HyperDevbox Japan has released ExZeus [App Store] for the iPhone. This is another "on rails" shooter in the style of Space Harrier. Unlike Iron Man, however, you can actually control the movement of your character in Ex Zeus on screen.

The game appears to have been originally an arcade game built in Japan based on the research of one guy. It eventually found its way onto the PS2 (in Europe only) and finally the Wii as Counter Force. And Counter Force for Wii has been reviewed by IGN:

Counter Force is a fun game. In fact, once we’re done writing this review, we’re going to sneak away and play it again. Mixing the gameplay of Space Harrier with IR control and some “we do whatever the hell we want” artistic design and execution, Counter Force has the same kind of appeal as niche shooters like Sin & Punishment, if such classics were done by a chop-shop and never really saw the light of day.

IGN made no apologies for the overall roughness to the game, but found it to be a fun time. Other sentiments found on the internet point to the same thing. This is an old arcade on-rails shooter, but that's part of the appeal. In fact, the game was originally slated for release in 1998 on Sega's Dreamcast but was canceled before its release.

Some early opinions from our forum users were quite happy with the game.

Just played until I ran out of credits (you get 4 or 5 continues) and reached a water level, but what a blast! on my 2nd gen touch there was never any slow down and the game has a real smooth frame rate. the best looking and running game I own for my touch right now.

The game is pure arcade from short but sweet levels which run up to boss fights, you have to learn their attacks so next time you can dodge better. - Diablohead

The iPhone version of the controls are as follows;

  • Accelerometer moves you on the screen
  • Tap right to fire
  • Tap left side of screen to lock on missles, then right tap to launch
  • Tap and hold to fire mega-laser, which needs time to recharge
  • Swipe from top right to bottom left to drop a massive bomb

The game features 5 different stages and is played in "arcade" style. You have 5 lives to continue but must start over from the start once you die. You can upgrade your mech in between levels by buying items in a shop.

There are videos of the Wii version which shares the same gameplay as the iPhone version.

App Store Link: ExZeus, $5.99

  • http://omnigeno.blogspot.com OmniGeno

    Haha, I saw this and I thought it was some sort of misspelled, dyslexic Deus Ex. Anyway, looks fun, but I'll wait for some more impressions before taking the plunge.

  • http://omnigeno.blogspot.com OmniGeno

    Haha, I saw this and I thought it was some sort of misspelled, dyslexic Deus Ex. Anyway, looks fun, but I'll wait for some more impressions before taking the plunge.

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Zandog

    Yeep, it made the from page like I thought.

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Zandog

    Yeep, it made the from page like I thought.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    very interested...Dreamcast origins...

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    very interested...Dreamcast origins...

  • rich_952000

    This looks good, forum junkies are giving 2 thumbs up. $5.99 isn't bad....click!

  • rich_952000

    This looks good, forum junkies are giving 2 thumbs up. $5.99 isn't bad....click!

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

    INSTANTBUY :)

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

    INSTANTBUY :)

  • Dk206

    The quality of games are getting better and better.
    Dreamcast... Hmm do you know what would make my day?
    If ALL the games from dreamcast could be ported over.

    Or maybe... A dreamcast emu!?????
    If psone could be done surely dreamcast can? (well the graphics of dreamcast were better by far but...any ideas? ZOD? LOL)

    I'll check this game out and write a small review on here after

    Dk206

  • Dk206

    The quality of games are getting better and better.
    Dreamcast... Hmm do you know what would make my day?
    If ALL the games from dreamcast could be ported over.

    Or maybe... A dreamcast emu!?????
    If psone could be done surely dreamcast can? (well the graphics of dreamcast were better by far but...any ideas? ZOD? LOL)

    I'll check this game out and write a small review on here after

    Dk206

  • Ataru

    I've had a few goes on this and it's pretty nice, but the difficult level is just insane. I'm all for hard games, but they have to be fair, and this doesn't feel fair at all.

  • Ataru

    I've had a few goes on this and it's pretty nice, but the difficult level is just insane. I'm all for hard games, but they have to be fair, and this doesn't feel fair at all.

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

    @Ataru:
    WHAT? I reached level 4 (out of 5) in the first attempt.
    So nooooo, it's definetly not hard.
    What games are you used to play?
    Actually this is somehow one of the more easy ones.

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

    @Ataru:
    WHAT? I reached level 4 (out of 5) in the first attempt.
    So nooooo, it's definetly not hard.
    What games are you used to play?
    Actually this is somehow one of the more easy ones.

  • Master Shake

    Did I ever tell you that I love you arn? But seriously, you do a great job.

  • Master Shake

    Did I ever tell you that I love you arn? But seriously, you do a great job.

  • Gos

    Thanks for the heads up awesome game. I just could not believe how smooth and fast this game is running on the iPhone. The controls are dead on and the gestures are very intuitive as well.

    The game does... well, restart when you are interrupted though (phone call) and it dosen't look like it has any save options... But with that aside it's still a blast to play.

  • Gos

    Thanks for the heads up awesome game. I just could not believe how smooth and fast this game is running on the iPhone. The controls are dead on and the gestures are very intuitive as well.

    The game does... well, restart when you are interrupted though (phone call) and it dosen't look like it has any save options... But with that aside it's still a blast to play.

  • http://www.hyperdevbox.com carlo

    Just in case people wants to see the game running on the Iphone to get an idea, check the youtube channel :

    http://www.youtube.com/hyperdevbox

  • http://www.hyperdevbox.com carlo

    Just in case people wants to see the game running on the Iphone to get an idea, check the youtube channel :

    http://www.youtube.com/hyperdevbox