As we reported a few weeks back, Apex Designs has been readying an iPhone version of its Grand Theft Auto-like, top-down title Payback for App Store release.  A recent post to Apex's website provides a detailed update concerning the game's status and indicates that Payback is set to launch worldwide on January 15th (tomorrow).

Apex's website provides recent screenshots of the game in action.

A bit about the history of the title and the upcoming iPhone version from Apex:

The original version was released for the Amiga in 2001 to rave reviews and was voted Game of Year in multiple polls. Mac, Intent and GBA versions followed, the GBA version being nominated in both IGN and GameSpot's "Best of E3 2004" awards.

In 2006, the game received a major overhaul for the powerful GP2X handheld - GamesTM awarded it 91%, describing it as "the best GTA clone you've never heard of". The lighting was made fully HDR (the paths of trillions of photons were calculated to produce some of the best looking lighting ever seen in a portable game), the menu system was completely redone, a complete vocal soundtrack was added and many other significant improvements were made. There's a full report on the changes made for the GP2X version here.

The iPhone/iPod Touch version builds on the strong foundations laid down by the GP2X version by adding an automatic save system, reengineered controls, HUD refinements and further gameplay improvements; read on for the details.

A GP2X demonstration video gives a feel for the gameplay.

We've been anxiously awaiting the release of this title and will be providing an in-depth look shortly after the game goes live.

[ via Loot Ninja ]

UPDATE: From the developers:

Unfortunately, a significant bug has come to light in the iPhone/iPod Touch version of Payback. Due to the way the iPhone SDK works we cannot test the final build of the game we send to Apple and the issue in question only occurs in an App Store build. After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily withdraw the game from sale until an update is ready - hopefully this won't take long, depending mainly on how long it takes Apple to approve it. No one is more upset about this than we are, and we humbly apologise to those who were waiting on the game and hope you will stick with us as we work to resolve this issue. Please join our Mailing List if you want us to email you when the game is ready.

  • Kevin

    sweet

  • 1337brian

    Man I am so glad i get paid tonight! I hope it looks as good/better as the GP2X Ver.

  • Kevin

    sweet

  • 1337brian

    Man I am so glad i get paid tonight! I hope it looks as good/better as the GP2X Ver.

  • Eric

    I'm staying up late tonight for this one. Hopefully it gets released eastern midnight.

  • Eric

    I'm staying up late tonight for this one. Hopefully it gets released eastern midnight.

  • eleazar

    I absolutely cannot wait for this! I'm so excited!

  • eleazar

    I absolutely cannot wait for this! I'm so excited!

  • Crim

    Looks interesting, for those that have played it, is it as good as GTA2? CJS looks to recreate that GTA2 feeling which is why I'm buzzed for it. Regardless, I'll probably end up picking it up. Hopefully there's an introductory price for it.

  • SalsaMD

    See additional GP2X video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0M4IcAczQc

    Absent from the screenshots is a the city map in the right upper corner of the GP2X videos..

  • Crim

    Looks interesting, for those that have played it, is it as good as GTA2? CJS looks to recreate that GTA2 feeling which is why I'm buzzed for it. Regardless, I'll probably end up picking it up. Hopefully there's an introductory price for it.

  • SalsaMD

    See additional GP2X video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0M4IcAczQc

    Absent from the screenshots is a the city map in the right upper corner of the GP2X videos..

  • GEZ

    it's been on the australian app store since yesterday. 228mb dl

  • GEZ

    it's been on the australian app store since yesterday. 228mb dl

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Note the GP2X has no 3D hardware. It's software rendering. (GP2X is a 250MHz (or so, softclockable) ARM7 core -- well, two cores actually but the 2nd core is rarely used and has no MMU.)

    I wonder if the iPhone version will actually utilize OpenGL?

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Note the GP2X has no 3D hardware. It's software rendering. (GP2X is a 250MHz (or so, softclockable) ARM7 core -- well, two cores actually but the 2nd core is rarely used and has no MMU.)

    I wonder if the iPhone version will actually utilize OpenGL?

  • Chang3r

    i'm downloading now from australian app store

  • Chang3r

    i'm downloading now from australian app store

  • Killquake

    costs 8.99 in australian app store

  • Killquake

    costs 8.99 in australian app store

  • gootch12

    What is that, $5.99 in the US?

  • gootch12

    What is that, $5.99 in the US?

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  • http://appstoreblog.com.br Nick

    I'm so glad I'll keep checking AppShopper all day waiting for Payback.

  • http://appstoreblog.com.br Nick

    I'm so glad I'll keep checking AppShopper all day waiting for Payback.

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  • SalsaMD

    There appears a big bug in the game within the first city that the developer has been made aware of.

  • SalsaMD

    There appears a big bug in the game within the first city that the developer has been made aware of.

  • mek

    $6.99

  • mek

    $6.99

  • Jack

    I missed it... it's gone :(

  • Jack

    I missed it... it's gone :(

  • J

    Apex have removed it from sale due the issue mentioned above. Apparently it only happens in App Store builds which they can't test until the game appears in the App Store - great system Apple! Link:

    http://www.apex-designs.net/

  • J

    Apex have removed it from sale due the issue mentioned above. Apparently it only happens in App Store builds which they can't test until the game appears in the App Store - great system Apple! Link:

    http://www.apex-designs.net/

  • spamboy

    Can't wait, looks Damn Sexy!!!

  • spamboy

    Can't wait, looks Damn Sexy!!!

  • Mcdoodle

    Is this another paper pilot? The hype sounds the same.

  • Mcdoodle

    Is this another paper pilot? The hype sounds the same.

  • Phil

    Take a look at the photos above - there is clearly no perspective correction on the building textures, which means this is a CPU game, they have not put in the effort to port it to OpenGL ES. I predict this will be horribly slow on the 1G Touch. If anyone with a 1G Touch buys it, please post a performance review.

  • Phil

    Take a look at the photos above - there is clearly no perspective correction on the building textures, which means this is a CPU game, they have not put in the effort to port it to OpenGL ES. I predict this will be horribly slow on the 1G Touch. If anyone with a 1G Touch buys it, please post a performance review.

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  • Tony

    Downloaded it this morning from the Aus store and it started great - good graphics & music. Very similar to the original GTA. Unfortunately during the second mission, the road falls apart and the screen goes all crappy from there. Hopefully a fix is coming soon, as it seems like a good game so far.

  • Tony

    Downloaded it this morning from the Aus store and it started great - good graphics & music. Very similar to the original GTA. Unfortunately during the second mission, the road falls apart and the screen goes all crappy from there. Hopefully a fix is coming soon, as it seems like a good game so far.

  • Me

    So, when it will be released ??

  • Me

    So, when it will be released ??

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  • Danny

    Hmm.... I want this game but I don't know anything about this game. What's the game's clear title? and... relaese date?

  • Danny

    Hmm.... I want this game but I don't know anything about this game. What's the game's clear title? and... relaese date?

  • JD

    Not sure what you mean by "clear title", but the game is called "Payback" and it will be out in 1-2 weeks when the bug fix is approved by Apple.

  • JD

    Not sure what you mean by "clear title", but the game is called "Payback" and it will be out in 1-2 weeks when the bug fix is approved by Apple.

  • Danny

    Thanks to JD !!

  • Danny

    Thanks to JD !!

  • The Game Reaper

    Does qnyone who has the game taken any vids yet?

  • The Game Reaper

    Does qnyone who has the game taken any vids yet?

  • Dave_b

    There was a game released for the Amiga in 2001?

  • Dave_b

    There was a game released for the Amiga in 2001?

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