Disney Interactive Studios released their free handheld TRON game for iPhone and iTouch mobile devices (no iPad-specific release yet but stay tuned) on Sunday, placing you on the mini-game grid just in time for that long Hall H line at Comic-Con. But the TRON: LEGACY themed app offers more than gaming action: it’s also a multimedia platform previewing TRON: LEGACY the feature film with the awesome teaser trailer, and it also screens the newest trailer for the upcoming TRON: Evolution console video game.
Upon release, the TRON iPhone game opens at the main menu, offering the trailer options or rezzing you up directly in the grid mazes world of Tron virtual competition. Declare you allegiance to one of three teams —Blue, Red and Orange — and create an account to allow your advanced play contribute to the global success rating of your faction. The initial Single Player mode puts you behind the controls of a tank program, blasting grid bugs with your cannon and breaking down barriers with grenades to reach health and weapon upgrades and goals to level up. The digital joystick controls separate tank motion from targeting controls, and while they’re a little touch at first, it’s fairly easy to adapt to smooth play.
In Multiplayer mode Levels progress in complexity and timing as enemy tanks swarm the mazes, rewarding multitask movement and firing to stay alive on the grid. Players will face up to five other gamers on the grid, destroying enemy tanks while powering up weapons and health status to continue the battle.
While the TRON iPhone mobile game tracks your progress, expect this window into the virtual world of grid gaming to evolve over the months while we wait for the theatrical release of TRON: LEGACY in December. Reports indicate that future game evolution may include LightCycle racing games and more. By the way, the binary code at the top of Apple’s iTunes app page translates into English as: This TRON app will evolve. ComiTRON coming 072210.
FilmEdge will continue reporting on the evolution of the TRON iPhone game in the future. Meanwhile, good luck, gamers!