At GDC, Touch Arcade had the opportunity to sit down with Yichel Chan and Kathy de Leon of mobile development house Glu, makers of Bonsai Blast [App Store], to discuss a number of the company's forthcoming iPhone game titles.

Glu's upcoming games offer a very diverse collection of genres so there will likely be something of interest for everyone.

build-a-lotBuild-A-Lot

Originally a PC game, Build-A-Lot is a light simulation in which the player buys and sells land, develops blueprints, builds and expands houses, and creates a functioning community that--hopefully--makes the player a wealthy tycoon.

The game features a career mode, in which certain set goals per level must be met to move forward (though catastrophies and such can happen mid-level that must be dealt with), and a story mode in which the only goal is to make a certain amount of money.  The iPhone version of Build-A-Lot is an improvement over the PC original, adding enhanced graphics and various new gameplay elements.

Build-A-Lot will be priced at $4.99.

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Cooking Star

Cooking Star is a food management game that is a collection of eight different mini-games, each one payable across five different levels of difficulty. 

Some examples are Tofu, where the player must properly slice a cube of tofu being dropped into a cooking pot into tiny pieces using finger gestures and Kabob, which involves cooking (and not burning) a series of kabobs on a grill by tapping to select, flipping (the iPhone) to rotate, and shaking to add salt.

Additional mini-games will be made available in future updates.

Wacky Worlds Mini Golf

mini-golf-sky screenExpected to debut in July, Wacky Worlds Mini Golf is a zany golf game set in a most bizarre world.

While lining up shots and putting true are the name of the game, things are made interesting by moles, gophers, ladybugs, and the like wandering the course and popping out of holes. This colorful title features non-traditional controls (line up a shot, set the desired swing strength, move the camera to achieve a preferred vantage, and tap to swing) and four (bizarre) worlds, each featuring 10 holes.

No price has been determined for Mini Golf.

cops-and-robbersCops and Robbers

Forthcoming Cops and Robbers is a (foot) racing / acrobatic game in which you and your roommate are strapped for cash and can't pay the rent.  The solution?  Turning to a life of crime.

The game involves running through a series of city levels that have a Crash Bandicoot feel and involve parkour-like moves while collecting diamonds to pay the landlord. 

The game features a very interesting twist on the "ghost" re-play mechanic.  Once you've completed a level as one of the robbers, you can then replay it as a cop chasing your robber ghost. So you must best your previous time in order to "catch" yourself.  After that, you're back to a robber being chased your cop ghost.  A very clever mechanic that ensures replayability.

Cops and Robbers will retail for $4.99.

This video shows a bit of the gameplay, but due to the loud ambient noise we simply muted the audio. The final game, of course, has appropriate sound effects:


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Glyder

Glyder, set for an early April release, is a flying exploration game in which the player is wearing a set of wings and most fly freely about various environments collecting floating  gems.  Achievements--50 in all--are unlocked for performing various feats such as visiting every area of a given world, achieving maximum possible velocity in a power-dive, and taking mini-trips.

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There are no enemies and there's no way to die in Glyder.  It's just about the gliding.

Glyder will be priced at $1.99.

This video shows a bit of the gameplay, but due to the loud ambient noise we simply muted the audio. The final game, of course, has appropriate sound effects:


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  • Malarkey

    This one's for me. No enemies and "all about the gliding"... that's the kind of game I want. I'm the kind of person who wishes I could make all the enemies and time limits disappear so I can explore the games' environments at will and take as long as I want.

  • Malarkey

    This one's for me. No enemies and "all about the gliding"... that's the kind of game I want. I'm the kind of person who wishes I could make all the enemies and time limits disappear so I can explore the games' environments at will and take as long as I want.

  • dunkee

    I wish they have introductory price instead of full price, even just for the first 48hour or so.

  • http://deleted dunkee

    I wish they have introductory price instead of full price, even just for the first 48hour or so.

  • Tyler Jaeger (Adr3naLine)

    Parkour games FTW!
    I'm definitely in on Cops and Robbers

  • Tyler Jaeger (Adr3naLine)

    Parkour games FTW!
    I'm definitely in on Cops and Robbers

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Isn't Glyder just a mod of that old bicycle arcade game where you have to pedal for thrust and you basically just fly around and collect gems to extend your time? I LOVE that game. In fact, they've got it at this old bowling alley down the street from me here in Tokyo. Talk about a trip down memory lane! I used to play that game all the time when I was in school!

    A definite buy for me, and a steal at $2!!

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Isn't Glyder just a mod of that old bicycle arcade game where you have to pedal for thrust and you basically just fly around and collect gems to extend your time? I LOVE that game. In fact, they've got it at this old bowling alley down the street from me here in Tokyo. Talk about a trip down memory lane! I used to play that game all the time when I was in school!

    A definite buy for me, and a steal at $2!!

