IUGO, the makers of Toy Bot Diaries, have released their second iPhone game to the App Store. Shaky Summit [App Store] introduces an original game concept to the iPhone. The game is described by the developers:

Rolling boulders, slippery ice patches, cave floods and volcanic fire storms hail down on you as you climb the 3D race to the Shaky Summit. Touch the Stamina Bar for a short burst of speed or faster recovery and shake the mountain to reach the peak before your opponent. Strategize your climb accordingly so you don’t accidentally help your opponent through the debris of Summit Island. With ten challenging climbs, fortuitous path hurdles and a multi-player mode, IUGO has created a title loaded with hours of game play fun. Decorate your character with gold, silver and bronze medals for each level of difficulty while jamming to your own playlist and collecting un-lockables.

When we saw the preview video of Shaky Summit, we weren't quite sure what to make of it.

As far as games go, it doesn't fit into any neatly defined category. The game involves you racing another climber to the top of a mountain. Your only controls, however, are the ability to invoke earthquakes with the touch of your finger and also providing short bursts of speed/recovery to your character (via the "Stamina Bar").

Invoking the shaking can cause obstacles to shift, which can help or hurt either character's climb to the top. The trick is timing them to your character's advantage. I think the best way to view the game is as a puzzle or strategy game. We'll have to spend more time with this game before making a formal recommendation, but it seems very promising.

This preview video provides an idea of gameplay (note: Stamina Bar is not in this version):

Shaky Summit is priced at $4.99 and is available in the App Store.

  • phil

    any reviews

  • arn

    well, none yet. here's my first impressions. it's fun. it plays more like a strategy/puzzle game than what it looks like it'll be. with the graphics etc... it looks like a 3d platformer... but it's not. I think some people will not like it because of expectations based on the way it looks. I haven't made it very far in the levels, so I can't tell long term or replay value.

    arn

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Dude's got four hands, and two of them are rather girly-looking.

  • http://fieryferret.com bridgeyman

    I like the idea that it is a two player game. That is pretty unique.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Galley: The Block Breaker Deluxe 2 girl has better hands.

  • http://www.itunesregistry.com mainstreetmark

    It's be kind of cool if the tremor used the accelerometer. "Shake Harder" kind of thing. Right now, you just sort of stick your finger on there.

    "ikea" was my anti-spam word?!

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @mainstreetmark: It's all about the flat-packing.

  • MJ

    hmmm, looks interesting. :\

  • phil

    any updates??

  • Stephenn

    Having spent about $212 in apps at this point, I just wanted to put in a quick word on this app. This really is one of the most addictive and unique games in the store at this moment. For a game that really involves just two seperate button presses it has an amazing depth. Not to mention the great charm of the graphics, music, and overall presentation.

  • Elk

    Agreed with Stephenn. It is something new and very unique. If you are the type of person that wants to play new types of games, this is for you. Don't miss it. Great fun, great graphics, sounds. This isn't an indie type of game that is all over appstore. This plays like a PSP game but it costs 5 bucks. OMG, i felt like i'd been rip-off by all those expensive PSP titles. If this developer can do this game for $5, that means i'd been overpaying BIGTIME for all the PSP and DS games i'd been buying...

    But then again, there are countless hordes of kitchen table gamers that only plays the staple tetris, brick breaker and traditional racing games and do not like anything new at all. If you are such a person, this game is not for you. I struggle to wonder why do you have an iphone or ipod touch in the first place if you don't want to try something new... Well.. tetris was once a "new" game too. Give this a try.

  • ann

    Not sure why this game isn't in the top25. It is one of the most addictive new gameplay that I'd came across since bejeweled but it's not bejeweled or tetris. The graphics are too good and everything is in 3d. You create earthquakes to help or hurt the characters and u can boost ur character's speed. You might think that's not a lot to do but these 2 controls alone creates huge gameplay depth and replayability is great. Actually come to think abt it, most addictive games have no more than 2 controls but I might be wrong here.

  • polyplay

    I bought this game a few hours ago, and I agree that it has been overlooked. I appreciate the design of the game and the simple controls, and I especially love that the obstacles are randomly generated. It's a bit clunky at first and the tutorial could be improved, but the difficulty curve is about right and unlockables give a sense of purpose to the overall game.

    Although the game is worth the $5 and I don't expect a massive overhaul of the game through updates, I think it would be a killer app with more mountain variety (like scaling a castle, escaping a dungeon, being super-small and climbing up objects inside a house, etc), more obstacles, or more characters.

    Definitely near the top of the pack of App Store games in terms of quality, though.

  • ArtOfWarfare

    the media is interesting but gameplay seems very limited. (Note, just saying what I see in the video... I don't own an iPod Touch yet so I can't test... I should have payed extra for some quicker shipping (it's been 17 days, 9 of them business days, and they haven't so much as sent me a shipping confirmation yet... starting to get worried that I may have been scammed but at least Amazon/Paypal can cover me if I was...)

  • SalsaMD

    @ArtOfWarfare

    It's a lot better than it looks.