Ethan Nicholas grabbed headlines when his Scorched Earth-alike, iShoot [App Store] shot up the charts to grab the #1 spot in the top 100 paid apps category, dethroning the mighty iFart Mobile. What's particularly interesting about his success is that the game had been languishing in the App Store for several months until he released the free iShoot Lite [App Store], which instantly started to climb the charts, bringing the paid app with it and thereby defining a strategy that many would follow with varied success. For Nicholas, his success with iShoot was such that he was able to leave the day job behind and focus entirely on iPhone development.

In January, after his follow-up title Kim Rhodes' Outdoor Shooting [App Store] was out the door, Nichols began work on iShoot 2, sharing details of the development process in a few developer blog posts. And, after eight months' work, the game has just gone live in the App Store [link].

iShoot 2 is basically a reworked take on the Scorched Earth formula, but with some nice enhancements over the original iShoot. First of all, iShoot 2 is a universal application that takes full advantage of the screen resolution of the iPhone 4 and iPad. But, aside from the benefit gained by the physically higher resolution screens of Apple's latest devices, the graphical detail of the game itself is notably enhanced as compared to the original, lending a more polished feel to the game.

Like iShoot before it, iShoot 2 is a turn-based artillery game that delivers a kill-or-be-killed battlefield scenario to the player. You control a tank set on a hilly / craggy landscape, flanked by one or more enemy tanks. Your goal is to calculate the proper angle and velocity to deliver your projectile(s) to your enemy in as few attempts as possible. And then pound him until dead. In this go-round, you have more intricate control of your weapons, as the velocity setting is handled via on-screen slider, as opposed to the length of time the fire button is held down, as handled in the original.

The game offers both Skirmish and Campaign single-player modes, as well as local Bluetooth multiplayer, with four players total in each mode. An entirely new weapons system has been put in place, with not only single-projectile weapons, but particle-based weapons, flame weapons, and the like. Tanks can be upgraded to use more advanced ordnance as the game progresses. The battlefields of iShoot 2 are larger than those of the original, with scrolling and pinch / spread zooming used to keep enemies in view. A dramatic, original soundtrack backdrops the action. Basically, every area of the game has been in some way improved over the original.

I've personally long been a fan of these sorts of games, there being a sort of fulfillment gained from calculating a trajectory and watching your volley of fiery death rain down upon your enemy. If you can identify with that emotion, or simply enjoyed Scorched Earth and its ilk, you'll likely find iShoot 2 rather to your liking.

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  • Josh

    This is a awesome upgrade from the first. Absolutely love it.

  • Josh

    This is a awesome upgrade from the first. Absolutely love it.

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    Ya not bad. a little more challenging then the first...those 43 mile per hour winds are killer :) Like it though...

  • http://apprelease.com RaiderRich721

    Ya not bad. a little more challenging then the first...those 43 mile per hour winds are killer :) Like it though...

  • RttaM

    People seem to be complaining about it. And Ethan never responds via Twitter. I cannot even access him by email. (He's pretty much non-existance).

    The itunes reviews are coming in pretty harsh. 3.5 stars so far. EEK!

    I hope to possible pick up a copy soon. And hopefully Ethan will listen to reviewers.

  • RttaM

    People seem to be complaining about it. And Ethan never responds via Twitter. I cannot even access him by email. (He's pretty much non-existance).

    The itunes reviews are coming in pretty harsh. 3.5 stars so far. EEK!

    I hope to possible pick up a copy soon. And hopefully Ethan will listen to reviewers.

  • Metalbear

    Bought as soon as I heard it was the sequel to one of my first idevice apps.

  • Metalbear

    Bought as soon as I heard it was the sequel to one of my first idevice apps.

  • sk8erdude50

    wish it had online play

  • sk8erdude50

    wish it had online play

  • Thorbjorn

    I appreciate the nostalgia, but it would have been nice to do away with the hokey explosion and projectile sound effects, I exchange for new more realistic sounds, to go with the new gameplay.

  • Thorbjorn

    I appreciate the nostalgia, but it would have been nice to do away with the hokey explosion and projectile sound effects, I exchange for new more realistic sounds, to go with the new gameplay.

  • araczynski

    nice, but there's a ton of these things in the store, will pick it up when it hits a buck.

  • araczynski

    nice, but there's a ton of these things in the store, will pick it up when it hits a buck.

