The original Missile Command was released to arcades in 1980, and aside from being played by John Connor in Terminator 2, Missile Command has provided a solid core gameplay element which has been either the direct inspiration of evolved upon in far too many video games than I could even attempt to list-- Also, it just so happens that this gameplay mechanic works fantastic with the touchscreen of iOS devices, which explains why so many developers are eager to take their shot at a Missile Defense inspired game.

Fishlabs, the guys behind Rally Master Pro 3D [$4.99], Galaxy on Fire 3D [$2.99 / Free] (as well as its sequel) and many other games are soon bringing Earth Defender to the App Store. Earth Defender puts players to the task of, well, defending Earth. An array of aliens are attacking, and you've got to drop strategically placed bombs up in space for them to run in to and blow up. Enemies that explode will also cause chain reactions of explosions to other nearby enemies often creating massive and often unintentional screen-clearing combos.

Fishlabs mixes things up a bit with some fantastic graphics, cool sound effects, and multiple enemy types that require you to either tap them directly to fire a laser from Earth in order to destroy them, or tap and hold to fire a concentrated beam in some instances. Power-ups are plentiful which modify your default bombs in to having additional effects, such as the lightning bomb which seems to chain easier. Like any good Missile Defense game, there are also bigger bombs that clear the entire screen which are initiated by shaking your device.

You can see how all these things go together in the following gameplay video:

One final thing, and probably my favorite thing about Earth Defender is the introduction of bosses that take up the whole screen. Nothing makes a space game (or really any game) better than absolutely gigantic boss battles. Earth Defender is coming soon, and we will post more information as we hear it from Fishlabs. In the meantime, if you're like me and somehow can still have fun playing Missile Command style games 30 years later, make sure Earth Defender is on your App Store watch list.

  • http://projectnext.info Lucas

    I've been following FISHLABS from their very first java games, and this is the most unrelated FISHLABS thing I've seen coming from them. Why did this happen? I mean... they did great in FPS, Racing and Spacial Action games (GOF)... but this is somehow very casual for them... I thought they were always heading to the hardcore style.

    What happened? Why this change?

    • http://www.twitchfactor.com Twitchfactor

      Doesn't look "casual" to me. A sci-fi / abstract / shooter is "casual"???

      • http://projectnext.info Lucas

        Well... I don't think it has something to do with it... Space Invaders and Galaxy on Fire are the same thematic...

  • http://projectnext.info Lucas

    I've been following FISHLABS from their very first java games, and this is the most unrelated FISHLABS thing I've seen coming from them. Why did this happen? I mean... they did great in FPS, Racing and Spacial Action games (GOF)... but this is somehow very casual for them... I thought they were always heading to the hardcore style.

    What happened? Why this change?

    • http://www.twitchfactor.com Twitchfactor

      Doesn't look "casual" to me. A sci-fi / abstract / shooter is "casual"???

      • http://projectnext.info Lucas

        Well... I don't think it has something to do with it... Space Invaders and Galaxy on Fire are the same thematic...

  • araczynski

    love the audio in the trailer, will put this on the inevitable ipad wait list.

  • araczynski

    love the audio in the trailer, will put this on the inevitable ipad wait list.

  • HerbertKornfeld

    No mention of the original game's inexplicable disappearance from the App Store?

    • Lord Gek

      So I wasn't going crazy as I know I even REVIEWED this game 6 months ago or so (maybe there are some new elements in it now but the video is showing stuff all in the original game)!

  • HerbertKornfeld

    No mention of the original game's inexplicable disappearance from the App Store?

    • Lord Gek

      So I wasn't going crazy as I know I even REVIEWED this game 6 months ago or so (maybe there are some new elements in it now but the video is showing stuff all in the original game)!

  • KrakeN72

    'Earth Defender' reminds me a lot of a very similar game that I bought last year - Bomb Commander by ANIMA Entertainment. Just tried to look for it, BC isn't in the app store, not on AppShopper either. Google or YouTube it though and you'll find lots of links/videos.

