A few days back we posted a preview of Mountain Sheep's upcoming 3D action shooter Minigore, to be published by Chillingo.  The developer has since provided us with additional screenshots as well as an exclusive gameplay preview video.

minigore screenshot

Minigore puts you in control of a little square fellow known as John Gore, using two virtual sticks in an iDracula-like control arrangement.  Your mission is to defend John from "the Furries," hairy, round creatures with particularly sharp teeth.  The Furries come in three shapes and sizes: the small Minifurry, the Furry, and the lamentable Giant Furry.  But be warned — blast a Giant Furry and the problem only gets worse; it will split into several Furries which, if destroyed, themselves split into Minifurries.  It's Russian Nesting Dolls with a vengence.

The developer indicates that the last two images, above, in a snow setting...

...are from a possible upcoming update which is a flashback sequence to John Gore's past - from time when things weren't so strange, except for the red nosed hammer wielding giant Cossacks with vodka powered flame throwers.  In the flashback update we're thinking about having the vehicles as "power ups", imagine jumping into that assault helicopter or tank instead of picking up a bazooka!

See the game in action.

Minigore is a very impressive looking title with stylized, endearing graphics that looks like a lot of fun to play.  The reader response to our initial preview was very positive and we're quite anxious to get our hands on the final release for a closer look.

The game is expected to debut in the App Store sometime later this month.

  • mrWalrus

    This looks very nice!

    • Gman

      We are counting down the days till release on this one! Must have it :)

  • Alichan76

    This looks very original. iDracula meets The Muppet Show. Who would thought: )

  • mrWalrus

    This looks very nice!

    • Gman

      We are counting down the days till release on this one! Must have it :)

  • Alichan76

    This looks very original. iDracula meets The Muppet Show. Who would thought: )

  • Lord Gek

    Well now hold on a bit, what was that last few seconds there with the lumberjacks? So there are different enemies? Are they more than simply a different graphical theme?

  • Lord Gek

    Well now hold on a bit, what was that last few seconds there with the lumberjacks? So there are different enemies? Are they more than simply a different graphical theme?

  • Lord Gek

    Doh, it pays to actually READ reviews, never mind.

  • Lord Gek

    Doh, it pays to actually READ reviews, never mind.

  • Adams Immersive

    The "lumberjacks" looked like allies... squad-based shooter?

    • Shokz

      They seem like evil Russians to me :)

  • Adams Immersive

    The "lumberjacks" looked like allies... squad-based shooter?

    • Shokz

      They seem like evil Russians to me :)

  • Ben

    Wow, I have been waiting for a "Robotron Like Game." Wow!

  • Ben

    Wow, I have been waiting for a "Robotron Like Game." Wow!

  • SalsaMD

    That was truly well put together video wrt sound and audio. I would have had the game sound slightly integrated in the background, perhaps faded up and down for dramatic effect where appropriate.

  • SalsaMD

    That was truly well put together video wrt sound and audio. I would have had the game sound slightly integrated in the background, perhaps faded up and down for dramatic effect where appropriate.

  • http://youtube.com/smoof7returns Vince

    OMG THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!

  • http://youtube.com/smoof7returns Vince

    OMG THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!

  • AJ E.

    Already bored with iDracula and this just looks like exactly the same game...

  • AJ E.

    Already bored with iDracula and this just looks like exactly the same game...

  • ShadowsFall

    This looks amazing... Looks like it has missions too, unlike iDracula. Great graphics also

  • ShadowsFall

    This looks amazing... Looks like it has missions too, unlike iDracula. Great graphics also

  • http://appstorereviews.spacequadrat.de FallenAngel

    After the really boring iDracula this could be a great game for me.

  • http://appstorereviews.spacequadrat.de FallenAngel

    After the really boring iDracula this could be a great game for me.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    wow! this looks absolutely adorable! can't wait.

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    wow! this looks absolutely adorable! can't wait.

  • Billybob

    This is just iDracula reskinned. Come on, Chillingo.

