nfsu1EA Mobile really likes to surprise everyone with the releases of their iPhone apps. No release dates, just bam, there they are. That happened again today with the release of one of the most hotly anticipated iPhone games, Need For Speed Undercover.

The game which has been delayed more than once, was first seen last year in early forms has finally arrived. You can grab it now via this link. It will show up in the iTunes App Store indexes after they are next refreshed.

This game had also been mentioned as a possible launch title for the rumored Premium App Store — guess this puts that rumor to rest, for now anyway. The game was released for $9.99, not the rumored $19.99 point. Pinning $9.99 as the top price point for games for the iPhone.

The game features a story mode like all of the recent Need For Speed games. Luckily all of the movies can be skipped so that you can get to the racing. And the racing, at least in our initial tests, delivers good and smooth, performance. There are multiple race types and of course multiple cars to unlock.

We’ll have a full review for you soon. But so far this is shaping up to be a pretty good racer.

For full app description and some more screen shots, check after the jump.

App Description

HOT HANDLING
Corner and drift through fiery crashes at 150mph+ with precision-tuned tilt control steering.

YOU’VE GOT THE POWER
Activate Nitrous Boost and Speedbreaker with the swipe of your finger for intense driving action.

TRICK RIDES
Drive 20 of the world’s fastest and hottest cars like the Porsche Carrera GT, Nissan 370Z (Z34), Lamborghini Gallardo and the Pagani Zonda F—each boasting its own unique style and performance features: handling, steering, cornering and acceleration.

EDGY ENVIRONMENT
Incredible 3D graphics enhance this exhilarating driving experience. Sweeping camera angles intensify your ride and yield a realistic look and feel—simply put, the best visuals iPhone and iPod have to offer.

GO UNDERCOVER
Use the interactive Mission Map to guide you through 24 covert ventures that lead to intricate secret missions.

RULE THE ROAD
Take on cops in raging street battles as you race through dramatic, animated crash scenes. Dominate 8 high-impact race modes including: Highway Battle, Sprint, and Cop Takeout.

POWER ACHIEVER
Earn performance upgrades like Boost, Speed, Acceleration and Handling for even greater velocity.

TEARIN’ IT UP
Gnarly impact-crash sound effects and ambient street noise surround and amplify driving. Cause unbelievable damage in bounty events and destroy 3D obstacles like roadside signs and other cars.

YOUR PERSONAL HANDLER
Receive missions and updates via full motion cinematics from the sexy Miss Chase Linh, played by Maggie Q.

OWN IT
Customize your vehicle with aftermarket spoilers, multiple wheel options, body kits and a variety of paint schemes.

DRIVING TUNES
MP3-quality music featuring popular artists like Airbourne keeps you pumped while you race. Activate your iTunes® music library and listen to your personal faves.

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