A new iPad game powered by the Unreal Engine is now available on the App Store, and for good measure, Flashbike Arena also works on the iPhone. Flashbike Arena is a single-player arcade racing combat game not unlike the TRON light cycle titles of yore. But it’s been developed using Epic’s Unreal Development Kit, so it has all the modern-day Unreal Engine 3 bells and whistles such as next-generation shaders and rigid body physics.
In Flashbike Arena, players try to earn points by causing opponents to crash into the colored wall that trails behind their “Flashbike” (think of TRON’s light cycles, and you get the picture). Flashbike Arena features Game Center support allowing players to earn achievements as well as compete to earn the most points and top the leaderboard. To earn points players attempt to cause enemies to crash into the wall left in the wake of their “Flashbike”. Additional points and multipliers can be earned by collecting the “energy cores” left behind as the wreckage of an enemy’s crashed bike.
Flashbike Arena has been in development since spring 2011 and is the work of a small independent team, with all of the programming having been done by just one individual. Although the first iOS release for Two Gear, the team behind Two Gear has previous development experience using the UDK. In 2009 their Unreal Tournament Mod “Coda” earned them several prizes in Intel and Epic’s Make Something Unreal Contest.
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 31.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Flashbike Arena 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.