With the NHL playoffs quickly approaching and after an amazing gold medal game at this year’s Winter Olympics a lot of people (and not just Canadians) are excited about all things hockey. I am one of those people, so when I found out that a new hockey game was coming out of the iPhone I just had to share it with you all.

Ice Hockey Nations 2010 is the first full hockey game to come to the iPhone. When I say full I mean, six on six hockey with all the trimmings. The developer, Distinctive Games, claims they will be able to pack all the action and strategy of the sport onto the small screen of the iPhone. They even went as far so to do live motion capture of real players for the game at Centroid 3D. We will not be able to see if that paid off until the game comes out, the developer has yet to release game play footage.

As you can probably already tell by the title, the game is not licensed by the NHL. So instead of playing with your favorite pro team you will have to pick your nation of choice out of the 14 nations featured in the game.

The game is set you be launched in March with a price tag of 4.99.

Features include:

  • The first full 6 on 6 Ice Hockey simulation game on iPhone/iPod Touch.
  • Take control using touchscreen d-pad and control buttons.
  • Make line changes at the touch of a button.
  • Sin-bin and powerplays
  • Real player movement animation using motion capture.
  • 14 National teams to choose from.
  • Quick play, practice, tournament and league game modes.
  • No waiting for the Zamboni in between periods.

Screenshots:

  • Noman

    Looks cool, I am definitely on a hockey "high" now, so there is a pretty good chance of me picking this one up.

    • http://www.mrbaconpants.com Jason Mosley

      If the game play is any good I will be right behind you. It's been a long time since I played a good portable hockey game.

  • Noman

    Looks cool, I am definitely on a hockey "high" now, so there is a pretty good chance of me picking this one up.

    • http://www.mrbaconpants.com Jason Mosley

      If the game play is any good I will be right behind you. It's been a long time since I played a good portable hockey game.

  • http://www.journalish.com Mitchismo

    Even if it were a simple port of NHL on the Genesis, I'd be a pretty happy guy. The screenshots look promising.

    It's surprising the absence of hokey games considering the number of quite good soccer titles (X2 being my favorite) as well as air 'hockey'. I mean, there's even a table hockey simulator.

    I'm sure, based on that alone along with the post olympic fever (which is, by any account, better hockey than NHL anyhow), the game will be a big success.

    • RNF

      NHL on the Genesis was so much fun!

  • http://www.journalish.com Mitchismo

    Even if it were a simple port of NHL on the Genesis, I'd be a pretty happy guy. The screenshots look promising.

    It's surprising the absence of hokey games considering the number of quite good soccer titles (X2 being my favorite) as well as air 'hockey'. I mean, there's even a table hockey simulator.

    I'm sure, based on that alone along with the post olympic fever (which is, by any account, better hockey than NHL anyhow), the game will be a big success.

    • RNF

      NHL on the Genesis was so much fun!

  • Tocarina

    Looks interesting! Good price.
    The HUD kinda reminds me of an EA game...

  • Tocarina

    Looks interesting! Good price.
    The HUD kinda reminds me of an EA game...

  • antonio

    also, if this is a moderate success, i´m sure we will see NHL on the iphone too :) and maybe something from gameloft

  • antonio

    also, if this is a moderate success, i´m sure we will see NHL on the iphone too :) and maybe something from gameloft

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh H.

    I. can't. wait.

    So excited for this to hit the store, most anticipated release for me in a long time. I hope it doesn't disappoint meeee!

  • http://www.twitter.com/josh_hofer Josh H.

    I. can't. wait.

    So excited for this to hit the store, most anticipated release for me in a long time. I hope it doesn't disappoint meeee!

  • Gord

    Phew, I'm glad it's not licensed by the NHL. This way I can play as Team Canada, and not my stupid (last place) Edmonton Oilers.

    • Carl

      If it were licensed by the NHL, I could play my first place in the NW division and almost 1st place in the western conference Vancouver Canucks! Take that sucka Edmonton Oilers!

      • Scot

        And I can play as the blackhawks and beat both your Canadian teams. Toews is god and the only reason Canada won the olympics. Go hawks!

      • Gord

        Well, I have no comeback at all. The entire city knows how bad the Oilers are; no point in trying to deny it.

        Jim, I feel for you. Not only is your team bad, but Burke traded away your draft pick!

    • Jim Lahey

      Don't feel so bad. I'm a Leaf's fan (:

      I'm still on a high from the Team Canada win!!!

      I can't wait for this. Thankfully I have "Stinger Table Hockey" to hold me off.

      Thanks for the info 'toucharcade"!

  • Gord

    Phew, I'm glad it's not licensed by the NHL. This way I can play as Team Canada, and not my stupid (last place) Edmonton Oilers.

    • Carl

      If it were licensed by the NHL, I could play my first place in the NW division and almost 1st place in the western conference Vancouver Canucks! Take that sucka Edmonton Oilers!

