Secret Exit just released some full-size screenshots and details about their iPad-followup title Zen Bound 2. The game is, of course, a followup to their highly acclaimed Zen Bound puzzle game where the goal is to paint wooden sculptures by wrapping them in rope.

Secret Exit reports three goals for Zen Bound 2: "to make it more accessible, more beautiful, and it had to justify itself as a sequel with new gameplay." The new version of the game includes more levels of shorter length offering a larger variety of themes and gameplay modes. Visuals are enhanced with new textures, reflections/shadows and dynamic shift. Finally, they've included a new game element called "paint bombs".

Features include:

  • Over 100 levels in nine Trees
  • New gameplay modes with paint bombs
  • Highly detailed visuals, gorgeous on the iPad screen
  • New Ghost Monkey music (total soundtrack 45 mins)
  • All levels from the original Zen Bound, all with visual upgrades, some with new gameplay
  • New levelsets include the Tree of Tribute, featuring guest stars from other independently developed iPhone games
  • Here are some full-size screenshots of the new game (click to view):


    Zen Bound 2 is available for $7.99. Obviously, we haven't had time to try the iPad version first hand quite yet, but we loved the original. It'll be on the top of our list come Saturday.

    App Store Link: Zen Bound 2, $7.99 (iPad Only)

  • Squeaker

    Looks sweet, but wouldn't it be very difficult to wrap ropes on such a big screen?

    • JCat

      Difficult to wrap simulated string around a less then 10" space? Sounds like it will feel more natural than ever.

  • Squeaker

    Looks sweet, but wouldn't it be very difficult to wrap ropes on such a big screen?

    • JCat

      Difficult to wrap simulated string around a less then 10" space? Sounds like it will feel more natural than ever.

  • http://www.illusionlabs.com Anders

    Looks great, really crisp! And that Touchgrind board is sweet! :P

    • http://www.secretexit.com Frand

      Whoever said rope and skateboards don't mix? :)

  • http://www.illusionlabs.com Anders

    Looks great, really crisp! And that Touchgrind board is sweet! :P

    • http://www.secretexit.com Frand

      Whoever said rope and skateboards don't mix? :)

  • Scott

    And where is the iphone version???

    I remember TA reporting that the iphone version would probably drop first.

    I checked their site and they make no mention of it.

    I hope all these developers like EA and Secret exit, etc. don't forget about the ipod and iphone owners so fast, the ones who have buttered their bread for the past 2 years. Release both!

    • arn

      iPhone version said to be in the works.

  • Scott

    And where is the iphone version???

    I remember TA reporting that the iphone version would probably drop first.

    I checked their site and they make no mention of it.

    I hope all these developers like EA and Secret exit, etc. don't forget about the ipod and iphone owners so fast, the ones who have buttered their bread for the past 2 years. Release both!

    • arn

      iPhone version said to be in the works.

  • epoverb1

    Is there a way to separate out the iPad reviews to another section or something?

    I'm also feeling like there is more attention being paid to the iPad right now than the iPhone on this site (although I haven't done a count of which gets more attention in any way). It makes sense given that the iPad is about to be released, but it really feels like the iPhone is being neglected. I hate to see my interest in the website wane, which it is.

    • SalsaMD

      yawn... change will come in time. Relax.

    • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

      I feel the same way. I own an iPhone 3G S and I constantly refer to this site for the latest app reviews, sales, etc. Lately I've been seeing so much stuff for the iPad it's ridiculous. Sure, it's a new Apple product and everyone's excited (except me), but let's take this into consideration:
      Almost EVERY app being released for the iPad has been raved about and reviewed. New and exciting apps are coming out for the iPod Touch and iPhone but you don't see every single one making the front page do you? It's like the pocket iDevices are old-hat! Personally, I haven't heard hide nor hair of Small World until now, and many people can agree that Dungeon Hunter isn't exactly the greatest RPG. Did you guys know Mario Bros is supposedly in the making for the iPod touch and iPhone? Why hasn't there been coverage about it?
      Respect, I say. Respect the elder devices! :P

      • arn

        "Did you guys know Mario Bros is supposedly in the making for the iPod touch and iPhone? Why hasn't there been coverage about it?"

        because it's not true?

      • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

        It was on msnbc or something... Go look for yourself.

      • arn

        oh ok.

