We have been eagerly anticipating the long-hinted at Universal update for True Axis’s sublime racing platformer Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free], and just as the weekend kicked off the update finally popped up in the App Store. I won’t bore you with too many details, but go ahead and feast your eyes on these gorgeous screenshots from the Retina Display iPad.

It’s easy to see that Jet Car Stunts looks beautiful on the iPad even 3 years after its initial release, and it even plays quite well on the larger device despite using tilt, which I’m typically not to keen on in iPad games. Here, it actually feels like the larger device gives me more subtle control over my vehicle.

But as good as it looks and plays, the truly remarkable thing about this new update is the 60fps it runs on the two newest iPads and the iPhone 4S, along with some additional graphical bells and whistles. It really needs to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. As a minor aside, due to OpenFeint’s transition to GREE, leaderboards and achievements are now disabled for 1st generation iPhones and iPod touches with this update.

If you own Jet Car Stunts and an iPad, then get busy downloading the latest update to see the new version in all its beautiful glory. If you haven’t joined in on the Jet Car Stunts fun train yet, then check out the lite version which has also been updated with the new enhancements.

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    Getting busy!

  • http://twitter.com/dtstro Stro

    Looks so beautiful and plays so well on the iPad 2. Thanks for blessing us with universal support TrueAxis! :*]

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dimitris-Katsafouros/666754640 Dimitris Katsafouros

    Oh damn... Another great game killing all of my productive hours... With fieldrunners 2, outwitters and jet car stunts it's amazing how I manage to have any work done at all...

  • skps

    oh lawd, those horrible, horrible buttons :( arent arrows and simple icons not enough nowadays?

    and the bevels! oh the humanity

    • http://twitter.com/trueaxis True Axis

      You're late to the party by a few years if you want to complain about my buttons;) Some people liked them, but, I guess they where a little more designed with the old low res iPhone in mind, and they needed to be more expressive then simple icons because the original release was missing tutorials. There are other options to choose from in the settings now, but I don't promise you will think they are any better.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dimitris-Katsafouros/666754640 Dimitris Katsafouros

        He he the old button design hate! I said the exact same thing a few weeks ago and it's the only problem I remember having in the iPhone release of the game a few years back. The aesthetics of the button didn't match the abstract style of the game at all.
        Anyway I just spent an hour playing the game all over again and just can't stop smiling. What a great game!

      • http://twitter.com/trueaxis True Axis

        I think the JCS 2 buttons are better.

      • DeInit

        Great as expected. Suggestion: please consider the option to reposition the buttons beyond the scope of pre-packed layouts? I find the bulk of the iPad would make it much easier if I could position them, say, at about half the height of the screen.

      • http://twitter.com/trueaxis True Axis

        Already considering changing a couple of the button layouts to be mid screen for an other update.

      • DeInit

        Very nice, thank you.

  • ShawnMak

    Speaking of Universal updates... How's the TA app's update coming along? :)

  • http://twitter.com/timrizzo Tim Rizzo

    One of the first games on my iPod Touch, now back on my new iPad. Absolutely great game. But...
    Why no Game Center ?

    • http://twitter.com/trueaxis True Axis

      Game center is still too limited to support most of JCS features from years ago, and not that many people seem to actually use game center strangely enough. I guess game center Achievements might have been good to add.

      • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

        Deal, Achivements will be enough for now :) Thank you

  • DecafTable

    For a game a couple years old, this looks surprisingly good! Graphics look nice and smooth, and the gameplay is breathtaking. Just watching the video gave me chills! I think I'll pick this up :)

  • soggy

    I'm looking forward to a sequel of this, it was one of my favorite games back in the day and the developers have been quite vigilant in delivering content. I think it's due for a revamp.

  • http://twitter.com/pierlu_ldn Pierluigi

    Is there any chance to see iCloud support in a future update? I completed the game on my iPhone and I'd like to get my scores on the iPad. :)

    • http://twitter.com/trueaxis True Axis

      Not sure. I'm more focused on new games, but I am going to be learning about iCloud very soon for True Skate.

  • http://twitter.com/seanchooong Sean Choong

    Any chance of adding multiplayer?

    • http://twitter.com/trueaxis True Axis

      No chance, that's what the challenge system is for.

  • pinchez

    This is amazing on the new iPad thanks so much for the update, love it!

    As it stands it's not a million miles away from Trackmania, I know you said no to multiplayer but any chance of a new game with the same look and physics of JCS but with multiplayer and as much like Trackmania as possible.

    Two games I'd give my right arm for are good clones of Trackmania and Wipeout :)