As is the case with most Gameloft games, very little is known about these two games short of the contents of their trailers. Thankfully, there is quite a bit of gameplay shown in both of them so it's not very hard to get a feel for each game.

The Settlers - The last in a long line of Settlers games starting with the original that was released on the Amiga all the way back in 1993. The Settlers is a real time strategy simulation game that historically has had a fairly relaxed gameplay pace which should translate well to the iPhone. The amount of units moving on screen at once is fairly impressive, and with how few of the games there are of this genre on the App Store, The Settlers should easily stand out from the pack.

Castle Frenzy - Castle defense games have seen a remarkable amount of success on the App Store, from the numerous games with simple stick figures to highly detailed games like Knights Onrush that all share the same basic gameplay elements. Castle Frenzy seems to have the same array of defense upgrades and abilities seen in most similar games, with the most notable difference being its colorful 3D graphics. It's hard to say what if any effect this will have on gameplay, but from the trailer alone Castle Frenzy seems to be one of the coolest looking castle defense games if nothing else.

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    OMG, I LOVED the Settlers games, so this is very, very exciting for me. Thanks for this great news. ^_^

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    OMG, I LOVED the Settlers games, so this is very, very exciting for me. Thanks for this great news. ^_^

  • araczynski

    holy moly, if castle frenzy plays like it looks, it'll own.

    well, as long as they don't go crazy on price, i mean it does look extremely similar to knights onrush in gameplay.

  • araczynski

    holy moly, if castle frenzy plays like it looks, it'll own.

    well, as long as they don't go crazy on price, i mean it does look extremely similar to knights onrush in gameplay.

  • Zc456

    Gameloft is havin' much fun with the iPhone SDK.

  • Zc456

    Gameloft is havin' much fun with the iPhone SDK.

  • mrbass

    Their Bailout Wars appeals to the got 5 mins pickup and play crowd but wasn't deep enough to hold my interest. Castle Frenzy definitely looks like something I'll pickup.

    Settlers will easily surpass their crap "Rise of Empires" that's for sure. I can't remember why but Settlers wasn't that great on Nintendo DS and Anno 1507 or whatever year it is was much better. I wish I remembered the issues with Settlers though. Whatever they were I hope they flesh them out in the iphone version.

  • mrbass

    Their Bailout Wars appeals to the got 5 mins pickup and play crowd but wasn't deep enough to hold my interest. Castle Frenzy definitely looks like something I'll pickup.

    Settlers will easily surpass their crap "Rise of Empires" that's for sure. I can't remember why but Settlers wasn't that great on Nintendo DS and Anno 1507 or whatever year it is was much better. I wish I remembered the issues with Settlers though. Whatever they were I hope they flesh them out in the iphone version.

  • estyst

    No way... The Settlers 4 for iPhone... am I dreaming or something? : DDD

    • estyst

      (after seeing while trailer) aww... now we can only hope for The Settlers and The Settlers II for iPhone... I'll buy all of them :)

    • monkey

      Man, I wish the graphics would be in the style of Settlers II rather than IV. The more clearly pixeled look had way more charme than the rendered look of III and IV.

      • estyst

        I ment "wow, ANY settlers game for iphone" rather than "settlers iv in particular"... and actually I liked graphics in Serf City the most :)

  • estyst

    No way... The Settlers 4 for iPhone... am I dreaming or something? : DDD

    • estyst

      (after seeing while trailer) aww... now we can only hope for The Settlers and The Settlers II for iPhone... I'll buy all of them :)

    • monkey

      Man, I wish the graphics would be in the style of Settlers II rather than IV. The more clearly pixeled look had way more charme than the rendered look of III and IV.

      • estyst

        I ment "wow, ANY settlers game for iphone" rather than "settlers iv in particular"... and actually I liked graphics in Serf City the most :)

  • Ravenblack

    I'd love a Settlers portable. The DS one is a complete disaster. This one looks really sharp.

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      Definitely! I love a good little ongoing strategy game!

  • Ravenblack

    I'd love a Settlers portable. The DS one is a complete disaster. This one looks really sharp.

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      Definitely! I love a good little ongoing strategy game!

  • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

    Gameloft is awesome, nuff said

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      I don't know about "awesome", but I certainly appreciate Gameloft a lot more when they actually acquire a license to produce an existing game, instead of just doing blatant ripoffs (which is unfortunately what they normally do).

      Either way, though, the company has absolutely no imagination or creativity of its own.

      • Derik

        I agree they do lots of "clones" but they do them very well and bring them to us for normally $4.99 and always have sales and price drops to $0.99! You want the name? You might have to pay for it! I'm surprised at the prices of the games on the iPhone/iPod Touch especially compared to those on the DS and I think Gameloft is one of the devs that will help keep quality games at an affordable price!

        P.S. I was a lil disappointed with TV Show King ( and I got it while it was $4.99 :( )

  • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

    Gameloft is awesome, nuff said

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      I don't know about "awesome", but I certainly appreciate Gameloft a lot more when they actually acquire a license to produce an existing game, instead of just doing blatant ripoffs (which is unfortunately what they normally do).

