Official screenshots for an upcoming iPhone game based on the Showtime series Dexter have been released. The high-quality shots show scenes from the game.

The game is expected to be released in the Summer of 2009 and will involve puzzle solving, stealth tactics, mini-games, and "slashing" with the iPhone itself (using the accelerometer tech).

Dexter's interactions with other people require thought and strategy, as to not raise suspicions for Dexter's "Dark Passenger". This means maintaining your "Mask" - if this meter goes all the way down, it is game over.

There will be two control methods for Dexter:

  • you can tilt the iPhone left and right, then use the forward and backward buttons on-screen
  • use a virtual joystick in the lower corner of the screen

The game has been scripted by one of the show's writers and will be voiced by the Dexter actor Michael C. Hall.

We were suspicious of how the screenshots were of such high resolution (click on images for larger view) for an iPhone game, but the company reassured us that these are representative of the actual iPhone game:

Dexter is being developed on a proprietary engine designed by Icarus Studios. It allows for screenshots to be exported at a higher resolution than possible directly from the iPhone. However, these screens do reflect the graphics in the iPhone game, and to the same scale.

  • dunkee

    wow the graphics look incredible. iPhone games keep getting better and better. Zen Bound will soon be history.

  • http://deleted dunkee

    wow the graphics look incredible. iPhone games keep getting better and better. Zen Bound will soon be history.

  • Master Shake

    Freakin sweet.

  • Master Shake

    Freakin sweet.

  • Blaqkie

    Wow. Those graphics look absolutely amazing. Jeeeez..

    I'm literally in awe of how amazing they look. Lets hope they look like that on the iPhone and iPod as well

  • Blaqkie

    Wow. Those graphics look absolutely amazing. Jeeeez..

    I'm literally in awe of how amazing they look. Lets hope they look like that on the iPhone and iPod as well

  • SalsaMD

    Well, the question is whether there is dynamic character animations with those graphics, or are these merely static cut images from one scene to the next?

  • SalsaMD

    Well, the question is whether there is dynamic character animations with those graphics, or are these merely static cut images from one scene to the next?

  • Greg

    I'm calling BS on the screens, Anti-aliasing? There hasn't been a 3D game that's supported a variant of FSAA. They may use Prerendered backgrounds a well but even then the texturing is far beyond the resolution I've seen anything the iPhone do or even being told its potentially capable. Graphically from a few devs I've read its capable of nearish PSP graphics for 3D. That looks beyond PSP...

  • Greg

    I'm calling BS on the screens, Anti-aliasing? There hasn't been a 3D game that's supported a variant of FSAA. They may use Prerendered backgrounds a well but even then the texturing is far beyond the resolution I've seen anything the iPhone do or even being told its potentially capable. Graphically from a few devs I've read its capable of nearish PSP graphics for 3D. That looks beyond PSP...

  • spamboy

    Yep, I'm crying foul too. NO WAY that is running at all on an iphone/ipod touch.

  • spamboy

    Yep, I'm crying foul too. NO WAY that is running at all on an iphone/ipod touch.

  • jonathan

    Laughably bogus. This is what happens when PR people try to explain something technical. What I'm betting they did is take a scene from the Mac or PC version of the game engine. The iPhone version likely has the same complexity but much lower resolution, fewer effects, etc.

  • jonathan

    Laughably bogus. This is what happens when PR people try to explain something technical. What I'm betting they did is take a scene from the Mac or PC version of the game engine. The iPhone version likely has the same complexity but much lower resolution, fewer effects, etc.

  • jonathan

    Laughably bogus. It's a shot from the PC or Mac version of the engine.

  • jonathan

    Laughably bogus. It's a shot from the PC or Mac version of the engine.

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  • Fokion

    Have to say, it looks hideous for a modern PC game. It's probably spruced-up screenies or cut-scenes.

    • Sdv

      its for the iphone. and the whole article is asserting the fact that this is on the iphone, and are undoctored screens

  • Fokion

    Have to say, it looks hideous for a modern PC game. It's probably spruced-up screenies or cut-scenes.

  • Matt

    And just today TouchArcade pats themselves on the back for being independent and objective. Right after parroting obvious marketing BS. After all how hard would it be to use ACTUAL screen shots? Are the developers not developing an iPhone game? Instead the marketing geniuses send bogus screenshots to the freshmen TouchArcade to try and get them to fall for a trap that has been used in the game industry for ages. Way to go TA. Next time stick to your integrity and insist on real screenshots.

