Halfbrick Studios has been quietly releasing underrated games since its establishment in 2001. With games on Xbox Live Indie Games, PSP Minis, WiiWare, and the DS (among many others), Halfbrick knows their way around quite a few different systems. Now, Halfbrick's own Phil Larsen has confirmed with us that the Australian-based studio is ready to officially announce the first of "a whole heap" of iPhone games: Blast Off.
Blast Off is an arcade-style puzzle game in which the goal is to rescue stranded astronauts and carry them through a warpgate to safety. Gravity from nearby planets will affect your rocket's flight path, and the trick to figuring out the best solutions to these puzzles is using this to your advantage.
Here's a trailer for the game:
Blast Off got plenty of favorable coverage when it was released for the PSP minis service, with IGN calling it "the best PSP mini yet." New features aplenty will be added for the iPhone version, including global leaderboards and a brand new "Endless Mode."
We think that Halfbrick has a lot of promise as a studio, especially if one takes a look at their past releases and future games. If you own a PSP, check out this trailer for one of their PSP Minis releases, an excellent little game called Rocket Racing:
While Rocket Racing hasn't been confirmed as one of the "heap" of games being created for the iPhone by the developer, it serves as a good example of their talent as a studio and their knack for creating high quality, smaller games.