underworlds5Pixel Mine Games contacted us the other day about their upcoming action RPG title Underworlds for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The company describes it as a throw-back to classic dungeon crawling RPG adventure games. In Underworlds you play a guard who has been asked to help discover the source behind mysterious activities happening around the town.

The game is an action-RPG that features a classic Dungeons & Dragons level up system with feats and stat boosts. Your avatar can be controlled either by using the virtual D-Pad or by tapping in the game world to move and perform actions.

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  • An original release designed exclusively for the iPhone
  • Advance your character’s abilities while you explore mysterious graveyards, dark chambers and dangerous crypts
  • Customize your character's attributes and feats to sui t your play‐style
  • Test your skill on 4 difficulty settings, including the ‘extreme’ difficulty challenge
  • Find thousands of unique armor and weapons to use or trade for gold
  • Discover hidden traps and treasures
  • Enjoy Underworlds again and again - no two adventures will be the same!

  • The game was submitted to Apple earlier this week.

    • Oscar

      looks pretty cool. diablo-ish

    • Oscar

      looks pretty cool. diablo-ish

    • blk04a4

      this game looks awesome!!! looks just like d2!!

    • blk04a4

      this game looks awesome!!! looks just like d2!!

    • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

      The skulls are sweet :)
      Lightning looks also nice.
      I'm interested.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

      The skulls are sweet :)
      Lightning looks also nice.
      I'm interested.

    • NotYou

      Nice!

      As much as I'm loving Rogue Touch, it'd be nice to play something a little more up to date. This looks promising.

    • NotYou

      Nice!

      As much as I'm loving Rogue Touch, it'd be nice to play something a little more up to date. This looks promising.

    • ramon raux

      Finally, a decent-looking RPG! I'm still waiting for Vampire Origins though...

    • ramon raux

      Finally, a decent-looking RPG! I'm still waiting for Vampire Origins though...

    • Jim

      Diablo!

    • Jim

      Diablo!

    • EightFlyingCars

      Please tell me there are more than four stats and five feats. Magic? Anything?

      • Ryan

        It looks like the right pane with the feats is per skill on the left side, so there are 3 more screens of feats we haven't seen yet :)

    • chuka

      i pisses me off when they make iphone only games. What about the itouch

      • arn

        iPhone is a pretty generic term. I'm sure it works on the iPod Touch too.

        arn

        • LannaKate

          I know for a fact this game will be available on iTouch, so no need to be pissed!;)

      • WeirdingWay

        yeah the iphone is the dominating hardware, itouch is just a lite version

    • EightFlyingCars

      Please tell me there are more than four stats and five feats. Magic? Anything?

      • Ryan

        It looks like the right pane with the feats is per skill on the left side, so there are 3 more screens of feats we haven't seen yet :)

    • chuka

      i pisses me off when they make iphone only games. What about the itouch

      • arn

        iPhone is a pretty generic term. I'm sure it works on the iPod Touch too.

        arn

        • LannaKate

          I know for a fact this game will be available on iTouch, so no need to be pissed!;)

      • WeirdingWay

        yeah the iphone is the dominating hardware, itouch is just a lite version

    • f e a r l e s s

      I'm drooooooling.....

    • f e a r l e s s

      I'm drooooooling.....

    • GodSon

      I would like to see some gameplay videos on it...

    • GodSon

      I would like to see some gameplay videos on it...

    • myrobot......die

      I love it when cool games are announced, and at the end it says, "already been submitted to apple". The theme for this looks awesome too!

    • myrobot......die

      I love it when cool games are announced, and at the end it says, "already been submitted to apple". The theme for this looks awesome too!

    • JCat

      This looks like a definite buy me.. can't wait!

    • JCat

      This looks like a definite buy me.. can't wait!

    • http://jessewonderclark.com Lankershim

      Uh-oh...

      The words "no two adventures will ever be the same" may be a red flag that they're using some kind of randomly-generated mission system.

      The problem with randomly-generated games is that they accomplish the opposite of what they intend to: instead of making every game feel different, every game feels the same.

      It's counter-intuitive, but if you've played a lot of randomly-generated games, you know what I mean.

