Here at GDC 2010 we had the chance to meet with Benjamin Zuckerer of CipSoft and have a look at the upcoming iPhone version of their popular TibiaME mobile MMO.

TibiaME is an exclusively mobile, top-down 2D MMO that made its debut on Nokia platform devices six years ago and has been growing its community ever since. At present there are approximately 50,000 active players in the game world, which consists of 67 islands, with 16 levels each. The islands exhibit a variety of different terrain types, such as forest, dungeons, ice, and "undead."

TibiaME places the player in the game world as either a warrior or a wizard. The islands of the world are peopled by other online players and a host of enemy characters that range from squirrels to demons -- 56 types in all. There are magic-using boss monsters to contend with, as well. During the demonstration we were given of the pre-release iPhone client, there was no lack of activity in the world, as can be seen in our demo video.

While the iPhone version of the game client ties into the same game world that has been running these six years, it is a complete, ground-up rewrite that has been under development for a year and a half. The 20x20-pixel character graphics of previous versions of the game have been redrawn at a rather more detailed 50x50 pixels for the iPhone version, a new user interface has been implemented, and fight sequence animations have been added to the mix, as well.

The iPhone release will make its debut mid-year and follow the "freemium" price model. The base release can be downloaded free of charge and offers two (of the total 67) islands to explore. Characters playing in this mode are limited to a maximum of level 20 experience. Those wanting to experience the full game world can buy play time in blocks of one (5 euros) or 4 months (12 euros). Any character that has been built up in the pay model will retain all stats in the event an unrenewed block of time, but will be unable to level higher without the purchase of additional play time. The developer estimates that the base, free play experience delivers about one month of engaging play for the typical user.

To keep the game fresh, the developer has been in the practice of releasing a series of updates over the course of a year: 12 small that alter various game details, and 2 large, bringing new features and notable enhancements.

The only stand-out negative we saw about the title is its complete lack of any in-game music or sound effects. The iPhone version will allow the user to play tracks from their iTunes song library, however. And, of course, the main stand-out positive is the six years the game has been live and the sizable community that has grown within it, a most iPhone MMO's can't point to.

See our gameplay video for a look at the action in the pre-release client.

TibiaME for the iPhone is expected to debut mid-2010. Additional screenshots of the game can be seen at CipSoft's TibiaME Facebook page.

  • http://www.xplaye.com Javier Mateos

    Amazing! I've been playing the pc version Tibia for almost 10 years now and well i hope this game could also be supported by the itouch! :)

    • http://www.tibiame.com Isolan

      Yes, the client will be available for the iPod Touch as well.

    • BAMMM`

      ITS CALLED AN IPOD TOUCH NOT AN ITOUCH DAMNIT!

  • http://www.xplaye.com Javier Mateos

    Amazing! I've been playing the pc version Tibia for almost 10 years now and well i hope this game could also be supported by the itouch! :)

    • http://www.tibiame.com Isolan

      Yes, the client will be available for the iPod Touch as well.

    • BAMMM`

      ITS CALLED AN IPOD TOUCH NOT AN ITOUCH DAMNIT!

  • I'm just Trolling

    I used to play Tibia for PC, but updates and botters just ruined the game. It was a great MMORPG

  • I'm just Trolling

    I used to play Tibia for PC, but updates and botters just ruined the game. It was a great MMORPG

  • dumas1000

    I'm not paying subscription rates from an MMO that looks like this. An 8-bit MMO. Oh, people will, I'm sure. There already is a free 8-bit MMO that seems reasonable popular. Give me a 3-D MMO, and I might pay. As of yet, no 3-D MMO has worked particularly well on the iphone. It remains to be seen if something that is truly World of Warcraft-like can be achieved on the iphone. Making it is one thing. A few have tried. Making it and making it stable, well, that's where those who have tried have failed. Perhaps it's not possible. And, if it isn't, I won't lose any sleep.

    • Getowned

      A game isnt about looks, retard. A game with a stable 6 year community and good gameplay could well beat an unstable 3D MMO, easily. I dont know what it is with people just looking at a game and comparing its graphics to WOW- "An 8-bit MMO".
      The only reason you will lose sleep is because of your lack of ability at playing games.

  • dumas1000

    I'm not paying subscription rates from an MMO that looks like this. An 8-bit MMO. Oh, people will, I'm sure. There already is a free 8-bit MMO that seems reasonable popular. Give me a 3-D MMO, and I might pay. As of yet, no 3-D MMO has worked particularly well on the iphone. It remains to be seen if something that is truly World of Warcraft-like can be achieved on the iphone. Making it is one thing. A few have tried. Making it and making it stable, well, that's where those who have tried have failed. Perhaps it's not possible. And, if it isn't, I won't lose any sleep.

  • Whosatm

    What took them so long?! I loved Tibia on PC, but Cipsoft ruined it because of the botters...

    • Jonas

      Sure, of course it was CipSoft who "ruined" it, and not those players who cheated with bots. ;)

  • Whosatm

    What took them so long?! I loved Tibia on PC, but Cipsoft ruined it because of the botters...

    • Jonas

      Sure, of course it was CipSoft who "ruined" it, and not those players who cheated with bots. ;)

  • John

    I used to play tibia on the PC, but it grew too big and the updates while adding lots of interesting content, killed a lot of what made the game fun for me. The PC version is better than any 3D mmo i have played though if it werent for botters and overpopulation and nerfed PVP.

  • John

    I used to play tibia on the PC, but it grew too big and the updates while adding lots of interesting content, killed a lot of what made the game fun for me. The PC version is better than any 3D mmo i have played though if it werent for botters and overpopulation and nerfed PVP.