      Either way, though, the company has absolutely no imagination or creativity of its own.

      • Derik

        I agree they do lots of "clones" but they do them very well and bring them to us for normally $4.99 and always have sales and price drops to $0.99! You want the name? You might have to pay for it! I'm surprised at the prices of the games on the iPhone/iPod Touch especially compared to those on the DS and I think Gameloft is one of the devs that will help keep quality games at an affordable price!

        P.S. I was a lil disappointed with TV Show King ( and I got it while it was $4.99 :( )

  • TKO

    I'm worried they're going to start with The Settlers II, III, IV, or something, and completely forget about the simple (and brilliant) Settlers I. That game was great. Don't know why they keep trying to make Settlers II on handhelds instead.

    • estyst

      yup, The Settlers/Serf City is the best in the series, however it is most retro too - that's the main reason why it is not ported... The Settlers II is the most widely known in the series and the last one with "fixed roads and flags" - many people consider it the best ever hence DS port and "anniversary edition"... The Settlers III was actually quite good and The Settlers IV (which will be ported to iPhone) was like adding a final polish and some new features to The Settlers III while making storyline like 1/3 of The Settlers III...

  • TKO

    I'm worried they're going to start with The Settlers II, III, IV, or something, and completely forget about the simple (and brilliant) Settlers I. That game was great. Don't know why they keep trying to make Settlers II on handhelds instead.

    • estyst

      yup, The Settlers/Serf City is the best in the series, however it is most retro too - that's the main reason why it is not ported... The Settlers II is the most widely known in the series and the last one with "fixed roads and flags" - many people consider it the best ever hence DS port and "anniversary edition"... The Settlers III was actually quite good and The Settlers IV (which will be ported to iPhone) was like adding a final polish and some new features to The Settlers III while making storyline like 1/3 of The Settlers III...

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES

    I'm a HUGE Settlers fan, and while I'd prefer to see a port of the second version of the game (Settlers II was without doubt the best version), this is better than nothing :D)

    First day buy for me. Ubisoft owes me this for the clusterfuck that was Settlers DS.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES

    I'm a HUGE Settlers fan, and while I'd prefer to see a port of the second version of the game (Settlers II was without doubt the best version), this is better than nothing :D)

    First day buy for me. Ubisoft owes me this for the clusterfuck that was Settlers DS.

  • JC

    Awesome! Settlers is just the game I've been looking for! Resource Gathering and Economy is a major element and not simplified like all the other RTS for iphone! I want warcraft 2 full on iphone... you listening Blizzard?

  • JC

    Awesome! Settlers is just the game I've been looking for! Resource Gathering and Economy is a major element and not simplified like all the other RTS for iphone! I want warcraft 2 full on iphone... you listening Blizzard?

  • acidbottle

    nice news on the settlers game!

  • acidbottle

    nice news on the settlers game!

  • eugekava

    Castle frenzy looks like 3D knights onrush. I'd love to know how many levels there are. Hopefully it won't cost an arm and a leg.

  • eugekava

    Castle frenzy looks like 3D knights onrush. I'd love to know how many levels there are. Hopefully it won't cost an arm and a leg.

  • Poco

    @TKO: What do you have against Settlers II? It was the same as S I in finer graphics. Settlers III+ were much worse than the first parts.

  • Poco

    @TKO: What do you have against Settlers II? It was the same as S I in finer graphics. Settlers III+ were much worse than the first parts.

  • Jeff

    man that castle game trailer makes me want a jrpg for iphone even more =/

  • Jeff

    man that castle game trailer makes me want a jrpg for iphone even more =/

  • Derik

    OMG! I will pay $999.99 for Castle Frenzy.. ok, not really, but castle defense are my fav and right now IMO Knights Onrush is the best, but the dev refuses to fix issues that make the game feel buggy and claims that was the way the game was intended... whatev! I want this now!!

  • Derik

    OMG! I will pay $999.99 for Castle Frenzy.. ok, not really, but castle defense are my fav and right now IMO Knights Onrush is the best, but the dev refuses to fix issues that make the game feel buggy and claims that was the way the game was intended... whatev! I want this now!!

  • d1554573r

    No f*** way!!! :O i still remember sleepless nights in front of my amiga 500 and settlers ... 1st we had red alert now we got settlers i want warcraft now :)

  • d1554573r

    No f*** way!!! :O i still remember sleepless nights in front of my amiga 500 and settlers ... 1st we had red alert now we got settlers i want warcraft now :)

  • blackHorse

    It was fun in 1993, and quite ok in 2003. But no more, thank.

  • blackHorse

    It was fun in 1993, and quite ok in 2003. But no more, thank.

  • Septimus

    Wish it was Settlers 1 (including the Amiga music, very atmospheric and not that annoying). But this will certainly do :)

    • estyst

      settlers 1 with original amiga music? it would be an overkill! :)

  • Septimus

    Wish it was Settlers 1 (including the Amiga music, very atmospheric and not that annoying). But this will certainly do :)

    • estyst

      settlers 1 with original amiga music? it would be an overkill! :)

  • ramon

    Hey guys! The Settlers is out!

  • ramon

    Hey guys! The Settlers is out!