appeal to fans of the movies franchise.

What you initially get for this free Tron game is a dual stick tank shooter which we previewed during E3 last month. It's surprisingly fun to play, albeit a little uninspired. Fifteen single player levels have you fighting off enemies as you trigger switches that eventually unlock the end goal of the level. Your tank weapons can be upgraded giving you some satisfying firepower, although these upgrades don't carry over level to level. It can be frustratingly hard at times as enemies swarm you from every direction and can deplete your entire health allotment in the blink of an eye. Still, for a game that cost you nothing to try, it's not bad.

What's more interesting than the single player offering is the multiplayer mode. At the beginning of the game you'll choose what color faction you want to be associated with, and a running total of the weekly performance of each faction can be viewed from within the game. It's a neat idea and gives you the feeling of being part of a team, and apparently according to our forums the orange faction is the unofficial faction of TouchArcade, if you'd like to show your TA pride. Online matches connect very easily and you can choose to partake in 2, 4, or 6 player matches. It's pretty fun, but it's hard to get into matches where people are taking things very seriously and expect to get your own teammates killing you fairly often.

A clever bit of cryptic information is to be found in the games description, which is essentially just a string of binary code. Once solved, it reads “This TRON app will evolve. ComiTRON coming 072210”. Not coincidentally, 7/22/10 is the start of Comi-Con in San Diego, with a Tron panel discussion scheduled for this very same day. We're not sure if that means they'll just be unveiling new information regarding the iPhone game or if Disney actually has the first update to Tron set for release on this day. Either way, we'll be eager to find out, as they've confirmed that Light Bike and Discs modes are planned additions to the game.

  • sven.

    Unfortunately it is not available in the german App Store. Only US? :/

  • Murbs

    Not on the UK store either (yet?).

    @ sven. - there's certainly mention of a German language option on that App Store link...

    • sven.

      Yep. Downloaded it from the US Store and I can verify now, that it is indeed in german language.

  • Chris

    Not in the Japanese store either - says US ONLY 🙁

  • La_Misère

    I cannot play it actually, I live in France. Can people here tell me if there's a soundtrack in the game ? Does it sound like daft punk ?

    • squarezero

      It's tough to know for sure if it's the real DP music because all that we've heard from the soundtrack is the cut that was featured on the trailer. The music in the game could conceivably be DP, but it could also be an imitation. Sound good, though, especially combines with the ambient sounds.

      For those outside of the US: just get a US account. It's a freebie, so you don't need a credit card

      • La_Misère

        Thank you dude, have a good day !

    • spinnindjs

      Daft punk it is

  • Mark Thalman

    If you take the binary from the app store description and convert it to UTF8 it spells out:

    "This TRON app will evolve. ComiTRON coming 072210."

    Can't wait to see what happens on Thursday.

    • Murbs

      Yeah, it says that in the article 😉

  • Tom

    It's not in the Canadian store. 🙁

    • Arlen

      Also disappointed that it is not on the Canadian iTunes site. I wonder if this will change.

  • Xeliorones

    Sure it won't be free for non usa store, but I bet that paid version will find all stores around the world. I'll not forget not buy anything from a crap company doing segregation. It's so stupid to show us so obviously we are the cows.

    • Jas

      Agreed. I'm going to boycott them for this attitude......after downloading it from the US store of course 🙂

  • george

    not in uk store

  • Dee

    I'm hearing that Disney is hiring Pixar writers and Brad Bird to rewrite the script for the movie after seeing the test screening results. Sigh...

  • Xeliorones

    I haven't forget EA that reserved their sales to USA I won't forget Disney. It's not for idevice it's for any device, if not forever, for a very long time. DAO2? At worse I'll play a copy from friend, totally legal in my country.

  • HeartHug

    It's not available in the Australian Store yet either.

  • Mr. Gates

    NIce little Game

  • Willow

    Why do the developers do this??? Wouldn't it make sense to spread your brand name as far as possible. I remember the 80's movie and am looking to the new one coming up to take my boys. This leaves a bad taste in the mouth though.
    Bloody idiots.

    Willow, Australia.

  • oliath

    It's not in the UK store either.
    I thought the whole point of digital distribution was to make things global.

    This is digital racism.

  • RandySox

    Not in Swedish appstore either.

    Btw Daft Punk Discovery is one of my all time favorite albums but the music i´ve heard from the promo-videos is no where near the creativity shown on that record. Uninspired except for the production... to say the least

  • K

    On the AU store now.

    • Ouisch

      Up in Canada now too. I'd assume everywhere.

      • Mauly

        Still not UK... 🙁