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Gameloft's much anticipated Assassin's Creed for the iPhone arrived in the App Store [link] tonight. The game is priced at $9.99 and delivers a port of the Nintendo DS version.

The original Assassin's Creed is a popular sandbox-style action-adventure that was first released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. A version of the game called Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles was later released for the Nintendo DS. The DS version of the game is described as a prequel to the console version and drew mixed reviews as well as the ire of some of our own forum members. The iPhone version appears to be a graphically enhanced port of the DS title that has adapted to the iPhone's touch screen.

367811_3jpgHow the iPhone community reacts to what seems to be the same essential game as the DS will be quite interesting. Some of the poor reviews of the DS version seemed to cite short gameplay (3-5 hours) and only a very loose association with the original game. It's also quite likely that being compared to the existing library of Nintendo DS titles and being priced at $29 negatively impacted its DS reception. That said, some reviews were positive, with some sites comparing the game favorably to Prince of Persia.

On the iPhone side, the game is a full $20 cheaper, and the length seems on-par with many other high-quality iPhone titles. The game, itself, is an attractive 3D platformer with running, jumping, climbing and fighting. While these sort of titles may be common on other mobile platforms, the iPhone is notably deficient in these types of games. As a result, I suspect iPhone gamers without any pre-conceptions will find the game to be particularly impressive.

Our gameplay video shows some of the platform jumping components as well as the early fighting:


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Fans of Gameloft's Hero of Sparta will recognize a similar control system in Assassin's Creed. The game, however, is less focused on pure fighting and adds a number of mini games as well as some mild puzzle components.

Meanwhile, forum user Big Albie provides additional detailed first impressions based on his early gameplay.

App Store Link: Assassin's Creed - Altair's Chronicles, $9.99

  • JCat

    Interesting! Visuals look great, animation is smooth. Never played the console versions, but this version is more like "Assassin of Persia" with all its platforming and Orb collecting. If you played the most recent Prince of Persia on PS3 or 360, you'll know what I mean. I hope it controls well - looks to be a but picky when jumping up to higher platforms. Looks good though!

    • iamse7en

      Those sounds where those 'crystals' or whatever fly into the main character as he goes about his path is VERY ANNOYING. It's non-stop. What's the point of those? And if there is a point, the sound should be DISABLED. It's all you hear for hours of gameplay?

      That would drive me nuts. I'll resort to NOT paying for it.

  • JCat

    Interesting! Visuals look great, animation is smooth. Never played the console versions, but this version is more like "Assassin of Persia" with all its platforming and Orb collecting. If you played the most recent Prince of Persia on PS3 or 360, you'll know what I mean. I hope it controls well - looks to be a but picky when jumping up to higher platforms. Looks good though!

    • iamse7en

      Those sounds where those 'crystals' or whatever fly into the main character as he goes about his path is VERY ANNOYING. It's non-stop. What's the point of those? And if there is a point, the sound should be DISABLED. It's all you hear for hours of gameplay?

      That would drive me nuts. I'll resort to NOT paying for it.

  • ringring

    great game, i'm impressed that this is possible on the iphone!

  • ringring

    great game, i'm impressed that this is possible on the iphone!

  • http://twitter.com/ossobuco OssoBuco

    It's Hero of Sparta with an Assassin's Creed skin slapped on top. Although I can't hate on Gameloft for building a new game on top of an engine that sorta works, I'm disappointed that they're not doing anything original.

    • Jon

      Except that this game came out in Feb 2008 on the DS. I doubt they are rewriting it to use a new engine. It's just a port.

  • http://twitter.com/ossobuco OssoBuco

    It's Hero of Sparta with an Assassin's Creed skin slapped on top. Although I can't hate on Gameloft for building a new game on top of an engine that sorta works, I'm disappointed that they're not doing anything original.

    • Jon

      Except that this game came out in Feb 2008 on the DS. I doubt they are rewriting it to use a new engine. It's just a port.

  • dave

    This games seems to linear, just follow the shining stars. Boring.

    • robert

      Agreed

    • Ballpeen

      Nice graphics but from the video it appears to tell you what to do each step of the way. Basically the game is saying 'kick here' , 'click there', it shows you the stakes shooting up way before you even get to them, etc.

      What's the point when it tells you everything to do?