  • Eng

    The first one was awful, how people enjoyed it, i'll never know.
    This on the ipad, however is pretts damn fun :)

    • Killbot

      Human, I liked in the first one how you could design your own weapons. I made things like gattling gun, roller claymore & supernuke. All good fun espec played over wireless against the wife.

      • AwesomeMan

        You can make your own weapons. All you have to do is make a new ruleset.

  • Eng

    The first one was awful, how people enjoyed it, i'll never know.
    This on the ipad, however is pretts damn fun :)

    • Killbot

      Human, I liked in the first one how you could design your own weapons. I made things like gattling gun, roller claymore & supernuke. All good fun espec played over wireless against the wife.

      • AwesomeMan

        You can make your own weapons. All you have to do is make a new ruleset.

  • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    If you're buying this for the ipad, wait for the lite version, auto zoom is an abomination, the controls are placed in such a way that requires constant hand movement, when they could just be placed at the edges... Avoid.

  • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    If you're buying this for the ipad, wait for the lite version, auto zoom is an abomination, the controls are placed in such a way that requires constant hand movement, when they could just be placed at the edges... Avoid.

  • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

    Online play is the only thing that would make me want to buy this. So, sorry.

  • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

    Online play is the only thing that would make me want to buy this. So, sorry.

  • CamelX

    This game totally rocks :D brings back good times, except for the mind blowing effects that make it enjoyable even today. Oh, and I've never seen such a crazy intro, thats sick!

  • CamelX

    This game totally rocks :D brings back good times, except for the mind blowing effects that make it enjoyable even today. Oh, and I've never seen such a crazy intro, thats sick!

  • Rohan Snigh

    Should I get this or Worms?

    • Nate

      Worms without a doubt.

  • Rohan Snigh

    Should I get this or Worms?

    • Nate

      Worms without a doubt.

  • Nathan

    Did anyone notice the error in the tittle. They forgot in the app store, unless this game is selling the app store.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      "Shelling the App Store," not "Selling the App Store." It's supposed to be a joke.

  • Nathan

    Did anyone notice the error in the tittle. They forgot in the app store, unless this game is selling the app store.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      "Shelling the App Store," not "Selling the App Store." It's supposed to be a joke.

  • Howard

    The only things I dislike are having to constantly re-pinch the screen back to how I want it and the fact that I can't set the angle by touching the screen (as in the original iteration). Otherwise its a great game and the bluetooth is awesome!

  • Howard

    The only things I dislike are having to constantly re-pinch the screen back to how I want it and the fact that I can't set the angle by touching the screen (as in the original iteration). Otherwise its a great game and the bluetooth is awesome!

  • http://www.newiinapple.com Ahmed

    I’m getting the phone on the 24th May 2010, next Monday. Those who are interested please name your price immediately!

  • http://www.newiinapple.com Ahmed

    I’m getting the phone on the 24th May 2010, next Monday. Those who are interested please name your price immediately!

  • Zak

    How annoying is that zoom feature?

    Call me again when there's an update to turn this off.

  • Zak

    How annoying is that zoom feature?

    Call me again when there's an update to turn this off.

  • NoBite

    Zoom feature - game-killer. Awful. Launch a projectile, follow its path in the sky, but fail to see it land, or if you see it land, target may be nowhere in sight. VERY MUCH ruins the experience. Pinch to contract the screen works ONLY when you set up the shot. When you do shoot, forget it! Wish I could get a dialogue with designer. The free game is actually better than the paid game for the above reason alone. I guess I could consider my money going toward v1 and be satisfied.

  • NoBite

    Zoom feature - game-killer. Awful. Launch a projectile, follow its path in the sky, but fail to see it land, or if you see it land, target may be nowhere in sight. VERY MUCH ruins the experience. Pinch to contract the screen works ONLY when you set up the shot. When you do shoot, forget it! Wish I could get a dialogue with designer. The free game is actually better than the paid game for the above reason alone. I guess I could consider my money going toward v1 and be satisfied.

  • bombadeer

    Don't waste you money on this game. Tank can't move when in a small crater. Stars? Come on, were not kids and how about making it levels of play. The first one is better.

  • BEST EVA

    One of my top 5 all time iPhone games, started with iShoot2, finished it many times then went and found the original iShoot which was an absolute dog, suprised it got any traction. Almost feels like a new group were behind this latest version. All I need now is upgrades, more stages, weapons, higher difficulty, more, gimmmme more....