  • Matt

    And just today TouchArcade pats themselves on the back for being independent and objective. Right after parroting obvious marketing BS. After all how hard would it be to use ACTUAL screen shots? Are the developers not developing an iPhone game? Instead the marketing geniuses send bogus screenshots to the freshmen TouchArcade to try and get them to fall for a trap that has been used in the game industry for ages. Way to go TA. Next time stick to your integrity and insist on real screenshots.

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  • David

    Actually looking forward to this because I love the show and especially love the books (ok so the latest book was kinda strange.) Can't wait!

  • David

    Actually looking forward to this because I love the show and especially love the books (ok so the latest book was kinda strange.) Can't wait!

  • M1ch3l

    The real game won't be half the quality of the screenshots but still i expect a really cool game based on my favorite tv-show.

  • M1ch3l

    The real game won't be half the quality of the screenshots but still i expect a really cool game based on my favorite tv-show.

  • Thorero

    I agree with the other comments, the graphics seen here are most certainly not what you will see on the final version.

  • Thorero

    I agree with the other comments, the graphics seen here are most certainly not what you will see on the final version.

  • http://www.darlok.com James

    i've play tested the game, and those are the actual screen shots. the build was early, but graphics shown above are the real deal, the 3d is impressive. it will be a fun game for fans of the show.

  • http://www.darlok.com James

    i've play tested the game, and those are the actual screen shots. the build was early, but graphics shown above are the real deal, the 3d is impressive. it will be a fun game for fans of the show.

  • Heronymo

    Matt - The same screenshots were on IGN.... so I guess they're "freshmen" too lol

    Anyway, the graphics look incredible. If it's the true quality of the game, awesome. I just don't know if I'd buy it. Cutting someone up with the accelerometer? And you hear their screams as you cut them? I don't know about that. That's according to the IGN article (the screaming part).

    This just means we're going to keep seeing better and better graphics. Nice. Now hopefully for some real indepth games. Maybe a Final Fantasy for iPhone. Or a high quality space shooter. Something with really good story and great gameplay that doesn't last just 10 minutes.

  • Heronymo

    Matt - The same screenshots were on IGN.... so I guess they're "freshmen" too lol

    Anyway, the graphics look incredible. If it's the true quality of the game, awesome. I just don't know if I'd buy it. Cutting someone up with the accelerometer? And you hear their screams as you cut them? I don't know about that. That's according to the IGN article (the screaming part).

    This just means we're going to keep seeing better and better graphics. Nice. Now hopefully for some real indepth games. Maybe a Final Fantasy for iPhone. Or a high quality space shooter. Something with really good story and great gameplay that doesn't last just 10 minutes.

  • Chris

    Why are all the comments so angry?

    If it looks like this great, if not - I'll still live.

  • Chris

    Why are all the comments so angry?

    If it looks like this great, if not - I'll still live.

  • Adams Immersive

    FSAA or not, it's visually impressive! But the way they say the graphics are the true size, BUT that the engine can export higher res, makes me thing these shots are scaled DOWN to the true size. That would give these shots smooth edges, while actual game play might have the usual jaggies. Time will tell.

  • Adams Immersive

    FSAA or not, it's visually impressive! But the way they say the graphics are the true size, BUT that the engine can export higher res, makes me thing these shots are scaled DOWN to the true size. That would give these shots smooth edges, while actual game play might have the usual jaggies. Time will tell.

  • Crastic

    I didn't know Dexter was a brotha.

  • Crastic

    I didn't know Dexter was a brotha.

  • jamal

    when I first saw this on IGN, I J!zzed in my pants

  • jamal

    when I first saw this on IGN, I J!zzed in my pants

  • Ataru

    For those calling BS on these shots due to the frame buffer resolution, that's actually irrelevant as most game engine can either a) batch render to achieve a higher resolution, or b) will have a PC version of the engine (for dev purposes) from which high res shots can be obtained.

    Most suspicious is the resolution of the textures and the amount of geometry on screen, which exceeds anything seen on the iPhone to date. It's still lower than you would see in a high end PSP game (for example, God of War) however.

  • Ataru

    For those calling BS on these shots due to the frame buffer resolution, that's actually irrelevant as most game engine can either a) batch render to achieve a higher resolution, or b) will have a PC version of the engine (for dev purposes) from which high res shots can be obtained.

    Most suspicious is the resolution of the textures and the amount of geometry on screen, which exceeds anything seen on the iPhone to date. It's still lower than you would see in a high end PSP game (for example, God of War) however.