  • BazookaTime

    I think this looks really good. It seems like they are giving enough free play to let the player decide if they want to pay a sub fee or not.

  • BazookaTime

    I think this looks really good. It seems like they are giving enough free play to let the player decide if they want to pay a sub fee or not.

  • http://www.tibiame.com Benjamin Zuckerer

    A little correction- Thema game hast Gott 9 themed islands at the moment. It was pretty loud at the Lobby...

  • http://www.tibiame.com Benjamin Zuckerer

    A little correction- Thema game hast Gott 9 themed islands at the moment. It was pretty loud at the Lobby...

  • ChrisF

    I'd like to see a much better interface, both landscape and portrait. That "game pad" looking thing looks quite ugly. Though, I'm not really one that should demand.

    I probably will play it, depending on the graphics. I don't see anything wrong with a 2D rpg where it doesn't drain your battery. Some of us have iPT's, and we're still part of the community.

  • ChrisF

    I'd like to see a much better interface, both landscape and portrait. That "game pad" looking thing looks quite ugly. Though, I'm not really one that should demand.

    I probably will play it, depending on the graphics. I don't see anything wrong with a 2D rpg where it doesn't drain your battery. Some of us have iPT's, and we're still part of the community.

  • Johnny

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  • Gates

    Looks absolutely terrible

  • Gates

    Looks absolutely terrible

  • http://phidinh.co.uk Phi Dinh

    Guys,
    50,000 active players.
    That alone cancels out all minor points with the UI.

  • http://phidinh.co.uk Phi Dinh

    Guys,
    50,000 active players.
    That alone cancels out all minor points with the UI.

  • Arcania

    I played tibia for years and thought they had droped their mobile app long ago. As for people saying they quit the pc version because of botters, CIP finially stepped up their game and created a tool to stop the botters. But with other recent changes they have distroyed the community asspect that use to make tibia fun. No longer can you 'war' on pvp, you can now trade worlds and i think even pay to change your name. Its a sad sad thing
    Anika

  • Arcania

    I played tibia for years and thought they had droped their mobile app long ago. As for people saying they quit the pc version because of botters, CIP finially stepped up their game and created a tool to stop the botters. But with other recent changes they have distroyed the community asspect that use to make tibia fun. No longer can you 'war' on pvp, you can now trade worlds and i think even pay to change your name. Its a sad sad thing
    Anika

  • Dldaniel

    I just want to correct you in one thing. The guy on the video said 6 to 7 islands, not 67 islands. That makes a bit of a difference

  • Dldaniel

    I just want to correct you in one thing. The guy on the video said 6 to 7 islands, not 67 islands. That makes a bit of a difference

  • http://www.tibiame.com Benjamin Zuckerer

    The Client shown in the video is still at an early development stage - so the ui and graphics are not final yet.

  • http://www.tibiame.com Benjamin Zuckerer

    The Client shown in the video is still at an early development stage - so the ui and graphics are not final yet.

  • Dragonslayer

    WoW this version looks amazing.

    I am really looking forward to play it

  • Dragonslayer

    WoW this version looks amazing.

    I am really looking forward to play it

  • Essam.semsem

    wow. Good job cipcoft. I play this game for 2 years until now. Honestly , for me: it is the best online game for mobile i have seen. Many islands. So many beautiful items . Monsters. In fact so much fun i have found in this game since i start play it. For me its better than any 3d onile mobile game.
    However , i eagrly waiting the hi.res client. Hope my wait end soon. :)

  • Essam.semsem

    wow. Good job cipcoft. I play this game for 2 years until now. Honestly , for me: it is the best online game for mobile i have seen. Many islands. So many beautiful items . Monsters. In fact so much fun i have found in this game since i start play it. For me its better than any 3d onile mobile game.
    However , i eagrly waiting the hi.res client. Hope my wait end soon. :)

  • miro

    download tibiame ipod touch?

  • miro

    download tibiame ipod touch?

  • Loneboyz

    Essam.essam i am agree with you, TibiaME is the best mmorpg for mobile phone.

  • Loneboyz

    Essam.essam i am agree with you, TibiaME is the best mmorpg for mobile phone.

  • miro

    nokia 5800 on tibiame download ok.... apple iphone and ipod touch on tibiame download sad yes....

  • miro

    nokia 5800 on tibiame download ok.... apple iphone and ipod touch on tibiame download sad yes....

  • Izbar

    Is there anything close to a release date being talked about?
    And does anyone know apart from the pvp if there is anything done together as groups like raiding in WoW?

  • Izbar

    Is there anything close to a release date being talked about?
    And does anyone know apart from the pvp if there is anything done together as groups like raiding in WoW?

  • Essam.semsem

    Hi.res client for iphone. Among other hi.res clients will be released so soon . Gms in the game offcial site sayed that : hi.res client will be released after tibiame spring update. . And the spring upadte has been released on 11 may . So according to gms says . We can wait the hi.res clients maximumly in 1st week of coming julay 2010. . . It even can be released this june. . . At lest that what i hope ;)

  • Essam.semsem

    Hi.res client for iphone. Among other hi.res clients will be released so soon . Gms in the game offcial site sayed that : hi.res client will be released after tibiame spring update. . And the spring upadte has been released on 11 may . So according to gms says . We can wait the hi.res clients maximumly in 1st week of coming julay 2010. . . It even can be released this june. . . At lest that what i hope ;)

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  • miro

    New TibiaME ipa Download?....

  • miro

    New TibiaME ipa Download?....

  • Rodrigo Pinheiro

    how can i download this app for my ipod touch??

  • Bluemario1999

    U should put houses in it