    • Lord Gek

      Right, not sure if there is some added elements but what was shown in the movie is IDENTICAL to Bomb Commander. If not from the same company are they both based on some identical web game?

  • KrakeN72

    'Earth Defender' reminds me a lot of a very similar game that I bought last year - Bomb Commander by ANIMA Entertainment. Just tried to look for it, BC isn't in the app store, not on AppShopper either. Google or YouTube it though and you'll find lots of links/videos.

    • Lord Gek

      Right, not sure if there is some added elements but what was shown in the movie is IDENTICAL to Bomb Commander. If not from the same company are they both based on some identical web game?

  • CyrilSneer

    Because just tapping stuff is fun...

    Wake me up when someone makes something with real gameplay for iPhone..
    Please let R-Type not had a dodgy frame rate and crap controls!

  • CyrilSneer

    Because just tapping stuff is fun...

    Wake me up when someone makes something with real gameplay for iPhone..
    Please let R-Type not had a dodgy frame rate and crap controls!

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN APPROVED.

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN APPROVED.

  • http://www.fishlabs.net Fishlabs

    Hi Guys,

    Earth Defender was developed by Anima Entertainment and we are re-publishing the title as we truly believe this is a great game that deserves some more attention ;-)

    Cheers,
    Michael

  • http://www.fishlabs.net Fishlabs

    Hi Guys,

    Earth Defender was developed by Anima Entertainment and we are re-publishing the title as we truly believe this is a great game that deserves some more attention ;-)

    Cheers,
    Michael

  • http://www.anima-entertainment.de ANIMA

    Hi this is Toby from ANIMA

    yeah we rebuild everything we did before - literally. Though we somewhat sticked to some of the main concepts, but we also put so much more into it. It’s 100% new source code, graphics, music, sound, animated backgrounds, Open Feint and a much wider gameplay. I dunno where to start but be assured: it’s a completely new experience. FISHLABS has given us the great opportunity to put all we wanted into this game and to take it to a new level.

    But of course there a plenty of ideas for more. So I hope you’ll like it and we’ll keep going ;-)

    Thank you all for your feedback!

    cya

  • http://www.anima-entertainment.de ANIMA

    Hi this is Toby from ANIMA

    yeah we rebuild everything we did before - literally. Though we somewhat sticked to some of the main concepts, but we also put so much more into it. It’s 100% new source code, graphics, music, sound, animated backgrounds, Open Feint and a much wider gameplay. I dunno where to start but be assured: it’s a completely new experience. FISHLABS has given us the great opportunity to put all we wanted into this game and to take it to a new level.

    But of course there a plenty of ideas for more. So I hope you’ll like it and we’ll keep going ;-)

    Thank you all for your feedback!

    cya

  • http://projectnext.info Lucas

    Though I find this weird from FISHLABS (I know it's developed by Anima but the FISHLABS logo is on it) will the people who bought this before have to pay to get it again?

  • http://projectnext.info Lucas

    Though I find this weird from FISHLABS (I know it's developed by Anima but the FISHLABS logo is on it) will the people who bought this before have to pay to get it again?

  • http://www.fishlabs.net Fishlabs

    Well, published by FISHLBAS, hence the logo. Nothing unusual, right? And I may have caused some irritation by using the word "re-publishing". It is a new game, more like a sequel to Bomb Commander if you want to see it like this.

  • http://www.fishlabs.net Fishlabs

    Well, published by FISHLBAS, hence the logo. Nothing unusual, right? And I may have caused some irritation by using the word "re-publishing". It is a new game, more like a sequel to Bomb Commander if you want to see it like this.

  • dust_hound

    @anima & fishlabs:
    game looks pretty nice- best of luck guys, and i'm looking forward to playing it!

  • dust_hound

    @anima & fishlabs:
    game looks pretty nice- best of luck guys, and i'm looking forward to playing it!

  • SAP

    Any idea when this will hit the stores?

    • http://www.anima-entertainment.de ANIMA

      It's already out now :)

      cheers!

  • SAP

    Any idea when this will hit the stores?

    • http://www.anima-entertainment.de ANIMA

      It's already out now :)

      cheers!