dexter1At GDC, TouchArcade met with Marc Ecko Entertainment who is publishing the Dexter iPhone game that is due out this summer.

This high profile game has received a lot of attention ever since its original announcement back in July and generated even more buzz after some high quality screenshots were released. While there had been some doubters about the possibility of such high quality renders on the iPhone, after seeing the game ourselves, we have to admit the graphics quality of the 3D rendering engine is remarkable.

The game engine was developed by Icarus Studios and is a port of their MMO engine. This engine is said to be rendering the full 3d environment with 30,000 polygons at 30 frames per second on the iPhone/iPod Touch platform. The high definition video embedded below offers a peek at the game.

dexter2Meanwhile, the game itself seems to remain very true to the brand and television series with close tie-ins to the first season of the show. The game revolves around the main character Dexter who is a serial killer governed by a strict moral code. For every action you take, it may adversely or positively affect your "Mask" level, which must be maintained or you'll be exposed. If you are entirely unmasked, the game ends.

Dexter plays as a 3rd or 1st person perspective adventure game in a fully 3d environment. Both "joystick" and tilt/button controls are offered and appear to provide a solid control system to the game. Also key to the gameplay is the collection evidence in different storylines to capture more victims. Stealth also plays a major role in the game and you find yourself sneaking behind obstacles in order to avoid detection while stalking your prey.

Once Dexter gets his victim back to his lair, you must try to force them to confess to their own crimes before killing them. The tools available to you include a cleaver, knife and bone saw, each with their own unique iPhone accelerometer gestures to use them.

This video shows several of the environments and control systems:


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Overall, we were very impressed with what we saw. There is typically a bit of a stigma against these officially licensed games, but Marc Ecko Entertainment appears to be delivering a very high quality game in both iPhone experience as well as loyalty to the television show itself.

The game will be delivered in 4 episodes with the first out this summer. The first episode will deliver 8-10 hours of gameplay. All four episodes will be delivered by September, when the next season of Dexter begins. If you are interested in a further walkthrough of the game, another YouTube video looks at additional features of the game.

  • Flip

    Looks pretty awesome...very nice graphics!! :)

  • Flip

    Looks pretty awesome...very nice graphics!! :)

  • Oliath

    The thing about the iphone is that i will buy games like this JUST because they look good.... I love it when something shows off the hardware like this.

    This game actually does look quite fun to play though.

    Lets hope it raises the bar for big publishers (yes EA looking at you with your consistently cheap ports of old games) but lets the Indi guys stay doing exactly what they are doing.

    The one thing i am afraid of happening is that the big guns will squash the little guys. The iphone has opened up a fantastic creative opportunity for bedroom developers and small Indi houses and resulted in a pretty exciting game for some really unique games.

    I guess what i am saying is basically... wow... this looks great... but i hope that there are still guys in their bedrooms knocking out some real games.

  • Oliath

    The thing about the iphone is that i will buy games like this JUST because they look good.... I love it when something shows off the hardware like this.

    This game actually does look quite fun to play though.

    Lets hope it raises the bar for big publishers (yes EA looking at you with your consistently cheap ports of old games) but lets the Indi guys stay doing exactly what they are doing.

    The one thing i am afraid of happening is that the big guns will squash the little guys. The iphone has opened up a fantastic creative opportunity for bedroom developers and small Indi houses and resulted in a pretty exciting game for some really unique games.

    I guess what i am saying is basically... wow... this looks great... but i hope that there are still guys in their bedrooms knocking out some real games.

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

    Awesome graphics! When I saw the first screenshots I didn´t believe that they´d be realtime. But now...oh my god! ;)

  • Daniel

    Awesome, i cant wait. Amazing graphics (wonder how well it performs on the iphone, this dude uses a touch). But whats that about making it four episodes? Make ONE game please, i don't want one game beeing cluttered on my screen as 4 icons. I'd pay 20 bucks for it right away. Don't like this new "episodes" trend to keep customers paying over and over again.

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

    Awesome graphics! When I saw the first screenshots I didn´t believe that they´d be realtime. But now...oh my god! ;)

  • Daniel

    Awesome, i cant wait. Amazing graphics (wonder how well it performs on the iphone, this dude uses a touch). But whats that about making it four episodes? Make ONE game please, i don't want one game beeing cluttered on my screen as 4 icons. I'd pay 20 bucks for it right away. Don't like this new "episodes" trend to keep customers paying over and over again.

  • elr0y7

    Looks very clean, I don't even watch this show but this game looks like it'd be worth it.

  • elr0y7

    Looks very clean, I don't even watch this show but this game looks like it'd be worth it.

  • QuebecRage

    This is the proof that Metal Gear Solid could have been possible on the iPhone. Looks amazing and controls looks really fine too.

    • http://owlmovement.com Patrick

      I agree with this is what MGST could of been. Oh well.

    • dunkee

      Exactly!! Shame on MGS!!

