FACEOFF - SPLASH SCREEN copyDeveloper Scott Schwarzhoff with Black Forest Interactive recently tipped us off to the project he's been working on that will be submitted to the App Store next week. Faceoff is billed as a third person free roaming shooter that was originally pitched to us via email as "Rolando in full 3D with guns" with controls that apparently haven't been used on an iPhone shooter before.

Controls really are make or break in a fast paced shooter like this, and Faceoff will be shipping with two control options. The first allows you to move by tilting the device, and panning the camera around with a two finger swipe. The second available control method is the standard dual virtual analog sticks seen in many other games. Taps or swipes fire your weapon, and by tapping an enemy on screen you can make the camera lock on to them which also shifts your left and right movement to strafing around your target.

The developer sent us the following gameplay video showing tilt and shooting controls and there is a trailer for Faceoff on the developer's web site.

The feature list for Faceoff is as follows:

  • 10 mission free roaming 3rd-person shooter campaign - face off and defeat the boss from each level to score his weapon. Progress through 10 missions with increasing difficulty.
  • Fully interactive maps - multi-level city streets, construction yard, underwater caverns, pirate's cove, roman arena, and an intergalactic space station.
  • 8 killer range AND melee weapons - mix it up with the Haymaker, Thor's Hammer, Lightning Whip, Peashooter, Gatling Gun, Heat Seeking Missile, Napalm Thrower, and an uber-Nuke named "Wee Willy"
  • Run and gun your way over ramps, bridges, climbable buildings and through powerups and unlockable areas.
  • Tilt Anywhere, Touch Anywhere iPhone Controls - navigating a 3D battlefield and blowing s!@#$ up has never been so easy... and fun!
  • Rockin' music, sound, and particle effects.

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It sounds great, but this is the kind of game we really need to have in your hands to make a final judgment on. Faceoff is being submitted to the App Store next week, and pending no problems with the approval process should appear for download in the following weeks. The game will be introduced at a $0.99 price point before going up to full price of $2.99.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    This game screams wifi multiplayer! And when I saw the video, I thought, yes, it will be one. And then I couldn't find anything about it in the text. I think, that's a missed opportunity! Hope, they are working on it or, at least, think about it. Otherwise, looks really good. I'm just a bit tired of balls as characters (it can also be a sign for having no ideas for cool characters and being lazy to program animation).

    But 99 cents make it a no brainer.

    • Sticktron

      I was just going to post the same thing.

      Cant think of a character?
      Don't know how to model?
      No worries, just use a primitive, everyone else is doing it!

    • Daisy

      Definitely a BaboViolent and Babo:Invasion ripoff.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    This game screams wifi multiplayer! And when I saw the video, I thought, yes, it will be one. And then I couldn't find anything about it in the text. I think, that's a missed opportunity! Hope, they are working on it or, at least, think about it. Otherwise, looks really good. I'm just a bit tired of balls as characters (it can also be a sign for having no ideas for cool characters and being lazy to program animation).

    But 99 cents make it a no brainer.

    • Sticktron

      I was just going to post the same thing.

      Cant think of a character?
      Don't know how to model?
      No worries, just use a primitive, everyone else is doing it!

    • Daisy

      Definitely a BaboViolent and Babo:Invasion ripoff.

  • Blank

    I'd say it's more of an homage to Babo Violent than Rolando. Still looks very nice though.

  • Blank

    I'd say it's more of an homage to Babo Violent than Rolando. Still looks very nice though.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Looks like an insta buy to me especially @99cents. Hope Apple approves it quickly enough.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Looks like an insta buy to me especially @99cents. Hope Apple approves it quickly enough.

  • Sambo110

    It looks exactly like that 360 game...

  • Sambo110

    It looks exactly like that 360 game...

  • beetle

    gfx aren't the best but sounds like a fun game.And since it's only 99 cents w'll buy it for sure.multiplayer will be cool though but at 99 cents don't think they will include it.

  • beetle

    gfx aren't the best but sounds like a fun game.And since it's only 99 cents w'll buy it for sure.multiplayer will be cool though but at 99 cents don't think they will include it.

  • http://www.faceoff3d.com Faceoff3D

    Thanks for your interest. Wanted to introduce the game via TA, so you'll see updates in the upcoming games thread. btw: long-time lurker, first time poster!

    I think you're going to love the gameplay with Faceoff. We've spent the most of our time working on a formula that we think will provide a fresh, fun take on the genre. That formula starts with gameplay, including optimizing around all of the iPhone's controls (touch, gestures, tilt - we'll have options here), weapon selection (there will be 8 fun ones for both range and melee... and your enemies have them too!), and varied campaign content that's fully roamable/interactive (more about that in the upcoming games thread).

    We won't have multi-player, but we will have frequent updates with additional content that you help determine. First update will also include leaderboards and other ways to compete. More to come, but just wanted to stop by and say 'hi' to the TA community.

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      Welcome!

  • http://www.faceoff3d.com Faceoff3D

    Thanks for your interest. Wanted to introduce the game via TA, so you'll see updates in the upcoming games thread. btw: long-time lurker, first time poster!

