Ever since we first saw the game at our iPhone Launch Party at WWDC 2009, we've been dying to get our hands on Freeverse's galactic conquest and trading game Warpgate. When I visited Freeverse's Brooklyn studio back in February, they showed me a build of the game running on a large-screen dev station to demonstrate the high-res textures that have been in place through the whole development process. I was impressed.

Early this month, Warpgate HD [App Store] for the iPad landed, putting those high-res textures to good use, but leaving those without an iPad drifting still onward through the cold vacuum of space that is anticipation.

Well, at long last, late last night Freeverse beamed us all back aboard when Warpgate for the iPhone finally rendezvoused with the App Store [link]. (We could almost hear "The Blue Danube" playing in the background...)

Despite the iPad version making its debut two weeks earlier, iPhone space traders shouldn't feel like second class citizens -- the iPhone was always the target platform for this title. Those considering blasting-off should have a look at our review of Warpgate HD (spoiler: we loved it).

App Store Link: Warpgate, $4.99

  • Druid

    The screenshot looks amazing but the gameplay video is just...dull

  • Druid

    The screenshot looks amazing but the gameplay video is just...dull

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Still waiting for Frontier for iPhone. Maybe one day David Barben will do this miracle...

    • Eagle Mk III

      I agree. Frontier/Elite IV would be awesome. Dave Braben's never gonna do it though.

      X3 is kinda cool like Frontier though

    • TKO

      Yeah, David's style is more to spend years promising it, then come out with a bug-ridden mess. :p

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Still waiting for Frontier for iPhone. Maybe one day David Barben will do this miracle...

    • Eagle Mk III

      I agree. Frontier/Elite IV would be awesome. Dave Braben's never gonna do it though.

      X3 is kinda cool like Frontier though

    • TKO

      Yeah, David's style is more to spend years promising it, then come out with a bug-ridden mess. :p

  • Jyankee30

    This game is seriously great. I would advocate for this game to be at least tried by sci-fi fans, rpg fans, and fans who enjoyed space miner. It is similar to space miner in it's wide appeal but very unique and much more technically stunning.

  • Jyankee30

    This game is seriously great. I would advocate for this game to be at least tried by sci-fi fans, rpg fans, and fans who enjoyed space miner. It is similar to space miner in it's wide appeal but very unique and much more technically stunning.

  • http://clicksforcollege.com Allan

    I do kind of wish the trailer told you what you could do in the game.

  • http://clicksforcollege.com Allan

    I do kind of wish the trailer told you what you could do in the game.

  • drone9

    Please find a way to make iPad and iPhone savegames sync.

  • drone9

    Please find a way to make iPad and iPhone savegames sync.

  • JMelrose

    LOL. "The citizens of Toucharcadia are holding a day of celebration for Emperor Arn." Nice. (News on Tutorion 1)

  • JMelrose

    LOL. "The citizens of Toucharcadia are holding a day of celebration for Emperor Arn." Nice. (News on Tutorion 1)

  • noah

    I want combat to be more interactive. Being able to control WHERE your ship is flying is key, not have it just fly around in circles.

    Take a look at the combat system in EVE: Online for ideas.

    • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

      We have a 1.1 update in review that adds a new combat system. I've been talking about it in the forums.

      It uses accelerometer to control your ships heading and has a divert app power from the weapons to the shields system.

      The result of this is you can dodge enemy fire and flak them, as well as heal yourself with the cost of not doing damage.

      • Anubis

        Sweet! Can't wait to try that out. Is this 1.1 for phone or ipad or both?

      • jason

        looking forward to this, should round out the game to be an amazing mobile experience

  • noah

    I want combat to be more interactive. Being able to control WHERE your ship is flying is key, not have it just fly around in circles.

    Take a look at the combat system in EVE: Online for ideas.

    • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

      We have a 1.1 update in review that adds a new combat system. I've been talking about it in the forums.

      It uses accelerometer to control your ships heading and has a divert app power from the weapons to the shields system.

      The result of this is you can dodge enemy fire and flak them, as well as heal yourself with the cost of not doing damage.

      • Anubis

        Sweet! Can't wait to try that out. Is this 1.1 for phone or ipad or both?

      • jason

        looking forward to this, should round out the game to be an amazing mobile experience

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    This game is a ton of fun.

  • http://www.brianrubin.net Brian

    This game is a ton of fun.

  • kevlar

    @ drone9, I was wondering if there would be a way. The iphone gamesave system is crap anyway, I once removed a few apps to make some space for more music for a holiday not realizing that all game save data would not be there when I put the games back on hence lost many hours of gameplay.

    • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

      We are researching a way to do this.

      The problem is file size.

      Warpgate saves are rather large. 200K in size.

      That might not sound big, but think about if you are on the Edge network. That could be a 5 minute upload.

      But we have some ideas. It would be a free update too.

      • Jindo Fox

        Hippieman, that would be great and might even help your sales. I would love to have an on-the-go version of Warpgate, and was even thinking how I might justify buying both apps to myself -- maybe play the iPad version as a good guy, and the iPhone as a pirate?

