Big Bucket Software's The Incident [$1.99] which we featured in yesterday's upcoming games roundup was approved mere moments ago and is now available for download on the App Store. The Incident takes the basic vertical jumping game premise that has become wildly popular on the iPhone and adds a new twist to it, and that twist amounts to massive piles of junk falling from the sky. The variety of objects that fall from the sky is astounding, ranging from boulders to crates to electric guitars and even Smart cars.

The game is controlled by tilting your device right or left to move, and tapping on the screen to jump. You're able to move objects around by walking in to them, and sometimes you can flip falling junk around with a well timed jump underneath whatever you're trying to move. Seven levels are included in the game, starting with the street and ending in space. Each level consists of its own height goal, and you just need to stay on top of the falling pile of junk to climb upwards. This sounds simple enough, and the first few levels are fairly easy, but it doesn't take long until things are falling so fast that you will have your fingers crossed that a health powerup spawns or a checkpoint is near.

The Incident is host to some excellent chiptune music, power ups, power downs, fantastic pixel art retro graphics, some odd achievements, and it's even universal. I tend to be preferring the game on my iPhone, but that's more just because holding and tilting the iPad for extended periods of time can be tiresome. I'd love to see some kind of onscreen control option, at least for the iPad, but as is the game is still fun to play on either device.

According to The Incident's web site, the developers are already hard at work on updates to add even more levels and gameplay. Hopefully somewhere along the way they add in some kind of online scoring and achievement tracking, because only having local scores is a huge bummer for a game like this. I'd love to see how I rank globally on things like how long it takes me to climb, how many coins I've collected, how many times I've been crushed by a couch, and a ton of other things.

Even without online scoring, The Incident has quite a few things I like to see in iPhone games. It saves at each checkpoint, so you can either play for a few minutes at a time or even longer, the controls work well, the graphics look cool, it's universal from the get go, and I really dig the whole concept behind the game. Forum members in The Incident's thread are enjoying it a lot, and I really can't wait to see what Big Bucket Software has planned via updates.

TouchArcade Rating

  • Nicho

    I'm loving the game so far, I just beat the Mountains. However, I've been having a problem with the checkpoints: they aren't working! I will activate one, die, then just start at the beginning of the level again!

    I'm playing on a 2nd Gen iPod.

  • Nicho

    I'm loving the game so far, I just beat the Mountains. However, I've been having a problem with the checkpoints: they aren't working! I will activate one, die, then just start at the beginning of the level again!

    I'm playing on a 2nd Gen iPod.

  • http://chungyen.com Chungyen Chang

    Nicho - You don't stay at the beginning. It just puts a new floor/girder so it looks like the beginning. Check your height and it should be the same as the checkpoint.

    This game is totally awesome! :)

  • http://chungyen.com Chungyen Chang

    Nicho - You don't stay at the beginning. It just puts a new floor/girder so it looks like the beginning. Check your height and it should be the same as the checkpoint.

    This game is totally awesome! :)

  • cranker

    Anyone tried this on the ipad?

  • cranker

    Anyone tried this on the ipad?

  • psyc

    These guys should work for Donut games. 5/5

    • TemporaryEMP

      No. Donut Games should work for these guys.

  • psyc

    These guys should work for Donut games. 5/5

  • Snorhog

    Sweet! I love the Lost things! For example the numbers at the start.

    This is a masterpiece!

  • Snorhog

    Sweet! I love the Lost things! For example the numbers at the start.

    This is a masterpiece!

  • Mintey

    As soon as someone said 'masterpiece' I bought it.
    So,downloading now...

  • Mintey

    As soon as someone said 'masterpiece' I bought it.
    So,downloading now...

  • Matt

    Truly amazing.

  • Matt

    Truly amazing.

  • http://Www.roulettebetter.com Dzamir

    It works great on the iPad, just move the sensibility slider on options to the right (max)

  • http://Www.roulettebetter.com Dzamir

    It works great on the iPad, just move the sensibility slider on options to the right (max)

  • Kyle

    Needs more levels!!

  • Kyle

    Needs more levels!!

  • Mark K.

    The game needs an alternate control scheme besides tilting.

    • Matthew

      +1

      • James Chaz

        +2. I hate tilt control, especially on the iPad. My friend said he won't even buy it since it has tilt control as the only control scheme.

      • vulture3

        +3 I hate tilting too. Makes it hard to enjoy that pixel art haha! They should add a manual option with button arrows on the left or somthing.

  • Mark K.

    The game needs an alternate control scheme besides tilting.

    • Matthew

      +1

      • James Chaz

        +2. I hate tilt control, especially on the iPad. My friend said he won't even buy it since it has tilt control as the only control scheme.

      • vulture3

        +3 I hate tilting too. Makes it hard to enjoy that pixel art haha! They should add a manual option with button arrows on the left or somthing.

  • Caribou

    *sigh* the "retro" 8-bit graphics are a non-starter for me.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      This would look pretty stupid if they tried to go top-notch Chaos Rings level of graphics for such a silly game and silly gameplay concept.

  • Caribou

    *sigh* the "retro" 8-bit graphics are a non-starter for me.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      This would look pretty stupid if they tried to go top-notch Chaos Rings level of graphics for such a silly game and silly gameplay concept.

  • deadclown

    Fun fact: the movie names in that screenshot are all popular episodes of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. They're also three of the worst movies in Hollywood history. Looks like the developer is an MST3K fan!

  • deadclown

    Fun fact: the movie names in that screenshot are all popular episodes of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. They're also three of the worst movies in Hollywood history. Looks like the developer is an MST3K fan!

  • omg

    really great game. feel sorry to the ipad users - i never knew that tilt controls were such a problem?? in the need for speed demo when the ipad first came out, they were lying on there backs resting on their knees tilting it just fine! :)

  • omg

    really great game. feel sorry to the ipad users - i never knew that tilt controls were such a problem?? in the need for speed demo when the ipad first came out, they were lying on there backs resting on their knees tilting it just fine! :)

  • Nicho

    Haha I'm a goof, thanks Chungyen Chang!

    Still loving the game, HIGHLY recommended!

  • Nicho

    Haha I'm a goof, thanks Chungyen Chang!

    Still loving the game, HIGHLY recommended!

  • http://blog.finefin.com finefin

    an awesome game on small and big devices!
    tilt controls on the ipad are a bit awkward, tho.
    so, i agree: optional alternative controls, online leaderboards & achievements would be great.

  • http://blog.finefin.com finefin

    an awesome game on small and big devices!
    tilt controls on the ipad are a bit awkward, tho.
    so, i agree: optional alternative controls, online leaderboards & achievements would be great.