The App Store will soon be seeing an iPhone version of Fish Labs' highly rated mobile handset title Galaxy on Fire.  A 3D space shooter in the vein of Elite, Wing Commander, and Star Fox, Galaxy on Fire challenges the player pilot to complete a series of missions, ranging from safely arriving at a set destination to seeking out and destroying enemy ships to escorting and defending allied craft, all set against the backdrop of an expansive space commerce system.

The mobile handset version takes place in a game universe featuring 10 different species of life forms, 20 different kinds of spaceships, and a commerce simulation between 500 planets and space stations.  A mere arcade shooter, this is not.

Enhancements in the iPhone version:

  • Cinematic graphics with realistic, real-time lighting
  • Extremely high-quality in-game and menu sound effects and music
  • Improved AI
  • New survival mode with high scores
  • New interface design
  • Two control modes: Touch with virtual analogue stick and sensor controls
  • 180° rotatable display depending on the preferred orientation of the headset connection

Fish Labs indicates that the iPhone version of Galaxy on Fire has seen a major overhaul compared with the mobile handset original.

The majority of the game has been completely revised so that this milestone in mobile gaming can display its full glory on the iPhone. Thus, all objects, textures, and backgrounds have been completely reworked and harmoniously staged with realistic, real-time lighting. The soundtrack has also been recomposed with elaborate instrumentation. Dozens of sounds have been integrated for various weapons, explosions, and many other effects.

Mobile Game Faqs' review of the mobile handset version was glowing.

Could this be the best mobile game of 2006?
...
The graphics are absolutely stunning. Some of the best graphics I have ever seen on a phone and the 3D rendering is gorgeous. There are little cut scenes of your fighter flying in and other ships milling about space stations and planets. The space effects in the background are really well done and you get a great sense of detail when you fly close to explosions or coloured cosmic dust and you see the screen brighten quite a bit. The care taken on animating the ships is stunning and the animation is some of the fastest I've seen on a phone yet.
...
The playability is amazing. The game is a really really really really enjoyable space action sim. ... The ship flies really well and you can upgrade the ship after earning money through missions. In addition to this you get loot from missions which you can sell and later on, when the galaxy becomes pretty big, there's a definite trading element involved. You meet a really large array of characters all with their individual personality traits. ... The game excels on the action front as the space battles can be very fast and frenetic. There will be times you're flying through asteroid fields and trying to get a decent shot on and others where it's full Return of the Jedi action with loads of ships and cruisers flying around.

See Fish Labs' gameplay video for a glimpse of the iPhone game in action.

Galaxy on Fire looks to offer a truly impressive combination of white-knuckle shooter action and the sort of depth, thanks to the game's commerce system, that should provide ample replay value to iPhone gamers.  Could this be the next Elite?

We're quite anxious to get our hands on this one and will provide a full review when it hits the App Store.  The game is currently being enthusiastically discussed in our forums.

Galaxy on Fire is set for a release release towards the end of this month and is expected to debut at $5.99.

  • Matija

    Can't wait i've spent tons of hours played it on my cellular.... Probably the best game i've played on mobile phones... Hopefuly they will make iphone version better

  • Matija

    Can't wait i've spent tons of hours played it on my cellular.... Probably the best game i've played on mobile phones... Hopefuly they will make iphone version better

  • Finch

    it's about goddamn time. I've been waiting for this game since I first discovered it existed and realized my iphone could run it.

    I'm excited as shit about this.

    Seriously, go read reviews. Its got 20+ hours of gameplay and an open universe explore. It's awesome.

  • Finch

    it's about goddamn time. I've been waiting for this game since I first discovered it existed and realized my iphone could run it.

    I'm excited as shit about this.

    Seriously, go read reviews. Its got 20+ hours of gameplay and an open universe explore. It's awesome.

  • ConraDargo

    The game kicks ass. Damn, playing this on the iPhone/Touch is going to rock! Can't wait for Fishlabs to release the sequel next.

  • ConraDargo

    The game kicks ass. Damn, playing this on the iPhone/Touch is going to rock! Can't wait for Fishlabs to release the sequel next.

  • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex Hardy

    Looks amazing, can't wait!

  • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex Hardy

    Looks amazing, can't wait!

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    Way to go, Fishlabs! Greetings to our German collegues! :)

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    Way to go, Fishlabs! Greetings to our German collegues! :)

  • Mike

    Sold. Looks solid.

  • Mike

    Sold. Looks solid.

  • JCat

    Nice - finally a 3D space adventure with meat on its bones.

  • JCat

    Nice - finally a 3D space adventure with meat on its bones.

  • Aidan

    i have been waiting for a really good space shooter and this looks like it. I will definitely be getting this one.

  • Aidan

    i have been waiting for a really good space shooter and this looks like it. I will definitely be getting this one.

  • amoe

    i'll give it a try. it really looks great and the mobile phone version got insane ratings.
    i just hope it's better optimized then 'burning tires' (another fishlabs iphone port). BT has insane loading times and eats up the battery after 30-45 minutes.

  • amoe

    i'll give it a try. it really looks great and the mobile phone version got insane ratings.
    i just hope it's better optimized then 'burning tires' (another fishlabs iphone port). BT has insane loading times and eats up the battery after 30-45 minutes.

