The first game that Gameloft showed us at GDC this year was the latest in a long line of Splinter Cell games, a series that also has several books associated with it along with a movie that may or may not still be in the works. In the games, you play as Sam Fisher who is an extremely experienced member of an elite team within the NSA called the "Third Echelon". Splinter Cell games are episodic in nature, and this is the sixth installment in Sam's adventure.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction for the iPhone closely follows the console game with the same title. In fact, they are so alike, they even share cut scenes and voice work. (And because of this the voice acting is much higher quality than typical Gameloft games.) There is also a surprising amount of chatter between the bad guys you come across, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction is one of the few iPhone games that frequently drops the F bomb. It will be interesting to see how much of that remains in the final version of the game.

There are 10 included levels that Gameloft estimates will take players anywhere between 4 to 5 hours to burn through, and of the few levels we were able to see in the demonstration the locales vary wildly from night time stealth missions to missions in middle eastern cities complete with sand blowing everywhere. Overall the game looks amazing, and according to Gameloft is running on the next evolution of the NOVA engine.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction controls well, using a virtual joystick for movement, an array of context sensitive buttons that appear when needed as well as the same buttons that act like dials seen in many other Gameloft games that can be swiped to select different weapons and gadgets. There's a cover system, different instant kill melee attacks, and a "tag and execute" aiming mode that can potentially allow players to slay entire rooms full of bad guys.

For the few minutes I was able to play of the game, it's hard to form much of an opinion on it. Initial impressions are positive, but we'll need to put the game through its paces once it's finally released. Gameloft isn't discussing release dates with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction yet, but the console versions of the game are due to be released on April 13th, so it's unlikely that we will see the iPhone game before then.

  • jason

    Good to see Gameloft on some established IP's, looking forward to this and BoB 2

  • jason

    Good to see Gameloft on some established IP's, looking forward to this and BoB 2

  • a_random_guy

    This looks very impressive. Look at the polished finished in the last 2 screener. Incredible!

  • a_random_guy

    This looks very impressive. Look at the polished finished in the last 2 screener. Incredible!

  • GodSon

    Looks pretty nice.

  • GodSon

    Looks pretty nice.

  • MaroonFree

    Can't wait to play this creamy smooth on a gorgeous iPad

  • MaroonFree

    Can't wait to play this creamy smooth on a gorgeous iPad

  • http://hwww.pocketfullofapps.com Yourofl10

    Sounds awesome can't wait for it.

  • http://hwww.pocketfullofapps.com Yourofl10

    Sounds awesome can't wait for it.

  • JORDZ

    looks like MGS lol

  • JORDZ

    looks like MGS lol

  • HistorySchol

    Splinter Cell and Resident Evil 5 this month? Gameloft's making up for the 2 month drought of 2010

  • HistorySchol

    Splinter Cell and Resident Evil 5 this month? Gameloft's making up for the 2 month drought of 2010

  • Iblackdude

    This iPhone gaming thing is becoming SCARY.
    I can't wait to read the HATERS, saying " the iPhone platform is not for real gamers"
    IN YOUR FACE !!!
    Bravo Gameloft. :)

  • Iblackdude

    This iPhone gaming thing is becoming SCARY.
    I can't wait to read the HATERS, saying " the iPhone platform is not for real gamers"
    IN YOUR FACE !!!
    Bravo Gameloft. :)

  • James

    Impressive ? Look at number of polygons on characters and texture quality.
    That's by far worst than any console title.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Yes, current-gen consoles have better graphics than portable devices. Care to make any other ridiculously obvious observations?

  • James

    Impressive ? Look at number of polygons on characters and texture quality.
    That's by far worst than any console title.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Yes, current-gen consoles have better graphics than portable devices. Care to make any other ridiculously obvious observations?

  • Endwaro

    Wow i can't wait to get this and imagine the multiplayer.

  • Endwaro

    Wow i can't wait to get this and imagine the multiplayer.

  • Nick

    Will this be fps or third person shooter? Anyhow, gameloft always seems to have something new coming out, which is great! iPhone really is becoming a true portable console. Gameloft needs to make larger maps and more types of multiplayer, like capture the flag. I had mixed feelings on bia 2, because the driving control is terrible! They could not have offerred accelerometer control, like the first one? Also, that game erased all my data. But really looking coward to what gameloft is thinking this year! Hint: Assassins creed clone please! Yes, I know they have an assassins creed, but it is really stupid and cannot have free running all over the city!

  • Nick

    Will this be fps or third person shooter? Anyhow, gameloft always seems to have something new coming out, which is great! iPhone really is becoming a true portable console. Gameloft needs to make larger maps and more types of multiplayer, like capture the flag. I had mixed feelings on bia 2, because the driving control is terrible! They could not have offerred accelerometer control, like the first one? Also, that game erased all my data. But really looking coward to what gameloft is thinking this year! Hint: Assassins creed clone please! Yes, I know they have an assassins creed, but it is really stupid and cannot have free running all over the city!

  • szilard

    very good!!!!!!!!!!

  • szilard

    very good!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason

    It came out today April 1st it's a must get ...............

  • Jason

    It came out today April 1st it's a must get ...............

  • DOO

    NOVA engine !!! I thought it was made from Terminator Salvation engine , another website said that

  • DOO

    NOVA engine !!! I thought it was made from Terminator Salvation engine , another website said that

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