      • Alichan76

        Conversely, I think it's that very thing that makes dungeon crawlers really engrossing. Nothing worse than being confronted with the same monsters in the same place at the same time every time you start up a game...*yawn*. I then become acutely aware that I am playing a computer game, and forget to forget myself. When you are stepping into a dungeon, your stepping into the unknown, and shouldn't really be thinking 'oooo, I recognize that bit of wall' etc...

        • JCat

          Agreed (on preferring the randomized dungeon). This is what makes me visit the dungeons of Rogue quite often.

      • jaytee

        You clearly haven't played Diablo 2.

        Not to say this game couldn't be screwed up royally, but if it is even one percent as good as Diablo, it should be amazing.

    • http://jessewonderclark.com Lankershim

      Uh-oh...

      The words "no two adventures will ever be the same" may be a red flag that they're using some kind of randomly-generated mission system.

      The problem with randomly-generated games is that they accomplish the opposite of what they intend to: instead of making every game feel different, every game feels the same.

      It's counter-intuitive, but if you've played a lot of randomly-generated games, you know what I mean.

      • Alichan76

        Conversely, I think it's that very thing that makes dungeon crawlers really engrossing. Nothing worse than being confronted with the same monsters in the same place at the same time every time you start up a game...*yawn*. I then become acutely aware that I am playing a computer game, and forget to forget myself. When you are stepping into a dungeon, your stepping into the unknown, and shouldn't really be thinking 'oooo, I recognize that bit of wall' etc...

        • JCat

          Agreed (on preferring the randomized dungeon). This is what makes me visit the dungeons of Rogue quite often.

      • jaytee

        You clearly haven't played Diablo 2.

        Not to say this game couldn't be screwed up royally, but if it is even one percent as good as Diablo, it should be amazing.

    • Sam

      I played underworld weeks ago so wouldn't really call it upcoming. I didn't think it was that good and deleted it within minutes. The controls really don't work and there is no freedom.

      • Ravenblack

        How is it that you can play this "weeks ago", when it is not even out yet? Which country is your appstore set to?

        • sam

          UK. maybe it was a pre release trial or something?

      • WeirdingWay

        Well if you were playing the beta maybe you should give release a chance.

    • Sam

      I played underworld weeks ago so wouldn't really call it upcoming. I didn't think it was that good and deleted it within minutes. The controls really don't work and there is no freedom.

      • Ravenblack

        How is it that you can play this "weeks ago", when it is not even out yet? Which country is your appstore set to?

        • sam

          UK. maybe it was a pre release trial or something?

      • WeirdingWay

        Well if you were playing the beta maybe you should give release a chance.

    • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

      Yeah, good game are-a-coming to iphone (itouch). I almost can't keep up with all of it!

      This is something, I'll keep a look out for..hehe!

      Hope, for video game play though. Soon?

    • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

      Yeah, good game are-a-coming to iphone (itouch). I almost can't keep up with all of it!

      This is something, I'll keep a look out for..hehe!

      Hope, for video game play though. Soon?

    • Oliath

      I think Sam should be called Sam Spam
      Some people like to diss games just so they feel important.

      Its not even out yet.

      Anyway... hopefully this will play as good as it looks.

    • Oliath

      I think Sam should be called Sam Spam
      Some people like to diss games just so they feel important.

      Its not even out yet.

      Anyway... hopefully this will play as good as it looks.

    • aen

      shades of ultima... good old memories. i'm on it.

    • aen

      shades of ultima... good old memories. i'm on it.

    • http://www.pixelminegames.com OneEye

      A few answers to questions:

      The game hasn't been added to the iTunes store yet, so no one outside of the Pixel Mine offices has played it.

      The game works on both the iPhone and iTouch.

      The lead artist, Denis Loubet, was also the prmary artist on many of the Ultima games.

      The dungeons aren't randomly generated, but there are tons of unqiue items and 'random' moments.

      The game is super fun.

      Thanks for the kind words!

      • http://www.allan-lee.com Niasyn

        This looks great Oneye, any chance of a video of it in action before it gets approved!?

