Touch Arcade recently had the opportunity to visit Gameloft's Manhattan offices to preview a number of forthcoming iPhone titles. Among them was the sequel to the studio's late-2008 iPhone release, Brothers In Arms: Hour of Heroes.

Set to make its App Store debut in the next week and a half or so, Brothers In Arms 2 is a title developed specifically for the iPhone that is designed to run smoothly on all iPhone platform devices. Unlike its iPhone predecessor, which featured an over-the-shoulder, third-person perspective, Brothers in Arms 2 delivers a first-person shooter experience.

The game features six different play environments -- the Pacific, North Africa, Italy, Normandy, Germany, and Ardennes -- across 16 levels, each of which offers 25-30 minutes of playtime (6+ hours total, estimated), basically double that of the iPhone original. While much of the combat is carried out running, dodging, and ducking through the various environs on foot, airplanes, motorcycles, and tanks are also thrown into the mix.


I spent a brief period with the game in the studio, playing through the test build's early stages and found it to be a rather well done, graphically impressive work that ran glass smooth on the 3G iPod touch demo unit. And, while I only put the initial weapons through their paces, the game offers much in the way of munitions. The list includes a bazooka, fixed minigun, iron bar (--whack--), flame thrower, a Thompson, sub machine gun, and grenades.

Coming from Gameloft, a comparison to the studio's highly popular space-based FPS N.O.V.A. [App Store] is inevitable. While the core controls between the two games are are similarly arranged and responsive, Brothers in Arms 2 definitely has more of a duck-and-cover mechanic to it than N.O.V.A., which feels a bit more "brute force" / barrel through the enemy. And, while both are quite visually impressive, due to the nature of the environments, Brothers in Arms 2 probably gets to strut its stuff a bit more, as far as laying down distant polygons in vast surroundings.

If the campaign gameplay grows tiresome, there's a local WiFi multiplayer option available that features an in-game text chat system (to help dole out the smack). The option to override the in-game audio track with music from your iTunes library has been provided, as well.

  • Hitch

    Wooo!!!!!! Finally! Too bad it isn't a TPS...

  • Hitch

    Wooo!!!!!! Finally! Too bad it isn't a TPS...

  • LBG

    There is also online multiplayer and co-op across all 16 levels. The game will be released in mid February for $6.99 :)

    • yoyo m

      Lbg where did u get this info? Toucharcade saidthis would be released in a week or so....but I don't have a prob with online multiplayer tho LOL

      • LBG

        I got the info from the ToughGen Hands-on (see link in the thread). But this article didn't include it.

    • ACADIAAAAAAA

      If you're being serious, OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGG :D. I'd buy this for $10.

  • yoyo m

    Will it have online multiplayer?!?

  • LBG

    There is also online multiplayer and co-op across all 16 levels. The game will be released in mid February for $6.99 :)

    • yoyo m

      Lbg where did u get this info? Toucharcade saidthis would be released in a week or so....but I don't have a prob with online multiplayer tho LOL

      • LBG

        I got the info from the ToughGen Hands-on (see link in the thread). But this article didn't include it.

    • ACADIAAAAAAA

      If you're being serious, OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGG :D. I'd buy this for $10.

  • yoyo m

    Will it have online multiplayer?!?

  • dumas1000

    The extra information comes from TouchGen, which certainly suggests that online will be global, like NOVA and MC:S, and not just local. TouchGen doesn't really confirm whether co-op will be global or local only.

  • dumas1000

    The extra information comes from TouchGen, which certainly suggests that online will be global, like NOVA and MC:S, and not just local. TouchGen doesn't really confirm whether co-op will be global or local only.

  • smokin okin okin

    looks really cool can't wait, hopefully it'll look something like medal of honor on the PSP, check it out friends

  • smokin okin okin

    looks really cool can't wait, hopefully it'll look something like medal of honor on the PSP, check it out friends

  • dumas1000

    It does not confirm true-online for it's co-op mode though. It could be global online for deathmatch and local only online for co-op.

    • LBG

      Well it talks about multiplayer with gameloft live which confirms 'true' online multiplayer.

    • Sticktron

      Local online is an oxymoron.

      • iVaro

        It says co-op will not be available upon release (either in-app purchase which I doubt Gameloft will do or just a regular update which I also doubt Gameloft will do)

  • dumas1000

    It does not confirm true-online for it's co-op mode though. It could be global online for deathmatch and local only online for co-op.

    • LBG

      Well it talks about multiplayer with gameloft live which confirms 'true' online multiplayer.

    • Sticktron

      Local online is an oxymoron.

      • iVaro

        It says co-op will not be available upon release (either in-app purchase which I doubt Gameloft will do or just a regular update which I also doubt Gameloft will do)

  • Brandon

    Looks like it will be a really good game!

  • Brandon

    Looks like it will be a really good game!

  • Felipe

    What are the other games you guys previewed from Gameloft?

  • Felipe

    What are the other games you guys previewed from Gameloft?

