Mobile Bros' puzzle platformer Trundle [App Store] was released yesterday, and is getting nowhere near the attention it deserves. Trundle is a free game with a neat art style all tied together with simple tilt and touch controls that create a great (but short) gameplay experience.

The object of the game is to simply roll a black ball from one side of the screen to the other. Tilting the phone controls your movement, and tapping on the screen jumps. Along the way you'll come across different vehicles to ride in, switches to activate, platforms to navigate, and other obstacles that often have different physics-based challenges to overcome.

Trundle itself is rather short, and shouldn't take you much more than an hour to finish. However, the iTunes description mentions additional level packs available in the future via an in-game purchase. I had a lot of fun playing through the game, and I think this kind of DLC model is great, especially since the amount of content in Trundle doesn't make the game feel like a demo at all.

The few people who have downloaded the game already in our forums are really enjoying it so far, and I doubt I'm alone in hoping they hurry it up with the additional level packs.

App Store Link: Trundle, Free

  • Touchgamer3g

    This is probably the best free game I have played in a while (reminds me of Bounce On in a way). I have been having a blast playing through the worlds and I would gladly pay for more levels through DLC. Although the gameplay is short, only two worlds, I enjoyed it immensely while it lasted.

  • Touchgamer3g

    This is probably the best free game I have played in a while (reminds me of Bounce On in a way). I have been having a blast playing through the worlds and I would gladly pay for more levels through DLC. Although the gameplay is short, only two worlds, I enjoyed it immensely while it lasted.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    This is really a very nice game. Still, it should be mentioned that it's a pretty faithful replica of an upcoming (and long announced) Wiiware game called Night Sky. Those interested can check out the Trundle thread for a video of the Wii game for comparison. Personally, I was very taken by the art style and believed that it as a (somewhat) original concept. It's too bad that it's most likely a copy.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    This is really a very nice game. Still, it should be mentioned that it's a pretty faithful replica of an upcoming (and long announced) Wiiware game called Night Sky. Those interested can check out the Trundle thread for a video of the Wii game for comparison. Personally, I was very taken by the art style and believed that it as a (somewhat) original concept. It's too bad that it's most likely a copy.

  • Pumapayam

    I liked this game the first time when it was called Rolando. . .

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      It's not like Rolando at all. Nice try, though.

      • sk8erdude50

        ya i know, they r like the same game cause they both have... circles

      • Pumapayam

        Circular protagonist in a side scrolling physics based world where you move with the accelerometer and jump with a finger tap/swipe.

        Yeah, smells like Rolando, only more generic.

    • Cheese

      I liked Rolando the first time too, when it was called Loco Roco!

      • Pumapayam

        No, in LocoRoco you manipulate (rotate) the environment to move the characters. In Rolando you directly control the character, not the environment. . . just like Trundle.

        Next.

      • noah

        Who's to say we aren't really moving the environment instead of the circle?

  • Pumapayam

    I liked this game the first time when it was called Rolando. . .

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      It's not like Rolando at all. Nice try, though.

      • sk8erdude50

        ya i know, they r like the same game cause they both have... circles

      • Pumapayam

        Circular protagonist in a side scrolling physics based world where you move with the accelerometer and jump with a finger tap/swipe.

        Yeah, smells like Rolando, only more generic.

    • Cheese

      I liked Rolando the first time too, when it was called Loco Roco!

      • Pumapayam

        No, in LocoRoco you manipulate (rotate) the environment to move the characters. In Rolando you directly control the character, not the environment. . . just like Trundle.

        Next.

      • noah

        Who's to say we aren't really moving the environment instead of the circle?

  • Cranker

    Please update the icon. It's so dark.

  • Cranker

    Please update the icon. It's so dark.

  • HelperMonkey

    I've been playing this with mixed feelings. The visual style and kind of minimalist atmosphere are beautiful and absorbing. And the simple gameplay becomes somewhat compelling. These things have kept me playing, and I've been really charmed by the game's unique world.
    With all that said, however, the game can be frustrating as hell. Many of the puzzles just don't seem to work like they're supposed to. Often times I know what's supposed to be happening, but some small hitch will cause the puzzle to malfunction. Othertimes I've accidentally bypassed certain puzzles or other game elements just by the fluke of a lucky jump, etc. Add some dubious platform jumping elements that took try after try, and the frustration level peaks. There are just too many times where I wondered to myself if beta-testing had ever occured to the developers.
    Despite all that, I'd still recommend the game. It's just too unique and charming to ignore. ...Something kept me playing, and it's that something that others should really experience for themselves.
    The developers behind this game have obvious talent and obvious promise, and any support they receive is well-deserved. Keeping them involved in producing games will only mean good things to come for us gamers.
    And the game is free! Check it out.

