4th & Battery, the creative wing of developer PopCap Games, has released its second iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch title. It’s a track-based strategy game called Allied Star Police [Free], and its available for the low-low price of $0 just like the studio’s previous work, Unpleasant Horse [Free].

As a whole, Allied Star Police is an OK title as far as free games go. The “build and deploy on tracks” concept works well enough in execution, but the economy over substance approach to the design doesn’t do the game any favors. Then again, this was a special project developed for and produced by a special person in a special studio that specializes in releasing massaged proof-of-concept material. It jives, in other words with the mission of the place.

The special dude, by the way? That would be nine-year-old Owain Weinert. This game was his Make-A-Wish dream and 4th & Battery saw the development through. According to the studio, Weinert was in the office every morning and was allowed to steer the production and development. The studio and Weinert are both pleased with the outcome and with the experience, which makes me really feel like a complete jerk for criticizing the effort.

"I have to say, my brother can't stop playing it, my dad can't stop playing it, and neither can I," Weinert said in a statement. "This started off as a dream of mine, and now my friends and people all over the world can play my creation."

You can expect several more games from 4th & Battery in the near-ish future. The studio is primed to release several a year and across other platforms, too, like the PC and Facebook.

  • Anonymous

    This is their 3rd game.

  • Durka

    Make a wish needs to grant me a wish...I die a little inside every time I play this crapp.

    • ...

      Then why do you keep playing it?

      • GRod

        Don't feed the trolls.

    • A-Mez

      Please continue to play it then so that you may drop dead sooner and make the world a better place for all of us.

      • Anonymous

        Amen to that!

    • shamu

      please try and die a lot inside next time you play. i wonder where is the game you designed age 9...please show us how much better it is.

  • woodchuckn

    thats nuts that a 9 year old now 10 created a video game which is now on itunes, ipads, iphones ect... unfortunetly he has cancer.

  • Anonymous

    I don't think you ought to feel bad for criticizing the game. You have a responsibility to your audience to tell the truth as you see it, and everyone should be willing to accept that as long as your criticisms are reasonable.

    • A-Mez

      I couldn't agree with you more. We all have the right to give an opinion whether it's positive or negative. That's what opinions are for. Obviously everyone has different taste and not everybody is going to agree with everything. However if someone is going to critisize the game thats fine but there is a professional way of doing it without being disrespectful. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Mader/100000347179097 Chris Mader

    Wow. That ASP logo looks AN AWFUL LOT like the logo for my friends business (http://www.airsoldier.com). I'm sure he won't care though. Especially considering the circumstances around the game. I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

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