    I think you're going to love the gameplay with Faceoff. We've spent the most of our time working on a formula that we think will provide a fresh, fun take on the genre. That formula starts with gameplay, including optimizing around all of the iPhone's controls (touch, gestures, tilt - we'll have options here), weapon selection (there will be 8 fun ones for both range and melee... and your enemies have them too!), and varied campaign content that's fully roamable/interactive (more about that in the upcoming games thread).

    We won't have multi-player, but we will have frequent updates with additional content that you help determine. First update will also include leaderboards and other ways to compete. More to come, but just wanted to stop by and say 'hi' to the TA community.

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      Welcome!

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Louard

    I must agree. It is quite reminiscent of Babo Invasion. The blue dude in the front even reminds me of Major Stone!

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Louard

    I must agree. It is quite reminiscent of Babo Invasion. The blue dude in the front even reminds me of Major Stone!

  • jake

    the controls look awful though!!
    i hope theres a virtual pad option

  • jake

    the controls look awful though!!
    i hope theres a virtual pad option

  • bobbcobb

    dual sticks would be nice for this.....this is what minigore should be more like...yet, i bet sales will not come close. why? cuz people are idiots.

  • bobbcobb

    dual sticks would be nice for this.....this is what minigore should be more like...yet, i bet sales will not come close. why? cuz people are idiots.

  • McChumpers

    this looks like it would be great with wifi enabled multiplayer! i'll wait till that day to pick it up.

  • McChumpers

    this looks like it would be great with wifi enabled multiplayer! i'll wait till that day to pick it up.

  • http://www.faceoff3d.com Faceoff3D

    Yes, there will be dual sticks as a secondary control option. This vid just shows the tilt controls...

    • bobbcobb

      oh i could kiss you!

  • http://www.faceoff3d.com Faceoff3D

    Yes, there will be dual sticks as a secondary control option. This vid just shows the tilt controls...

    • bobbcobb

      oh i could kiss you!

  • Adams Immersive

    Looks pretty slick! TPS controls worry me as much as FPS controls, but it seems that the developer has paid attention to this issue, hopefully with great results!

    • Sticktron

      There's a difference? What? TPS is exactly the same as FPS, just the camera has been moved a little back and up.

  • Adams Immersive

    Looks pretty slick! TPS controls worry me as much as FPS controls, but it seems that the developer has paid attention to this issue, hopefully with great results!

    • Sticktron

      There's a difference? What? TPS is exactly the same as FPS, just the camera has been moved a little back and up.

  • TM

    I got so excited b/c I thought it was a hockey game! lol Come on EA bring NHL 10 to iPhone!

  • TM

    I got so excited b/c I thought it was a hockey game! lol Come on EA bring NHL 10 to iPhone!

  • Lord Gek

    My one frequently asked question.

    Will map baddies spawn points and item placement be entirely scripted or are they somewhat randomized?

  • Lord Gek

    My one frequently asked question.

    Will map baddies spawn points and item placement be entirely scripted or are they somewhat randomized?

  • IRUNOVERKOMIESWITHMYCAREFORFUN

    No mp=no sale. fun/good looking game but, I but Iphone games for MP. You guys should consider that to make more sales. Trust me. I would pay more for that game then $.99 if you did. LOL. Maybe MP is hard for you guys to integrate into the dame. IDK.

  • IRUNOVERKOMIESWITHMYCAREFORFUN

    No mp=no sale. fun/good looking game but, I but Iphone games for MP. You guys should consider that to make more sales. Trust me. I would pay more for that game then $.99 if you did. LOL. Maybe MP is hard for you guys to integrate into the dame. IDK.

  • IRUNOVERKOMIESWITHMYCAREFORFUN

    BTW, I messed up on my username. I was in a rush. Not that it holds any relevance to these comments but I don't want to have people confused by my username. It's IRUNOVERHOMIESWITHMYCARFORFUN. Not that anybody will care. LOL. Because I hate these little wannabe thug gangtsa kids......A lot. Ok. I'm done now.

    • http://powso.com Totalsam

      The komies are a peaceful clan of forest dwellers...what did they ever do to you!?

  • IRUNOVERKOMIESWITHMYCAREFORFUN

    BTW, I messed up on my username. I was in a rush. Not that it holds any relevance to these comments but I don't want to have people confused by my username. It's IRUNOVERHOMIESWITHMYCARFORFUN. Not that anybody will care. LOL. Because I hate these little wannabe thug gangtsa kids......A lot. Ok. I'm done now.

    • http://powso.com Totalsam

      The komies are a peaceful clan of forest dwellers...what did they ever do to you!?

  • BobtheBuilder69

    Game looks pretty cool and the price is definitely right. And it's good to hear there's an alternative to the tilt control function, but multiplayer levels would be awesome!

    Maybe in your updates you could include multiplayer support?

  • BobtheBuilder69

    Game looks pretty cool and the price is definitely right. And it's good to hear there's an alternative to the tilt control function, but multiplayer levels would be awesome!

    Maybe in your updates you could include multiplayer support?

  • eggzbacon

    Its OUT!!!
    http://itunes.com/apps/Faceoff

    But only in some countries

  • eggzbacon

    Its OUT!!!
    http://itunes.com/apps/Faceoff

    But only in some countries