      • Scot

        And I can play as the blackhawks and beat both your Canadian teams. Toews is god and the only reason Canada won the olympics. Go hawks!

      • Gord

        Well, I have no comeback at all. The entire city knows how bad the Oilers are; no point in trying to deny it.

        Jim, I feel for you. Not only is your team bad, but Burke traded away your draft pick!

    • Jim Lahey

      Don't feel so bad. I'm a Leaf's fan (:

      I'm still on a high from the Team Canada win!!!

      I can't wait for this. Thankfully I have "Stinger Table Hockey" to hold me off.

      Thanks for the info 'toucharcade"!

  • not.redbeard

    I hope they haven't rushed the product just to capitalize on the Olympic hockey high. Bringing the full sport to a small screen is no small undertaking and they can totally kill the experience with a rushed product.

    I've got high hopes for this, hope I'm not disappointed.

  • not.redbeard

    I hope they haven't rushed the product just to capitalize on the Olympic hockey high. Bringing the full sport to a small screen is no small undertaking and they can totally kill the experience with a rushed product.

    I've got high hopes for this, hope I'm not disappointed.

  • Tom

    They've got my 5.00. I hope it's a good game but they'll get my money either way to show other developers that there's a hockey game market there.

  • Tom

    They've got my 5.00. I hope it's a good game but they'll get my money either way to show other developers that there's a hockey game market there.

  • Arock

    OMG this is awesome (i hope). I also hope this was not rushed to capitalize on the Olympic fever. PS: Team Canada all the way!!!! You all should have heard Vancouver erupt when we won :) It was amazing.

  • Arock

    OMG this is awesome (i hope). I also hope this was not rushed to capitalize on the Olympic fever. PS: Team Canada all the way!!!! You all should have heard Vancouver erupt when we won :) It was amazing.

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Does the lack of any mention about online mean there is none? If not then AI is going to be a big factor....

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Does the lack of any mention about online mean there is none? If not then AI is going to be a big factor....

  • Steve

    I hope the devs played a lot of Sega Genesis EA hockey, that series was an absolute classic- especially after they added manual goalie control.

    I would love a straight port of one of the later versions of that game, haven't thought out the controls though.

  • Steve

    I hope the devs played a lot of Sega Genesis EA hockey, that series was an absolute classic- especially after they added manual goalie control.

    I would love a straight port of one of the later versions of that game, haven't thought out the controls though.

  • dexx0008

    hope it doesn't disappoint, been waiting for hockey on the iphone.

  • dexx0008

    hope it doesn't disappoint, been waiting for hockey on the iphone.

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    This game can only become teh win if it has one integral soundbite

    "And now... back to the game"

    :-D

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    This game can only become teh win if it has one integral soundbite

    "And now... back to the game"

    :-D

  • micgao

    carl: YEAH!!! CANUCKS FOR THE CUP BABY!!!!
    Now for the game... Ill buy it... for sure

  • micgao

    carl: YEAH!!! CANUCKS FOR THE CUP BABY!!!!
    Now for the game... Ill buy it... for sure

  • JoeCanada

    Looks cool but the proof will be in the gameplay, there have been so many bad hockey games. I'm currently being spoiled by the phenomenally good and realistic action in NHL 10 (EA Sports, on XBox 360). Never thought I'd say this, but I wish EA would port to to the iPhone/iPad!

  • JoeCanada

    Looks cool but the proof will be in the gameplay, there have been so many bad hockey games. I'm currently being spoiled by the phenomenally good and realistic action in NHL 10 (EA Sports, on XBox 360). Never thought I'd say this, but I wish EA would port to to the iPhone/iPad!

  • Sticktron

    Looks awesome, can't wait to try it!

    Btw: i'd take Blades of Steel even, just to have a hockey game on the iPhone.

  • Sticktron

    Looks awesome, can't wait to try it!

    Btw: i'd take Blades of Steel even, just to have a hockey game on the iPhone.

  • Mac

    Please add a shootout mode.

  • Mac

    Please add a shootout mode.

  • mike

    it dosn't look like there will be dual stick controls, after playing with the skillstick system for the past three years i don't know if i can go back to buttons, well we will see how this turns out i guess.... id still like to see EA Canada do a proper iphone edition.

  • mike

    it dosn't look like there will be dual stick controls, after playing with the skillstick system for the past three years i don't know if i can go back to buttons, well we will see how this turns out i guess.... id still like to see EA Canada do a proper iphone edition.

  • Ray

    Ice Stars is OK bet this looks f****** amazing

  • http://Toucharcade Ray

    Ice Stars is OK bet this looks f****** amazing

  • Ray

    Get Ice Stars for your iPhone it has a shootout Mode

  • http://Toucharcade Ray

    Get Ice Stars for your iPhone it has a shootout Mode