We've had our eye on Halfbrick's Machine Gun Jetpack for quite a while now. We got a glimpse of the game back at GDC and last month found out that it'll likely be hitting the App Store this August. We've even had Halfbrick's own Phil Larsen on an episode of The TouchArcade Show to discuss all things Halfbrick, including Machine Gun Jetpack.

Anyway, this latest video of the game entitled "Simple Awesomeness" does a marvelous job of exhibiting just how awesome Machine Gun Jetpack is going to be. It seems Halfbrick has just taken the cave flier formula, held it hostage in some kind of secret underground Australian bunker, and spent the last six months injecting various experimental performance boosting compounds into it. Lasers, energy beams, collectable coins that actually are used for things, oh baby.

Also, I'm just going to throw this out there, but I don't think it's too late for Halfbrick to either flat out change the protagonist in the game to Phil Larsen himself, or at least have Phil available as an unlockable character. I mean, Barry Steakfries was awesome in Monster Dash [99¢] and Age of Zombies [$2.99], but he's no Phil.

Needless to say, we're totally stoked for Machine Gun Jetpack and absolutely love Halfbrick's ability to take what amounts to a tired game type on the App Store and make it incredible. They did it with Age of Zombies and dual stick shooters, Monster Dash and endless runners, and I'm thinking they're going to go for a three-peat with Machine Gun Jetpack.

Sure, things could go horribly wrong, but Halfbrick has an amazing track record for great games on the App Store.

  • David Marcuccio

    Are there any signs of a release date? I'm super stoked for this game.

    • Anonymous

      The description on youtube says early September. 

      • David

        Here I was hoping for an early august release. Oh well

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

    This and Mage Gauntlet are my most anticipated games for iOS.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Eli, needless to say, you should ease up on the "Needless to say..." in your endings. :)

    • Anonymous

      lol - needless to say, Eli is the best thing to happen to TA. Just sayin...

      Oh, and Machine Gun Jetpack looks tremendous!

  • http://players.openfeint.com OFErOne (Erwin Ocampo)

    Man that looks so fun....can't wait to play it!

  • http://twitter.com/Ax23000 Matt Lindquist

    This easily looks like their best game and I've loved everything they've ever made...so...yeah.  Although, really, with a device as awesome as machine gun jetpack at the heart of the game I don't see how they could fail.

  • Truth

    Hope it launches at 99c like Monster Dash. That would be an instant pick-up for me! Can't wait.