Gran Tourismo
Components: Race cars, tracks, obstacles
Skills required / taught: Hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes, basic knowledge about how a car works, race track memorization
Object: Become the #1 race car by obtaining licenses, gaining money during races, building and buying better cars and improving driving skills

About the Game

Gran Tourismo was originally only sold in Japan but the popularity of the game led to an American version and then a European version being sold in other countries. After five years of development time, it was well-received publicly and critically, shipping a total of 10.85 million copies worldwide as of April 30, 2008. The game has started a series, and to date has spawned over 10 spin-offs and sequels.

How it Works
Gran Turismo is fundamentally based on the racing simulator genre. The player must maneuver an automobile to compete against artificially intelligent drivers on various race tracks. The game uses two different modes: arcade and simulation. In the arcade mode, the player can freely choose the courses and vehicles they wish to use. Winning races unlocks additional cars and courses.

However, simulation mode requires the player to earn different levels of driver's licenses in order to qualify for events, and earn credits(money), trophies and prize cars by winning race championships. Money earned by winning can be used to purchase additional vehicles, and for parts and tuning of all vehicles.

Thought Bubble
Massive Content - Gran Turismo features 178 cars and 11 race tracks, how long is your game? If it keeps players coming back for more, will there be more to come back to? Many iPhone apps offer a short free version and a full paid version. Keep this is mind when creating levels or adding extra features.

Editable Characters - Take a hint from Gran Tourismo, Poker or even Myspace and Facebook. The ability to make your character your own dramatically increases your desire to play the game.

Speed - challenge your player's ability to achieve goals at alarming rates