  • Billybob

    This is just iDracula reskinned. Come on, Chillingo.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Would love to see more different enemies in the same style.
    Bit of a letdown, the style is so fantastic, would love to see huge variety.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Would love to see more different enemies in the same style.
    Bit of a letdown, the style is so fantastic, would love to see huge variety.

  • Anathema729

    For some reason this reminds me of an old Gamecube game called Cubivore. Not in terms of gameplay, just appearance.

  • Anathema729

    For some reason this reminds me of an old Gamecube game called Cubivore. Not in terms of gameplay, just appearance.

  • maikelg

    Love the style! I would really like to see a large adventure game with these characters where you have to search thing and solve puzzles.. maybe after this game?

  • maikelg

    Love the style! I would really like to see a large adventure game with these characters where you have to search thing and solve puzzles.. maybe after this game?

  • Ethan

    iDracula gets old after 5 minutes. This looks like a super-improved version of the online game Boxhead

  • Ethan

    iDracula gets old after 5 minutes. This looks like a super-improved version of the online game Boxhead

  • Man of Mystery

    Billybob Says:
    June 6th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    This is just iDracula reskinned. Come on, Chillingo.

    wrong

  • Man of Mystery

    Billybob Says:
    June 6th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    This is just iDracula reskinned. Come on, Chillingo.

    wrong

  • rakehand

    @anathema: i thought the same thing, very boxy and very appealing

  • rakehand

    @anathema: i thought the same thing, very boxy and very appealing

  • Lord Gek

    While I'm curious, this IS NOT iDracula re-skinned as, unless there is more to it, a very basic top down arena shooter with one type of baddy (sure, at various sizes) and one powerup (the Pac-Man like Power Pill effect once you gather enough clover). I'm curious, to be sure, but it sure seems the developers are going out of their way to keep it very basic.

  • Lord Gek

    While I'm curious, this IS NOT iDracula re-skinned as, unless there is more to it, a very basic top down arena shooter with one type of baddy (sure, at various sizes) and one powerup (the Pac-Man like Power Pill effect once you gather enough clover). I'm curious, to be sure, but it sure seems the developers are going out of their way to keep it very basic.

  • oliath

    While the graphics are cute and fun it does look like nothing more than idracula.

    Also it worries me when devs say 'these screens are from a POSSIBLE future update'... i.e if they decide they aren't happy with the sales they won't bother spending time updating it.

    This is from Chillingo so don't hold your breath.
    While i love their games their focus is clearly on churning out the next one as opposed to supporting the older ones.

  • oliath

    While the graphics are cute and fun it does look like nothing more than idracula.

    Also it worries me when devs say 'these screens are from a POSSIBLE future update'... i.e if they decide they aren't happy with the sales they won't bother spending time updating it.

    This is from Chillingo so don't hold your breath.
    While i love their games their focus is clearly on churning out the next one as opposed to supporting the older ones.

  • San

    The dev just seem to don't get it, graphics aren't the most important thing; they should learn from PewPew

  • San

    The dev just seem to don't get it, graphics aren't the most important thing; they should learn from PewPew

  • Kabump

    So yeah people, Chillingo doesnt make these games. They are just a publisher. The developer is a company called Mountain Sheep, which probably did not make iDracula.

  • Kabump

    So yeah people, Chillingo doesnt make these games. They are just a publisher. The developer is a company called Mountain Sheep, which probably did not make iDracula.

  • Bob

    Looks okay, but it seems to be just another copy of iDracula, oh well.

  • Bob

    Looks okay, but it seems to be just another copy of iDracula, oh well.

  • zenchord

    This looks similar to iDracula but it may be better. If they could un-clutter it a bit it could be a step better than one of my Favs....Zombieville USA. But right now it looks too cluttered ( and iDracula is so cluttered it's stupid). And also when you kill the freekin' things do you get power ups and life extensions or what's the point? Also are there different types of creatures or just big and small things? How about ther type of enemies and different places?

