iPhone developer Marco Mazzoli recently released a fresh new iPhone game called Spirit [App Store].

The $0.99 retro-styled game has been getting high praise in our forums for what is a relatively new game mechanic wrapped in a very nice package. The idea behind the game is somewhat similar to Upsi Looper (no longer available), but thankfully implements touch controls rather than tilt.

In Spirit you move your ship around the screen by simply tounching any part of the screen and moving around. The ship moves relative to your finger so it never has to be in the way. The goal is to destroy the enemies by looping them with your ship's trail. If successful, a vortex appears sucking them away to nothingness. Combos and chains improve your score, and all the while you need to avoid running straight into an enemy.

Check out the developer video:

Learning to move your ship accurately is a bit of a challenge, but in that "gotta try one more time" kind of way. The gameplay is also further enhanced by a great visual style and sound effects as well as a good variety of enemies. At only $0.99, if you're looking for a challenging new arcade experience, this one's easy to recommend. The current version does not have global leaderboards, but the developer has indicated Open Feint integration is on the way.

App Store Link: Spirit, $0.99

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  • Dran

    Wow, looks absolutely fantastic, Ill give it a try.

  • Dran

    Wow, looks absolutely fantastic, Ill give it a try.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Now, you really should give Eco P*nk a chance, since you are mentioning a lot of games not nearly as good as this one. Still hoping... :)

    • rich_952000

      I agree, Eco Punk has been slighted by TA.

      Ryan R., of all writers, this is a call for you to write a review of Eco Punk by Nitako :)

    • arn

      FYI if any readers have games they think should be reviewed, we do have a tips email. Posting in unrelated comment threads is not particularly productive.

      arn

      • The Bat Outta Hell

        I'll take that advice =P

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Now, you really should give Eco P*nk a chance, since you are mentioning a lot of games not nearly as good as this one. Still hoping... :)

    • rich_952000

      I agree, Eco Punk has been slighted by TA.

      Ryan R., of all writers, this is a call for you to write a review of Eco Punk by Nitako :)

    • arn

      FYI if any readers have games they think should be reviewed, we do have a tips email. Posting in unrelated comment threads is not particularly productive.

      arn

      • The Bat Outta Hell

        I'll take that advice =P

  • shumby

    yeah! it's about time Spirit hit the front page!

  • shumby

    yeah! it's about time Spirit hit the front page!

  • tsharpfilm

    Looks like a mix between Geometry Wars and geoSpark.

    I'll check it out.

  • tsharpfilm

    Looks like a mix between Geometry Wars and geoSpark.

    I'll check it out.

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    This game is awesome!

  • http://www.fdg-entertainment.com Future777

    This game is awesome!

  • sk8erdude50

    if you like this or think you might, you should check out tilt to live. Its almost the same, but more addicting imo. This is nice though

  • sk8erdude50

    if you like this or think you might, you should check out tilt to live. Its almost the same, but more addicting imo. This is nice though

  • Mark

    Aaah Boogaloopers, how I miss you. Used to play that game till my wrist hurt. I actually contacted the developer (formally of stickman games) a little while ago, and he said he's working on an iPhone port, as well as a sequel for Mac. This should ease the wait very nicely.

  • Mark

    Aaah Boogaloopers, how I miss you. Used to play that game till my wrist hurt. I actually contacted the developer (formally of stickman games) a little while ago, and he said he's working on an iPhone port, as well as a sequel for Mac. This should ease the wait very nicely.

  • epoverb1

    Want to like this game, but every time I give it a try, I get a little frustrated with the controls. You basically move your finger around to move the spirit, but since you don't actually place your finger ON the spirit to move it, the movement mapping is a little off. It's nice that you don't block your view with your finger, but it's not so nice that the spirit might circumnavigate things at a different scale than your finger movements. I'll keep trying I guess. But there you go...

  • epoverb1

    Want to like this game, but every time I give it a try, I get a little frustrated with the controls. You basically move your finger around to move the spirit, but since you don't actually place your finger ON the spirit to move it, the movement mapping is a little off. It's nice that you don't block your view with your finger, but it's not so nice that the spirit might circumnavigate things at a different scale than your finger movements. I'll keep trying I guess. But there you go...

  • Jimmy

    i dont know about "new" but it does look pretty cool but this has been done before just not in a top down view if anyone has ever heard of nights into dreams then they will recognize this mechanic

  • Jimmy

    i dont know about "new" but it does look pretty cool but this has been done before just not in a top down view if anyone has ever heard of nights into dreams then they will recognize this mechanic

  • Johnny

    I wish someone would do Omega Race for the iPhone.

    • http://www.Marcoot.com Dave

      Yes! I have been waiting for a good RipOff remake for 30 years

  • Johnny

    I wish someone would do Omega Race for the iPhone.

    • http://www.Marcoot.com Dave

      Yes! I have been waiting for a good RipOff remake for 30 years

  • http://www.hotcat.org Chris K.

    Atari's "Quantum" is probably the first incarnation of this mechanic. http://www.klov.com/Q/Quantum.html

    Looks like some nice visuals, and the price is right. "Buy App" == 1.

  • http://www.hotcat.org Chris K.

    Atari's "Quantum" is probably the first incarnation of this mechanic. http://www.klov.com/Q/Quantum.html

    Looks like some nice visuals, and the price is right. "Buy App" == 1.

  • wegmans

    have we heard from the dev at all? Odds of further updates influence my purchasing..

    Looks fun!

  • wegmans

    have we heard from the dev at all? Odds of further updates influence my purchasing..

    Looks fun!

  • scamper

    Game historians will immediately think of the game Double Back, which came out for the TRS-80 Color Computer some time in the early 80s. Same basic idea, only with gigantic 80s pixels. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc8qt3y9n3w

  • scamper

    Game historians will immediately think of the game Double Back, which came out for the TRS-80 Color Computer some time in the early 80s. Same basic idea, only with gigantic 80s pixels. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc8qt3y9n3w

  • Graham Goring

    I was gonna' mention Quantum (1982), too.

  • Graham Goring

    I was gonna' mention Quantum (1982), too.

  • Rolf Reimer

    Just saw the gameplay in like ten seconds. !BOUGHT!

  • Rolf Reimer

    Just saw the gameplay in like ten seconds. !BOUGHT!