tf_ss9iPhone developers Neptune Interactive and Smells Like Donkey have teamed up to create a casual fighting game inspired by classics like Street Fighter and Karateka.

Readers may remember Neptune Interactive as the creator of 7 Cities [$2.99] while Smells Like Donkey is most famously known for iJiggles [99¢].

Tap Fu is a fighting game that features story and survival game modes along with training and free play. The default control scheme utilizes gestures and taps to move your character around and fight the onslaught of evil ninjas that are attacking you. A virtual D-Pad control scheme is also included.

Meanwhile, the combat in Tap Fu is spiced up by adding a combo system as well as style points that have been seen before in other games, notably the Devil May Cry series. Tap Fu will initially come loaded with the "Ninjas of the SweetTooth Clan" chapter and the developers have plans to implement more content over time. The game also comes with online leaderboards and achievements.

The video shows a very nice look at the combat hands-on:

Tap Fu was recently submitted to the App Store, so assuming no approval delays, it should be available for download inside of two weeks.

  • violatizzle

    I'm a huge sucker for games like this.. instant buy for me! Go Devs! Now let's just hope this game gets approved in a timely fashion!

  • violatizzle

    I'm a huge sucker for games like this.. instant buy for me! Go Devs! Now let's just hope this game gets approved in a timely fashion!

  • DeVitus

    Looks solid and nice, luv the pixel animation.

  • DeVitus

    Looks solid and nice, luv the pixel animation.

  • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

    Cool looks a bit like old-time titles like Renegade and Double Dragon. Will check this out.

  • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

    Cool looks a bit like old-time titles like Renegade and Double Dragon. Will check this out.

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

    My thumb already hurts while watching the video.
    But it looks great.
    But why not at least 3 or 4 buttons for different actions?
    Or special moves via swiping like in Samurai or Hybrid (both nailed it for me).
    This can get boring veeeery quickly.

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

    My thumb already hurts while watching the video.
    But it looks great.
    But why not at least 3 or 4 buttons for different actions?
    Or special moves via swiping like in Samurai or Hybrid (both nailed it for me).
    This can get boring veeeery quickly.

  • Chad

    How are you doing anything besides mashing one button and moving? I'd like to know how the combos are done.

  • Chad

    How are you doing anything besides mashing one button and moving? I'd like to know how the combos are done.

  • lol

    I'm guessing word 'Fu' came from 'Kung fu' which is chinese.
    But seeing game play, artwork is based on Taekwondo(korea) or maybe some Karate and narritive about ninja is probably japanese.

    so name = chinese
    actual art = korean or jap
    story = japanese

    it's bit confusing, lol

    • master lee

      the game it's not confusing m8 u rrrrrrrr

      this app looks brilliant................................lol

    • illnerdism

      I totally agree. I think the game looks cool, but I find it slightly annoying that the developers seem to think that Asia is a single country.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        I find it slightly annoying that people read so much into the title of a damn game. It's a GAME, and not a serious one at that, so get over yourselves.

        By the way, Asia also contains the Middle East, Russia, and India, among many other countries that aren't part of the Orient, so you may want to update your own concept of "Asia" as well.

  • lol

    I'm guessing word 'Fu' came from 'Kung fu' which is chinese.
    But seeing game play, artwork is based on Taekwondo(korea) or maybe some Karate and narritive about ninja is probably japanese.

    so name = chinese
    actual art = korean or jap
    story = japanese

    it's bit confusing, lol

    • master lee

      the game it\'s not confusing m8 u rrrrrrrr

      this app looks brilliant................................lol

    • illnerdism

      I totally agree. I think the game looks cool, but I find it slightly annoying that the developers seem to think that Asia is a single country.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        I find it slightly annoying that people read so much into the title of a damn game. It's a GAME, and not a serious one at that, so get over yourselves.

        By the way, Asia also contains the Middle East, Russia, and India, among many other countries that aren't part of the Orient, so you may want to update your own concept of "Asia" as well.