  • zenchord

    This looks similar to iDracula but it may be better. If they could un-clutter it a bit it could be a step better than one of my Favs....Zombieville USA. But right now it looks too cluttered ( and iDracula is so cluttered it's stupid). And also when you kill the freekin' things do you get power ups and life extensions or what's the point? Also are there different types of creatures or just big and small things? How about ther type of enemies and different places?

  • ryoi

    its okay... when you found something good, you stick with it. But be ware not to narrow your sight and slow yourself down, chillingo!

  • http://rent ryoi

    its okay... when you found something good, you stick with it. But be ware not to narrow your sight and slow yourself down, chillingo!

  • http://www.mountainsheep.net Timo Vihola

    Thanks for the feedback everyone, we read and listen to every one of them!

    oliath: I said "possible" because that's just one of the million things we want to do and in the end people get to vote what makes it into the next update, I think Pocket God works in similar way.

    Chillingo is a publisher. The development is being done and financed solely by Mountain Sheep. It's not like we have several games coming out this year, we have only one other game scheduled for this year called "Hardgore" and it's gonna use most of the technology & assets developed for "Minigore". We've been developing this technology since last summer - to demonstrate take a look at this footage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKBaUlfWI1M

    It's code for mission based squad shooter ala Syndicate, and there's no reason why this couldn't be where Minigore is headed if people want that. Or maybe the journey takes us into territory of co-op and multiplayer ala Fat Princess, or perhaps it becomes more of an Animal Crossing style game, or maybe it heads in the direction of Zelda, I don't know yet - and the coolest part is that you players get to decide! We want it to be the best 0,99$ you can possibly spend on an iPhone or iPod game and it ain't over until the fat princess sings and who knows maybe she cannot sing at all! :)

    I'm not gonna show all of our cards yet but once you see the release trailer you're gonna realize how much stuff we have prepared and how it all works.

  • http://www.mountainsheep.net Timo Vihola

    Thanks for the feedback everyone, we read and listen to every one of them!

    oliath: I said "possible" because that's just one of the million things we want to do and in the end people get to vote what makes it into the next update, I think Pocket God works in similar way.

    Chillingo is a publisher. The development is being done and financed solely by Mountain Sheep. It's not like we have several games coming out this year, we have only one other game scheduled for this year called "Hardgore" and it's gonna use most of the technology & assets developed for "Minigore". We've been developing this technology since last summer - to demonstrate take a look at this footage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKBaUlfWI1M

    It's code for mission based squad shooter ala Syndicate, and there's no reason why this couldn't be where Minigore is headed if people want that. Or maybe the journey takes us into territory of co-op and multiplayer ala Fat Princess, or perhaps it becomes more of an Animal Crossing style game, or maybe it heads in the direction of Zelda, I don't know yet - and the coolest part is that you players get to decide! We want it to be the best 0,99$ you can possibly spend on an iPhone or iPod game and it ain't over until the fat princess sings and who knows maybe she cannot sing at all! :)

    I'm not gonna show all of our cards yet but once you see the release trailer you're gonna realize how much stuff we have prepared and how it all works.

  • oliath

    Awesome response. Thanks for the info Timo.

  • oliath

    Awesome response. Thanks for the info Timo.

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Timo, please make "Hardgore" more Syndicate alike than just four fellows shooting around. You know - sending one fellow here, another there, variety of missions and possibly coop via Internet... That would be a great potential for a game.

    As for "Minigore" - you mentioned Fat Princess and I think this is a very good path of evolving your game. iDracula alike games are tending to be boring after some time spent with the game and it's mailny because of lackness of the ingame depth. You can put as many eniemies, as you like but going around killing them gets repetitive :). I believe that "Minigore" would be a great game but please, add some deep into shooting. We played iDracula and liked it A LOT. But now we expect something else and more deep. I know you know it very well - you're a developer after all. But I think it is important to tone it: your success will be a factor of your games depth. As a player I LOVE to shoot. But after iDracula i know i want to shoot a little bit different this time and with some more depth. "Just" make me good internet game (Fat Princess! Yes, a good example!) with trophies, worldwide ranks and so on and I happily will pay much more than 0,73€ :)

    Anyway, keep working! At 0,73€ it will be a no-brainer buy for me but I'm expecting more from you guys ;)

    Greetings from Poland!