      • Jonathan

        Having yah playd or seen assasin creed, hero of sparta, brother in arm, resident evil degeneration, real tennis 2009 and other oness jeez havin yah... Enyway pretty fukin awesome about time Dexter bringin psp/ds to an iphone/ipod touch appstore fukin awesome apple u fukin awesome bastard yah shuld hired me... FUk

  • QuebecRage

    This is the proof that Metal Gear Solid could have been possible on the iPhone. Looks amazing and controls looks really fine too.

    • http://owlmovement.com Patrick

      I agree with this is what MGST could of been. Oh well.

    • http://deleted dunkee

      Exactly!! Shame on MGS!!

      • Jonathan

        Having yah playd or seen assasin creed, hero of sparta, brother in arm, resident evil degeneration, real tennis 2009 and other oness jeez havin yah... Enyway pretty fukin awesome about time Dexter bringin psp/ds to an iphone/ipod touch appstore fukin awesome apple u fukin awesome bastard yah shuld hired me... FUk

  • Capone

    I'm very, very disappointed! If they would have worked a bit harder, they actually could have come up with something like *drum roll* Duck Hunt! But now ... we'll get this! D'oh!

    PS: ;-)

  • Capone

    I'm very, very disappointed! If they would have worked a bit harder, they actually could have come up with something like *drum roll* Duck Hunt! But now ... we'll get this! D'oh!

    PS: ;-)

  • http://www.transapp.com transapp

    I love Dexter, especially season one was perfect.
    So can't wait to check out this fantastic looking game.

  • http://www.transapp.com transapp

    I love Dexter, especially season one was perfect.
    So can't wait to check out this fantastic looking game.

  • http://iphone-game-reviews.com Vikram @ iPhone Game Reviews

    Is it going to be rated 18+?

  • http://iphone-game-reviews.com Vikram @ iPhone Game Reviews

    Is it going to be rated 18+?

  • David

    Kind of disappointed that they're modeling the story line after the first season. That would be the 3rd retelling of that story line for true Dexter fans. I was hoping for an original plot.

    • str1f3

      there will probably be episodic content. this game is the first season. the next episode will be the second and so forth.

      dexter is my favorite show of all time. i hope that they don't dissapoint.

      i also agree with what was said earlier. if konami would have put some effort into
      metal gear solid touch could have been like this.i'm glad these guys were thinking outside the box.

  • David

    Kind of disappointed that they're modeling the story line after the first season. That would be the 3rd retelling of that story line for true Dexter fans. I was hoping for an original plot.

    • str1f3

      there will probably be episodic content. this game is the first season. the next episode will be the second and so forth.

      dexter is my favorite show of all time. i hope that they don't dissapoint.

      i also agree with what was said earlier. if konami would have put some effort into
      metal gear solid touch could have been like this.i'm glad these guys were thinking outside the box.

  • Dave

    a game about torturing and killing people. This is less offensive than the other games Apple has not allowed in the app store how again?

    • Radchad1

      Dave,

      It's less offensive because now there is a big game developer making it. So, they don't want to piss off the big boys, as they will stop developing games if they can't get them approved in the app store. Once again it proves that apple is all about the big dollars of the app store and big dev's will being big dollar signs in possible sales of games.

      • Jeremy

        Here's a news flash; we're all about the big dollar signs. You, me and yes Apple. I hope I didn't cause your world to come crashing down around you.

  • Dave

    a game about torturing and killing people. This is less offensive than the other games Apple has not allowed in the app store how again?

    • Radchad1

      Dave,

      It's less offensive because now there is a big game developer making it. So, they don't want to piss off the big boys, as they will stop developing games if they can't get them approved in the app store. Once again it proves that apple is all about the big dollars of the app store and big dev's will being big dollar signs in possible sales of games.

      • Jeremy

        Here's a news flash; we're all about the big dollar signs. You, me and yes Apple. I hope I didn't cause your world to come crashing down around you.

  • caubetocdaido

    Wow !

  • caubetocdaido

    Wow !

  • Dylan

    Wow that is pretty damn amazing those graphics are so beautiful
    Now please bring us GTA LCS or a clone :D

  • Dylan

    Wow that is pretty damn amazing those graphics are so beautiful
    Now please bring us GTA LCS or a clone :D

  • Heronymo

    Incredible graphics.

    Just imagine if Konami decides to suddenly make a REAL Metal Gear Solid for iPhone. It would be so amazing. They should take a look at this game for some inspiration.

    And then make a really cool MGS series of games for iPhone. Now THAT I would buy.

  • Heronymo

    Incredible graphics.

    Just imagine if Konami decides to suddenly make a REAL Metal Gear Solid for iPhone. It would be so amazing. They should take a look at this game for some inspiration.

    And then make a really cool MGS series of games for iPhone. Now THAT I would buy.

  • mohawk

    what will be the price?

  • mohawk

    what will be the price?

  • Kris Jones

    I hope that Apple allows this game. They want to earn a profit on this game, but they also want to stick somewhat to their own guidelines.

  • Kris Jones

    I hope that Apple allows this game. They want to earn a profit on this game, but they also want to stick somewhat to their own guidelines.

