In our Comic-Con round-up podcast, we interviewed Disney’s Jeff Nuzzi, who told us, ‘light cycles are coming in a big way.’ Now they’re here, in the form of a second Tron game for the iPhone. But while the previous Tron app felt dull, Tron: Legacy is an endless adrenaline rush.
Light cycle races in Tron: Legacy are, at their core, arcade racers. You must complete a set number of laps before the other light bike competitors, while picking up power-ups like turbo boost. What’s new is that you can’t cross another light bike’s light path without jumping over it or using a special power-up. This is a lot of fun, because you can box other riders into corners and crash their cycle, giving you the immediate advantage.
Should have used that brake!
You’ll also need to get used to timely braking (sorry, no auto-brake option here). This won’t be a problem once you get used to the 16 different tracks, but you will have to watch out for mirror tracks that flip around each turn.
The single-player campaign occasionally throws in an arcade rail-shooter game where you take to the cockpit of a Recognizer and tilt the phone to aim a reticule at baddies. These are, for the most part, quite fun and keep things interesting.
The star of the show, however, is online multiplayer. Online play is fluid, getting into a match is quick, and you can challenge other racers to a rematch. Whether you want a quick session, or need to waste a few hours, this mode will stay entertaining.
It’s like an old Western, only in cyberspace!
While Tron: Legacy is a universal app, we can only give the iPhone version our full recommendation, because the iPad version is both pixilated and controls poorly. It generally feels like an afterthought to grab that important ‘universal app’ tag.
Game Center is included in the package, but most of our achievements didn’t register as we completed them. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any stretch, but it’s still disappointing.
Disney has surprised us with the quality of their movie tie-in games, but none have impressed us as much as Tron: Legacy. So get your light cycle rezzed up, and we’ll see you on the grid.