      • Jeremy

        There is definitely some Ultima 7ish feel to the screenshots! Definite buy for me. Please, please, please work on the balance of the gameplay. It is one of the most incredibly important and difficult things to get right on a dungeon crawl.

        If Roguelike games are any proof, there is a huge number of people where gameplay is the #1 priority for a dungeon crawl.

        • WeirdingWay

          Gameplay is the #1 priority of any game. Duh

    • http://www.pixelminegames.com OneEye

      A few answers to questions:

      The game hasn't been added to the iTunes store yet, so no one outside of the Pixel Mine offices has played it.

      The game works on both the iPhone and iTouch.

      The lead artist, Denis Loubet, was also the prmary artist on many of the Ultima games.

      The dungeons aren't randomly generated, but there are tons of unqiue items and 'random' moments.

      The game is super fun.

      Thanks for the kind words!

      • http://www.allan-lee.com Niasyn

        This looks great Oneye, any chance of a video of it in action before it gets approved!?

      • Jeremy

        There is definitely some Ultima 7ish feel to the screenshots! Definite buy for me. Please, please, please work on the balance of the gameplay. It is one of the most incredibly important and difficult things to get right on a dungeon crawl.

        If Roguelike games are any proof, there is a huge number of people where gameplay is the #1 priority for a dungeon crawl.

        • WeirdingWay

          Gameplay is the #1 priority of any game. Duh

    • Ravenblack

      Cool stuff, OneEye. Hope it's the diablo-fix some of us are looking for! :)

    • Ravenblack

      Cool stuff, OneEye. Hope it's the diablo-fix some of us are looking for! :)

    • Jorlen

      Looking forward to this. I love seeing exclusive iPlatform RPGs being released. Can't wait!

    • Jorlen

      Looking forward to this. I love seeing exclusive iPlatform RPGs being released. Can't wait!

    • http://www.pixelminegames.com SaltyDog

      Niasyn: We are putting one together now

    • http://www.pixelminegames.com SaltyDog

      Niasyn: We are putting one together now

    • rio

      do want

    • rio

      do want

    • Boomhaurer

      Looks Awesome! I gotta get some iTunes credits.

    • Boomhaurer

      Looks Awesome! I gotta get some iTunes credits.

    • Thaurin

      WANT

    • Thaurin

      WANT

    • gozags

      I for one am EXCITED about this one!

    • gozags

      I for one am EXCITED about this one!

    • Geb

      OneEye,

      Now that you have dipped your toe into "Mac stuff" any likely hood that you would port one of your MMOs to OSX or use transgaming to do it? Mac needs some more unique MMOs and even a small competitor to WoW would make quite the splash :)

      Underworld looks great BTW!

    • Geb

      OneEye,

      Now that you have dipped your toe into "Mac stuff" any likely hood that you would port one of your MMOs to OSX or use transgaming to do it? Mac needs some more unique MMOs and even a small competitor to WoW would make quite the splash :)

      Underworld looks great BTW!

    • Nightblighter

      Did iron will games make this Cus it looks just like ashen empires, or did pm just borrow the engine because AE is on their launcher?

    • Nightblighter

      Did iron will games make this Cus it looks just like ashen empires, or did pm just borrow the engine because AE is on their launcher?

    • http://www.pixelminegames.com OneEye

      Iron Will Games and Pixel Mine developed the game, along with Maverick Software.

    • http://www.pixelminegames.com OneEye

      Iron Will Games and Pixel Mine developed the game, along with Maverick Software.

    • Jerry

      Give me lots of loot, lots weapons and lots of things to kill.
      I can't wait for this game.

    • Jerry

      Give me lots of loot, lots weapons and lots of things to kill.
      I can't wait for this game.

    • blk04a4

      the thing everyone is going to have to take into account is the fact that its not going to be perfect on release... everyone is going to be comparing this to d2 which kinda sux, but at the same time if peaople have patience this game is going to kick ass!

    • blk04a4

      the thing everyone is going to have to take into account is the fact that its not going to be perfect on release... everyone is going to be comparing this to d2 which kinda sux, but at the same time if peaople have patience this game is going to kick ass!