  • HelperMonkey

    I've been playing this with mixed feelings. The visual style and kind of minimalist atmosphere are beautiful and absorbing. And the simple gameplay becomes somewhat compelling. These things have kept me playing, and I've been really charmed by the game's unique world.
    With all that said, however, the game can be frustrating as hell. Many of the puzzles just don't seem to work like they're supposed to. Often times I know what's supposed to be happening, but some small hitch will cause the puzzle to malfunction. Othertimes I've accidentally bypassed certain puzzles or other game elements just by the fluke of a lucky jump, etc. Add some dubious platform jumping elements that took try after try, and the frustration level peaks. There are just too many times where I wondered to myself if beta-testing had ever occured to the developers.
    Despite all that, I'd still recommend the game. It's just too unique and charming to ignore. ...Something kept me playing, and it's that something that others should really experience for themselves.
    The developers behind this game have obvious talent and obvious promise, and any support they receive is well-deserved. Keeping them involved in producing games will only mean good things to come for us gamers.
    And the game is free! Check it out.

  • Color Me Badd Reunion Tour

    The art style is "neat".

  • Color Me Badd Reunion Tour

    The art style is "neat".

  • AntiHero

    If this has nothing to do with Nicalis' Wiiware game "Night Sky" (Working title) then this news post should be deleted. Why give attention to people who blatantly stole another developer's idea? This isn't like "Oh it's just a God of War clone" type thing, this is pure plagiarism.

    • sk8erdude50

      thats not the point, the point is that this is a great game at the price of free (for now at least). Would u not want to download a great free app just because it is very similar to something sold for another console?

    • http://www.mindjuice.net MindJuice

      Hmmm...yep...that's pretty darn much a ripoff in my opinion.

      Wouldn't be surprised to see this game get yanked soon.

    • http://www.smiles-game.com PoV

      An iClone before the original even launched. Nice.

  • AntiHero

    If this has nothing to do with Nicalis' Wiiware game "Night Sky" (Working title) then this news post should be deleted. Why give attention to people who blatantly stole another developer's idea? This isn't like "Oh it's just a God of War clone" type thing, this is pure plagiarism.

    • sk8erdude50

      thats not the point, the point is that this is a great game at the price of free (for now at least). Would u not want to download a great free app just because it is very similar to something sold for another console?

    • http://www.mindjuice.net MindJuice

      Hmmm...yep...that's pretty darn much a ripoff in my opinion.

      Wouldn't be surprised to see this game get yanked soon.

    • http://www.smiles-game.com PoV

      An iClone before the original even launched. Nice.

  • moleki

    I hope they had talk to the original creator about this, as this seems to be a pure copy of the night game/nightsky from Nicalis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h08ZvuC1QDI

    http://wii.ign.com/objects/143/14320530.html

  • moleki

    I hope they had talk to the original creator about this, as this seems to be a pure copy of the night game/nightsky from Nicalis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h08ZvuC1QDI

    http://wii.ign.com/objects/143/14320530.html

  • jimmy

    ^Angry much? This game is very hard and very frustrating. Terrible.

  • jimmy

    ^Angry much? This game is very hard and very frustrating. Terrible.

  • timmy

    dis game is not veri gud too hard and maks nah sence

    • Sotto Voce

      The same could be said of your post.

  • timmy

    dis game is not veri gud too hard and maks nah sence

    • Sotto Voce

      The same could be said of your post.

  • toby

    can anyone help me on the level with the box in world 2?

    • Touchgamer3g

      With the spring box? You have to roll from the slide before really fast into it and that catapults you into the next slide.

  • toby

    can anyone help me on the level with the box in world 2?

    • Touchgamer3g

      With the spring box? You have to roll from the slide before really fast into it and that catapults you into the next slide.

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    bring on the level packs!

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    bring on the level packs!

