Yesterday at EA's Naughty or Nice event in New York, I sat down with Levi Buchanan of Chillingo to have a look at a few of the titles the studio has in the pipeline for iOS. One of the titles in question places iOS gamers in the role of a hero that is in no way wanting in the blue and red spandex department. Yes readers, the Man of Steel will soon be training his heat vision upon the App Store.

Superman, developed by Tiger Games, is an iPhone only game that puts you in the red boots of the son of Jor-El. It's a stand alone action adventure, not tied to any particular film outing, old or new. The story goes like this. Lex Luthor has taken it upon himself to launch a series of satellites to "help" with the whole climate change problem. Superman is understandably concerned by the bald villain's true motives. (Spoiler: they're bad.)

The game throws you right into the City of Metropolis, represented in side-scrolling 2D, with a good sampling of your superpowers available for use. The goal is to make it through 18 levels, defeating baddies by any of a number of different means, putting out fires with your freeze-breath, and working your way to defeating the evil Luthor and his orbiting offensive.

The game is designed to be played in mobile-friendly 3-4 minute sessions, each of which call upon most of Superman's superpowers to get the jobs done. As Superman flies about Metropolis, arrows surrounding his powerful self point directly to situations that need attention, color coded for urgency. The backstory is told via comic book-style panels, appropriately, and the whole thing is a touch-controlled race against the clock.

As long as your iPhone case isn't crafted from Kryptonite, you should have no problems taking a stab at the role of Kal-El in Superman later this year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VG32DHEW4DDCCFRQALBYWZ73G4 Bob

    Since Superman games are notorious for being horrible, and these screenshots look like garbage, I don't have my hopes up.

    • Anonymous

      Why so negative? I hardly see any rings or kryptonite fog in most of the screenshots.

  • http://twitter.com/MarkEightThree MarkEightThree

    This looks like a cellphone game from the pre-iPhone era... Poor Supes' can't catch a break.

  • Joshua Young

    I hope this game is half as good as Superman 64.

    That's a real game.

    • http://twitter.com/MarkEightThree MarkEightThree

      That's like saying I hope I get kicked in one nut instead of two.

  • Anonymous

    I'm a huge fan of Superman. Shame this looks terrible.

  • Rocco Panella

    So, this basically looks like "The Hero" re-skinned with lousy Superman graphics. Since this is from Chillingo, who made "The Hero," I think this is actually the case.

    The Hero was (and still is) an excellent game, so let's hope Superman's video game reputation doesn't hold true on this one.

  • Rocco Panella

    So, this basically looks like "The Hero" re-skinned with lousy Superman graphics. Since this is from Chillingo, who made "The Hero," I think this is actually the case.

    The Hero was (and still is) an excellent game, so let's hope Superman's video game reputation doesn't hold true on this one.

  • Rocco Panella

    So, this basically looks like "The Hero" re-skinned with lousy Superman graphics. Since this is from Chillingo, who made "The Hero," I think this is actually the case.

    The Hero was (and still is) an excellent game, so let's hope Superman's video game reputation doesn't hold true on this one.

  • Rocco Panella

    So, this basically looks like "The Hero" re-skinned with lousy Superman graphics. Since this is from Chillingo, who made "The Hero," I think this is actually the case.

    The Hero was (and still is) an excellent game, so let's hope Superman's video game reputation doesn't hold true on this one.

  • Jari Paananen

    I take this as a compliment, being the artist behind The Hero - thank you!

    But Traplight Games has nothing to do with this game. Whether it's "inspired by The Hero" or not remains to be seen, but re-skin it isn't. Godspeed to the Red Caped Crusader!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Thomas/100001214773968 Erik Thomas

    Is this for real, or some kind of joke? That Commander Pixman game (which I love, btw) has better graphics. I can't believe someone took a look at that and said "Yep...that looks solid. Let's sell it!"

  • Anonymous

    The screenshot with Daily Planet offices makes me wonder... Very Hero-like arrows pointing at objectives. If they've ripped off Hero that much, that really makes me kinda sick. So my judgement thus far: very crappy-looking Hero-ripoff. The graphics of this one really looks like some doodles Jari might have made on his 1st birthday. :D

  • http://twitter.com/petec888 Pete

    It looks like the Atari 2600 version with uprated graphics!  I'd play that before this.. at least you can regain health from picking up Lois Lane!

  • Anonymous

    ya, these graphics look way beyond bad....  i mean Bruce Timm, endless hours of cartoons, Fleicher Bros, Alex Ross...  If you're feeling lazy, just get some tracing paper!