Last month we took a look at Helsing's Fire [99¢], an absolutely fantastic puzzle game by Ratloop and published by Clickgamer. We thought the game was great in our review as it sports a unique gameplay mechanic we had yet to see on the iPhone. Players position a torch in the game world, and from there are able to attack the baddies that are within line of sight using a variety of multi-colored tonics. Things eventually get complicated as new monsters are introduced with both behave differently and require different combinations of tonics and torch positioning to vanquish.

Since our review, one of the main criticisms I've seen of the game is how slowly the difficulty ramps up since most of the earlier levels required very little thought at all. Ratloop addressed this concern by both making the game harder faster and adding the "absurd" difficulty level, even warning players in the iTunes description that this new difficulty level is "way too hard." There are now multiple player profiles for those who share their device with other people, and they even added a new colorblind mode for those who had issue with the red, green, and blue palette of the enemies.

Performance has been tweaked for higher frame rates, and you can now listen to your own music while playing. Best of all, there's an entirely new victory animation-- The Tomahawk. Overall, 1.1 is a fantastic update to an already great game. If you already own Helsing's Fire, make sure you grab 1.1, and if you need more convincing to download the game, take a look at our review or read the overwhelmingly positive responses in the thread in our forums.

  • osujxu

    I would like to take credit for this as I was the first person to report this in the forums :)

  • osujxu

    I would like to take credit for this as I was the first person to report this in the forums :)

  • Yrogerg212

    Does this mean more high fives? Hurrah! Love this game.

  • Yrogerg212

    Does this mean more high fives? Hurrah! Love this game.

  • Cougarcat

    No retina display support yet?

  • Cougarcat

    No retina display support yet?

  • Jonah

    Wow. The new frame rate is a HUGE improvement.

  • Jonah

    Wow. The new frame rate is a HUGE improvement.

  • x0ne

    Ye gads Raffton! there goes one of my excuses to myself to buy an iPhone 4! The framerate improvements are incredible, I was holding off playing it in my 3g but now it runs prefectly even using bluetooth sound. Profiles are also a very welcome addition. Love this game!

  • x0ne

    Ye gads Raffton! there goes one of my excuses to myself to buy an iPhone 4! The framerate improvements are incredible, I was holding off playing it in my 3g but now it runs prefectly even using bluetooth sound. Profiles are also a very welcome addition. Love this game!

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN APPROVED.

    Just not liking the victory animations... it doesnt cove the entire screen... it looks cut.

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN APPROVED.

    Just not liking the victory animations... it doesnt cove the entire screen... it looks cut.

  • Adams Immersive

    Great game! Is there any practical difference between the rats and the skeletons? The other enemies all seem unique.

    • Chris

      Yeah, the skeletons attack you if you place your torch on top of them. The rats don't

  • Adams Immersive

    Great game! Is there any practical difference between the rats and the skeletons? The other enemies all seem unique.

    • Chris

      Yeah, the skeletons attack you if you place your torch on top of them. The rats don't

  • hkiphone

    Surfacing again to say that this is a great app and evne better update! I'm partially colour-blind, and most of the time had to play it by trial-and-error to use the potions, but now its much easier for me (identifying colours, not the level difficulty!)

  • hkiphone

    Surfacing again to say that this is a great app and evne better update! I'm partially colour-blind, and most of the time had to play it by trial-and-error to use the potions, but now its much easier for me (identifying colours, not the level difficulty!)

  • Joel

    Awesome update, awesome game :)

  • Joel

    Awesome update, awesome game :)

  • Chris

    Before this update, the game ran criminally slow on my first gen iPod. Now, I'm amazed at how smooth it is.

  • Chris

    Before this update, the game ran criminally slow on my first gen iPod. Now, I'm amazed at how smooth it is.

  • Thomas

    I'm still waiting patiently to see what they do with the iPad. I just know if I buy this they'll make a separate iPad version.

  • Thomas

    I'm still waiting patiently to see what they do with the iPad. I just know if I buy this they'll make a separate iPad version.