Last week, in a post featuring new screenshots from the upcoming iPhone version of Riven from Cyan Worlds, we pointed to clues of a new, previously unheard of forthcoming title spotted on the studio's website. At the time, all we saw of Stoneship (named after an age from Myst) was an ad banner commanding, "Never let your timbers be shivered!" and a tiny screenshot. Today, Cyan shared with Touch Arcade exclusive details and screenshots to help give readers a feel for what Stoneship is all about.

The upcoming Stoneship represents "a lighthearted new direction" for Cyan Worlds, the studio indicates. The game is a casual, top-down, turn-based, strategy puzzle game "with a bent toward the whimsical," we're told. The game sets you and your first mate on the high seas, charged with exploring, controlling, and protecting vast oceans and islands, under continual threat of a pirate siege. There are eighty three included levels to play through, with additional levels to come later, it appears.

Granted, there's still room for gameplay specifics and other details on this one, but what we've got does paint an overall picture. And the screenshots provided us should help flesh out that picture, further.

Cyan plans to submit Stoneship to Apple in the next few weeks and, as well, confirms that Riven for the iPhone is still on track for a release this fall. We expect to post a full review of Stoneship coincidental with its release in the App Store. Stay tuned.

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    This actually looks like it can be really promising. I'm diggin' what I'm seeing so far.

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    This actually looks like it can be really promising. I'm diggin' what I'm seeing so far.

  • Mike

    So is this maybe something similar to Oasis? I always thought that would work well on an iPhone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oasis_(video_game)

    • Lord Gek

      Hey Mike,

      You realize that they've already released Oasis for the iPad (straight from the devs behind the PC game) and one can only hope a iPhone version will follow (although that might be a little more tricky to pull of as the iPad one is a DIRECT port with the only noticeable difference being touch as opposed to mouse controls).

      Are the maps in Stoneship randomized?

      • Mike

        Thanks for pointing that out! I've searched for Oasis a few times hoping, and never noticed it since they changed the name.

        Everyone, definitely try Defense of the Oasis!

  • Mike

    So is this maybe something similar to Oasis? I always thought that would work well on an iPhone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oasis_(video_game)

    • Lord Gek

      Hey Mike,

      You realize that they've already released Oasis for the iPad (straight from the devs behind the PC game) and one can only hope a iPhone version will follow (although that might be a little more tricky to pull of as the iPad one is a DIRECT port with the only noticeable difference being touch as opposed to mouse controls).

      Are the maps in Stoneship randomized?

      • Mike

        Thanks for pointing that out! I've searched for Oasis a few times hoping, and never noticed it since they changed the name.

        Everyone, definitely try Defense of the Oasis!

  • Jenny

    Neat! I think I'd definitely give that one a go! :) More than that Riven game, this is more my speed.

  • Jenny

    Neat! I think I'd definitely give that one a go! :) More than that Riven game, this is more my speed.

  • jb

    cool. can't wait for riven too!!

  • jb

    cool. can't wait for riven too!!

  • http://www.rustysabre.com/ Eric

    I've never been a fan of Myst or Riven, but this might make me a Cyan Worlds follower after all. I love the visuals, and the concept sounds like a lot of fun.

    As for Oasis, for some reason I thought they had already ported that to the iPhone.

  • http://www.rustysabre.com/ Eric

    I've never been a fan of Myst or Riven, but this might make me a Cyan Worlds follower after all. I love the visuals, and the concept sounds like a lot of fun.

    As for Oasis, for some reason I thought they had already ported that to the iPhone.

  • ultimo

    Another neat TBS!

  • ultimo

    Another neat TBS!

  • Keiya

    The only thing that bugs me is the name. "Stoneship"? Did they run out of names to use for things or something?

    • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

      Stoneship is a throwback to the original Myst. One of the "Ages" visited by the player was named Stoneship, so this title makes a whole lot of Myst fans very excited right from the get-go. :-)

  • Keiya

    The only thing that bugs me is the name. "Stoneship"? Did they run out of names to use for things or something?

    • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

      Stoneship is a throwback to the original Myst. One of the "Ages" visited by the player was named Stoneship, so this title makes a whole lot of Myst fans very excited right from the get-go. :-)

  • ecco6t9

    Looks good.

  • ecco6t9

    Looks good.

  • Finandir

    Is there an iPad version coming as well?

  • Finandir

    Is there an iPad version coming as well?

  • Egoyan

    I'm really curious to hear the specifics about gameplay on this one. Anyway, it sure does look promising. I'll be following.

  • Egoyan

    I'm really curious to hear the specifics about gameplay on this one. Anyway, it sure does look promising. I'll be following.

  • taurus82

    I WANT MY PS3 MYST!! D*MN IT!!

  • taurus82

    I WANT MY PS3 MYST!! D*MN IT!!

  • Simone

    Might be' nice but i really hope Cyan will go back to the Myst franchise or similar games!!!

  • Simone

    Might be' nice but i really hope Cyan will go back to the Myst franchise or similar games!!!

  • Apropos

    They dare to charge 2.99 for this game? I wouldn't even pay .99 for this.