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Tak Fung, an ex-Lionhead and ex-Sony graphics programmer, has announced his first iPhone game Mini Squadron. Fung previously worked on titles such as Fable 1 and Fable 2. He has now set his sights on making "a really fun shooting game" for the iPhone.

If his game trailer is any indication, it really does look like a lot of fun:

Mini Squadron offers old-school shooting gameplay with over 50 types of planes that can be unlocked as well as different weapon types and power-ups. You can shoot down enemy planes, bombers, UFOs, and even ducks.

IMG_0110He describes the idea behind the game:

The idea and ethos with Mini Squadron is to bring a high quality, frenetic shoot-em-up to the iPhone, taking inspiration from old-skool games such as BIP on the Amiga (or BiPlane War I think before that on PC?) Wings of Fury, JetStrike and many other similar shooty games with lots of lil' planes (^3^). I also love the games by Treasure (especially Ikaruga), and crazy japanese shooters such as Parodius, and I hope to get some of the originality and silliness of those games into Mini Squadron to make people chuckle whilst playing!

Mini Squadron is due for release in October.

  • http://subsource.co.uk subsource

    damn this looks fun! i want it now

  • http://subsource.co.uk subsource

    damn this looks fun! i want it now

  • acidbottle

    assuming the controls are well thought out i think this game could be massive :)

  • acidbottle

    assuming the controls are well thought out i think this game could be massive :)

  • Greg K

    Wow. I'm really looking forward to this. Being a huge fan of the genre, this should make hours of my 'work' time vanish. I can't wait. Pretty much an instant purchase.

  • Greg K

    Wow. I'm really looking forward to this. Being a huge fan of the genre, this should make hours of my 'work' time vanish. I can't wait. Pretty much an instant purchase.

  • Steve

    The control mechanic also seems like the old biplane games in Combat on the Atari 2600.

    I like the layered backgrounds- this game looks cool!

  • Steve

    The control mechanic also seems like the old biplane games in Combat on the Atari 2600.

    I like the layered backgrounds- this game looks cool!

  • http://Powergamer.dk Knuspar

    This looks awesome ! Im herring it for sure :)

  • http://Powergamer.dk Knuspar

    This looks awesome ! Im herring it for sure :)

  • http://www.mores.cc mores

    This game reminds me of a mini-game in "Duck Tales" ... you had to fly faster than your opponent. Me and my brother loved it. I'll definately get this game, simple but it looks amazing!

  • http://www.mores.cc mores

    This game reminds me of a mini-game in "Duck Tales" ... you had to fly faster than your opponent. Me and my brother loved it. I'll definately get this game, simple but it looks amazing!

  • helix

    "If his game trailer is any indication, it really does look like a lot of fun"

    agreed

  • helix

    "If his game trailer is any indication, it really does look like a lot of fun"

    agreed

  • iPhone

    It does.. I hope it releases for $0.99 :)

  • iPhone

    It does.. I hope it releases for $0.99 :)

  • Kintaro360

    looks like a nice game but the music is giving me headaches...

  • Kintaro360

    looks like a nice game but the music is giving me headaches...

  • 1337brian

    Reminds me of a much sexier Skykid, in other words, I WANT IT!...

  • 1337brian

    Reminds me of a much sexier Skykid, in other words, I WANT IT!...

  • Pekuja

    Reminds me of Triplane Turmoil. Looks fun. ^__^

  • Pekuja

    Reminds me of Triplane Turmoil. Looks fun. ^__^

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Reminds me of Time Pilot, so it should be awesome!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Reminds me of Time Pilot, so it should be awesome!

  • K

    OMFG!!! I loved BiPlane on Amiga as a kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!

  • K

    OMFG!!! I loved BiPlane on Amiga as a kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!

  • Mandril

    Looks exactly the same as Altitude on MacOS X. Altitude is online multiplayer though. Are these the same guys that make altitude on the mac or is a ripoff??

  • Mandril

    Looks exactly the same as Altitude on MacOS X. Altitude is online multiplayer though. Are these the same guys that make altitude on the mac or is a ripoff??

  • http://minisquadron.blogspot.com Tak

    The music is by Mozart - Symphony No.40 for those that asked.
    I am not the same as the team behind Altitude - I've never seen Altitude until now, but I think we have taken inspiration from the same set of games - BiPlane on Amiga (what a game!), Time Pilot, Wings of Fury, particularly Jetstrike on Amiga (I'm an Amiga fanboy :o)) etc. I'm sure theres plenty of games that are similar out there. Altitude does look very good and offering online multiplayer - it is something I can surely aspire to :o)

  • http://minisquadron.blogspot.com Tak

    The music is by Mozart - Symphony No.40 for those that asked.
    I am not the same as the team behind Altitude - I've never seen Altitude until now, but I think we have taken inspiration from the same set of games - BiPlane on Amiga (what a game!), Time Pilot, Wings of Fury, particularly Jetstrike on Amiga (I'm an Amiga fanboy :o)) etc. I'm sure theres plenty of games that are similar out there. Altitude does look very good and offering online multiplayer - it is something I can surely aspire to :o)

  • cookiemonster

    im in on this 100%

  • cookiemonster

    im in on this 100%

  • DiogenesDog

    Yeah, looks great. I'd also like to say that anyone interested in this should check out Altitude, which is on PC as well as Mac btw (http://altitudegame.com/). I've been a player for a few years now and it really is a great game.

    Anyway, I hope both games do well. It's a really underdeveloped genre. Hopefully both games will drive traffic to each other. :)

  • DiogenesDog

    Yeah, looks great. I'd also like to say that anyone interested in this should check out Altitude, which is on PC as well as Mac btw (http://altitudegame.com/). I've been a player for a few years now and it really is a great game.

    Anyway, I hope both games do well. It's a really underdeveloped genre. Hopefully both games will drive traffic to each other. :)