It's no secret that we're big fans of John Kooistra. He's the developer behind Blue Attack!, a highly recommend $1.99 iPhone shooter.

Blue Defense! [App Store, $0.99], however, was the title that started John's journey into iPhone gaming development. When we discovered the game in November, we were pleasantly surprised by the simple but effective mechanics of the game:

John Kooistra’s Blue Defense! is a $0.99 iPhone shooter with relatively simple graphics and no sound. The controls of the game, however, are remarkably well suited to the platform and already feels like a “classic” iPhone game.

A just-released 2.0 version adds a number of nice touches which makes the game a more complete experience and also adds a significant amount of replay value.

First, music and sound effects have been added. We tend to be sticklers about the inclusion of music and sound, but we forgave the initial release due to its low price point. But that's no longer an issue.

A more notable inclusion to the game, however, is the addition of a level select with individual level stats and medals. For some, one issue with the original game was that it played like a traditional arcade game. You start on level 1 and played until you died. To play again, you start again at level 1. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this traditional setup, it can take a much longer to get enough practice to advance your skills. The new level select, however, allows you to keep going back to the same level until you perfect it. If one level's too hard, you can just skip to the next one. Individual stats are kept, so you can take your time to defeat them all. Of course, the traditional arcade mode is retained as well as an "expert" quick-start that lets you start at a higher difficulty.

This gameplay video is from the original 1.0 release, so it does not demonstrate the new sound or music, but does give you an idea of the gameplay:

At $0.99, this game has always been a great value, but with the new additions, it's certainly a "must get" if you have any interest in the genre.

App Store Link: Blue Defense!, $0.99

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  • Master Shake

    A definite must get after the update especially since he may raise the price soon.

  • Master Shake

    A definite must get after the update especially since he may raise the price soon.

  • Tunawrap

    Must get indeed! :)

  • Tunawrap

    Must get indeed! :)

  • f e a r l e s s

    Loving the update!

    I want to see more games like this!

  • f e a r l e s s

    Loving the update!

    I want to see more games like this!

  • MNFats

    Kooistra has to be one of the best indie game developers out there. Excellent update John. Keep up the great work! Also... you're doing a great job of building a brand and solidifying your self in a nich. Keep hammering us with great content, and you will be rewarded!

  • MNFats

    Kooistra has to be one of the best indie game developers out there. Excellent update John. Keep up the great work! Also... you're doing a great job of building a brand and solidifying your self in a nich. Keep hammering us with great content, and you will be rewarded!

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    Everyone in here is right.
    This game is awesome and the dev one of the best!
    You are making my iPhone to a fantastic and unique gaming device.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    Everyone in here is right.
    This game is awesome and the dev one of the best!
    You are making my iPhone to a fantastic and unique gaming device.
    Thanks!

  • mandiller

    This game was already brilliant and now with the new update it just makes it even better. Grab this game while it's cheap, I think the developer said he would raise the price after the first week of version 2.0.

    One of the best games on the ipod along with Blue Attack!

  • mandiller

    This game was already brilliant and now with the new update it just makes it even better. Grab this game while it's cheap, I think the developer said he would raise the price after the first week of version 2.0.

    One of the best games on the ipod along with Blue Attack!

  • hkiphone

    The music is just amazing, really elevates it to a completely new level.
    Really conveys the message that you're gonna be overwhelmed by insane numbers of enemies but there's still a faint glimmer of hope that you will survive! Amazing.

  • hkiphone

    The music is just amazing, really elevates it to a completely new level.
    Really conveys the message that you're gonna be overwhelmed by insane numbers of enemies but there's still a faint glimmer of hope that you will survive! Amazing.

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    I want to see more games like this!

  • http://www.ladygagamusicblog.com lady gaga music

    I want to see more games like this!

  • Big Albie

    The music and the level select make Blue Defense a must have game. If you're trying to decided between this and Blue Attack, you can't go wrong with buying both. As everyone as said, the music adds a new feel to this, and I wouldn't be surprised if Blue Defense starts moving up the Top 100 once again.

  • Big Albie

    The music and the level select make Blue Defense a must have game. If you're trying to decided between this and Blue Attack, you can't go wrong with buying both. As everyone as said, the music adds a new feel to this, and I wouldn't be surprised if Blue Defense starts moving up the Top 100 once again.

  • http://rvwbox.blogspot.com Aprimex77

    Just tried out the new update and I'm loving it. I almost feel bad for only paying a dollar for it before the update. Awesome job John, once again.

  • http://rvwbox.blogspot.com Aprimex77

    Just tried out the new update and I'm loving it. I almost feel bad for only paying a dollar for it before the update. Awesome job John, once again.

  • Pablo

    These are sperms attacking an egg, right?

  • Pablo

    These are sperms attacking an egg, right?