Drift Legends Brings 25 Tracks In 5 Countries To iPhone; Jumps To #1 Paid Racing App In Just 3 Days

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Successful Flash application with 5 million plays is ported to Apple devices with 25 tracks, 4 cars, 9 bonus unlockable screen wallpapers and 15 original soundtracks. Close consultation by the developer with NZDrift Nationals and NZ Performance Car Magazine leads to an addictive racing game that delivers authentic and fun gameplay.

The drifting scene is full of passionate and enthusiastic people. It's their input that brought this game to life

In small town New Zealand most kids dream about being a rugby star, but there is another way out for glory: sideways. Drifting is a global phenomenon, one that thrills crowds with 200kph slides where drivers gracefully control what to the everyman is totally out-of-control.

Drift Legends for iPhone has accelerated to the top, bringing the thrill of sliding at high speed through a number of environments; the lush fields of New Zealand, the red dust of Australia, the crop fields and airbases of the UK, the stadiums and docklands of the USA, and finally the winding touges (mountain roads) of Japan where drifting began and its underground culture still exists.

Players will experience 25 tracks in five countries as they battle to become a drift legend. The tracks are rendered in their own distinct styles and are multi-layered; the car is able to pass under trees and streetlights.

Play begins with one unlocked car in New Zealand. As each track is completed with a bronze, silver or gold trophy, the next track is unlocked. Scores are sent to a global leaderboard per track and per car, and the top 1000 scores are viewable per track. Completing some tracks unlocks additional cars - there are three in total. Each car gets modified as the player completes levels in it, becoming faster with better handling. An instant replay feature shows the moment of glory – the highest score achieved for that track.

Bonus content is unlocked within the game – nine screen wallpapers of legendary drifting cars such as the Mazda RX-7, Nissan Silvia and Toyota AE86 – while players are accompanied by 15 original soundtracks from international artists such as Batucada Sound Machine, Anna Wilson and Siren Junkies (a feature uncommon in iPhone games).

Drift Legends jumped to the number one paid app in the racing segment in New Zealand just three days after its launch.

Supporting the game is a comprehensive fan site with level walkthroughs, background information, tips, tricks and cheats.

Executive Producer Darren Cottingham is proud of the industry involvement in the game. “We worked closely with the NZDrift Nationals and NZ Performance Car Magazine to ensure the game was true to drifting in real life. We spent a lot of time on the physics of the cars so they really slide.”

Editor of NZ Performance Car Magazine Peter Kelly is especially pleased with the result. “I want to play this game more than any other on my iPhone. It’s really captured what drifting is about and NZ Performance Car is extremely pleased with the result and the association.”

Drift Legends Overview
Drift Legends is a drifting game, originally in Flash, which has been converted for iPhone/iPod touch. Players begin as a fledgling drifter in New Zealand and work their way through a career that spans 25 tracks set in New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA and Japan (the birthplace of drifting). There are four cars available, each with upgrades, and completing sections in the game unlocks bonus content such as screen wallpapers. Play at http://www.driftlegends.com

About Convergent Online Media
Convergent Online Media is a publisher based in Auckland, New Zealand. As well as producing Flash games, it manages a number of websites for local publishers, and is responsible for http://coolcarpics.net which produces screen wallpaper packs of cars for iPhone and iPod touch.

For media enquiries please contact Darren Cottingham (contact(at)driftlegends(dot)com) or +64 21 2220888

About Judson Steel
Judson Steel is an Auckland-based iOS development studio that focuses on consulting, designing and developing solutions for their clients using the latest iPhone, iPad and Android technology.
http://www.judsonsteel.com

About Rush Digital Interactive
Rush Digital Interactive (RDI) develops games and interactive media for smart phones, leveraging innovative 3D technology to deliver stunning visuals and interaction alongside the world's best. RDI actively develops licensed and original games for entertainment and effective brand marketing for global audiences from its offices in New Zealand.
http://www.rushdigital.co.nz

Drift Legends, NZ Drift Series, Outback D Championship, Full Lock UK Drift Series, Formula Slide USA and Super Dori Deathmatch Monster Battle are trademarks of Convergent Online Media. Apple, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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