By Gramercy Logic LLC
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Your iPhone/iPod Touch is the best computer ever invented for simulating sailboat racing. SailBlaster takes advantage of its 3-D graphics processor, accelerometer, touchscreen, and wi-fi with 3 ways to sail : Solo, Split-Screen, and Wi-Fi match racing.
Race a single-handed dinghy, catamaran, or trimaran against up to 9 artificial intelligence (AI) boats controlled by your device rendered in true, smooth 3D with a realistic prestart (15 seconds up to 5 minutes), choice of courses (windward/leeward or Olympic, round marks to port or starboard), lengths and skill levels. Competitors who know the rules keep you on your toes at all levels. If you get too close, they will slam dunk you upwind and blanket you downwind. Do a lazy mark rounding, and they'll grab the inside. On the higher levels, they will cover you mercilessly if you let them get ahead.
Sailing could not be simpler. Just tilt your device to adjust your tiller and level it to hold course. Your sail luffs realistically when you are pointed too high to the wind. An optional color-changing wind arrow provides more visual feedback, turning green when you are in the groove. Pressing buttons on a touch screen view panel lets you see the competition from every angle including overhead helicopter views. Flag icons to exit or restart a race appear after pressing Pause.
Race against another player and up to 8 AI boats on the same device. The visual interface is exactly the same as in Solo mode except the views are smaller and you use touch screen arrows to steer the boat relative to the wind. Press the down arrow to fall off, press the up arrow to point up.
SailBlaster takes advantage of your device's wi-fi capabilites, enabling you to match race against another sailor. The interface and controls with Wi-Fi are identical to the Solo mode. Wi-Fi requires a separate license on each device and a strong, unblocked signal.
Version 1.0 released with support for a single player racing against up to 9 boats controlled by the device. Video on YouTube.
1.1: support for two-players over wi-fi. Video on YouTube.
1.2: professionally-designed graphics models, improved AI, race committee boat and optional wind arrow. Video on YouTube: search SailBlaster v12. This video gives a representative idea of the gameplay racing against the computer.
1.3.1: single-handed catamarans and trimarans and optional starboard mark rounding.
1.4: buoy guidelines to improve visibility and orientation.
1.5: instrument panel, digital compass, and support for 2-player split-screen.
1.5.1 : visible puffs and lulls.
1.5.2: improved graphics including an animated sailor, water reflections, and wake trail.
The next release/free update will feature a 60 foot/18 meter single-handed sloop-rigged keelboat with a spinnaker.
What's New in Version 1.5.2
Improved graphics: water reflections, wake trails, animated sailors, higher quality models.
Fun but easy for experts
This game is the best and one of the only sailing games on any apple product. However if you are an expert sailor you may find that you can beat everyone on level 10 with 10 boats (which is the hardest). Pretty easy to learn all of the controls and a highly recommended for sailing fanatics. You can choose different boats and scroll through conditions and race settings that suit you. Overall a great game but needs better shift and puff graphics.
This is nit good. I never write reviews but thus needed one. It's not made with any directions or tutorial. There is no menu once you start a race so you cannot exit once you start. There is no overhead view so you know where you are on the course. Good idea but it seems about 1/2 done.
Not bad-could be pretty good
Actually downloaded it by accident while I was looking at it. Actually not bad but needs a few things to make it worth 4.99 let alone 10.99.
Needs a wind direction along with the wind speed readout, or possibly show a changing color to the wind arrow as you get in the groove upwind. Maybe a compass with the wind arrow on it. Hard to tell when you are beating closehauled. Reference virtual skipper.
Need to be able to pan the view around the boat to be able to see competitors.
Slow the game down or at least provide a game speed option. the boats are to fast, it's sailing after all. Game feels to fast.
Series scoring would be nice. Maybe a best of 5 or 7.
Show puffs and lulls on the water- maybe too much for this platform but possibly on the helicopter view.
These things could make this a pretty cool sailboat racing game.
-just updated. Much better! Compass is fixed. Many improvements. Graphics better. Feels much better. Still would like to have the touch arrow steering an option for solo racing. Maybe add a keelboat, or IACC boat. AI sometimes goes off and doesn't round a mark. Overall a fun racing game with still more potential. Keep up the improvements! Good job!