  • master lee

    I'm a sucker for games like this instant buy............lol

    • cookiemonster

      ditto, these types get me every time...oh well, im not ashamed.

  • master lee

    I'm a sucker for games like this instant buy............lol

    • cookiemonster

      ditto, these types get me every time...oh well, im not ashamed.

  • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

    Looks brilliant. Hope it has some longevity, like a story and levels etc.

  • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

    Looks brilliant. Hope it has some longevity, like a story and levels etc.

  • http://gunsmokemafia.com Ninja

    This game looks AMAZING!!!!!! it looks fast paced. And it seems like the kinda game you can load up and get right into... looks awesome! can't wait to play it

    • Phil

      Looks pretty, but a bit too spazzy and cutesy for my taste. It'll be interesting to see if there's any meat to the actual gameplay beyond the button mashing shown in the sample video.

  • http://gunsmokemafia.com Ninja

    This game looks AMAZING!!!!!! it looks fast paced. And it seems like the kinda game you can load up and get right into... looks awesome! can't wait to play it

    • Phil

      Looks pretty, but a bit too spazzy and cutesy for my taste. It'll be interesting to see if there's any meat to the actual gameplay beyond the button mashing shown in the sample video.

  • spiffyone

    Eli...did you write that this is a "fighting" game to bring me into another genre debate?

    You sly little devil you. I'm onto your tricks, Eli. You're fooling no one with the bait you're using. ;)

  • spiffyone

    Eli...did you write that this is a "fighting" game to bring me into another genre debate?

    You sly little devil you. I'm onto your tricks, Eli. You're fooling no one with the bait you're using. ;)

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Looks awesome.

    • http://www.neptuneii.com Knight

      Just wanted to chime in here about the attack buttons. You can unlock more attacks as you play through the story. Note that there are more HUD elements at the top of the screen in the video.

      Button smashing is really only good for early rounds and if you don't care for the style points.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=1830 Liam (aka TGR)

    Looks awesome.

    • http://www.neptuneii.com Knight

      Just wanted to chime in here about the attack buttons. You can unlock more attacks as you play through the story. Note that there are more HUD elements at the top of the screen in the video.

      Button smashing is really only good for early rounds and if you don't care for the style points.

  • http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com fun games for kids

    The character looks like Ryu in streetfighter lol. I dont think I could play the game for more than 5 minutes, my right thumb will be damn tired lol

    • Chad

      And Ryu looks like a typical Karate fighter. There's nothing unique looking about Ryu.

  • http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com fun games for kids

    The character looks like Ryu in streetfighter lol. I dont think I could play the game for more than 5 minutes, my right thumb will be damn tired lol

    • Chad

      And Ryu looks like a typical Karate fighter. There's nothing unique looking about Ryu.

  • Mr. Awesome

    This game looks awesome!!! Man can't wait til it comes out, I'm going to buy this game for sure.

    By the way Ryu sucks, Ken is better!

  • Mr. Awesome

    This game looks awesome!!! Man can't wait til it comes out, I'm going to buy this game for sure.

    By the way Ryu sucks, Ken is better!

  • Phreakuency

    Great (although Ryu is generic) looking, but probably needed touch and swipe controls.

    • LordLad

      Did you see the video? There are touch and swipe controls!

      I don't care if it's Ryu or Chuck Norris, this game is a definite buy!

      • master lee

        +1 m8

        this game it's awesome

        must buy.............lol

  • Phreakuency

    Great (although Ryu is generic) looking, but probably needed touch and swipe controls.

    • LordLad

      Did you see the video? There are touch and swipe controls!

      I don't care if it's Ryu or Chuck Norris, this game is a definite buy!

      • master lee

        +1 m8

        this game it's awesome

        must buy.............lol

  • RedQueen

    OMG.. I love this game.. I want to play it..

  • RedQueen

    OMG.. I love this game.. I want to play it..