  • Roman

    Have you clicked on one of the pictures and checked the resolution? These images can't be from an iphone version, because they are 1121 x 631 pixels in size and larger.

  • Roman

    Have you clicked on one of the pictures and checked the resolution? These images can't be from an iphone version, because they are 1121 x 631 pixels in size and larger.

  • spiffyone

    @Roman: Ataru answered your question

    @Ataru: the resolution and quality of the textures actually looks quite a bit better than what I've seen in GoW. GoW, even on PS2, has pretty poor textures compared to games on other platforms. PS2 wasn't a juggernaut in that regard last gen. Polygon beast, yes. Texture capabilities were quite piss poor however.

    Anyway, if this game ends up looking like those screens, all those crying foul must eat humble pie.

  • spiffyone

    @Roman: Ataru answered your question

    @Ataru: the resolution and quality of the textures actually looks quite a bit better than what I've seen in GoW. GoW, even on PS2, has pretty poor textures compared to games on other platforms. PS2 wasn't a juggernaut in that regard last gen. Polygon beast, yes. Texture capabilities were quite piss poor however.

    Anyway, if this game ends up looking like those screens, all those crying foul must eat humble pie.

  • dannys95

    am i the only one who thinks this will be rejected?
    but i must admit the graphics make me drool

  • dannys95

    am i the only one who thinks this will be rejected?
    but i must admit the graphics make me drool

  • TheTheory

    I love dexter, so regardless of how good or bad the graphics end up being, I'll keep my eye out for this.

  • TheTheory

    I love dexter, so regardless of how good or bad the graphics end up being, I'll keep my eye out for this.

  • Stretchy

    Hmm game comes out in the summer 2009.
    +
    Images resolution much larger than iPhone 3g
    +
    Larger pollygon count
    +
    iPhone 3g was released summer 2008
    =
    ?????New faster iPhone with high res screen?????

    Just a thought :)

  • Stretchy

    Hmm game comes out in the summer 2009.
    +
    Images resolution much larger than iPhone 3g
    +
    Larger pollygon count
    +
    iPhone 3g was released summer 2008
    =
    ?????New faster iPhone with high res screen?????

    Just a thought :)

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  • Daniel

    I checked out the (stupid) iGirl "game". Except the stupid app the graphics reminded me of the Dexter screenshots. So looking forward to Dexter! :-)

  • Daniel

    I checked out the (stupid) iGirl "game". Except the stupid app the graphics reminded me of the Dexter screenshots. So looking forward to Dexter! :-)

  • Greg

    Stretchy, I know as much as you'd like to think that, those screenshots are 1280 x 720, aka 720p. The iPhone may get a pixel density burst from 480 x 320 and the high end rumor is 800 x 480 as there's a few devices on the market using such resolution but I'll eat my hat if the next iPhone has 720p capable screen.

    We all know the iPhone will get updated, and it'll probably have a faster CPU and the imagination 3D chipset but I doubt somehow the developers of Dexter are privileged to a new iPhone.

  • Greg

    Stretchy, I know as much as you'd like to think that, those screenshots are 1280 x 720, aka 720p. The iPhone may get a pixel density burst from 480 x 320 and the high end rumor is 800 x 480 as there's a few devices on the market using such resolution but I'll eat my hat if the next iPhone has 720p capable screen.

    We all know the iPhone will get updated, and it'll probably have a faster CPU and the imagination 3D chipset but I doubt somehow the developers of Dexter are privileged to a new iPhone.

  • Greg

    Stretchy, I know as much as you'd like to think that, those screenshots are 1280 x 720, aka 720p. The iPhone may get a pixel density burst from 480 x 320 and the high end rumor is 800 x 480 as there's a few devices on the market using such resolution but I'll eat my hat if the next iPhone has 720p capable screen.

    We all know the iPhone will get updated, and it'll probably have a faster CPU and the imagination 3D chipset but I doubt somehow the developers of Dexter are privileged to a new iPhone.

  • Greg

    Stretchy, I know as much as you'd like to think that, those screenshots are 1280 x 720, aka 720p. The iPhone may get a pixel density burst from 480 x 320 and the high end rumor is 800 x 480 as there\'s a few devices on the market using such resolution but I\'ll eat my hat if the next iPhone has 720p capable screen.

    We all know the iPhone will get updated, and it\'ll probably have a faster CPU and the imagination 3D chipset but I doubt somehow the developers of Dexter are privileged to a new iPhone.

