We sat down with IUGO's Sarah Thomson (an active forum member here at Touch Arcade) and Hong-Yee Wong in the lobby of the San Francisco Marriott where we were shown both of their upcoming games, Star Hogs and A.D.D.

Star Hogs

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The best way I can describe Star Hogs is Worms on crack, really premium high quality crack. They have taken the tried and true Worms formula, heavily modified with a system where you can level up (to a maximum of 32), buy new ships and weapons, play across three difficulty levels and best of all: Complete online multiplayer.

Multiplayer, which reportedly works great regardless of whether or not you're using WiFi or playing over EDGE/3G due to the turn-based nature of the game, can be played with a maximum of four players. The game is presented well and seems to have a great soundtrack.

Each turn is limited by a certain amount of "energy" which can be used for firing or moving. Additional energy or money for upgrades can be earned through finding "ore" scattered in the play field. Firing is performed using a familiar tap-aiming while power is determined by how long you hold the fire button. About 20 different weapons will be available on the initial release, including bombs, cluster bombs, lasers, and mines.

The gameplay video shows the game from launch:

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A.D.D.

Meanwhile, A.D.D. IUGO's take on WarioWare, offering the same type of micro-game experience in little 10 second blocks.

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Included initially are going to be 72 "channels", with three free updates to bring the total to 108. Gameplay involves simple tasks using the iPhone's various control systems set in various humorous scenarios. These mini games are presented in rapid succession and part of the challenge is figuring you what you need to do. The game does tip you off with what control mechanism needs to be used (tilt, shake, tap etc...).

Despite some of it's edgier content, they seem fairly confident that the first version of A.D.D. will be approved by Apple. Subsequent updates will push that edge a bit more.

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Star Hogs is set for submission to the App Store next week, and A.D.D. is already working its way through the submission and approval process.

  • bob

    that reminds me, when is worms due?

  • bob

    that reminds me, when is worms due?

  • Cougar

    Sometime this summer.

  • Cougar

    Sometime this summer.

  • Dan

    This game is perfect for In App Purchase. Think: 99 cents gets you about 30 more mini games, and there won't me a limit to how many mini games you can have. maybe even a mini game creator for an extra 2.99? I really hope IUGO utilizes this.

  • Dan

    This game is perfect for In App Purchase. Think: 99 cents gets you about 30 more mini games, and there won't me a limit to how many mini games you can have. maybe even a mini game creator for an extra 2.99? I really hope IUGO utilizes this.

  • http://www.iugome.com IUGO

    Fantastic idea Dan!

  • http://www.iugome.com IUGO

    Fantastic idea Dan!

  • Fluffeh

    Cool idea, Dan! Maybe each set of games could have a seperate theme (still in conjunction with the whole game) instead of just randomly packaged ones?

    Also, is there a set price for this game yet? I want to know how much money to put aside for it. I've been waiting for a good WarioWare type game for a while. :)

  • Fluffeh

    Cool idea, Dan! Maybe each set of games could have a seperate theme (still in conjunction with the whole game) instead of just randomly packaged ones?

    Also, is there a set price for this game yet? I want to know how much money to put aside for it. I've been waiting for a good WarioWare type game for a while. :)

  • HerbertKornfeld

    Seriously? Even with “Get off my lawn”, they’re confident they’re going to get this approved? This mini-games has you shooting little girls.

    I can’t say whether or not Apple will reject on these grounds, but it’s definitely in poor taste. To me, this seems like nothing more than a desperate ploy to generate some controversy. Like they’re trying to get rejected to grab some headlines.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    Seriously? Even with “Get off my lawn”, they’re confident they’re going to get this approved? This mini-games has you shooting little girls.

    I can’t say whether or not Apple will reject on these grounds, but it’s definitely in poor taste. To me, this seems like nothing more than a desperate ploy to generate some controversy. Like they’re trying to get rejected to grab some headlines.