Touch Arcade at GDC met today with Stephane Portha of Eurocenter and had a look at several impressive upcoming iPhone and iPad game titles that will arrive from the studio in the coming months.

Eurocenter is readying an iPhone version of the open source artillery game Scorched 3D developed by Gavin Camp, itself a modern take on the classic, 2D title Scorched Earth. The studio has gotten Camp's blessing on this enhanced iPhone port and, down the road, intends to submit progress made on the iPhone version back to the core project.


Open source PC release

Scorched 3D for the iPhone, like the open source desktop version, is a turn-based game that presents the player with a series of islands to defend by means of highly controllable artillery weaponry. The task at hand is to take the lay of the land and aim your turret at the enemy's tanks as best you can by adjusting the angle, rotation, and power of your ordnance. Cash is earned by successful hits and can be used to purchase a variety of available weapons, including dirt clods, missiles, napalm, and nukes (some, obviously, being more effective than others). Once you've made your adjustments, pull the trigger and your turret, as well as your enemy's, will exchange fire and find out where the carnage will lie.

The iPhone version features a combination of drag-control to manipulate the camera angle and slide-control to turn two onscreen aiming gears. The visuals in the game go beyond the desktop version and, along with the fluidity of the animation on the 3rd Gen iPod touch demo device we previewed, are highly impressive. What's more, iPhone 3GS-class devices feature real-time shadows and shader effects that add to the eye-candy.

Interestingly, the title will be released as two separate games. The first release will feature single-player modes as well as on-line head-to-head action. It will follow the "freemium" pricing model that, in the base release, will offer the full game experience, with an option to pay in to gain more money, islands, and weapons for those wanting to move things along more quickly, as opposed to spending the time required to progress through the game the hard way. A second release will follow, that delivers an MMO-type experience where many players can compete to amass islands, defending them against other players in an ongoing game world. It's really a sort of heaven in your pocket for all the Scorched Earth fans out there.

See our gameplay video for a look at the title in action.

The initial release of Sorched 3D for the iPhone is expected to appear in the App Store in late April. Stay tuned for a closer look when the game goes live.

As for the other titles we previewed from Eurocenter, well, we can't talk about those just yet, but you definitely won't be disappointed. Stay tuned...

  • arhb

    Finally the mother of all games comes to the AppStore.

    • LBG

      Mother of all games? I've never heard of it.

      • http://ifonekit.com bomber

        It was released in the year of the Iraqi War (91), were Saddam said that it is the "The Mother of all Wars". The makers of the game then called it the "Mother of all games" :) In the same year there was also the movie "Hot Shots! The mother of all movies!"

  • arhb

    Finally the mother of all games comes to the AppStore.

    • LBG

      Mother of all games? I've never heard of it.

      • http://ifonekit.com bomber

        It was released in the year of the Iraqi War (91), were Saddam said that it is the "The Mother of all Wars". The makers of the game then called it the "Mother of all games" :) In the same year there was also the movie "Hot Shots! The mother of all movies!"

  • James

    Fantastic article! I can't wait to play it. Eurocenter is really making a good job with Online games.

  • James

    Fantastic article! I can't wait to play it. Eurocenter is really making a good job with Online games.

  • Kamazar

    OHMYGODYES! Spent so much time with this puppy!

  • Kamazar

    OHMYGODYES! Spent so much time with this puppy!

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    We used to play the original Scorched Earth on PC. Such good times and very good gameplay. The nukes were amazing, very expensive but half the screen would vanish into a red plasma of destruction. :)

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    We used to play the original Scorched Earth on PC. Such good times and very good gameplay. The nukes were amazing, very expensive but half the screen would vanish into a red plasma of destruction. :)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    I remember dialing up and downloading this puppy in the early 90's. Took about an hour for what was about a 4mb game.

    Favorite weapon?
    Napalm :D

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    I remember dialing up and downloading this puppy in the early 90's. Took about an hour for what was about a 4mb game.

    Favorite weapon?
    Napalm :D

  • Bobby

    Meh, I've played Scorched 3d on the Mac, or tried to. It's nothing like the original. You can download it for free, its an open source game, and see if you like it.

    Scorched Earth is one of my all time favorite games from the 90s, we used to crowd around my 486 in my dorm room playing it.

    So far, iShoot is the only artillery game (for any platform) that I've found that approaches the awesomeness of Scorched Earth. But, I liked iShoot best before the 2.0 update.

  • Bobby

    Meh, I've played Scorched 3d on the Mac, or tried to. It's nothing like the original. You can download it for free, its an open source game, and see if you like it.

    Scorched Earth is one of my all time favorite games from the 90s, we used to crowd around my 486 in my dorm room playing it.

    So far, iShoot is the only artillery game (for any platform) that I've found that approaches the awesomeness of Scorched Earth. But, I liked iShoot best before the 2.0 update.

  • James

    For me scorched3d is better than the original scorched, what I didn't like in scorched3d was how to target but from the video it look like Eurocenter as found the solution to make it easy.

  • James

    For me scorched3d is better than the original scorched, what I didn't like in scorched3d was how to target but from the video it look like Eurocenter as found the solution to make it easy.

  • VoodoVyper

    Dear TA,

    Please hire a professional gamer to display videos of the games being previewed/reviewed. Nine times out of ten, the person playing the game is god awful at it to the point where I lose interest in watching the video.

    Thanks
    -Concerned TA'er

    • Zuza

      Hey man,
      realize that they're not just playing, they are playing showing the screen to the camera, while themselves have to look at it from the wierd angle. Try this once and realize that even great playing skills in certain game will totally suck.

  • VoodoVyper

    Dear TA,

    Please hire a professional gamer to display videos of the games being previewed/reviewed. Nine times out of ten, the person playing the game is god awful at it to the point where I lose interest in watching the video.

    Thanks
    -Concerned TA'er

    • Zuza

      Hey man,
      realize that they're not just playing, they are playing showing the screen to the camera, while themselves have to look at it from the wierd angle. Try this once and realize that even great playing skills in certain game will totally suck.

  • Deewin

    WeRule was a huge mess outside of the intial "wow" factor. I hope this one fares better!

  • Deewin

    WeRule was a huge mess outside of the intial "wow" factor. I hope this one fares better!

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  • MEssing

    Good game )

  • MEssing

    Good game )