      And what's with the sudden tap these #'s on the guy's back screen? whaaa?? (maybe it was the torture sequence making the guy talk.. heh)

    • Mike S

      There is an option of turning off the directional arrows.

  • dave

    This games seems to linear, just follow the shining stars. Boring.

    • robert

      Agreed

    • Ballpeen

      Nice graphics but from the video it appears to tell you what to do each step of the way. Basically the game is saying 'kick here' , 'click there', it shows you the stakes shooting up way before you even get to them, etc.

      What's the point when it tells you everything to do?

      And what's with the sudden tap these #'s on the guy's back screen? whaaa?? (maybe it was the torture sequence making the guy talk.. heh)

    • Mike S

      There is an option of turning off the directional arrows.

  • Pete

    Interesting but the noisey shining stars really bugged the hell out of me in the video

  • Pete

    Interesting but the noisey shining stars really bugged the hell out of me in the video

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    The only thing in common with Assassin's Creed are the colours appearantly. Yuk.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    The only thing in common with Assassin's Creed are the colours appearantly. Yuk.

  • Kamblad

    This game bored the hell out of me on the DS. Don´t buy, boring eye candy go away!

  • Kamblad

    This game bored the hell out of me on the DS. Don´t buy, boring eye candy go away!

  • bob

    "It's also quite likely that being compared to the existing library of Nintendo DS titles and being priced at $29 negatively impacted its DS reception."

    So sort of like being compared to the existing library of iApps and being priced at $9.99 should negatively impact its reception.

    • spiffyone

      What that statement that you quoted actually means is that on DS there are many games of this sort, whereas on the iTouch/Phone platform that are only than a handful of action games of this sort, and even less with these production values (and two of them are Gameloft games, HoS and BiA).

      Comparing AC against the better action games on DS was what hurt its reviews on that platform. There were better action games for the same price, and some older for less. On iTouch/Phone, there are, again, less than a handful of these sorts of games, and they were all, if you recall correctly, originally priced at $9.99 (HoS and BiA were that price for more than a couple of months, iirc).

  • bob

    "It's also quite likely that being compared to the existing library of Nintendo DS titles and being priced at $29 negatively impacted its DS reception."

    So sort of like being compared to the existing library of iApps and being priced at $9.99 should negatively impact its reception.

    • spiffyone

      What that statement that you quoted actually means is that on DS there are many games of this sort, whereas on the iTouch/Phone platform that are only than a handful of action games of this sort, and even less with these production values (and two of them are Gameloft games, HoS and BiA).

      Comparing AC against the better action games on DS was what hurt its reviews on that platform. There were better action games for the same price, and some older for less. On iTouch/Phone, there are, again, less than a handful of these sorts of games, and they were all, if you recall correctly, originally priced at $9.99 (HoS and BiA were that price for more than a couple of months, iirc).

  • http://www.touchygamers.com Patrick

    Whether this game is good or bad, the fact remains that it's a big step for iPhone gaming that such a huge franchise as this is being published for it. Only goes to show that iPhone gaming is getting more and more recognition. Yeah, an original game would have been nice, but if this one's a success, then maybe we will see that with Assassin's Creed 2.

  • http://www.touchygamers.com Patrick

    Whether this game is good or bad, the fact remains that it's a big step for iPhone gaming that such a huge franchise as this is being published for it. Only goes to show that iPhone gaming is getting more and more recognition. Yeah, an original game would have been nice, but if this one's a success, then maybe we will see that with Assassin's Creed 2.

  • AnhonestOp

    I'm reading a lot of comments, but none of you have said anything about how ATROCIOUS the voice acting is. It sounds like the only requirement to play Alt's voice was to be able to speak english. Complete turn off for me. But i wasn't going to buy it anyways. Just my honest opinion

    • armaan

      I was just about to talk about that. It would have been better if they had the same guy that did Altair in the console version to reprise his role here. I would have considered picking this up, but that voice acting really turns me off.

      Maybe when/if the price drops, I'll d/l it, but for now I'll wait and hope for a Prince of Persia iTouch game (heck, even a port of the latest DS PoP game would be acceptable to me).

      • Ataru

        The voice acting is indeed terrible, but it was shockingly bad in the console versions too. Quite why the main character should have sounded like an American when the Americas had yet to be discovered was a mystery Ubi didn't bother to explain.