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Timo, please make "Hardgore" more Syndicate alike than just four fellows shooting around. You know - sending one fellow here, another there, variety of missions and possibly coop via Internet... That would be a great potential for a game.

    As for "Minigore" - you mentioned Fat Princess and I think this is a very good path of evolving your game. iDracula alike games are tending to be boring after some time spent with the game and it's mailny because of lackness of the ingame depth. You can put as many eniemies, as you like but going around killing them gets repetitive :). I believe that "Minigore" would be a great game but please, add some deep into shooting. We played iDracula and liked it A LOT. But now we expect something else and more deep. I know you know it very well - you're a developer after all. But I think it is important to tone it: your success will be a factor of your games depth. As a player I LOVE to shoot. But after iDracula i know i want to shoot a little bit different this time and with some more depth. "Just" make me good internet game (Fat Princess! Yes, a good example!) with trophies, worldwide ranks and so on and I happily will pay much more than 0,73€ :)

    Anyway, keep working! At 0,73€ it will be a no-brainer buy for me but I'm expecting more from you guys ;)

    Greetings from Poland!

  • Lazrhog

    Actually I'm more interested in how they made that demo video..... Multi touch controls but not using an actual device ? The only way I know that's possible is if that was an automated demo replay.

  • Lazrhog

    Actually I'm more interested in how they made that demo video..... Multi touch controls but not using an actual device ? The only way I know that's possible is if that was an automated demo replay.

  • http://iphone-game-reviews.com Vikram

    Wonder if it will surpass iDracula, because it looks better than iDracula in every way!

  • http://iphone-game-reviews.com Vikram

    Wonder if it will surpass iDracula, because it looks better than iDracula in every way!

  • Doerthe

    Lookin' fantastic! Great artstyle. Except for the logo, which is so ugly that it should be prohibited under the geneva convention...

  • Doerthe

    Lookin' fantastic! Great artstyle. Except for the logo, which is so ugly that it should be prohibited under the geneva convention...

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    I keep saying this, but with an artstyle like this, it really should be more than a monster-buster. How about a story, cool npc's and maybe even some social aspects?

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    I keep saying this, but with an artstyle like this, it really should be more than a monster-buster. How about a story, cool npc's and maybe even some social aspects?

  • arta

    The logo is awesome, and iDracula looks great. Let's just get that straight.

  • arta

    The logo is awesome, and iDracula looks great. Let's just get that straight.

  • http://www.allan-lee.com Niasyn

    I was very excited about this until I saw the gameplay vid, I already regret purchasing iDracula.

  • http://www.allan-lee.com Niasyn

    I was very excited about this until I saw the gameplay vid, I already regret purchasing iDracula.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    It's Cubivore plus Gregory Horror Show in one package!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubivore
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Horror_Show_(video_game)

    You guys may want to reconsider the title Hardgore. It's the title of a rather...ahem...unique film.

    I'd post a link but I'm fairly sure that would be frowned upon.

  • Synergistic Ideologue

    It's Cubivore plus Gregory Horror Show in one package!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubivore
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Horror_Show_(video_game)

    You guys may want to reconsider the title Hardgore. It's the title of a rather...ahem...unique film.

    I'd post a link but I'm fairly sure that would be frowned upon.

  • Gman

    I want this game sooo bad! :)

  • Gman

    I want this game sooo bad! :)

  • Jacksson

    This controller is the best i've seen

  • Jacksson

    This controller is the best i've seen

  • cookiemonster

    this looks like more fun than idracula simply because the art is more appealing

  • cookiemonster

    this looks like more fun than idracula simply because the art is more appealing