Crescent Moon Games blasted onto the map way back in 2009 with the open-world RPG Ravensword [$2.99 / Free], and has since gone on to become one of the preeminent developers and publishers of visually impressive 3D games for iOS. Now, they’ve spun off a new label called Forest Moon Games which is being reserved for publishing more 2D, casual, and experimental titles.

The first release under the Forest Moon brand is coming this week, and it’s a very lovely looking scrolling shooter called J.A.M. from Tap-Fu [$1.99] and 7 Cities [$2.99] developer Neptune Interactive. Here’s the trailer.

J.A.M. will come with 5 levels and 3 difficulty modes, as well as an array of different weaponry and a customizable ship. It’ll also be ready for the 16x9 screen of the iPhone 5 and new iPod touches, and will come with Game Center integration for leaderboards and achievements.

I’m always excited to see new releases from Crescent Moon, and by extension Forest Moon now as well. We’ll be sure to check out J.A.M. when it hits on the 19th (and technically, it will be out tonight at 11pm EST due to the whole time zone release thing. Cool!)

  • Professionalbum

    Looks really good; just wondering if Crescent Moon is making this title to get out of the "we only do RPGs" mold.

    • Josh Presseisen

      I think we broke out of that mold awhile ago after releasing Siegecraft, Gears, Paper Monsters, Slingshot Racing, etc. This Forest Moon label is for casual, indie, experimental, etc. Submissions that I would get for Crescent Moon that didn't really fit - but were good games otherwise!

  • Trev1

    Sweet! 16:9 .....even sweeter! A bit worried about the controls (for me anyhow)
    Looks like a vertical dual stick type of shooter which may make dodging bullets tough with your left thumb while shooting....especially on the iPad with the longer vert strides.

    • Neptune Interactive

      You an tweak the vertical steering sensitivity so that you don't have to make long strides. Also there are other types of weapons if missile tapping isn't your favourite way to kill aliens.

  • Onikage725

    Looks cool, but also looks wayyyy too easy.

    • Josh Presseisen

      it has several different difficulty modes, and its just been updated with even more 'challenge' to it.

  • araczynski

    this looks very familiar to me, not sure why.

  • Ivo Gomes

    Biohazard Battle for the Sega Genesis that's what it looks like

  • krowl svenboin

    Reminds me of Gates of Zendecon for the Atari LYNX! I loved that game! Can't wait!