  • AnhonestOp

    I'm reading a lot of comments, but none of you have said anything about how ATROCIOUS the voice acting is. It sounds like the only requirement to play Alt's voice was to be able to speak english. Complete turn off for me. But i wasn't going to buy it anyways. Just my honest opinion

    • armaan

      I was just about to talk about that. It would have been better if they had the same guy that did Altair in the console version to reprise his role here. I would have considered picking this up, but that voice acting really turns me off.

      Maybe when/if the price drops, I'll d/l it, but for now I'll wait and hope for a Prince of Persia iTouch game (heck, even a port of the latest DS PoP game would be acceptable to me).

      • Ataru

        The voice acting is indeed terrible, but it was shockingly bad in the console versions too. Quite why the main character should have sounded like an American when the Americas had yet to be discovered was a mystery Ubi didn't bother to explain.

  • ReDStaR

    This is my first AC title

    I stopped playing console games and iphone way more interesting then other mobile devices.

    It seems like a very good addition to the store.

    • Ataru

      You really should try gaming on a DS or PSP. The quality is so far ahead of anything on the iPhone it will be a real eye opener for you. iPhone gaming, despite the hype, is still in it's extreme infancy, and there is nothing to compete with even mediocre fare on the DS or PSP. (let alone AAA stuff like Crisis Core, Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, Zelda etc.)

  • ReDStaR

    This is my first AC title

    I stopped playing console games and iphone way more interesting then other mobile devices.

    It seems like a very good addition to the store.

    • Ataru

      You really should try gaming on a DS or PSP. The quality is so far ahead of anything on the iPhone it will be a real eye opener for you. iPhone gaming, despite the hype, is still in it's extreme infancy, and there is nothing to compete with even mediocre fare on the DS or PSP. (let alone AAA stuff like Crisis Core, Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, Zelda etc.)

  • Lyanheart

    Looks good, but I won't pay $9.99 for it. Maybe if they do a sale for $4.99 I'll consider it, but still an unlikely purchase. The gameplay looks choppy and very "point and click" with the arrows directing all your actions and button-mash fighting. Doesn't look like there would be much replay value, either. Still pretty impressive to see this sort of game on an iPhone/touch, though.

  • Lyanheart

    Looks good, but I won't pay $9.99 for it. Maybe if they do a sale for $4.99 I'll consider it, but still an unlikely purchase. The gameplay looks choppy and very "point and click" with the arrows directing all your actions and button-mash fighting. Doesn't look like there would be much replay value, either. Still pretty impressive to see this sort of game on an iPhone/touch, though.

  • joni

    haha i have it...this is a good game !
    why all the hate....dont have the money ?
    solid game................

  • joni

    haha i have it...this is a good game !
    why all the hate....dont have the money ?
    solid game................

  • Mr.Dark

    looks good, hum...$9.99 waiting for price drop then

  • Mr.Dark

    looks good, hum...$9.99 waiting for price drop then

  • HFLJHWFNS

    Seems like such a good game since I really enjoyed the DS version, but $9.99 is way too much for an app these days. I only spent that much on one app ever - Brothers in Arms - when the appstore was still new and that price was acceptable. That is the only thing keeping me away from this game a bit, plus the fact that I only have $6 left for me to spend on apps right now. Maybe it will come down to $6 like Bros in Arms and Hero of Sparta eventually, but I'll probably have it by then.

  • HFLJHWFNS

    Seems like such a good game since I really enjoyed the DS version, but $9.99 is way too much for an app these days. I only spent that much on one app ever - Brothers in Arms - when the appstore was still new and that price was acceptable. That is the only thing keeping me away from this game a bit, plus the fact that I only have $6 left for me to spend on apps right now. Maybe it will come down to $6 like Bros in Arms and Hero of Sparta eventually, but I'll probably have it by then.

  • hafiz

    maybe many of you spent too much money on other apps and now theres nothin left for good games like a.c ^^

  • hafiz

    maybe many of you spent too much money on other apps and now theres nothin left for good games like a.c ^^

  • Forerunnerz

    Wow, you people have serious problems.. Assassins Creed on the DS is priced at $30, and XB360 for $60.. $10 for a refined version of the DS version should be priced more than the DS versions price.

    The game is great! I played A.C on XB360, but not on the DS. You don't have as much freedom as the one on the XB360 but the gameplay is still Assassins Creed with a couple of new elements.. I went through a couple of levels and I'm impressed that a game like this would be priced at only $10. I like pick-pocketing people along with the other mini-games.

