1249924483041733700Paul Farley from Tag Games, creators of Car Jack Streets [App Store] unveiled the first screenshots of their upcoming game Astro Ranch this morning. With a launch date currently set for early winter of 2009, Astro Ranch is said to have a 1950's sci-fi asthetic with the characterization of Animal Crossing and the farm management game-play of Harvest Moon.

Tag Games' artist Laura Whyte explains the design direction behing Astro Ranch:

We are really excited at how well Astro Ranch is coming together. It is rare to have the opportunity to create an entirely new alien environment from scratch and whilst Astro Ranch pays visual homage to some of our favourite cartoons, movies and games it has a style that is all its own. The iPhone version is looking great but we’re also excited by the opportunity to implement Astro Ranch on consoles as well. Once iPhone gamers have taken the game and characters to heart I’m sure console gamers will demand nothing less!

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Details are limited right now between the Astro Ranch web site (which also has a few more images on it) and the thread in our upcoming games forum.

Here's what we know right now:

Astro Ranch is set on an unidentified alien planet which our intrepid galactic explorer Sindy Starlight has accidentally discovered after crash landing. This may or may not have been caused due to checking her hair in the rear view mirror - mission control is still running the data on that particular question! Sindy must start from scratch to build a ranch and earn the cash needed to buy enough spare parts to fix her rocket and return home. It won’t be easy. The locals range from obsessively friendly to outright hostile plus the planet is host to all manner of hazards, natural disasters and weird goings on.

If you ever wondered what would happen if Erie Indiana met Animal Crossing whilst playing Harvest Moon – now you know… Astro Ranch!

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Needless to say, we'll be keeping a close eye on this. If Tag Games manages to pull off a successful hybrid between Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, I think there will be a lot of happy iPhone gamers out there.

  • http://hawks12thman.webs.com/ hawks12thman

    This looks pretty nice, when I was younger I was a big Animal Crossing fan. I also liked Tag Games previous headliner Car Jack Streets so I will be really interested in this one and see how it pans out.

    • Haggis

      Hey, maybe they'll expand on the ridiculous time limit from CJS and if you don't play the game every two hours some aliens will come and beat up Sindy Starlight and make you lose weeks of progress.

  • http://hawks12thman.webs.com/ hawks12thman

    This looks pretty nice, when I was younger I was a big Animal Crossing fan. I also liked Tag Games previous headliner Car Jack Streets so I will be really interested in this one and see how it pans out.

    • Haggis

      Hey, maybe they'll expand on the ridiculous time limit from CJS and if you don't play the game every two hours some aliens will come and beat up Sindy Starlight and make you lose weeks of progress.

  • ShadowsFall

    Happy gamers indeed... Now I won't have to bring my bulky old DS anywhere anymore :D

    • Booch138

      Agreed,

      I am a huge fan of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, and while I don't really play Animal Crossing on the DS much anymore, it would be cool to get an entirely new style of of the genre. So far it sounds interesting, would definitely like to see how it pans out, but so far this is looking pretty visually stunning, and a forgotten genre that the iPhone could really use. :D

  • ShadowsFall

    Happy gamers indeed... Now I won't have to bring my bulky old DS anywhere anymore :D

    • Booch138

      Agreed,

      I am a huge fan of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, and while I don't really play Animal Crossing on the DS much anymore, it would be cool to get an entirely new style of of the genre. So far it sounds interesting, would definitely like to see how it pans out, but so far this is looking pretty visually stunning, and a forgotten genre that the iPhone could really use. :D

  • Fletch

    Does the main character really have to be a girl?

    Nothing against females, I'd just rather have my character be the same gender as myself...

  • Fletch

    Does the main character really have to be a girl?

    Nothing against females, I'd just rather have my character be the same gender as myself...

  • http://powso.com Totalsam

    A new spin on H Moon? Hells yes.

    My one concern: Will their be extraterrestrial romance?

  • http://powso.com Totalsam

    A new spin on H Moon? Hells yes.

    My one concern: Will their be extraterrestrial romance?

  • Glomgold

    So is Tag games just going to rip off one hot franchise after another until they have so much money they can sleep on a pile of it at night? First they rip off GTA, now their ripping off Animal Crossing. I'm sure this will please fans of Animal Crossing, but this is almost as shameless as Inkvaders...

  • Glomgold

    So is Tag games just going to rip off one hot franchise after another until they have so much money they can sleep on a pile of it at night? First they rip off GTA, now their ripping off Animal Crossing. I'm sure this will please fans of Animal Crossing, but this is almost as shameless as Inkvaders...

  • cindee

    Does anyone know when it is coming out?

  • cindee

    Does anyone know when it is coming out?

  • smile_angel

    I think its alright, but I don't like the idea of the setting in the 50s. I'm a big fan of Animal Crossing but even though it's a bit different I look forward for it.

  • smile_angel

    I think its alright, but I don't like the idea of the setting in the 50s. I'm a big fan of Animal Crossing but even though it's a bit different I look forward for it.

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    Astro Ranch pays visual homage to some of our favourite cartoons, movies and games