  • Adams Immersive

    Is it all anti-aliased? Hard to tell from the video. I see some pixel edges, but nothing blatantly jagged. Does the whole game have FSAA like the screenshots do? I doubt it (and with the iPhone's tiny pixels it hardly matters), but that would be impressive!

  • Adams Immersive

    Is it all anti-aliased? Hard to tell from the video. I see some pixel edges, but nothing blatantly jagged. Does the whole game have FSAA like the screenshots do? I doubt it (and with the iPhone's tiny pixels it hardly matters), but that would be impressive!

  • Will

    I love the tv series Dexter and this gameplay footage looks really pretty good (although painfully slow as well). But I just don’t think Dexter would work as a videogame.

    The fascination of this tv series comes from watching Dexter, not being Dexter. You watch him do stuff, you listen to his messed up thoughts. You kind of sympathize with him although at the same time you know that he is a serial killer and that his sense of vigilante justice isn’t really right. Dexter works because it brings the viewer into a moral dilemma by showing him actions he has problems to judge.

    In a videogame however, you are the one performing these actions. I don’t know how it would be possible to achieve the same atmosphere and moral dilemma as in the tv series and not look like a primitive sadistic Manhunt-like type of game. I just don’t think it would work.

  • Will

    I love the tv series Dexter and this gameplay footage looks really pretty good (although painfully slow as well). But I just don’t think Dexter would work as a videogame.

    The fascination of this tv series comes from watching Dexter, not being Dexter. You watch him do stuff, you listen to his messed up thoughts. You kind of sympathize with him although at the same time you know that he is a serial killer and that his sense of vigilante justice isn’t really right. Dexter works because it brings the viewer into a moral dilemma by showing him actions he has problems to judge.

    In a videogame however, you are the one performing these actions. I don’t know how it would be possible to achieve the same atmosphere and moral dilemma as in the tv series and not look like a primitive sadistic Manhunt-like type of game. I just don’t think it would work.

  • spiffyone

    But...but...but...but I thought it was IMPOSSIBLE for iTouch/Phone to be capable of such high quality graphics. >_>

    All the naysayers have been silenced.

    And I wanted this game just because it was Dexter. If it were a 2D point and click adventure I'd still have bought it. Being something like this is just icing on the cake.

  • spiffyone

    But...but...but...but I thought it was IMPOSSIBLE for iTouch/Phone to be capable of such high quality graphics. >_>

    All the naysayers have been silenced.

    And I wanted this game just because it was Dexter. If it were a 2D point and click adventure I'd still have bought it. Being something like this is just icing on the cake.

  • Cadu

    Graphics, graphics, graphics. But where is the fun?

    Much simpler games, sometimes bring you much more pleasant times.

  • Cadu

    Graphics, graphics, graphics. But where is the fun?

    Much simpler games, sometimes bring you much more pleasant times.

  • Arta

    Hopefully there are varied stealth scenarios like in Syphon Filter 1 & 2.

  • Arta

    Hopefully there are varied stealth scenarios like in Syphon Filter 1 & 2.

  • JCat

    Ok, graphically, it looks quite capable and I always knew the touch can pull it off, but I tell ya, the demo put me to sleep. I know I'm a minority in this, but I find stealth movement in games to be boring. I'm sure, however Dexter will appeal to many, and I wish them luck.

    • kam

      yeah you are in the minority. check how well splinter cell sold. people like stealth. so we majority wish YOU luck.

  • JCat

    Ok, graphically, it looks quite capable and I always knew the touch can pull it off, but I tell ya, the demo put me to sleep. I know I'm a minority in this, but I find stealth movement in games to be boring. I'm sure, however Dexter will appeal to many, and I wish them luck.

    • http://none kam

      yeah you are in the minority. check how well splinter cell sold. people like stealth. so we majority wish YOU luck.

  • akj

    I think you mean "cleaver," not "clever."

  • akj

    I think you mean "cleaver," not "clever."

  • robert

    When, oh when will this be released...

  • robert

    When, oh when will this be released...

  • Qasim Zia

    OR MAYBE IT HASN'T BEEN SENT TO APPLE YET! stop bashing apple

  • Qasim Zia

    OR MAYBE IT HASN'T BEEN SENT TO APPLE YET! stop bashing apple

  • Rylie Blake

    now all they need to do is make this game for ds or DSiware and i will be one Happy Camper.....Same goes for the 'Heroes' Video Game...which is only on mobile..I'd cross my fingers if it didn't jinx everything.

  • Rylie Blake

    now all they need to do is make this game for ds or DSiware and i will be one Happy Camper.....Same goes for the 'Heroes' Video Game...which is only on mobile..I'd cross my fingers if it didn't jinx everything.

  • dexter

    where the shit is it?

  • dexter

    where the shit is it?

  • Anon

    It's waiting for approval from Apple. Hopefully they approve it without any censoring, otherwise it's probably going to be another month or 2...

  • Anon

    It's waiting for approval from Apple. Hopefully they approve it without any censoring, otherwise it's probably going to be another month or 2...