Gameloft has posted the first gameplay video of their upcoming Avatar game based on the upcoming James Cameron movie by the same name. The premise of the movie surrounds the use of "Avatars" (human/alien hybrids that can be controlled via a mental link) to evacuate peaceful aliens from their mineral-rich forests.

According to an earlier preview by IGN, the game does not follow the plot of the movie but instead tells an earlier story about the Avatar program.

You get to control one of the Na'vi resistance fighters. As a Na'vi armed with a staff, I jumped and twirled through the Pandora jungle. The Na'vi are not only strong but graceful, capable of gliding movement that lets them get the drop on not only human soldiers, but the unfriendly creatures that call Pandora home. Attacking is handled with on-screen virtual buttons. Movement is assigned to a virtual stick, which feels much like the virtual controls seen in other Gameloft action games like Assassin's Creed and Gangstar.

The controls and engine appear reminiscent of other 3D iPhone games from Gameloft.

The game is due in December.

  • Victor

    the game looks better than the movie. how often does one say that? a cellphone game... based off a movie... looks better than said movie.

    • HalloweenLover85

      No it doesn't. :\

  • DannyV

    I wish people would stop calling it (a cellphone game). It's not just a cellphone, think iPod Touch as well. But yeah, this game looks great!

    • DannyV

      Whoops meant "a cellphone game" instead of (a cellphone game).

  • L

    I wish people would stop calling it a game. It is interactive advertising for a movie!

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

    Woot, finally I can play "Dances with Smurfs" ... awesome!

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    I wish people would stop calling it interactive advertising for a movie. It's a collection of coloured pixels on a flat surface depicting a likeness to a feature film!

    • Ender

      I wish people would stop calling it "a collection of coloured pixels on a flat surface depicting a likeness to a feature film!" It's actually just a series of 1's and 0's!

      • DannyV

        Wow...I think I just created a monster.

      • TKO

        I wish people would stop creating monsters... 😉

  • dumas1000

    C-c-combo breaker. It looks like tomb raider. I don't like platforming, but I always though I could get into these next gen tomb raider games if it wasn't for the evironmental puzzles. If this is tomb raider without the puzzle solving element, it could be interesting to me.

  • http://www.mindjuice.net MindJuice

    This could be pretty good, but I have to say that it looks very unfinished right now. I think they have a lot of work to do on this.

    * The guy running on the log is actually floating a few pixels above it.
    * There are no character shadows.
    * The characters are "sliding" along as they move (feet don't move relative to the ground properly at all).

    If all those things are wrong in the first public trailer, then I expect that there are other things wrong as well.

    I hope they fix it all up.

    • TKO

      It will be released in time to be a good publicity-vechicle for the movie (or to reap profits from people's excitement after seeing the movie.)

      All other considerations are secondary. It will ship on the release date.

      Bugs? Pfffft! Overrated! 😉

  • Nukie

    I am glad to see an iPhone version. All the marketing for the game mentions all the major consoles but had not mentioned the iPhone.

  • Dark NRG

    idk it looks pretty darn good to me! Reminds me of some early PS2 games, esp sliding down that log. What was the Donald Duck game on the PS2?? Can't remember right now, but that was fun....

  • jp

    This doesn't look like the last airbender... what happened to copyrights and trademarks?

    I am sick of hearing the G D word avatar, like what the hell? It was horrible when it was used to describe a profile, even worse when nickelodeon used it and its realy bad its now ANOTHER movie and ANOTHER game now.

    FInd a new word.

    • jp

      Its worse than everyone using chipotle to describe bbq

    • TKO

      Well, he's taking control of a creature ..and just as in a game, the creature is very much his avatar. It's perfect use of the word in this case.

  • DannyV

    I wish people would stop getting annoyed at the word Avatar. It's a word in English, the word has come to mean "an embodiment, a bodily manifestation of the Divine." Originally, Avatar is a Sanskrit term that means, roughly, "to step down," in the sense of a Divinity stepping down onto a lower spiritual plane. In English it is usually translated as "incarnation." The term is used primarily in Hindu texts. For example, Krishna is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu the Preserver, whom many Hindus worship as The Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Dasavatara are ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu the formless source of creation.

  • DannyV

    Ummm, don't use my name dude. Not cool.

  • Craptastic

    This game just as bad as the film does. Floptastic film and game from Jimmy C.

  • http://bentalman3.vox.com Alfonso Chambless

    I really like the Avatar 3D movie, particularly the story line, not only it brings a very new feelings but inspiring ideas of humanity. I heard the New Avatar 2 is comming soon, can't wait to watch it again...!