  • Deewin

    I didn't even bother checking out the video and went straight playing the app. It felt like a more shallow version of Rolando with less responsive controls (and to me upon first impression then I went to check out Night Sky for the wii. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h08ZvuC1QDI Yikes. The gameplay footage and music looks way more compelling than Trundle (no offense) and if it ever came to the iphone I'd probably pick that up.

    • Pumapayam

      "Ditto!"

      I mentioned the same thing above. :P

      Too bad others don't see it.

  • Deewin

    I didn't even bother checking out the video and went straight playing the app. It felt like a more shallow version of Rolando with less responsive controls (and to me upon first impression then I went to check out Night Sky for the wii. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h08ZvuC1QDI Yikes. The gameplay footage and music looks way more compelling than Trundle (no offense) and if it ever came to the iphone I'd probably pick that up.

    • Pumapayam

      "Ditto!"

      I mentioned the same thing above. :P

      Too bad others don't see it.

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    This is definitely a straight clone and ripoff of the excellent Night Sky for the Wii. If I was the creators, I would have at least a LITTLE sense of decency and/or shame and pull this from the store immediately.

    If you're going to clone Tetris, fine, whatever, I think EA owns the copyright now anyways. Cloning a game designed by TWO F'ING PEOPLE (Nifflas and Ara) that is not even out yet is just pathetic.

    Taking someone else's design, sound, look and feel, rushing it out first (without any of the polish of the source), and then selling levels to the people you suckered in using Nifflas's hard work and ingenuity is inexcusable.

    Not telling them that you were getting your clone on until TouchArcade positively reviews your game is pretty telling. Claiming that the resemblance is coincidental takes some real nerve. Grow a pair and design your own game, you parasitic embarrassments!

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    This is definitely a straight clone and ripoff of the excellent Night Sky for the Wii. If I was the creators, I would have at least a LITTLE sense of decency and/or shame and pull this from the store immediately.

    If you're going to clone Tetris, fine, whatever, I think EA owns the copyright now anyways. Cloning a game designed by TWO F'ING PEOPLE (Nifflas and Ara) that is not even out yet is just pathetic.

    Taking someone else's design, sound, look and feel, rushing it out first (without any of the polish of the source), and then selling levels to the people you suckered in using Nifflas's hard work and ingenuity is inexcusable.

    Not telling them that you were getting your clone on until TouchArcade positively reviews your game is pretty telling. Claiming that the resemblance is coincidental takes some real nerve. Grow a pair and design your own game, you parasitic embarrassments!

  • WiseWeasel

    Damn, now I want Night Sky for the iPhone, and I can't hav it! That game looks way better, at least from the videos. I'm going to pass on Trundle until I get confirmation that it's not just a weak rip-off.

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    This post, targeted at an early Crayon Physics clone, pretty much says it all:

    http://www.steveswink.com/posts/to-games-4-touch/

  • WiseWeasel

    Damn, now I want Night Sky for the iPhone, and I can't hav it! That game looks way better, at least from the videos. I'm going to pass on Trundle until I get confirmation that it's not just a weak rip-off.

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    This post, targeted at an early Crayon Physics clone, pretty much says it all:

    http://www.steveswink.com/posts/to-games-4-touch/

  • Nifflas' fan

    I am absolutely disgusted by this, I hope this news post either gets deleted so they can't have the attention or it's rectified informing how much of a blatant rip-off it is.

  • Nifflas' fan

    I am absolutely disgusted by this, I hope this news post either gets deleted so they can't have the attention or it's rectified informing how much of a blatant rip-off it is.

  • blackHorse

    Wow, what a total rip off this game is.

  • blackHorse

    Wow, what a total rip off this game is.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    It's clearly a rip off of Night Sky. It doesn't matter than they're giving it away for free or charging for it, copyright & trademark violation is still copyright & trademark violation.

    I'd expect this game to get removed from the app store pretty soon.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    It's clearly a rip off of Night Sky. It doesn't matter than they're giving it away for free or charging for it, copyright & trademark violation is still copyright & trademark violation.

    I'd expect this game to get removed from the app store pretty soon.