    • http://www.FiCTR.com Joseph Gambit

      I think that the future of role playing and video games is definitely going to be on the iphone and other portable phone devices. Unlike a psp or an xbox, everyone is walking around with a phone in their pocket. Its like an almost infinite distribution channel for game making companies. Now...they need to add the interactive features to a portable rpg, like allowing you to join a network and fight with others. When that happens, you will know the future is here.

      Also, it would be nice to be able to hook an iphone up to a television. Does anyone know if that can easily be done?

    • http://www.FiCTR.com Joseph Gambit

      I think that the future of role playing and video games is definitely going to be on the iphone and other portable phone devices. Unlike a psp or an xbox, everyone is walking around with a phone in their pocket. Its like an almost infinite distribution channel for game making companies. Now...they need to add the interactive features to a portable rpg, like allowing you to join a network and fight with others. When that happens, you will know the future is here.

      Also, it would be nice to be able to hook an iphone up to a television. Does anyone know if that can easily be done?

    • http://www.myspace.com/hxcgamers DocX

      I play-tested this game and I was very impressed. It brought me back to my old love of the D2 days and I really wanted to keep playing when I was away from the Pixel Mine Studios. I am buying a iPod within the month and this will be with me at all times.

    • http://www.myspace.com/hxcgamers DocX

      I play-tested this game and I was very impressed. It brought me back to my old love of the D2 days and I really wanted to keep playing when I was away from the Pixel Mine Studios. I am buying a iPod within the month and this will be with me at all times.

    • Kepplock

      The game looks great! Must have!!!

      • gabriel allen

        it looks cool

      • gabriel allen

        hey what is this game all about

    • Kepplock

      The game looks great! Must have!!!

    • Scott C. Waring

      Guys, I just bought it yesterday. I am level 6 already...took 54 min (it records time) on easy level. NOTE: Easy level lets more items drop per kill :)

      I am a big Diablo LOD player. I made 99 level 2 times on USWEST ladder (DragonUrAss), so when I say this game is like diablo, please believe me. The first boss in the second photo above will always drop a green item. Drops are usually gray items, but I found some green and 1 purple item sword.

      This game lets you choose from 4 characters and lets you save upto 3 different characters on your itouch. To save it just hit options, save, then hit your finger against one of the four save windows (one is auto save-luv it).

      Cons: no map, but hey...it may come in an update in a few weeks.
      Also you can not play on-line. Character difference is very small in skill area. Could use some differences in skills. Also no stash that I can find in town.

      Pros: Easy saving, auto-save, 4 characters to choose, gray-green-purple items and more, easy portal home to sell stuff, Great D-1 Dungeon experience. Character runs across screen fast. Cool Beserk skill (same as whirlwind barbarian in D-2 but uses very little mana). Lots of drops more in the easy level...less in difficult levels.

      Paying $4.99 for having a Diablo-like game in your pocket at your convienience is Godly. This is the only RPG game I have liked so far on itunes. :)

    • Scott C. Waring

      Guys, I just bought it yesterday. I am level 6 already...took 54 min (it records time) on easy level. NOTE: Easy level lets more items drop per kill :)

      I am a big Diablo LOD player. I made 99 level 2 times on USWEST ladder (DragonUrAss), so when I say this game is like diablo, please believe me. The first boss in the second photo above will always drop a green item. Drops are usually gray items, but I found some green and 1 purple item sword.

      This game lets you choose from 4 characters and lets you save upto 3 different characters on your itouch. To save it just hit options, save, then hit your finger against one of the four save windows (one is auto save-luv it).

      Cons: no map, but hey...it may come in an update in a few weeks.
      Also you can not play on-line. Character difference is very small in skill area. Could use some differences in skills. Also no stash that I can find in town.

      Pros: Easy saving, auto-save, 4 characters to choose, gray-green-purple items and more, easy portal home to sell stuff, Great D-1 Dungeon experience. Character runs across screen fast. Cool Beserk skill (same as whirlwind barbarian in D-2 but uses very little mana). Lots of drops more in the easy level...less in difficult levels.

      Paying $4.99 for having a Diablo-like game in your pocket at your convienience is Godly. This is the only RPG game I have liked so far on itunes. :)