We sat down with the guys from The Binary Mill late Friday evening at GDC to check out their upcoming shooter, Assault Squadron. The most immediately noticeable feature about the game is the insane frame rate it all runs at, and the developers insist that it even runs at a solid 60 FPS even on the 1st generation iPod touch. These performance levels are important, especially as the game increases in difficulty and you find yourself in "bullet hell," as the developers put it.

The twist of Assault Squadron comes from the two gameplay modes the various levels alternate between. While playing through the game, you'll go through a level where it plays like a vertical shooter with your phone held in portrait mode. Following that, the game might alternate to a horizontal side scrolling level. With each transition you see different sides of both your ship and enemies, and the gameplay feels slightly different as well.

Other than that, Assault Squadron comes with everything you could possibly want in a shooter. There's a crazy scoring system with multipliers galore (and online leaderboards via Crystal), four different ships that all handle differently with their own unique weapon systems, upgrades everywhere, and best yet-- Control options that should satisfy everyone between the on-screen touch controls, a virtual joystick, and tilt.

Take a look at the recently release gameplay trailer:

The developers have mentioned they still have balancing a bug fixing to do, but hope to have Assault Squadron on the App Store sometime this spring. For more information on the game, take a look at the thread on our forums which is home to quite a ton of Assault Squadron media.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Wow. That looks top notch. I'm pretty sure the team on this is not that big, so... wow. :)

    • http://www.cheap-ralphlaurenpoloshirts.com big pony polo

      Looks amazing, I just hope the music is also awsome

    • http://www.cheap-ralphlaurenpoloshirts.com big pony polo

      Looks amazing, I just hope the music is also awsome

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Wow. That looks top notch. I'm pretty sure the team on this is not that big, so... wow. :)

  • Dark_Messenger

    Yummy! Reminds of r-type and life force! If they somehow manage to make decent controls on this puppy its a instabuy.

  • Dark_Messenger

    Yummy! Reminds of r-type and life force! If they somehow manage to make decent controls on this puppy its a instabuy.

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

    Everything seems great ...except the soundtrack.
    But will definitely get it, since I'm still waiting for the perfect iPhone shooter.

    • Zastro

      Wow, that music is.... terrible. Hopefully it will support custom soundtracks.

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

    Everything seems great ...except the soundtrack.
    But will definitely get it, since I'm still waiting for the perfect iPhone shooter.

    • Zastro

      Wow, that music is.... terrible. Hopefully it will support custom soundtracks.

  • Citsade

    thats a big ship for a bullet hell game. Hope they do it right and make a hitbox smaller than the ship

    • FurryKing

      It's not a bullet hell game. I saw bullets. But no hell.

      It's just a more intense shmup. Like say Einhander where there was a lot going on but the screen wasn't filled with bullets were navigating through them becomes not unlike a maze. That's a bullet hell game.

  • Citsade

    thats a big ship for a bullet hell game. Hope they do it right and make a hitbox smaller than the ship

    • FurryKing

      It's not a bullet hell game. I saw bullets. But no hell.

      It's just a more intense shmup. Like say Einhander where there was a lot going on but the screen wasn't filled with bullets were navigating through them becomes not unlike a maze. That's a bullet hell game.

  • Bosconian

    Looks very good. Definitely interested, although I haven't truly enjoyed a shmup since Blazing Lazers on TG16 (my all time favorite).

  • Bosconian

    Looks very good. Definitely interested, although I haven't truly enjoyed a shmup since Blazing Lazers on TG16 (my all time favorite).

  • Tkun

    Looks amazing, I just hope the music within that trailer is not the actual music in-game.

  • Tkun

    Looks amazing, I just hope the music within that trailer is not the actual music in-game.

  • Finch

    I like to see "60 fps" stated as a feature. I'm sick of iphone games running like crap.

    • Zastro

      Agreed 100%. Frame rate is king for most games, and most iPhone games barely manage 20fps.

  • Finch

    I like to see "60 fps" stated as a feature. I'm sick of iphone games running like crap.

    • Zastro

      Agreed 100%. Frame rate is king for most games, and most iPhone games barely manage 20fps.

  • 14

    Looks awesome. I'll buy it the day it goes live.

  • 14

    Looks awesome. I'll buy it the day it goes live.

  • spiffyone

    Bullet hell. Hori and vert in one (memories of LifeForce). 60 fps even on 1st "gen" touch.

    *drools

  • spiffyone

    Bullet hell. Hori and vert in one (memories of LifeForce). 60 fps even on 1st "gen" touch.

    *drools

  • http://www.pololacoste.com lacoste polo

    although I haven't truly enjoyed a shmup since Blazing Lazers on TG16 lacoste polo (edit profile)

  • http://www.cheap-lacostepoloshirts.co.uk lacoste polo

    I'm still waiting for the perfect iPhone shooter.

  • http://www.guccishoesmenss.com womens gucci shoes

    Many thanks for posting this information, I do not know about anybody else, but I can totally make use of it.

  • Anonymous

    Assault Squadron' en I think It's a very nice game!
    Do you think so.. HAHAH