  • http://twitter.com/scarbir Scarbir

    Okay, very little originality here. Too bad, although it looks and plays nice. I still can't believe Touch Arcade didn't spend any article on Bad Apples though, a very fine nice game everybody needs to know about. Please, give it some attention, rather than this blatant knockoff.

    http://www.iphoneclub.nl/58266/review-bad-apples-fantastisch-puzzelspel-met-appels/

  • http://twitter.com/scarbir Scarbir

    Okay, very little originality here. Too bad, although it looks and plays nice. I still can't believe Touch Arcade didn't spend any article on Bad Apples though, a very fine nice game everybody needs to know about. Please, give it some attention, rather than this blatant knockoff.

    http://www.iphoneclub.nl/58266/review-bad-apples-fantastisch-puzzelspel-met-appels/

  • slembcke

    Seriously people? It's a free game. They saw Night Sky and thought that it was cool and wanted to make a similar themed game. If they went with a different color scheme, it would just be another physics puzzle/platformer. Secondly, Nicalis did NOT invent that color scheme. I've seen other platformer games that did the same simple gradient background with silhouettes for the foreground. He also didn't invent the physics puzzle/platformer genre.

    Maybe I should feel ripped off too. Trundle uses my physics engine (interestingly so does Night Sky). The walking contraption in the second world is straight out of my demo code. http://howlingmoonsoftware.com/chipmunk.php Look familiar? But wait, there's more! I didn't invent that mechanism. A Dutch kinetic sculptor name Theo Jansen did! Maybe I am just ripping off his work too? Practically every physics library I have seen has one of those for a demo, maybe they are too?

    If I was Nicalis, I'd feel good that people were inspired by my work. It's not like they are producing something that is competing with his own works or livelihood.

  • slembcke

    Seriously people? It's a free game. They saw Night Sky and thought that it was cool and wanted to make a similar themed game. If they went with a different color scheme, it would just be another physics puzzle/platformer. Secondly, Nicalis did NOT invent that color scheme. I've seen other platformer games that did the same simple gradient background with silhouettes for the foreground. He also didn't invent the physics puzzle/platformer genre.

    Maybe I should feel ripped off too. Trundle uses my physics engine (interestingly so does Night Sky). The walking contraption in the second world is straight out of my demo code. http://howlingmoonsoftware.com/chipmunk.php Look familiar? But wait, there's more! I didn't invent that mechanism. A Dutch kinetic sculptor name Theo Jansen did! Maybe I am just ripping off his work too? Practically every physics library I have seen has one of those for a demo, maybe they are too?

    If I was Nicalis, I'd feel good that people were inspired by my work. It's not like they are producing something that is competing with his own works or livelihood.

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    While there is admittedly a fine line between inspiration/homage and clones/ripoffs, this is CLEARLY the latter. In what way does Trundle differ from Night Sky? The name? The platform?

    My earlier comment is still 'awaiting moderation', but I will reiterate my request for the creators of Trundle to show that they have even a shred of integrity or decency and pull this from the app store immediately.

    Selling level packs based on how much people like someone else's designs is immoral and regrettable.

    • slembcke

      In what way is it the same? Other than the graphic style and genre... It really isn't. Are the levels the same? Again, I really have to say that you can't say it's the same because they are the same genre and similar graphic style.

      You're the Canabalt guy right? I've played a mini-game almost exactly like your game before in another game. Does that make you a thief too or does your art style make the gameplay idea into a completely different game? You invented neither the gameplay mechanic or the art style. Is it simply the combination of the two that makes it yours?

      By making the game freely available for a non-competing platform, I'd argue that they aren't breaking any unwritten indie developer bylaws.

  • http://adamatomic.com Adam Atomic

    While there is admittedly a fine line between inspiration/homage and clones/ripoffs, this is CLEARLY the latter. In what way does Trundle differ from Night Sky? The name? The platform?

    My earlier comment is still 'awaiting moderation', but I will reiterate my request for the creators of Trundle to show that they have even a shred of integrity or decency and pull this from the app store immediately.

    Selling level packs based on how much people like someone else's designs is immoral and regrettable.

    • slembcke

      In what way is it the same? Other than the graphic style and genre... It really isn't. Are the levels the same? Again, I really have to say that you can't say it's the same because they are the same genre and similar graphic style.

      You're the Canabalt guy right? I've played a mini-game almost exactly like your game before in another game. Does that make you a thief too or does your art style make the gameplay idea into a completely different game? You invented neither the gameplay mechanic or the art style. Is it simply the combination of the two that makes it yours?

      By making the game freely available for a non-competing platform, I'd argue that they aren't breaking any unwritten indie developer bylaws.