  • Jesper

    i thought the preview pics looked good, but then iclicked them and they were pretty huge, i dont know if i believe an ipod/phone can handle that much, but if it does i will jizz in my pants

    also dexter is like, the best tv show ever

  • Jesper

    i thought the preview pics looked good, but then iclicked them and they were pretty huge, i dont know if i believe an ipod/phone can handle that much, but if it does i will jizz in my pants

    also dexter is like, the best tv show ever

  • Daniel

    @Jesper
    >Dexter is being developed on a proprietary engine designed by Icarus
    >Studios. It allows for screenshots to be exported at a higher resolution
    >than possible directly from the iPhone.

    Does anyone actually bother to read the whole article? ;-)

  • Daniel

    @Jesper
    >Dexter is being developed on a proprietary engine designed by Icarus
    >Studios. It allows for screenshots to be exported at a higher resolution
    >than possible directly from the iPhone.

    Does anyone actually bother to read the whole article? ;-)

  • http://www.ign.com artist

    these are in fact actual screen shots from the game, running in real time, in 3d. everyone who thinks otherwise, prepare to eat humble pie when it comes out. if you take any of those screens, and shrink them down to iphone screen size 320X240, what you see is what the game will look like.

  • http://www.ign.com artist

    these are in fact actual screen shots from the game, running in real time, in 3d. everyone who thinks otherwise, prepare to eat humble pie when it comes out. if you take any of those screens, and shrink them down to iphone screen size 320X240, what you see is what the game will look like.

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  • Chameleon

    It's contemptible that a game like this would even be made. Everything else would be fine, but carving people up alive on a table (if it is included) is something I'd rather just watch.

    • Str1f3

      Give me a break. That's asinine. It's ok to watch but not ok to play game on it. You're a hypocrite without any measure of rationale. If you want to be right, then don't watch the show. Don't watch anything that has to so with violence because it might corrupt people.

      I for one can't wait for the game to my favorite show.

  • Chameleon

    It's contemptible that a game like this would even be made. Everything else would be fine, but carving people up alive on a table (if it is included) is something I'd rather just watch.

    • Str1f3

      Give me a break. That's asinine. It's ok to watch but not ok to play game on it. You're a hypocrite without any measure of rationale. If you want to be right, then don't watch the show. Don't watch anything that has to so with violence because it might corrupt people.

      I for one can't wait for the game to my favorite show.

  • robert

    Does anybody know when this game will be released?

    I just cannot wait anymore! ;-)

  • robert

    Does anybody know when this game will be released?

    I just cannot wait anymore! ;-)

  • adamjones

    With the new iPhone announced, it looks like graphics of this caliber might be possible. If so, I'm buying. Anyone know for certain?

  • adamjones

    With the new iPhone announced, it looks like graphics of this caliber might be possible. If so, I'm buying. Anyone know for certain?

  • Andrew

    The Dexter game is amazing ! Go to YouTube and search it. People have connections to the game, and the game truely looks great just like the screenshots.

  • Andrew

    The Dexter game is amazing ! Go to YouTube and search it. People have connections to the game, and the game truely looks great just like the screenshots.

  • dexter

    where the shit is it already. release it!!!

    • Akkdexter

      lol

  • dexter

    where the shit is it already. release it!!!

  • dexter

    says it was released on septemeber 1st! BULLSHIT!!!

  • dexter

    says it was released on septemeber 1st! BULLSHIT!!!

  • MICHAELSD

    With an engine that scales so well, it would've made a lot of sense to release an iPad version of the game. I'm really hoping that there's an update for the iPhone 4's retina display at the least because these screens look really great on the iPhone 4. I'm still impatiently waiting for the three other parts of the game that were supposed to be released but probably won't.

    • simina

      hy.i'm sorry for bothering.i got the oldest verion of iphone with some updates made.i enter to appstore and search for dexter,but they tell me the game is no longer available.do you know something about this?

  • MICHAELSD

    With an engine that scales so well, it would've made a lot of sense to release an iPad version of the game. I'm really hoping that there's an update for the iPhone 4's retina display at the least because these screens look really great on the iPhone 4. I'm still impatiently waiting for the three other parts of the game that were supposed to be released but probably won't.

    • simina

      hy.i'm sorry for bothering.i got the oldest verion of iphone with some updates made.i enter to appstore and search for dexter,but they tell me the game is no longer available.do you know something about this?

  • Adam

    Dexter is good we do the a krill the bad boy