Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Auto Trader's Goodwood of Festival iOS app hands-on
So now you know. For the first time ever Auto Trader will be releasing an official Goodwood Festival mobile app with an augmented reality racing game. The free app is available on the iOS platform, though the devs has informed me that they may look into developing an Android version for next year's festival. I went hands-on with the app on both iPad and iPhone at the launch event yesterday in London.
The gameplay is 2D in nature (though the game itself is in 3D, and you can tilt the camera to create a more 3D-look) and plays similarly to those old Micro Machine games. Due to its simplicity, it is an easy game to learn, but difficult to master as well. My best lap was 13 seconds, but I believe someone from Esquire magazine managed an average lap of 11 seconds! For a free game, it actually looks rather good. Visitors of the event will be able to log their best time at the Auto Trader stand in a chance to win prizes including an Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde.
Unique for a free app, I found the app to be well done. It looks professional, is easy to use and is actually rather useful. It is optimised for the iPhone, but looks good on the iPad as well. I do wish that the app would be made available on none-iOS platforms like Android and Windows Phone, though it has been pointed out to me that the mobile site for Goodwood Festival is actually rather nice as well.
The app is due to hit the App Store in the next couple of days and will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS and iPad 2 upwards.