This new app from Artificial Life, is a classic flight sim. The object in this version is to navigate a stunt plane through pylons, otherwise known as “Air Gates."
The tracks in Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lite are patterned after flying events that take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE and San Diego.
Because this is the Lite version, I assume, when the “industrial-strength” or other version debuts, it will have more tracks and additional features. Artificial Life says that version is “coming soon.” They’ve even included a nonfunctional “Full Version” menu item in this app, which suggests they're all set to go, even if the buyer of Red Bull Air Race is not.
Right now, you have the option of a custom race in Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lite, meaning you can choose either Abu Dhabi or San Diego as your venue, or quick flight through one of the venues.
Regardless, Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lite will, or already has, all the elements we’ve come to expect in iPhone and iPod touch games of this genre: customizable vehicles, motion-sensitive controls (which can be calibrated and adjusted for sensitivity), different cockpit views, thumb controls (in this case to speed up and turn the aircraft on a vertical axis). The controls work well too.
The soundtrack is techno something or other and it’s painfully tedious. The sound effects of the airplane’s motor and the audible alerts when you’re too low or off the course are pretty good.
Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lite is a slow loader, at start up and between menus, as some of these apps often are because of their graphics. In this version, it’s just not worth the wait to switch venues or do anything else.
There is stiff competition already in this category and in its current form, Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lite really doesn't stand out. Personally, I don't think it's worth a buck.
If you like flying sims (whether in space or on Earth, take a look at Galaxy on Fire 3D, from FISHLABS, Armageddon Squadron, from Polarbit, The Void, from Alexander Wayne, X-Plane Racing, Laminar Research, among others that have been introduced in recent months. They cost more, but at least you'll get your money's worth, and there's no waiting.