  • LL

    First (when I saw the topic on NSF) I was like "lol, it can't be that serious, it's probably only a little similar", but then I raged.

  • LL

    First (when I saw the topic on NSF) I was like "lol, it can't be that serious, it's probably only a little similar", but then I raged.

  • Anonymous

    All I will say is I look forward to downloading this game. There is only one reason for this, and that is the fact that I belong to nifflas support forum. Night Game has been in the works for a little over a year, maybe more. There is really no possibility that this is not copied, and, affiliation aside, I don't think you realize that you aren't stealing some guys game, you're stealing freeware from Nintendo.
    I don't think you were very careful when scanning for legalities, because if you were you would notice that Nintendo Freeware is protected by nintendo. Therefore, I am looking foreward to the legal result.

    • Anonymous

      to further expand, we at the nifflas forum would love if you would sign up there and explain yourself before getting in legal trouble, which I'm sure you don't want.

  • Anonymous

    All I will say is I look forward to downloading this game. There is only one reason for this, and that is the fact that I belong to nifflas support forum. Night Game has been in the works for a little over a year, maybe more. There is really no possibility that this is not copied, and, affiliation aside, I don't think you realize that you aren't stealing some guys game, you're stealing freeware from Nintendo.
    I don't think you were very careful when scanning for legalities, because if you were you would notice that Nintendo Freeware is protected by nintendo. Therefore, I am looking foreward to the legal result.

    • Anonymous

      to further expand, we at the nifflas forum would love if you would sign up there and explain yourself before getting in legal trouble, which I'm sure you don't want.

  • DeInit

    At least in the Italian AppStore, Trundle isn't available anymore.

  • DeInit

    At least in the Italian AppStore, Trundle isn\'t available anymore.

  • Derek

    Here are some other "coincidences" from Mobile Bros.:

    Peggle (PopCap)
    http://www.popcap.com/games/peggle

    Pachingo (Mobile Bros.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kNVuOI_sKo

    Auditorium (Cipher Prime)
    http://www.playauditorium.com/

    Energy Harvest (Mobile Bros.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdFe9FFZNj0

    Hey, slembcke, both Peggle and Auditorium are on the iPhone. Do you think PopCap and Cipher Prime should feel good about it, also?

  • Derek

    Here are some other "coincidences" from Mobile Bros.:

    Peggle (PopCap)
    http://www.popcap.com/games/peggle

    Pachingo (Mobile Bros.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kNVuOI_sKo

    Auditorium (Cipher Prime)
    http://www.playauditorium.com/

    Energy Harvest (Mobile Bros.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdFe9FFZNj0

    Hey, slembcke, both Peggle and Auditorium are on the iPhone. Do you think PopCap and Cipher Prime should feel good about it, also?

  • Eric

    Yeah it's not in the US store anymore either.

  • Eric

    Yeah it's not in the US store anymore either.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    Hey, I was right. Here's an article about it being removed from the app store:
    http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2010/02/nightsky_lookalike_pulled_to_c.php

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    Hey, I was right. Here's an article about it being removed from the app store:
    http://www.gamesetwatch.com/2010/02/nightsky_lookalike_pulled_to_c.php

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    They updated the game, changing the graphics. I don't plan on updating mine, but you can see the changes on their app page.

  • http://www.americanelf.com James

    They updated the game, changing the graphics. I don't plan on updating mine, but you can see the changes on their app page.

  • SS

    What a complete sack of asses. This game isn't based off of Night Sky. It's blatantly ripped off from it. I could say someone just took Night Sky and edited it for like 5 minutes and got this.

    • http://nifflas.lpchip.nl evan

      :(
      sadly true.
      Unfortunately.. there is not much that can be done, at all.
      Seeing that the creators have ripped off other games in the past..

  • SS

    What a complete sack of asses. This game isn't based off of Night Sky. It's blatantly ripped off from it. I could say someone just took Night Sky and edited it for like 5 minutes and got this.

    • http://nifflas.lpchip.nl evan

      :(
      sadly true.
      Unfortunately.. there is not much that can be done, at all.
      Seeing that the creators have ripped off other games in the past..

  • Koreanrobot

    Hey, could anyone help me with the level on Sunset Mountain where you have to do something with the water spout and such? I just dont know what to do... Email me at Koreanrobot@yahoo.com thanks.