        It makes me smile to think that 200K is a "large" savegame but I hope you can work out something.

        Love the game!

  • kevlar

    @ drone9, I was wondering if there would be a way. The iphone gamesave system is crap anyway, I once removed a few apps to make some space for more music for a holiday not realizing that all game save data would not be there when I put the games back on hence lost many hours of gameplay.

    • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

      We are researching a way to do this.

      The problem is file size.

      Warpgate saves are rather large. 200K in size.

      That might not sound big, but think about if you are on the Edge network. That could be a 5 minute upload.

      But we have some ideas. It would be a free update too.

      • Jindo Fox

        Hippieman, that would be great and might even help your sales. I would love to have an on-the-go version of Warpgate, and was even thinking how I might justify buying both apps to myself -- maybe play the iPad version as a good guy, and the iPhone as a pirate?

        It makes me smile to think that 200K is a "large" savegame but I hope you can work out something.

        Love the game!

  • TK1420

    I'm enjoying it so far. It has a lot in it that I enjoyed in Space Miner and Dark Nova.

  • TK1420

    I'm enjoying it so far. It has a lot in it that I enjoyed in Space Miner and Dark Nova.

  • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

    @Anubis 1.1 is for both. I don't know which will make it through review first.

  • http://www.freeverse.com Hippieman

    @Anubis 1.1 is for both. I don't know which will make it through review first.

  • ZildjianKX

    I'd buy it if it was a Universal app and had save sync, but I don't feel like buying it twice.

  • ZildjianKX

    I'd buy it if it was a Universal app and had save sync, but I don't feel like buying it twice.

  • Dark NRG

    I was waiting and searchin on the app store frequently for this game since last year.
    I can't believe there no online play. Is that right? Wasn't there supposed to be? I am soooooo dissapointed!!!!! Forget it, my modern expectations for my standard of living entails online play with other humans. Period.

  • Dark NRG

    I was waiting and searchin on the app store frequently for this game since last year.
    I can't believe there no online play. Is that right? Wasn't there supposed to be? I am soooooo dissapointed!!!!! Forget it, my modern expectations for my standard of living entails online play with other humans. Period.

  • Adam

    "The citizens of Toucharcadia are holding a day of celebration for Emperor Arn."

    It sounds like Touch Arcade has managed to make its way into Warpgate!

  • Adam

    "The citizens of Toucharcadia are holding a day of celebration for Emperor Arn."

    It sounds like Touch Arcade has managed to make its way into Warpgate!

  • devitus

    Ahh, bummer. Thought it was an MMO.

  • devitus

    Ahh, bummer. Thought it was an MMO.

  • Anonymous

    MMOs suck anyway I'm glad it isn't one.

  • Anonymous

    MMOs suck anyway I'm glad it isn't one.

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    Any videos that AREN'T the same old ones we've been seeing since last year? :3 Maybe some hand-on videos? That'd be nice to see ^^; Post some please.

    • http://clicksforcollege.com Allan

      Yes, that'd be nice for a lot of people I think. (I bought it despite the bland video) It's awesome.

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    Any videos that AREN'T the same old ones we've been seeing since last year? :3 Maybe some hand-on videos? That'd be nice to see ^^; Post some please.

    • http://clicksforcollege.com Allan

      Yes, that'd be nice for a lot of people I think. (I bought it despite the bland video) It's awesome.

  • Micah

    Or you could not be so lazy and expect everyone else to make one and do it yourself.

  • Micah

    Or you could not be so lazy and expect everyone else to make one and do it yourself.

  • Jonathan

    This game has the longest tutorial i have ever gone through!?

    • Anonymous

      You must not have played a lot of games then.

  • Jonathan

    This game has the longest tutorial i have ever gone through!?

    • Anonymous

      You must not have played a lot of games then.

  • jason

    It would be good if we could synch across the iPad and the iTouch, I had to return my Wi-Fi iPad because of the poor Wi-Fi at my campus, but will be getting a 3G soon.

  • jason

    It would be good if we could synch across the iPad and the iTouch, I had to return my Wi-Fi iPad because of the poor Wi-Fi at my campus, but will be getting a 3G soon.

  • Dino

    I've been waiting for this game for months, and having spent a couple hours with it, here's my one-word review: awesome. It's one of the best games on the iPhone, period.
    Hippieman, you guys rock. Thanks for an amazing game.

  • Dino

    I've been waiting for this game for months, and having spent a couple hours with it, here's my one-word review: awesome. It's one of the best games on the iPhone, period.
    Hippieman, you guys rock. Thanks for an amazing game.

  • Mr.Peanut

    Is the game world 2D or 3D? Nowhere is this mentioned.

    • devitus

      It is 3d as to the graphics, but ship can only be controlled in 2 dimensions.

      • Mr.Peanut

        Bummer!

  • Mr.Peanut

    Is the game world 2D or 3D? Nowhere is this mentioned.

    • devitus

      It is 3d as to the graphics, but ship can only be controlled in 2 dimensions.

      • Mr.Peanut

        Bummer!