If you're anything like me, you've been wondering, "When in the world is Rocketcat Games going to release something that doesn't rely on a swinging mechanic?" Don't get me wrong, HookChamp, Super QuickHook, and Hook Worlds are all fantastic games, but I doubt I'm alone in looking forward to what Rocketcat would release outside of the hook and swing world. We're getting a first real glimpse at their next game today, Mage Gauntlet, which seems to be a beautifully pixelated homage to the classic action RPG games of yore.

Check out some screenshots:



The real awesomeness is contained inside of the trailer:

Details are a little vague right now, but Mage Gauntlet is built around a "more action, less grinding" quest philosophy centralized around the main character, Lexi. You're looking to become a wizard's apprentice, and your journey starts out with a quest to prove yourself. Equipped with a magical gauntlet, Lexi is able to absorb and launch magical energy. The spell system involves destroying "certain objects" to power-up your gauntlet with a completely randomized spell. You can hold four at a time, and these are accessible through a menu.

There's a full loot and leveling system complete with character customization through three different stats that you can build your character with. 50 levels will be included with release, along with an unlockable additional game mode. More levels and modes are planned after release. Oh, and there's boss fights, loads of different enemies, and lots of secrets and achievements. Scoreboards aren't initially included, but the future game modes I mentioned will introduce them.

Mage Gauntlet will be priced at $2.99, with an initial $1.99 sale. Like other RocketCat games, early buyers will get a pack of hats to customize your character with as well as a in-game pet that follows you around. We'll be following the release of this game closely, and hope to have a full preview in the next couple weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frédéric-Lormois/100000030609443 Frédéric Lormois

    Just WOW !!

  • Hafiz Muhammad

    This looks really nice. And there seems to be a lot of lampshading typical RPG game mechanics too. (Breaking and entering, gathering 20 Bear What-Have-Yous etc) Can't wait for this.

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      I fully believe that gather 10/Kill 20 quests are pretty much the worst thing to happen to RPG gaming.

    • Anonymous

      I only saw one of such quests in the trailer, and it was satire.

      • Anonymous

        What do you mean, satire? I hate those beige pigs!

  • Anonymous

    Game looks epic. Can't wait for this one. And I haven't bought anything off them since the first hookchamp, since I had my fill of hooking with that one.

    Needless to say, day one purchase. Bravo rocketcat.

  • Happy W

    I hope this game makes so much money that everyone at Rocketcat becomes a MILL-INN-AIRE.

    ...a MILL-ENNN-EYR.

    ...a— a— MILLINN-ERRRRR.

    *cough*

    A milliner.

    Hats, d'you see.

  • blocky

    instabuy if its Icade compatible.

  • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

    Instabuy for me. Rocketcat has never failed me :)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Looks very fun from that trailer.

  • Anonymous

    Classic RPG gaming. I hope the story lives up. Looks bloody fantastic!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my, it's amazing. I'll keep an eye on this.

  • Ashflow

    just... O_O

    that trailer alone made me ready to instabuy this when it comes out

  • GunBlade1190

    This looks amazing. Rocketcat, I cannot wait!

  • Modem9

    Can't wait for this to come out! Rocketcat Games are among my favourite iOS devs and have never released a title short from stellar.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. This looks... AWESOME!!

  • pka

    Guess there will be no Ipad version for this classic?

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      We should have some universal iPad support (display and most likely controls), but a pure iPad version isn't planned at this point.

      • pka

        universal is fine... would be an instant buy

      • NeoTrunks

        Universal is good enough for me :)

      • http://twitter.com/ZoobirdtheSite Zoobird.com

        I have an iPad......I'm going to buy this. I. Can't.wait.

      • http://twitter.com/ZoobirdtheSite Zoobird.com

        I have an iPad......I'm going to buy this. I. Can't.wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1808398465 Chaz Oswald

    OH MY GOD *JIZZ*  Rocketcat Games are my favorite for the iphone! THIS LOOKS AMAZING!  I am probably Rocketcats BIGGEST FAN! OMG :O::OO:O::OSA:OAD:OAS:ODO:SO:SALM:KSKJKHFDLBAJdkfdskfdkfskyfsaifuaygeugfgwaeyayka

  • Kivanarlon

    In my opinion, Inotia series are from far the best RPG on iOS devices, and Zenonia ones have the older's RPG essence. But this... This is amazing. It's like going back to the past and play in a gamegear or gameboy color!!!

    I am really looking forward this Game

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  • Rpgmind

    first day purchase.

  • lindy

    nice

  • andrzej raczynski

    no ipad love?  just tired of gaming on my spare iphone/android/ipod.

  • IPodTouch2G

    What are the chances that this game will be compatible with an iPod Touch 2G.

    • poutini

      pretty good. rocketcat has a good track record with backwards compatibility.

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      Really, really good.  I do my testing of the game on an iPod Touch 2G.

      • IPodTouch2G

        Excellent!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Taylor-Barclay/100000727820513 Taylor Barclay

    Sweeeeeeeeet.

  • Mathieu Bonin

    This game looks absolutely amazing. Only sad thing is having to play on the touch screen. Any chance of  iCade support, or anything similar?

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      Haven't looked into it yet, to be honest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

    Day one purchase without a doubt.  Rocketcat has never let me down on quality, and the one time I had a question, they replied in an absurdly quick time frame.  If this works out well for you guys, I'd love to see a Secret of Mana or Final Fantasy style full RPG with your style and humor.  You guys really get what made the classics so great.

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      If this one does well, the sky's the limit on action-RPG subgenres.  And we are really thinking about tacking the turn-based Final Fantasy style RPG genre.

      • Gabriel Haro

        If you make a turn-based game, you could just as well price the game at "$Your Kidney.99"

  • Leegames

    Looks amazing, I surely hope its universal with a floating pad. No swiping in X2 please. ;)

  • Grahamgoring

    I hate action games on the iPhone. I just don't think it's built for it...

    However... WANT! WANT NOW!

  • Yahweh

    Instabuy for me. Will be competing for Game of the Year (for me) with 1-Bit Ninja.

  • Ender

    I know I'm probably in the minority, but I really hope they implement an optional D-Stick. Other than that, man it looks good!

    • http://twitter.com/rocketcatgames Rocketcat Games

      We got swipe controls (kind of like Edge by Mobigame, vaguely?), a V-stick (centered joystick where you place your finger), and a D-Pad (4 arrows you put your finger on, or between to move diagonally).

      • Andiron

        Excellent!  Seems like you have all the control options figured out then (and thankfully no tilt to move).

  • http://about.me/davidlnguyen David Nguyen

    Rocket game = Buy for me. a lot of developers are releasing quickly made, junky apps to the app store because it's so hard to get recognition. It's almost like there's not point for even making good apps if the big shots like gameloft get all the customers. I guess most people can justify that any "disposable" app can be worth 99 cents but I'd give my money to developers that commit to making great apps whether it's 99 cents or more.

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    i like  this game

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  • Anonymous

    I am actually really looking forward to this app!!

  • Guest

    Did you see that iControlPad finally got released?
    I bought one... Hope you include support for it :)

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    Instant buy! hope this encourages Rocketcat games to make more rpgs :D! love their humour! (and hats ;P)

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