Today Brad and I get extreme as we risk broken bones and bruises to give you a hands-on look at the upcoming virtual skateboard game True Skate from Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] developer True Axis.

Yesterday we posted a gameplay video that the developer created, which was a great way to show how the game is controlled using your fingers like they were legs for your little virtual skateboard. In an effort to not block the filming, that video used just one finger to control the action, which is a totally viable way to play the game if you wish. However, True Skate supports multitouch inputs, and indeed some tricks are easier to pull off using two fingers.

Keep that in mind as you watch the following TA Plays where I spend way too much time dorking around the skatepark trying whatever my feeble brain can think of, and Brad shows his infatuation with the 900 and his severe lack of knowledge in the area of grip tape.

True Skate in its current state is basically done and ready to be submitted any day now, and once released there are plenty of ideas rattling around in the brains at True Axis for future updates to the game. Number one on my list is new environments, as I'm already starting to know the included skatepark like the back of my hand, but even as is True Skate is one of the more unique games I've ever come across. It's hard to describe just how much I've enjoyed my time with the game, and I think it's something that isn't completely clear until you actually get your hands on the game yourself.

Until then enjoy the TA Plays and be sure to chat up the game in our forums as True Skate moves towards a release sometime in the very near future.

  • Firetruck94

    Haha brad dosent have a tv

  • tminusvitali

    Brad's need to see a 900 made me laugh every time.

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

    Good luck with that 900, haha.

  • bradnicholson

    what does a man need to do to see a 900!?

    • Firetruck94

      Give me a tv

      • bradnicholson

        hey, jared's the one that gives away his TVs.

      • Firetruck94

        Ok tell him to give me one

  • totallymichael

    Is it possible to lock into all of the grinds on this? Like a proper crooked? Or blunt? I play the living crap out of Touchgrind and I'm pretty much the Master Daddy at this point. But on Touchgrind you can slide up to tweak your board and land in proper crooks and blunts/noseblunts and it'll actually lock in. I didn't see much of anything other than boardslides and 50-50's on this. All in all though, this looks like it's going to rule hard.

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

      The following grinds are possible, but things like a bluntslide are very hard to pull off.
      50 50 GRIND
      5 0 GRIND
      BOARDSLIDE
      RAIL SLIDE
      TAIL SLIDE
      NOSE SLIDE
      DARKSLIDE
      DARK_50_50
      SUSKI GRIND
      SMITH GRIND
      FEEBLE GRIND
      SALAD GRIND
      NOSE GRIND
      CROOKED GRIND
      LAZY GRIND
      OVERCROOK
      LOSI GRIND
      BLUNTSLIDE
      NOSEBLUNT

      • totallymichael

        Awesome. Also, if you don't mind me asking, how do you control the level of the board (A mob ollie vs a tweaked ollie)? Is it determined by how far you slide down for the ollie or is it controlled by the front foot (finger).

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

        The angle that the Ollie levels out at is controlled by where you place the second touch. You hit down on the back of the board to flip it up, then you just need a second touch to level out. If the second touch is towards the nose, the front of the board will dip. If you want to do a crooked, you want to place for finger towards the tip of the nose before you get to the rail.

        One in the grind, you can slide your finger back or forward a bit to control the elevation further, or use two fingers too.

      • totallymichael

        Thanks a bunch. This is awesome. Can't wait.

      • ImJPaul

        No lipslides?!

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

        Lip Tricks are something that I hope we can address later in an update. You can do some lip tricks, but the game wont register them as lip tricks. And some of the lips are a little blunt in the collision model and hard to lock onto. I'm more of a ramp skater my self (Although, mostly inline skates on vert), so I would love to add more attention to lip tricks, because I haven't seen them done particularly well in any game, but it seemed more important to get all the other tricks good first, get the game out, then come back to things like lip tricks for later updates.

      • ImJPaul

        In all seriousness though, the thing I like about this game is the perspective. I spent countless hours angered at touchgrind because of its terrible top down perspective. Making performing anything beyond a trick on a flat surface a chore. The realism of this game looks awesome. Definitely add more locations. Maybe even popular skate spots like love park in philly and such. Game looks great. Hurry and send it to apple for approval. Who knows how long that process will take.

  • just0

    Fuc*ing sick!!!

  • JJE

    Super excited about this. I gonna need those tutorials. I assume additional parks are somewhere in the plans.

  • Kablermo

    Is it universal or iPad-exclusive?

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

      Universal

  • epikninja

    A release date please, true axis!

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

      It will be later in October. We might announce an exact date soon.

  • Showmelater

    Price info?

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

      We will announce the price soon but it will be cheap.

  • Showmelater

    Great!! Must say that Jet Car Stunts has been on my iphone from the day it was released!! The best game on appstore!!! I have a feeling this one will battle with Jet Car Stunts!!!

  • oooooomonkey

    This looks amazing, did nobody play "first try Fridays" I feel that was Inbetween this and touch grind. It was a great game but crazy hard.

    • GetLitTonite

      Is first try fridays worth 8 bucks?

      • Filip Ringdal

        Yes

      • Filip Ringdal

        If you're ready to learn a difficult game though. But it's fun if you are in to skating!

      • GetLitTonite

        Alright, thanks:) Ill have to check it out then.

  • Yourplague

    I hide in bushes with knifes :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628155349 Oliver Atherton

    I'd love to read more about the tech behind True Axis's games. Their rendering always seems so beautiful. Even in a game with seemingly simple graphics like Jet Car Stunts (please make a sequel fast!) the way the coloured blocks bled into the other surfaces with their shadows.... and here we see it again. The shadows look perfect. They have a really natural fall off and again a tinting of the colour of the surface creating them.

    I can only imagine it's baked in... almost like the new RAGE engine does... but it's still visually some of the more impressive stuff I have seen on the ios as a result of these little details.

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

      Yep, everything is backed into the textures, plus a little secular mapping over the top. The tech is very simple but fast. It's all about nice art.

  • GetLitTonite

    True Axis, great job creating this game. I cant wait for the release! Hope its soon. Buyin it the second it comes out:)!