  • Crim

    Wow, I'm impressed, between this and CJS I'll have plenty of action to pick up and play on my iPod this summer ...

  • Crim

    Wow, I'm impressed, between this and CJS I'll have plenty of action to pick up and play on my iPod this summer ...

  • what

    can a mod be made to make it a star trek game?:)

  • what

    can a mod be made to make it a star trek game?:)

  • Adams Immersive

    Looks good. (Heavy 3D is bound to be a battery hog--which is why I have a power cord by my sofa. No helping that.)

  • Adams Immersive

    Looks good. (Heavy 3D is bound to be a battery hog--which is why I have a power cord by my sofa. No helping that.)

  • minefield

    *drools* This I am buying.

  • minefield

    *drools* This I am buying.

  • M.W.

    B-B-B-WAAAAH?!

    This dosen't look like something I would play on my PHONE!
    If they get the controls right, I will be buying it even if the money goes to killing puppies!

  • M.W.

    B-B-B-WAAAAH?!

    This dosen't look like something I would play on my PHONE!
    If they get the controls right, I will be buying it even if the money goes to killing puppies!

  • WiseWeasel

    I will ONLY be buying this if the money goes to killing puppies. Wait, no, I guess I'll be buying this regardless of where the money goes. Now I just have to figure out which installed app I can live without to free up some Springboard space...

  • WiseWeasel

    I will ONLY be buying this if the money goes to killing puppies. Wait, no, I guess I'll be buying this regardless of where the money goes. Now I just have to figure out which installed app I can live without to free up some Springboard space...

  • Johnny California

    LOOKS ACTION PACKED!!!!!!!! 20+ hours is always a plus for me....

  • Johnny California

    LOOKS ACTION PACKED!!!!!!!! 20+ hours is always a plus for me....

  • Marcus

    Finally! A shooter with touchscreen controls and customizable ships. Wow, this is going to be AWESOME.

  • Marcus

    Finally! A shooter with touchscreen controls and customizable ships. Wow, this is going to be AWESOME.

  • Skip

    This is an exceptional game, especially given it's on a phone. I played it for many hours on my k800i (until it died :( ) and can't wait for it on the iPhone.

    What I liked about it was that it was a 'standard' space shooter with levels, cut scenes and a typical learning/difficulty curve for the first few hours...but after that, it became an 'open' game in the vein of Elite. You were in control of what you did instead of being led through each step. This gave the game a real sense of choice and made the in game universe seem more real.

    Buying on day of release...and there will go what little free time I had prior to this ;)

  • Skip

    This is an exceptional game, especially given it's on a phone. I played it for many hours on my k800i (until it died :( ) and can't wait for it on the iPhone.

    What I liked about it was that it was a 'standard' space shooter with levels, cut scenes and a typical learning/difficulty curve for the first few hours...but after that, it became an 'open' game in the vein of Elite. You were in control of what you did instead of being led through each step. This gave the game a real sense of choice and made the in game universe seem more real.

    Buying on day of release...and there will go what little free time I had prior to this ;)

  • estyst

    A game like Frontier or X: Beyond the Frontier for iPhone? Yay! ;d

  • estyst

    A game like Frontier or X: Beyond the Frontier for iPhone? Yay! ;d

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    Looks good - although not my cup of thea - but I really like the Unreal Tournament-esque music.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    Looks good - although not my cup of thea - but I really like the Unreal Tournament-esque music.

  • MetaGonzo

    Crikey, I remember The Deep and wishing it could be what this looks like it might (wanted: metagonzo for crimes against grammer).

    Elite is a true oldy gamer staple (Daddy, what's a Thargon?). If FL can get close it's a happy time for iThing owners.

  • MetaGonzo

    Crikey, I remember The Deep and wishing it could be what this looks like it might (wanted: metagonzo for crimes against grammer).

    Elite is a true oldy gamer staple (Daddy, what's a Thargon?). If FL can get close it's a happy time for iThing owners.

  • Commander Jameson

    If it's sandbox/open like elite ii and the star systems behave the same way (ie: Newtonian physics) I am so there. I still play frontier on UAE. There . I said it.

    • RaZrVIN

      One word: WOW. I cannot wait for this, I've wasted many hours of my precious life playing this on my cell phone. The graphics are incredibly updated, and I hope this comes out soon! FINALLY.

  • Commander Jameson

    If it's sandbox/open like elite ii and the star systems behave the same way (ie: Newtonian physics) I am so there. I still play frontier on UAE. There . I said it.

    • RaZrVIN

      One word: WOW. I cannot wait for this, I've wasted many hours of my precious life playing this on my cell phone. The graphics are incredibly updated, and I hope this comes out soon! FINALLY.

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  • alex

    so is this open ended space sim/arcade like freelancer and x3?

  • alex

    so is this open ended space sim/arcade like freelancer and x3?

  • SkiBumMSP

    Funny that I was thinking how cool it would be to get something like Privateer that I remember playing for hours back in the back on the PC, on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Seems this may just very well be it! If this is anywhere as good as that game was, I'll certainly will have to get this for the Touch.

  • SkiBumMSP

    Funny that I was thinking how cool it would be to get something like Privateer that I remember playing for hours back in the back on the PC, on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Seems this may just very well be it! If this is anywhere as good as that game was, I'll certainly will have to get this for the Touch.

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