558405_4Pick Up and Play has released their online multiplayer first person shooter iFPS Online [link] into the App Store this evening.

iFPS Online features a full 3D FPS experience. Challenge your friends to a death match with up to four players. The first and only iPhone online multiplayer FPS. Host a game through your wifi; Join a game through your wifi or 3G!

The game offers online deathmatch with up to 4 players over Wi-Fi or a 3G connection, making it the first App Store game to do so.

First impressions of the game can be best summarized as "not bad". The game offers two types of control:

  • Two Joystick - left stick for movement, right stick for looking around with Fire and Jump buttons on each stick, respectively
  • One Joystick - single stick for movement, accelerometer for looking and two on screen buttons for jump or fire

Both control systems seem less than ideal. I found the dual-stick option the more usable in my very brief time with the game.

The developer's gameplay video shows off the controls and action:

The game feels rough to start, and the three included multiplayer maps are quite small. When tested over a 3G connection iFPS was reasonably playable, though we haven't had an opportunity to test the game in more ideal scenarios (such as a local Wi-Fi connection) yet.

The gameplay itself is limited compared to most modern FPSs with only 2 possible weapons. Matches can limited to # of kills or a certain number of minutes and player kills are tallied on screen. In-game chat is accomplished through pre-defined phrases that can be triggered during the game. iFPS does offer a single player Survival mode and a Practice mode where you play against the AI, but the real draw to the game is the multiplayer.

Despite the limitations, why's it still "not bad"? Well, there's something about online-multiplayer deathmatch that is very compelling and I found my first few online matches very enjoyable. It does, however, also make me look forward to more ambitious multiplayer FPS games such as Ngmoco's LiveFire which has already been announced.

iFPS is also being discussed by TouchArcade readers in this discussion thread, and we'll provide some more thoughts when we've had more time with the game.

Be sure to restart your iPhone or iPod Touch before playing the game for the first time. There have been reports that many of the performance issues can be addressed with a restart.

App Store Link: iFPS Online, $3.99

  • http://www.twitter.com/noahk17 NoahK17

    These FPS games need to grab the "Space Trader" controls and go with that. Seriously.

    • LBG

      +1 Those controls are excellent in space trader. Shame there is no shooting in that game. Although the devs did say that they will try to include FPS combat in an update some time :D

    • Carnifex

      uhh, iFPS has the controls that space trader have.... they both have a move and a look in either corner of the screen.... seriously...

  • http://www.twitter.com/noahk17 NoahK17

    These FPS games need to grab the "Space Trader" controls and go with that. Seriously.

    • LBG

      +1 Those controls are excellent in space trader. Shame there is no shooting in that game. Although the devs did say that they will try to include FPS combat in an update some time :D

    • Carnifex

      uhh, iFPS has the controls that space trader have.... they both have a move and a look in either corner of the screen.... seriously...

  • kevlar

    Think I'm gonna wait for this one to evolve a bit.

    • http://youtube.com Daniel

      why its at its cheapest and you can update it for free

  • kevlar

    Think I'm gonna wait for this one to evolve a bit.

    • http://youtube.com Daniel

      why its at its cheapest and you can update it for free

  • spiffyone

    Why is the reviewer holding the device so awkwardly? Hard to get a read on how the controls feel when free look isn't being used (via the right hand "stick") for most of the vid, and when the person's thumbs are bent at awkward angles.

    Is that how some people hold their devices? Strange....

  • spiffyone

    Why is the reviewer holding the device so awkwardly? Hard to get a read on how the controls feel when free look isn't being used (via the right hand "stick") for most of the vid, and when the person's thumbs are bent at awkward angles.

    Is that how some people hold their devices? Strange....

  • Finch

    I think ill wait for Quake3

    • http://youtube.com Daniel

      if it comes out for IPhone

      • TKO

        It's virtually guaranteed to come out for the iPhone. An article by Carmack himself on the ID site makes mention of it already running on the device, but needing some work to be release-quality: http://www.idsoftware.com/wolfenstein3dclassic/wolfdevelopment.htm ..would seem a shame not to release it eventually when it's already working on the device.

        I get the impression they're just gonna release all the old ID FPS's chronologically.

  • Finch

    I think ill wait for Quake3

    • http://youtube.com Daniel

      if it comes out for IPhone

      • TKO

        It's virtually guaranteed to come out for the iPhone. An article by Carmack himself on the ID site makes mention of it already running on the device, but needing some work to be release-quality: http://www.idsoftware.com/wolfenstein3dclassic/wolfdevelopment.htm ..would seem a shame not to release it eventually when it's already working on the device.

        I get the impression they're just gonna release all the old ID FPS's chronologically.

  • dmbfan1192

    I'm counting on Livefire to be the killer FPS but this may satisfy me for a little while. The other FPS's were huge disappointments in my opinion and this looks like the next step up.

  • dmbfan1192

    I'm counting on Livefire to be the killer FPS but this may satisfy me for a little while. The other FPS's were huge disappointments in my opinion and this looks like the next step up.

