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iPhone Game of the Day: Tron

Size:66.3MB (at press time)

Get it on iTunes:US/ (sadly, it seems the app hasn't hit the UK store yet - can we interest you inLightBike 2instead?)

As a rule, we're suspicious of free games. They're like the generic brand knock-offs of the iPhone app store. We areeven more suspicious of games that exist solely to promote some other product, such as a film or TV show or, oddly enough, potato chips. They're like the infomercials of the iPhone app store. So it stands to reason that when we first heard about Tron, a free game custom-crafted to promoteDisney'supcoming film Tron: Legacy and the corresponding full-sized game, Tron: Evolution, we weren't exactlymelting our mouse button with all the high-speed clicking.Thetrailers for bothEvolution and Legacyare actually viewable in-game, for crying out loud. However, Disney alsotossed in a pretty decent little two-stick tank shooter, thereby blowing apart our theory that nothing free is worth having. And there may be more on the way...

There are 15 single-player levels in Tanks Arcade, as the game is called, as well as a full multiplayer mode featuring two, four, and six-player matches. And it's legitimately worth playing, with the same neon-drenched, semitransparent look of the film, solid enough controls, and a range of weapon upgrades and the like.

Most intriguingly, Disney is apparently planning updates to the game, the first of which is supposedly scheduled to go live this very day. Will it be more levels? An entirely new game, perhaps? Who knows - you'll have to log in to Tron to find out. Will it redefine your idea of iPhone gaming? No. But it might change your mind about free, sponsored iPhone games.

Above: You can tell us this image isn't a Gradius tribute, but we won't believe you.

Jul 22, 2010

I was the founding Executive Editor/Editor in Chief here at GR, charged with making sure we published great stories every day without burning down the building or getting sued. Which isn't nearly as easy as you might imagine. I don't work for GR any longer, but I still come here - why wouldn't I? It's awesome. I'm a fairly average person who has nursed an above average love of video games since I first played Pong just over 30 years ago. I entered the games journalism world as a freelancer and have since been on staff at the magazines Next Generation and PSM before coming over to GamesRadar. Outside of gaming, I also love music (especially classic metal and hard rock), my lovely wife, my pet pig Bacon, Japanese monster movies, and my dented, now dearly departed '89 Ranger pickup truck. I pray sincerely. I cheer for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. And behind Tyler Nagata, I am probably the GR staffer least likely to get arrested... again.