When Pixelbite launched their futuristic racer Repulze [$0.99] at the beginning of the year, they had something of a one trick pony on their hands. We really enjoyed it in our review, but it turned out to be more of a time trial type game rather than a full-blown traditional racer. It focused on doing just one kind of thing, and it did it really well. Still, there was a good portion of interested gamers that loved the look and feel of Repulze but yearned for something more substantial.

Pixelbite delivered on their promise to expand the experience by releasing a huge Phase 2 update in early February, which added a set of new tracks in a whole new environment as well as a few new mechanics and upgrades for your vehicles. It was a great update to be sure, but it didn't address the two biggest requests fans had been making – AI opponents and some form of vehicular combat.

Again Pixelbite is looking to answer those calls as they announced new details about an upcoming Phase 3 update which would add opponents and weapons. The weapon system sounds really cool too, using the same colored gate system that's used for boosts and sharing its same meter, meaning you'll have to strategically balance the use of both. Recently Pixelbite released the first trailer showcasing the new Repulze Phase 3 in motion, and it looks really fantastic.

The update is basically completed and in the final testing phases, so should be getting sent off to Apple and hopefully approved without issue in the very near future. I'm really looking forward to it, and I'm surprised by just how much I've gotten hooked on Repulze since I'm not usually that into this style of racer. The solo-focused time trial nature of the first two Phases has been a blast, and I'm very curious to see how the game plays with AI opponents and a weapon system in the mix. If you're excited too, be sure to check out the forum discussion and we'll let you know when we get word of a release date.

  • Rothgarr

    That looks really cool!

  • one.sixty.four

    In really liking repulze, great game, although challenging. (I'm stuck on phase 1 still.

    • monoclespectacle

      Can't remember where I saw on TA but the way I understood it, when it moves to phase 3 the price will jump another .99 cents.

      Anyone else remember or know where that is? Was I hallucinating? O_o

      • Jerutix

        I'm not sure where that is either, but that is what they indicated. When Phase 3 comes out, it should go up to $2.99. I bought it when Phase 2 came out, and definitely feel like it was a good use of $1.99

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    Finally! Now it's a killer game!

  • neonblurb

    This is exactly what I've been waiting before since I bought the first version! With weapons and good challenging AI, this game will be an iOS classic

  • JRaynor

    Ja and some people said that they did not want opponents because the game will lose its essence now they are all hype about it