  • jeffyg3

    I've been playing it for 30 minutes. The controls suck, seriously. It doesn't feel smooth when you're looking around and there's no option to invert the controls which is annoying. Someone needs to make a real good original FPS for the iPhone, cuz so far the developers have done a piss poor job.

    • arn

      Be sure to restart your iPhone or iPod Touch before playing the game. There have been reports that many of the performance issues some people are reporting can be addressed with a restart.

  • jeffyg3

    I've been playing it for 30 minutes. The controls suck, seriously. It doesn't feel smooth when you're looking around and there's no option to invert the controls which is annoying. Someone needs to make a real good original FPS for the iPhone, cuz so far the developers have done a piss poor job.

    • arn

      Be sure to restart your iPhone or iPod Touch before playing the game. There have been reports that many of the performance issues some people are reporting can be addressed with a restart.

  • erik

    Have to agree with jeffyg3, controls suck monkey balls so much that you cannot even imagine that. Is the gameplay smooth? It definitely is not, it is pain to play this game.

    2.99e gone...

    • IBITF

      hate to correct you bro, but its 3.99! Don't mean to make the pain worse though
      i bought the game and it sadly has some major bugs. i.e. sometimes the guy just freezes but the joysticks still move

      • martin

        yes but 3.99 USD and i was thinking about euros

  • erik

    Have to agree with jeffyg3, controls suck monkey balls so much that you cannot even imagine that. Is the gameplay smooth? It definitely is not, it is pain to play this game.

    2.99e gone...

    • IBITF

      hate to correct you bro, but its 3.99! Don't mean to make the pain worse though
      i bought the game and it sadly has some major bugs. i.e. sometimes the guy just freezes but the joysticks still move

      • martin

        yes but 3.99 USD and i was thinking about euros

  • erik

    I found my first few online matches very enjoyable .... >>> you cant be serious!

  • erik

    I found my first few online matches very enjoyable .... >>> you cant be serious!

  • http://youtube.com Daniel

    This game is good beacuse my IPhone is jailbroken so i get free apps but the controls on 2-stick suck and the accelrometer needs improvs so it dosent move crazy. GET IT AND WAIT FOR UPDATES SO IN THAT TIME YOU CAN PRACTICE OFFLINE.

    • IBITF

      come on bro, piracy is stealing money and food from familys
      come on man, come on

    • TKO

      Well, didn't Daniel come across as a complete moron with nothing worthwhile to say. If you think it's good, give the dev some money.

    • jeffyg3

      There really was no point to say your iPhone was jailbroken, other than trying to brag, really about nothing. A lot of us have jailbroken iPhones, but it's not like we brag about it when we can on iPhone review sites, what's the point really?

  • http://youtube.com Daniel

    This game is good beacuse my IPhone is jailbroken so i get free apps but the controls on 2-stick suck and the accelrometer needs improvs so it dosent move crazy. GET IT AND WAIT FOR UPDATES SO IN THAT TIME YOU CAN PRACTICE OFFLINE.

    • IBITF

      come on bro, piracy is stealing money and food from familys
      come on man, come on

    • TKO

      Well, didn't Daniel come across as a complete moron with nothing worthwhile to say. If you think it's good, give the dev some money.

    • jeffyg3

      There really was no point to say your iPhone was jailbroken, other than trying to brag, really about nothing. A lot of us have jailbroken iPhones, but it's not like we brag about it when we can on iPhone review sites, what's the point really?

  • Tricksta

    Could someone please answer these questions about the game for me.

    is it worth the buy? how are the controls? how does it compare to Halo 3, not from a graphics standpoint but from the feel of the battles between each other?, do you think it will get better?

    Thank you in advance to whom ever answers these questions.

  • Tricksta

    Could someone please answer these questions about the game for me.

    is it worth the buy? how are the controls? how does it compare to Halo 3, not from a graphics standpoint but from the feel of the battles between each other?, do you think it will get better?

    Thank you in advance to whom ever answers these questions.

  • Eli

    Can anyone get me a promo for this? I would be on all the time to play.

  • Eli

    Can anyone get me a promo for this? I would be on all the time to play.

  • Davematic

    Dude! I love this game! The contols are top notch. and playing online is super fun. I recommend this one over all other fps on the iphone!

  • Davematic

    Dude! I love this game! The contols are top notch. and playing online is super fun. I recommend this one over all other fps on the iphone!

  • Cavs63

    it would be nice if there was some kind of way to keep track of your kill death ratio. When more people get online have an update where you can play a tourney or team deathmatch. have a lil better controls and chat
    I love this game, it reminds me of cod or halo

  • Cavs63

    it would be nice if there was some kind of way to keep track of your kill death ratio. When more people get online have an update where you can play a tourney or team deathmatch. have a lil better controls and chat
    I love this game, it reminds me of cod or halo

  • http://onlinefpsgames.blogspot.com david

    great game for the iphone, i like the controls and its real addicting to play..

  • http://onlinefpsgames.blogspot.com david

    great game for the iphone, i like the controls and its real addicting to play..