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First Look at ‘Speed Forge Extreme’ from Chillingo

Wipeout for the PSP seems to be the name of the game in the App Store, with tons of failed attempts at the futuristic racer.  We’ve seen some come close like Low Grav Racer 2, but ultimately, missing features led to its demise.  Among the many, Speed Forge Extreme was released just last night with some blur effects and whatnot on the iPhone 3GS.

Now, you’re all probably wondering, “Is this any good?”  I’m going to probably say, “Yes, this game is awesome.”  But why you ask?  Speed Forge Extreme feels like a futuristic racer, it looks like a futuristic racer, and drives like a futuristic racer.

When you’re playing the game, you’ll be listening to techno beats along with some other slight variations of the music genre, and it’s very well done.  The ship is more zoomed out than zoomed in, giving you a sense of speed along with a feeling that you’re gliding across the track.  I know a sense of speed is always important in a racing game such as this, and I believe the developer did a pretty solid job with the overall feel.

As for the graphics, they’re absolutely amazing.  I’m on an iPhone 3GS right now, but many users have reported that the game looks great even without the 3GS enhancements.  Everything runs so smoothly, and looks great, that you won’t have to worry about the graphics.  The only downfall with the design were the menu options; they look absolutely horrible.  It was slightly clunky and didn’t exactly fit with the whole theme.

The controls were also a huge part to this game’s success, offering accelerometer and touch controls, a feature that was missing in Low Grav Racer 2.  You shouldn’t have any trouble with the controls, and I found both methods to be very responsive.

Overall, Speed Forge Extreme is a solid futuristic racer.  While it is missing vehicle sounds, has a clunky user interface, and doesn’t have many ships, the overall look and feel is amazing.  We’ll have a review up soon enough, but for now, I think it’s safe to say that if you’re looking for Wipeout on iPhone, don’t look any further.



  1. Spam Puncher on Tuesday 15, 2009

    This is a pretty decent game, but it’s no Wipeout or f-Zero, it’s more of a pod racer in gameplay and style.

    And have you actually played Low Grav 2? It’s much faster than Speed Forge on my 3GS, and the draw distance is incredible; it has a real wow factor and sense of speed that Speed Forge really lacks.

    |As for Low Grav 2 not having a brake… it does… it’s the button on the left side of the screen that says ‘brake’.

  2. WodoBoo on Tuesday 15, 2009

    I don’t agree with you at all. I played both games. Speed Forge has a great sense of speed and the graphics is just Amazing! Not even talking about very nice controls, music, arena fights….