2At E3, we met with 17 year old developer Josh Rosen who had an early build of his upcoming game SciFly 2. Rosen kicked off his iPhone developing career with his original dogfighting game SciFly [App Store]. The original version of SciFly was successful enough to encourage him to dedicate more time and energy into programming. Rosen has been programming since age 10 or 11 and has always had a strong interest in game development.

The early of SciFly 2 shows a more ambitious project with the introduction of various upgrades, weapons and enemies. The game is presented in a single world map with multiple islands. Each island must be overtaken by destroying all enemies. Movement from one "level" to another simply involves flying from one island to the next. This level system is similar to the linked island environments we saw in Glu's Glyder.

SciFly 2 offers multiple aircraft with differing abilities (damage, shield, speed, and armor) as well as various slots for upgrades (weapons, shields, thrust). Ships can additionally be customized by color as well.

This video of the current build shows off some customization and then actual combat:

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Rosen believes the game may take 1-2 more months to complete.

  • No Hero

    Quite amazing. The graphics are stunning, and the boost effect is quite appealing, as well as attacking. Seems like the game controls well, and the customization also seems to be quite varied. I am definitely interested in this, and will pick it up.

  • No Hero

    Quite amazing. The graphics are stunning, and the boost effect is quite appealing, as well as attacking. Seems like the game controls well, and the customization also seems to be quite varied. I am definitely interested in this, and will pick it up.

  • soggy

    Looks cool, seems especialy apealing game to film playing whilst simultaneously being goaly for a soccor match.

  • Sambo110

    You have to be 18 to go to E3, so how did a 17 year old get in?

    • arn

      you must be 17 or older.

  • soggy

    Looks cool, seems especialy apealing game to film playing whilst simultaneously being goaly for a soccor match.

  • Sambo110

    You have to be 18 to go to E3, so how did a 17 year old get in?

    • arn

      you must be 17 or older.

  • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

    Is Josh any relation to David Rosen of Lugaru and the upcoming Overgrowth fame?

  • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

    Is Josh any relation to David Rosen of Lugaru and the upcoming Overgrowth fame?

  • http://scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Haha I was asked this at E3 a couple of times also... As far as I know I'm not related to him. Rosen is a very common name, but it's definitely a strange coincidence non-the-less.

  • http://scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Haha I was asked this at E3 a couple of times also... As far as I know I'm not related to him. Rosen is a very common name, but it's definitely a strange coincidence non-the-less.

  • carl finlow

    Great work. The sound of the machine guns is really excellent. I'd like to see more targets on each rock. maybe even some moving ones like tanks?
    Contact me if you need some music for it Josh.

  • carl finlow

    Great work. The sound of the machine guns is really excellent. I'd like to see more targets on each rock. maybe even some moving ones like tanks?
    Contact me if you need some music for it Josh.

  • TKO

    Cool! I was never able to get the original Scifly to work on my iPhone 3G (not sure why), so I just forgot about it. This looks fun though. Love the sound of that gun. (killing is much more fun if it sounds like that.) :D

  • TKO

    Cool! I was never able to get the original Scifly to work on my iPhone 3G (not sure why), so I just forgot about it. This looks fun though. Love the sound of that gun. (killing is much more fun if it sounds like that.) :D