Last month we brought you word that Cubed Rally Racer [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] developer Jared Bailey finally had a follow-up iOS project in the works called Infinite Surf [$0.99]. A pretty big departure from the extreme challenge of Cubed Rally Racer, Infinite Surf was more of a relaxing ride on the ocean, from a pseudo 3rd-person perspective that you don’t typically see in surfing games.

We took an early version for a spin in one of our TA Plays videos, and enjoyed our time with the game. It’s a simple tilt-based game where the goal is to guide your surfboard through the ocean on an endless wave and collect coins. Occasionally you can pick up a power-up that will cause your wave to curl and churn out bonus coins, or another that lets you carve up the wall of the wave.

The really clever part of Infinite Surf is how it’s more or less up to you to determine how fast, and thus how challenging, the game gets. Various point multipliers can be picked up which will net you more points, but it will also increase your speed. Picking up several of them during the course of a run can lead to some huge scoring opportunities, but it also becomes risky with the speed increase.

If high scoring isn’t your thing you can just ignore the multipliers and enjoy the scenery at your own pace. There is also a selection of different boards to unlock using the coins collected during play that each have their own attributes, and a second environment with a sweet sunset that you can unlock as well.

Infinite Surf is a really simple game, to the point that it doesn’t even pose much of a challenge until you’ve gotten pretty deep into a run and increased your speed significantly. But its strength lies more in it being an experience, as you enjoy the cool scenery and unique perspective while hypnotically carving your board back and forth across the water. There’s just something that makes me feel good when playing Infinite Surf, so if you dig those relaxing, artsy kind of games that you can lose yourself in then definitely give it a look.

  • Remote_

    Bought it and played it for a while. Have to say it's not really doing a lot for me, unless I'm missing something?

    Having said that, high score junkies will enjoy the multiplier aspect for sure.

    Looks nice though!

    • http://twitter.com/EshanMathur Eshan Mathur

      Gotta agree with that. No good indication or explanation of how or why I failed, so that broke it for me.

      • http://twitter.com/nocanwin Jared Bailey

        missed coins take away from your stability. 3 strikes and you're out.

  • G429314

    I am tempted to get it, but just can't seem to make the purchase. Gonna keep an eye on it though.

    • http://twitter.com/nocanwin Jared Bailey

      For me it was an experimental game to see if I could produce something that mixed the feelings of relaxation and intensity that actual surfing can produce, so it's not for everyone. That being said I hope you come around :)

  • http://twitter.com/nocanwin Jared Bailey

    An update is in Apples hands. Hopefully it'll be out soon. It'll have

    -cheaper unlocks
    -gamecenter score bug fix
    -permanent board upgrades

  • witedahlia

    I'm really enjoying this game, even though GC isn't updating. GC rarely works for anything so I'm used to it. Love the game.

    • http://twitter.com/nocanwin Jared Bailey

      the GC bug is all my fault. I put in some last minute code to only submit your score when you achieve a new high, but that caused it to only submit it once! :o

      hopefully the update gets approved soon!

  • martinsstoller

    Well I enjoy the game! Very relaxing in a way...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1134582760 Nicole Hunter

    I really liked this game.  It was super chill.  I was having issues going to sleep so I popped it on and it cleared my mind quite well.