  • epoverb1

    Is there a way to separate out the iPad reviews to another section or something?

    I'm also feeling like there is more attention being paid to the iPad right now than the iPhone on this site (although I haven't done a count of which gets more attention in any way). It makes sense given that the iPad is about to be released, but it really feels like the iPhone is being neglected. I hate to see my interest in the website wane, which it is.

    • SalsaMD

      yawn... change will come in time. Relax.

    • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

      I feel the same way. I own an iPhone 3G S and I constantly refer to this site for the latest app reviews, sales, etc. Lately I've been seeing so much stuff for the iPad it's ridiculous. Sure, it's a new Apple product and everyone's excited (except me), but let's take this into consideration:
      Almost EVERY app being released for the iPad has been raved about and reviewed. New and exciting apps are coming out for the iPod Touch and iPhone but you don't see every single one making the front page do you? It's like the pocket iDevices are old-hat! Personally, I haven't heard hide nor hair of Small World until now, and many people can agree that Dungeon Hunter isn't exactly the greatest RPG. Did you guys know Mario Bros is supposedly in the making for the iPod touch and iPhone? Why hasn't there been coverage about it?
      Respect, I say. Respect the elder devices! :P

      • arn

        "Did you guys know Mario Bros is supposedly in the making for the iPod touch and iPhone? Why hasn't there been coverage about it?"

        because it's not true?

      • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

        It was on msnbc or something... Go look for yourself.

      • arn

        oh ok.

  • Chaos215bar2

    While I'm sure the developer puts a lot of effort into making each version of this work great on it's intended platform, having 3 separate versions just doesn't work for me. I don't want to buy version 1 for iPhone because version 2 with OpenGL 2 effects is coming as a paid upgrade. I don't want to buy this version because it won't work on my phone. Unless they combine iPhone version 2 into this one, I won't want to buy that either because it won't work on my iPad. In the end, I don't end up buying anything because each version limits my options, even though I really like the lite version.

    At the very least, the iPad version could work everywhere. Does the App store allow discount upgrades if the developer wants? If so, the iPhone version could be a little cheaper, and then you pay the difference if you later decide you want the iPad version.

    • http://www.secretexit.com Frand

      Zen Bound 2 is currently only available on the iPad. This is a new game with new gameplay mechanics, graphics, levels and soundtrack. It is an improvement over the previous game in every way.

      All the textures and details in the game are designed for the iPad screen, and would look blurry and bland if simply scaled down to iPhone resolution.

      For Zen Bound 2, it requires much additional work to make different versions of the game look their best on each device, and each version requires its own textures and other graphic elements. If all different device data was stuffed into a single package, it would needlessly bloat the file size for the majority of the customers, and probably triple the needed development time (and significantly raise the costs!) to have a polished game ready.

  • Chaos215bar2

    While I'm sure the developer puts a lot of effort into making each version of this work great on it's intended platform, having 3 separate versions just doesn't work for me. I don't want to buy version 1 for iPhone because version 2 with OpenGL 2 effects is coming as a paid upgrade. I don't want to buy this version because it won't work on my phone. Unless they combine iPhone version 2 into this one, I won't want to buy that either because it won't work on my iPad. In the end, I don't end up buying anything because each version limits my options, even though I really like the lite version.

    At the very least, the iPad version could work everywhere. Does the App store allow discount upgrades if the developer wants? If so, the iPhone version could be a little cheaper, and then you pay the difference if you later decide you want the iPad version.

    • http://www.secretexit.com Frand

      Zen Bound 2 is currently only available on the iPad. This is a new game with new gameplay mechanics, graphics, levels and soundtrack. It is an improvement over the previous game in every way.

      All the textures and details in the game are designed for the iPad screen, and would look blurry and bland if simply scaled down to iPhone resolution.

      For Zen Bound 2, it requires much additional work to make different versions of the game look their best on each device, and each version requires its own textures and other graphic elements. If all different device data was stuffed into a single package, it would needlessly bloat the file size for the majority of the customers, and probably triple the needed development time (and significantly raise the costs!) to have a polished game ready.

  • zztfox

    As long as we get new levels (and paint bombs) either as an update or in a sequal to the IPHONE/TOUCH, I will be fine.

  • zztfox

    As long as we get new levels (and paint bombs) either as an update or in a sequal to the IPHONE/TOUCH, I will be fine.