App Review: Touchgrind by Illusion Labs

by Jeff   on April 28, 2009
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Games, Staff Favorites

touchgrind2 150x150 App Review: Touchgrind by Illusion LabsTouchgrind by Illusion Labs is an awesome finger boarding game for your iPod. There are 3 different game modes: Warm Up, Jam Session, and Competition. In the competitions you have a set time limit to try to get a high score and unlock new boards. In jam session you do tricks to try to earn a high score like in competition.  The difference is that you can’t unlock new boards and you don’t have a time limit. In warm up mode you can practice all of your stunts.  You just don’t get awarded any points for them.

There are many tricks you can do on Touchgrind.  Some of the main ones are: Ollies, Shuvits, impossibles, 50-50 crooks, as well as different types of boardslides and grinds. To perform these different tricks all you need to do is swipe or release your fingers in different directions and combinations. If you want to know how to do a specific trick, you can go to the How To section of the menu.

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Since the view on the game is so close to the board, it is hard to see the upcoming rails and boxes. To solve this problem, Illusion Labs placed icons on the screen facing in the direction of upcoming objects. Each different type of object has a different icon so you can tell what is coming up. If you feel really lost, you can press the magnifying glass in the bottom right corner to zoom out and see where you are in the park.

If you do a cool trick and you want to see it again, you can pause the game and press the replay option. You can also slow down or speed up the clip.  One of my favorite features on this game is the board customization. With this feature you can take one of the boards you have unlocked and customize it with the photos from your library. There are 12 boards to unlock. Once you begin to get good at the game and you start getting higher scores, you can upload your scores onto the global high scores list to see how you compare.

Even if you do not like skateboarding, you will still like this game. Touchgrind is an awesome game that is really easy to control and tons of fun to play no matter where you are.

Touchgrind is available in the iTunes App Store for $4.99.

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