    For $10, you would have to be crazy not to pick this game up. Just because it isn't completely 100% Assassins Creed XB360, doesn't mean it's a bad game and it's amazing for 1/6 of the XB360 A.C's price, and 1/3 of the DS version's price.

    Woah, what has happened with the iPhone community...?

  • Forerunnerz

    Wow, you people have serious problems.. Assassins Creed on the DS is priced at $30, and XB360 for $60.. $10 for a refined version of the DS version should be priced more than the DS versions price.

    The game is great! I played A.C on XB360, but not on the DS. You don't have as much freedom as the one on the XB360 but the gameplay is still Assassins Creed with a couple of new elements.. I went through a couple of levels and I'm impressed that a game like this would be priced at only $10. I like pick-pocketing people along with the other mini-games.

    For $10, you would have to be crazy not to pick this game up. Just because it isn't completely 100% Assassins Creed XB360, doesn't mean it's a bad game and it's amazing for 1/6 of the XB360 A.C's price, and 1/3 of the DS version's price.

    Woah, what has happened with the iPhone community...?

  • Dino

    Seriously, is there a game out there any of you like? What on earth are you asking for? You want 3-D, virtual reality or something? This looks like a really great game. Especially for 10 bucks! Jeez ...

  • Dino

    Seriously, is there a game out there any of you like? What on earth are you asking for? You want 3-D, virtual reality or something? This looks like a really great game. Especially for 10 bucks! Jeez ...

  • Richard

    Got the game, its the best graphics and sounds I have heard on the iPhone yet - a step up from brothers in arms and hero of sparta, its amazing what Gameloft can do with the iPhone games.

    Stop complaining about the price its damn cheap compared to other platforms - I see the other portable games taking a real hit from the iPhone / iTouch market

  • Richard

    Got the game, its the best graphics and sounds I have heard on the iPhone yet - a step up from brothers in arms and hero of sparta, its amazing what Gameloft can do with the iPhone games.

    Stop complaining about the price its damn cheap compared to other platforms - I see the other portable games taking a real hit from the iPhone / iTouch market

  • rich_952000

    Yep, gotta say 10 bones is a good price point for a game of this quality :)

  • rich_952000

    Yep, gotta say 10 bones is a good price point for a game of this quality :)

  • Kamblad

    The price is not the problem for me but rather the fact that it is so boring. Running after blinking orbs doesn´t really seem that refreshing. Hey even the first Super Mario Brothers had more freedom to explore than this.

    • rich_952000

      If you don't find enjoyment in this game then what games on App Store do have what you describe? If none, then there are two suggestions I can iterate; 1.) code the "ideal" game you envision, or 2.) Maybe you should play games on another platform that offers the type of games you desire.

      I read the iTunes description and the game delivers what Gameloft outlines in said description, plus some. If you found what you read there "boring" then why would you buy this?

      So many critics.

  • Kamblad

    The price is not the problem for me but rather the fact that it is so boring. Running after blinking orbs doesn´t really seem that refreshing. Hey even the first Super Mario Brothers had more freedom to explore than this.

    • rich_952000

      If you don't find enjoyment in this game then what games on App Store do have what you describe? If none, then there are two suggestions I can iterate; 1.) code the "ideal" game you envision, or 2.) Maybe you should play games on another platform that offers the type of games you desire.

      I read the iTunes description and the game delivers what Gameloft outlines in said description, plus some. If you found what you read there "boring" then why would you buy this?

      So many critics.

  • Ipod Hacker

    Blocked i have to find another " Root " lol haha, one error down plenty more to find

  • Ipod Hacker

    Blocked i have to find another " Root " lol haha, one error down plenty more to find

  • Ipod Hacker

    It said " Root " instead of Route... which is prenounced a different way

  • Ipod Hacker

    It said " Root " instead of Route... which is prenounced a different way

  • jazzfmfan911

    I'm having trouble getting through anywhere after 4:54 in the video. It jumps from 68 orbs to 73 orbs without showing how to complete the level. Help would be appreciated.

  • jazzfmfan911

    I'm having trouble getting through anywhere after 4:54 in the video. It jumps from 68 orbs to 73 orbs without showing how to complete the level. Help would be appreciated.

  • molly

    i cant fight the big guy with the axe

  • molly

    i cant fight the big guy with the axe