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Just watched the video, and Cops and Robbers looks sick, too!

    So nice to have some quality games with decent production value hitting the store now ...

  • http://www.mavisxp.com mavis

    Just watched the video, and Cops and Robbers looks sick, too!

    So nice to have some quality games with decent production value hitting the store now ...

  • Adams Immersive

    Of the 4, Cops and Robbers appeals to me. A lot of interesting things going on in that video.

  • Adams Immersive

    Of the 4, Cops and Robbers appeals to me. A lot of interesting things going on in that video.

  • JCat

    Yep, Cops & Robber's seems to have the most meat on its bones. Looks good!

  • JCat

    Yep, Cops & Robber's seems to have the most meat on its bones. Looks good!

  • http://mrbass.org/iphone/bestgames mrbass

    I have build-a-lot on my mac I bought through bigfish games. Love it. I was hoping they'd skip straight to build-a-lot 2 though since that ain't out on the mac yet. Kinda like cake mania skipped straight to #3 for the iphone.

  • http://mrbass.org/iphone/bestgames mrbass

    I have build-a-lot on my mac I bought through bigfish games. Love it. I was hoping they'd skip straight to build-a-lot 2 though since that ain't out on the mac yet. Kinda like cake mania skipped straight to #3 for the iphone.

  • Chad

    So tired of "me too" apps. I won't be buying Cooking Star.

  • Chad

    So tired of "me too" apps. I won't be buying Cooking Star.

  • Rohan Dalal

    Cops and Robbers looks good :)

    so does the first one xD..these tycoon type games are pretty interesting

  • Rohan Dalal

    Cops and Robbers looks good :)

    so does the first one xD..these tycoon type games are pretty interesting

  • zenchord

    ...wow....I like both of those....Kool!

  • zenchord

    ...wow....I like both of those....Kool!

  • meerako

    ooh! i'm a big casual game fan - Glyder looks like the perfect game for me! can't wait for it to come out.

  • meerako

    ooh! i'm a big casual game fan - Glyder looks like the perfect game for me! can't wait for it to come out.

  • Castor Krieg

    Glyder looks super slow, probably the framerate is terrible because of all the 3D stuff going on.

    • Kamazar

      Nanosaur 2 had a decent amount of stuff going on, and those were polished graphics. I'm sure they'll get the frame rate in the 30s. Gonna keep my eyes for Glyde.

      Gotta agree with the others, Cops and Robbers looks awesome. They ripped off Sonic with the rail grind, though.

      • spiffyone

        Well, tbqh, Sonic ripped off Jet Set Radio with the grind rails.

        ...

        Wow. Sega ripped themselves off ;) Seriously though, Sega's internal teams have always been set "against" each other in some odd form of internal competition. Especially in the pre-death of Dreamcast days. Always looking to one up each other.

        Looking forward to Cops and Robbers. Looks like a cross between Crash Bandicoot and Mirror's Edge.

  • Castor Krieg

    Glyder looks super slow, probably the framerate is terrible because of all the 3D stuff going on.

    • Kamazar

      Nanosaur 2 had a decent amount of stuff going on, and those were polished graphics. I'm sure they'll get the frame rate in the 30s. Gonna keep my eyes for Glyde.

      Gotta agree with the others, Cops and Robbers looks awesome. They ripped off Sonic with the rail grind, though.

      • spiffyone

        Well, tbqh, Sonic ripped off Jet Set Radio with the grind rails.

        ...

        Wow. Sega ripped themselves off ;) Seriously though, Sega's internal teams have always been set "against" each other in some odd form of internal competition. Especially in the pre-death of Dreamcast days. Always looking to one up each other.

        Looking forward to Cops and Robbers. Looks like a cross between Crash Bandicoot and Mirror's Edge.

  • George

    yer love the idea, aka pilotwingish, also make the wings a little smaller though, they take up most of the screen, then im sold.

  • George

    yer love the idea, aka pilotwingish, also make the wings a little smaller though, they take up most of the screen, then im sold.

  • George

    oh and fix the framerate. ;)

  • George

    oh and fix the framerate. ;)

  • inferi22

    cops and robbers looks great

  • inferi22

    cops and robbers looks great

  • ajax

    im only gonna buy 2 of these games. glyder and cops and robbers. glyder's gameplay looks alot like nanosaurs, while cops and robbers looks like mirrors edge. btw, when does cops and robbers come out?

  • ajax

    im only gonna buy 2 of these games. glyder and cops and robbers. glyder's gameplay looks alot like nanosaurs, while cops and robbers looks like mirrors edge. btw, when does cops and robbers come out?

  • rich_952000

    Well, Glyder just showed up on my App Sniper! D/L now!

  • rich_952000

    Well, Glyder just showed up on my App Sniper! D/L now!

  • http://www.sesligoruntulu.com sesli chat

    So tired of "me too" apps. I won't be buying Cooking Star.