ioo_screenshot_july_04_01Gilded Skull games released their first title for the iPhone last week, Imp or Oaf [App Store]. The gameplay is extremely simple, and targeted towards children. As the title would hint, Imp or Oaf is a guessing game where you must guess if the image you're looking at is of an imp or an oaf. At the start of each round a image appears that is zoomed in to the point where you can't make out many details. You can either tap to screen to zoom out before guessing, or just guess immediately.

The less you zoom out, the more points you earn each round. Some images are impossible to discern immediately and either require a lucky guess (which nets bonus points) or potentially several levels of zoom. I'm not sure how much appeal Imp or Oaf will have for adults, but the art style, music, and attention to detail in the user interface is nothing short of mind boggling for a game this simple.

The tutorial even has its own song to sing along with. How many games can you say that about?

Meanwhile, we're still very excited for Gilded Skull's upcoming game, Galactic Keep: Dice Battles which we first posted a preview back in July.

Galactic Keep is a game that utilizes gameplay elements from classic pen and paper dice-powered roleplaying games, with the story in game told in the same style as a dungeonmaster would describe a setting in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Since we last posted about it, they've added a critical hit (and failure) system, also implementing a luck system in to a lot of interactions in the game. Character types and attributes are being fleshed out, and while they originally planned to only have 10 playable characters, they're debating packing as many as possible in to the game to serve as unlockables.

The weapon and key systems are evolving, and Gilded Skull is in the process of doing animation tests to add even more of the same visual flare seen in Imp or Oaf in to Galactic Keep. They're still not ready to show video, as they want to get all the animation and sounds in place first, which is understandable given the sky high expectations a lot of people have from the phenomenal screenshots that have slowly been released.

App Store Link: Imp or Oaf, 99¢

  • sk8erdude50

    that game looks like crap- wont even download it for free

    • http://www.gildedskull.com Gildedskull

      Um...not sure how to respond to that.

      'Burned'?

    • Ajack

      Wow, big surprise that someone calling themselves "skaterdood" (really? who do you think you are, Bart Simpson?) isn't interested.

      • Chad

        Do you even know how to spell dude? He's not a Disgaea tard.

    • http://www.jerseysucks.net slappyjackson

      sk8erdude50: You sound like you have some strong opinions and your screen name definitely hints at a deep well of creativity bubbling below what I assume is a rarely-washed exterior.

      So what kind of iPhone game will you make, once 9th grade lets out for the summer and you have some free time on your hands?

      • sk8erdude50

        its just my opinion thats all i wasnt tryin 2 start anything

  • sk8erdude50

    that game looks like crap- wont even download it for free

    • http://www.gildedskull.com Gildedskull

      Um...not sure how to respond to that.

      'Burned'?

    • Ajack

      Wow, big surprise that someone calling themselves "skaterdood" (really? who do you think you are, Bart Simpson?) isn't interested.

      • Chad

        Do you even know how to spell dude? He's not a Disgaea tard.

    • http://www.jerseysucks.net slappyjackson

      sk8erdude50: You sound like you have some strong opinions and your screen name definitely hints at a deep well of creativity bubbling below what I assume is a rarely-washed exterior.

      So what kind of iPhone game will you make, once 9th grade lets out for the summer and you have some free time on your hands?

      • sk8erdude50

        its just my opinion thats all i wasnt tryin 2 start anything

  • Bex

    I, on the other hand, just bought it because it's more of a piece of art than a game and I really dig their illustration style. I also want to support their company because Galactic Keep looks amazing.

    • Ajack

      Exactly. This isn't a game. It's an interactive cartoon or children's book.

  • Bex

    I, on the other hand, just bought it because it's more of a piece of art than a game and I really dig their illustration style. I also want to support their company because Galactic Keep looks amazing.

    • Ajack

      Exactly. This isn't a game. It's an interactive cartoon or children's book.

  • flow

    The art style is way cool. I am sure some kids will love it. I don't even know what an imp and oaf are, I guess I am too old. :D

    • Ajack

      More like too young, since they're both medieval terms (an imp is a prankster and an oaf is a fool)

      • flow

        Learn something new every day. :D

  • flow

    The art style is way cool. I am sure some kids will love it. I don't even know what an imp and oaf are, I guess I am too old. :D

    • Ajack

      More like too young, since they're both medieval terms (an imp is a prankster and an oaf is a fool)

      • flow

        Learn something new every day. :D

  • TonyRockyHorror

    Galactic Keep is still at the top of my "DO WANT" list of iPhone games. Can't wait for it!

  • TonyRockyHorror

    Galactic Keep is still at the top of my "DO WANT" list of iPhone games. Can't wait for it!

  • Vincent

    Wow, really linking this (the style, the music, the sound FX). Not really getting it though, but I am sure I will one day.

    Thanks for a very original and creative app Gilded Skull!

    • Vincent

      And of course were I said "linking" I meant "liking" ;)

    • http://www.gildedskull.com Gildedskull

      Hey thanks! Here's a (really big) hint: imps usually have pointy noses and ears (and a lot of the time shoes)!

  • Vincent

    Wow, really linking this (the style, the music, the sound FX). Not really getting it though, but I am sure I will one day.

    Thanks for a very original and creative app Gilded Skull!

    • Vincent

      And of course were I said "linking" I meant "liking" ;)

    • http://www.gildedskull.com Gildedskull

      Hey thanks! Here's a (really big) hint: imps usually have pointy noses and ears (and a lot of the time shoes)!