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December 18, 2010

Scalextric app now available for iPhone and iPad

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by Darren Allan

Ahh, Scalextric, how we loved you as a child, particularly the Le Mans edition with the cars that had working headlights. Until TCR came along, that is, and stole us away with its lane-switching model car racing…

Anyway, if you fancy a virtual version of Scalextric this holiday season, you’ll be pleased as Christmas punch that an official game has been produced by Sabec for iOS devices.

The app allows you to clip together your own custom tracks, before racing them in 3D against a human or AI opponent, or the clock. And the best bit – if you come off the track (we’re presuming that’s possible, given that there’s no steering or skill otherwise), at least you don’t have to get up and put the car back on yourself.

It’s also possible to share your track designs with the racing community at large, and have a go on other people’s masterpieces via the Apple Game Centre.

The game supports the retina display, and the visuals look reasonably tasty, as you can see from the demo video clip at the official website.

Paul Chandler, Scalextric Marketing Manager, commented: “Scalextric is very excited to be releasing its first official iPhone/iPad application. This game takes all of the unique attributes of Scalextric slot racing; and delivers the experience in stunning 3D graphics.”

“We are very proud to be one of the first racing games to take advantage of the Apple Game Centre and give the global Scalextric community a racing opportunity they have never had before.”

Scalextric costs 59 pence from the iTunes store, although you might need to fork out more should you require extra track pieces.

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