  • Will090

    20-30 minutes each level eh? I seem to recall them saying that about nova while I finshed each level in about ten. Hopefully this estimate is true and this isn't a completely linear repetitive campaign like nova

  • Will090

    20-30 minutes each level eh? I seem to recall them saying that about nova while I finshed each level in about ten. Hopefully this estimate is true and this isn't a completely linear repetitive campaign like nova

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    thank for great news

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  • http://www.orangeiphone.ru Gears

    thank for great news

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  • Jeff

    Hope there is some incentive ie: exp system, or something to keep ya playing multiplayer. NOVA has a great multiplayer engine, but there was nothing to keep you hooked after a few matches.

    • darkjuarez

      DAN IT!!!!!! i never got to saw the gaeplay video on the post..it was remoed..but it showed a pic of the video...it looks like the same controls as mc sandstorm...yeah, this definetley ooks more like a duck and cover game.....IM SOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff

    Hope there is some incentive ie: exp system, or something to keep ya playing multiplayer. NOVA has a great multiplayer engine, but there was nothing to keep you hooked after a few matches.

    • darkjuarez

      DAN IT!!!!!! i never got to saw the gaeplay video on the post..it was remoed..but it showed a pic of the video...it looks like the same controls as mc sandstorm...yeah, this definetley ooks more like a duck and cover game.....IM SOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

  • dumas1000

    It does not confirm true online for that one paticular mode within the game. And I would be somewhat surprised honestly if it did. I believe deathmatch or team deathmatch modes will be full online. I don't believe that co-op, for 2 people playing through the single-player campaign together, will be the same though. I still think co-op will be local only. True online co-op on the idevice is an extreme rariety. In fact, I can't think of any games that allow global online co-op play through an actual campaign-like scenario. Bluetooth and local, yes. Global, no.

  • dumas1000

    It does not confirm true online for that one paticular mode within the game. And I would be somewhat surprised honestly if it did. I believe deathmatch or team deathmatch modes will be full online. I don't believe that co-op, for 2 people playing through the single-player campaign together, will be the same though. I still think co-op will be local only. True online co-op on the idevice is an extreme rariety. In fact, I can't think of any games that allow global online co-op play through an actual campaign-like scenario. Bluetooth and local, yes. Global, no.

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    In the last paragraph it says there's a text chat feature for local wi-fi..
    I don't really get that a it would just be easier to call the dude sat next to u a tw@t with spoken words wouldn't it?!

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    In the last paragraph it says there's a text chat feature for local wi-fi..
    I don't really get that a it would just be easier to call the dude sat next to u a tw@t with spoken words wouldn't it?!

  • Deewin

    Loved the PC games but hated the 3rd one

  • Deewin

    Loved the PC games but hated the 3rd one

  • Fruho

    Damn it!!! I just got modern combat!!! And now tgis is gonna come out!!! Aaaaaargh!!!

  • http://Toucharcade Fruho

    Damn it!!! I just got modern combat!!! And now tgis is gonna come out!!! Aaaaaargh!!!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Screenshots added, FYI.

    • LBG

      Thanks :)

      Do you know if there was online multiplayer? It's just TouchGen's hands-on stated that there would be online multiplayer, but your article doesn't mention it.

      • darkjuarez

        i know... im scared!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Screenshots added, FYI.

    • LBG

      Thanks :)

      Do you know if there was online multiplayer? It's just TouchGen's hands-on stated that there would be online multiplayer, but your article doesn't mention it.

      • darkjuarez

        i know... im scared!

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Louard

    I'm jazzed about the Co-op! I was also bummed about the FPS thing but the new screens seem to point to it workin' kind of like the last console version which was a FPS with TPS cover, like Rainbow Six Vegas.

  • http://www.northernbytes.ca Louard

    I'm jazzed about the Co-op! I was also bummed about the FPS thing but the new screens seem to point to it workin' kind of like the last console version which was a FPS with TPS cover, like Rainbow Six Vegas.

  • Iblackdude

    I'm soOooo excited.

    Bravo Gameloft.

  • Iblackdude

    I'm soOooo excited.

    Bravo Gameloft.

  • Michael

    SWEEEEEEEETTTTTTTT!!!!! First-day buy! I do not have NOVA, but all I know is that these screens look wayyyy better than NOVA. Wait so will we be able to use Microphone to talk online w/ people aka cussing 'em out. LOL
    Also be able to use ALL 16 LEVELS?!! SWEET!! This will be the best FPS on iPhone at least until Gameloft makes something better. :D
    I don't have COD yet, but I never really was convinced to buy it. I mean Zombies... seriously? Aren't there enough Zombie games?!?!

    • Michael

      all 16 lvls online* :D

  • Michael

    SWEEEEEEEETTTTTTTT!!!!! First-day buy! I do not have NOVA, but all I know is that these screens look wayyyy better than NOVA. Wait so will we be able to use Microphone to talk online w/ people aka cussing 'em out. LOL
    Also be able to use ALL 16 LEVELS?!! SWEET!! This will be the best FPS on iPhone at least until Gameloft makes something better. :D
    I don't have COD yet, but I never really was convinced to buy it. I mean Zombies... seriously? Aren't there enough Zombie games?!?!

    • Michael

      all 16 lvls online* :D

  • http://www.fullbellek.com Haber

    I do not get much pleasure from this game.
    I did not play at a time when perhaps I will enjoy.
    necessary to examine some.

  • http://www.fullbellek.com Haber

    I do not get much pleasure from this game.
    I did not play at a time when perhaps I will enjoy.
    necessary to examine some.