• Author arn
  • Posted On2009-06-02 19:43:38
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castle-of-magic-2Gameloft previewed a number of titles for us at E3 today. The one that seemed the most exciting for us was Castle of Magic, a 2.5D sidescrolling platformer that simply looks great.

Castle of Magic is an existing mobile game that received solid reviews that Gameloft is bringing to the iPhone at the end of June. You are a little boy that must save his girlfriend from an evil wizard. You run andjump your way through levels while mastering level-specific special powers that help you along the way. The game really has that console feel to it with polished animations and intricate level designs. There seem to be a wide variety of level design elements to keep things interesting, as well as a number of secret areas that can be found.

Game features listed include:

  • 5 beautiful 3D environments, each in a different material influencing the gameplay: slip on ice, swim in the sea, levitate in space, get glued in pastry, and more!
  • Accelerometer use: shake your device to release a superpower.
  • 5 different bosses: the giant snake, the octopus, the space-ship, the snow-man and the bee. + A huge variety of enemies: from pirates to monsters, etc.
  • Transform yourself in 6 different cute characters with each a different power: Robin Hood casting arrows, the invincible fat guy, the reckless swordfish, and more.
  • Lots of secondary collecting quests: find witches hats to win extra lives and search for secret worlds to maximize your diamond collection.


Gameloft's gameplay video shows the quality of the game itself, and we have an actual hands on video that will be coming. The game is said to include about 3.5 hours of play straight through but each level has a 3-star achievement system based on how many diamonds you collect, and secret areas to help boost your score. Controls use the typical Gameloft control pad on the left with buttons for fire and jump (and double jump).

The game should become available at the end of June and is one we are particularly looking forward to. It will be priced at $5.99.

  • http://www.brainpath.de MarvinTheMuffin

    wow, this game looks really nice and it is innovativ! the new super mario for the iphone xD
    I want it now.

    • Kamazar

      I was gonna say the same thing! All the different suits and characters reminds me of SMG with the Boo Mario, Spring Mario, Bee Mario, Rainbow Mario...

  • http://www.brainpath.de MarvinTheMuffin

    wow, this game looks really nice and it is innovativ! the new super mario for the iphone xD
    I want it now.

    • Kamazar

      I was gonna say the same thing! All the different suits and characters reminds me of SMG with the Boo Mario, Spring Mario, Bee Mario, Rainbow Mario...

  • zenchord

    ....looks great!

  • zenchord

    ....looks great!

  • Anthony

    Wow I love it lol , can't wait to play this one.

  • Anthony

    Wow I love it lol , can't wait to play this one.

  • munkee

    Why everything has to be in 3D? This game in particular doesn't need 3D. It can be done in 2D with more detailed artworks so it looks visually better and smoother too.

    I know Gameloft can make gorgeous looking 2D games, so why all the 3D crazy with stuttery framerate? Midnight Pool looks great as 2D and way below average in its 3D incarnation.

  • http://deleted munkee

    Why everything has to be in 3D? This game in particular doesn't need 3D. It can be done in 2D with more detailed artworks so it looks visually better and smoother too.

    I know Gameloft can make gorgeous looking 2D games, so why all the 3D crazy with stuttery framerate? Midnight Pool looks great as 2D and way below average in its 3D incarnation.

  • athom

    Wow, does remind me of the New Super Mario Bros. game. Looks beautiful in 3D as well. I really can't wait to play this one, this genre is really my favorite.

  • athom

    Wow, does remind me of the New Super Mario Bros. game. Looks beautiful in 3D as well. I really can't wait to play this one, this genre is really my favorite.

  • Tim

    Looks amazing! another game that I must buy @ launch!

  • Tim

    Looks amazing! another game that I must buy @ launch!

  • Mike

    Aww, that is super-cute. It makes me think of not Mario, but a 2.5D version of a Banjo-Kazooie game (with obvious differences). Maybe it's just the music, maybe the pacing.

  • Mike

    Aww, that is super-cute. It makes me think of not Mario, but a 2.5D version of a Banjo-Kazooie game (with obvious differences). Maybe it\'s just the music, maybe the pacing.

  • MuhFetus

    This game looks as if it will be remarkable! I haven't experienced what I would consider a "great platformer" on my Itouch as of yet. I hope this game can satisfy that much needed desire!

  • MuhFetus

    This game looks as if it will be remarkable! I haven't experienced what I would consider a "great platformer" on my Itouch as of yet. I hope this game can satisfy that much needed desire!

  • Booch138

    Man this looks like a f*ckin blast. I love the platformers, and more quality ones are welcomed on the iDevices. So far Bounce On is the only platformer that has satisfied me and didn't leave a nasty taste in my mouth afterwards. ROFL

  • Booch138

    Man this looks like a f*ckin blast. I love the platformers, and more quality ones are welcomed on the iDevices. So far Bounce On is the only platformer that has satisfied me and didn't leave a nasty taste in my mouth afterwards. ROFL